Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Digital Media and Communication BA (Hons) (DMC) takes Media Studies into the 21st century. It doesn’t limit you to a particular media industry, but instead recognises the ongoing practical and conceptual convergence between technologies, industries and ways of communicating.

Our graduates are sought after in the creative industries and the public sector, as well as being ideally prepared for postgraduate study. The Digital Media and Communication BA (Hons) equips them with three major skills areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Critical thinking: You will understand the production, distribution and uses of networked digital media, and develop informed and critical perspectives on the social and cultural significance of mediated communication in a globalised world. Academics who are international leaders in their fields from Westminster's prestigious and top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) as well as practitioners with a range of professional backgrounds will share their expertise with you – while inviting you to challenge established ideas and develop confidence in your own, critical point of view.

Communication: Having an understanding of the needs of different audiences and communicating with them effectively is one of the most important (yet underrated) skills you need to succeed in professional life. At Westminster we build and sharpen these skills through a rigorous programme of academic study where you learn to build an argument and present your ideas in a variety of formats – whether it be an academic essay, a YouTube video or an in-class presentation. We will train you to become confident in sharing your ideas, dealing with adverse viewpoints and successfully managing discussions.

Creativity: Today’s creative industries want people who can think outside the box and approach problems in novel ways. They want people who can think on their feet. Besides understanding what it takes to produce content for online audiences, our intensive programme of web production and design skills training means you will develop the practical skills to design and build the sites for presenting this content yourself. From year one you will learn to hand-code websites as well as using the most up-to-date programming languages to produce professional standard websites and apps, as well as gaining an understanding of the design principles that guide user-centred design.

The Digital Media and Communication BA (Hons) is a communication degree for the 21st century. Our focus on critical thinking, communication and creativity will help you gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Many of our graduates build successful careers in the creative industries, but the degree will also enable you to work across a broader range of sectors and professions. It is ideal for those planning to pursue postgraduate study, and will give you the competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in research, critical thinking and communication.

Course structure

The Digital Media and Communication BA (Hons) combines theoretical analysis with practical understanding and reflective media production. You will gain a critical perspective on social and cultural aspects of digital and social media, and develop a practical understanding of how media businesses and institutions operate. You will spend around a third of your time in reflective practice-based work, including web production and design. Please see below for an indicative list of modules you will be studying.

A distinctive emphasis of the course is its use of social media platforms as spaces for learning and teaching.

The Digital Media and Communication BA (Hons) is based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. This means that you will be working alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism in a buzzing arts campus atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for creative collaboration.

Our teaching encompasses a range of delivery modes, from lectures and seminars to practical workshop sessions, online collaborations, demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Assessment is through coursework, including essays, websites, research reports, seminar presentations, social media contributions such as blog posts, and group and individual creative projects. In-class tests are held for practical web-production modules only.

Your core modules introduce you to the way the media industries operate and to major academic and political debates around media, culture and society. You will develop a thorough understanding of contemporary communication industries and cultures, and extend your research, critical thinking and communication skills. Subjects of study include:

  • Internet Cultures
  • Introduction to Web Production and Design
  • Media and Society
  • Media and Globalisation
  • Intermediate Web Production and Design
  • Option modules from across the University (including language courses)

Credit Level 4

The modules will deepen your knowledge and understanding of principles, issues and debates raised by the rise of networked digital and social media. You will learn advanced website production and design skills, and extend your historical understanding of the development of media industries and cultures. Subjects of study include:

  • Theories of Media and Communication
  • Advanced Web Production and Design
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Design for Mobile Platforms
  • Options including Creativity, Cultural Industries and Media Markets, and Information Society

Credit Level 5

You develop your research, critical thinking and clear communication skills to advanced levels, and apply these to an academic dissertation on a topic related to digital and social media as well as a major final production project. Subjects of study include:

  • Digital Media Production Project
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Media Policy
  • Transforming Audiences

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBB 

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)

  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma  DDM

  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE.

If English is not your first language, you may need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5.

Selected candidates may be interviewed by staff and students.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you may need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5.

Selected candidates may be interviewed by staff and students.

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Careers

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With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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