Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

In an exciting and rapidly changing world, the Digital Media and Communication BA Honours is designed to prepare you for a future you cannot yet imagine.

The University of Westminster was the first institution to deliver a media studies degree and we continue to embrace new and emerging technologies to ensure that our courses meet tomorrow’s needs. The course combines a rigorous programme of academic study with the practical knowledge you need to work across the digital and creative industries. 

Through theory and practice modules you will develop the high-level skills employers value: critical thinking, communication skills and the ability not only to think creatively but also to evaluate creativity in different formats. Learning takes place both in and outside the classroom and we use every opportunity to interact with and draw inspiration from the rich cultural life of the capital.

The course benefits from its close links to CAMRI, our internationally renowned Communication and Media Research Institute. You will learn from and debate with academics who are at the forefront of their field, helping you to develop a critical perspective on the social and cultural dimensions of media that will ensure you are always ahead of the game.  

On a practical level you will learn how media businesses and institutions operate and will spend at least a third of your time on practice-based work, including web production and design. Final year students apply their skills to a web-based project for their chosen charity. Your choice of optional modules allows you to tailor this interdisciplinary course to your interests, which means that our graduates are engaged, well-rounded and highly sought-after by future employers.

Students have the opportunity to spend one semester of their second year abroad and can pick from a huge network of partner organisations across the world. In the past, some of our students studied at the Universidad CEU San Pablo, Hong Kong Baptist University and at the University of Technology Sidney. 

Course structure

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.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

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

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National 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.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

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Careers

Digital media and communications are central to most organisations and digital skills are amongst the most sought after in graduates. As a result, our students are ideally placed to build successful careers across both the private and public sector.

As well as in traditional media organisations, in the past our students found employment in digital and public relations agencies, the arts and culture sectors and consulting. Past employers include the Royal College of Art and McKinsey Consulting. 

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Facilities

Based at the University of Westminster’s College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, you will be studying alongside students from Fashion, Graphic Design and Music in a vibrant arts campus with lots of opportunities for collaboration. Our state-of-the art facilities include an Emerging Media Space with 3D printing and virtual reality technology as well as fully equipped newsrooms, TV and radio studios. Our award-winning student-led Smoke Media offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in producing your own content in a professional setting. Digital Media and Communication students have hosted their own shows on Smoke Radio and have been editors-in-chief of Smoke Magazine.

Our Careers and Creative Enterprise Centre are on hand to help you make the most of your studies from day one – be it in supporting you setting up your own business or helping you find the ideal work placement.

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

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

International tuition fee: £13,400 (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.

Contact us

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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