St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's Media Arts programme offers a level of support, and personal tuition that is unparalleled across the sector. If you study here, your lecturer will know your name and your respective strengths. Lecturers will therefore be able to help you build upon those strengths and address your areas of weakness in order to build a comprehensive portfolio of skills and work. At St Mary's University you can acquire a range of media design and production skills, as well as engage in some of the most significant debates about the media today. With excellent technical resources, lecturers with professional media experience and London's creative industries on our doorstep, we have many graduate success stories to tell. Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines. At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

Course Modules

Media Arts Level 1: Introduction to film and television; media, culture, and society; media and popular culture in Ireland; introduction to journalism; media, sport and culture. Level 2: In the second year, students have more choice and can 'build' their own portfolio of courses to suit their interests and career ambitions; we offer practical media courses that focus on developing their creative production skills and a number of other pathways in film and television, media technologies, popular culture and journalism; most students take at least two of the following practical modules: tv studio practice; radio production; video production; website design; the image and visual culture; media thinkers; researching the media; work experience; crime and the media; music, technology and the media; gender and sexuality on film; documentary film; motion graphics; representing race, culture and difference; magazine production. Level 3: In the final year, students can specialise in practical production work and undertake their own research project; modules available include: advanced video production; advanced radio production; advanced tv production; advanced web production; advanced digital imaging; online journalism; sports journalism; media research project; media, technology and citizenship; world cinema; telling the troubles (media representations of the conflict in northern Ireland); screen issues; media, war and conflict. Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
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