The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Media and Cultural Studies

Why choose this course?

This course provides you with an in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship between media and culture. In particular, it examines media and culture in terms of production (industries and text) and consumption (audiences and consumers). You will critically examine the role that media and cultural products play in our daily lives, drawing upon historical and contemporary case studies.

Through detailed analysis, you will gain insight into your own culture and the culture of others. In addition, you will explore the role of new media in contemporary societies and its impact on a global level, developing a confident use of new digital technologies.

Further information on media and cultural studies.

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What happens on the course?

In this course you will critically engage with a wide range of different media forms and cultural practices, such as: music, fashion, advertising, popular television and social network sites. Through this you will be able to understand and contextualise your own cultural experiences and media consumption. You will also explore the ways in which various media forms and cultural practices represent, and therefore inform our understanding of, different senses of identity such as: nationality, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and age.

Year 1 provides a foundation and introduces many of the main concepts in the study of media and culture. In the first year you will be introduced to the debate about what ‘culture’ is and how various media forms and cultural practices are evaluated.

Year 2 develops on many of the themes introduced in the first year. In particular, you will gain the range of theoretical and methodological tools necessary for the study of media and culture.

Year 3 allows you to apply the theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to particular media forms and/or cultural practices. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent work, allowing you to explore an area of interest in greater depth.

Why Wolverhampton?

Many of our media team are leading academics in their field and are widely recognised for their publications and research. A large number have come from industry and bring with them their knowledge and experiences to give you a more relevant understanding of your subject, as well as using their links to give you a head start in your career. We invite guest speakers who are involved in various aspects of the media to give lectures, and you also have the opportunity to be involved in the production of a piece of media such as a video or radio show.

The University of Wolverhampton has its own in-house online learning environment. This has enabled the development of innovative forms of assessment, such as online forum discussions. This online learning environment also facilitates effective communication between staff and students.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Media and Cultural Studies:

"This degree remains an excellent, exciting and inspiring course informed by current developments in the field and taught by an extremely dedicated and scholarly team. (…) I remain impressed with the Television Studies modules at both levels, informed by timely research, a varied lecture programme and inspiring assessment tasks".

Career path

A degree in Media and Cultural Studies will provide you with a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills to give you a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market. Previous graduates have taken up a variety of careers both within the media and more widely including: working in radio, television and print journalism, public relations as well as in various management positions in retail and business.

All courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study. The University of Wolverhampton offers an MA Contemporary Media which many media students go on to study.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will:

  • have the ability to critically engage with and analyse contemporary media texts, industry practices and specific media audiences
  • have the ability to critically engage with and analyse your own contemporary cultural practices and the cultural practices of others
  • have a knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between media texts and the construction of cultural identities, such as class, gender, ethnicity and age
  • have the ability to use changing modes of communication and understand your role in contemporary societies
  • have an awareness of the theoretical debates in the field of media and cultural studies
  • have the knowledge, skills and flexibility to communicate effectively in written and spoken form, in a diverse range of cultural and professional contexts.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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