Reasons to study Media Joint Honours at De Montfort University:
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Enhance your skillset and employability
by combining Media and Communication with another specialist subject; by developing a diverse range of skills you can open up different career paths
- Join course-relevant groups and societies
including the Media and Communication Society, Film Society, Media Discourse Group and reading groups, and take part in the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
- Benefit from our strong links with local media partners
including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Cinema; providing opportunities for work experience and cultural connections
- Dedicated work placements
enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Technology placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK
- Multi-million pound industry-standard facilities
our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems; alongside stand-alone film and television studios| equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.
First year teaching focuses on the modern media landscape where you will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with digital, print and broadcast media as well as exploring the potential of visual media. In your second and third years you can choose from a wide range of professional, academic and creative pathways in line with your interests and ambitions to create a degree which is fascinating and relevant to your aspirations.
You can choose from theoretical options as well as from creative and professional modules and will be supported throughout your study by a friendly teaching team of media academics and industry professionals.
Joint degree options:
- Media and Drama Studies BA (Hons)
- English and Media BA (Hons)
- English Language and Media BA (Hons)
- Film Studies and Media BA (Hons)
- Journalism and Media BA (Hons)
Structure and assessment
In addition to the modules listed below you will also study modules from your chosen joint subject each year.
- Core Concepts in Media and Communication – introduces key theoretical models of analysis as well as the social/cultural contexts in which contemporary media operate and exert influence
- Media Cultures and Everyday Life – examines the notion of ‘culture’, a range of mediatised practices, cultural institutions and media/cultural industries
- Researching Media and Communication – explores the main research and analytic traditions in media and cultural studies • Media Discourse – investigates the ways that media texts function within contemporary culture
- Media, Gender and Identity – considers the role the media plays in our understanding of ourselves and others as individuals and as social beings
- Television Studies – examines the television industry, including the relationship between television schedules and the programmes that fill them
- Journalism 1 – introduces you to skills and competencies used by journalists and equips you with a basic knowledge of journalism law and key theoretical issues
- Political Communication – investigates the relationship between politics and the media and introduces the key components of the political communication system
- Public Relations 1 – introduces you to different types of public relations, the industry structures, and the tools used by practitioners to engage with audiences
- New Media 1: Design and Production – explores core theories and skills for graphic design and web design and development
You will select a combination of modules from:
- Dissertation – allows you to specialise in an extended area of study for the whole year and produce a detailed written study about a media issue or work on your own individual film project
- Global Advertising Practices – looks at the social, cultural, historical and institutional contexts in which advertisements are produced and consumed
- Writing for the Screen – offers you the opportunity to receive professional practical guidance from an industry practitioner on techniques of creative scriptwriting for television and film
- New Media 2: Creative Project– enables you to extend your understanding of the technologies and techniques involved in new media production
- Public Relations 2 – explores key academic debates and issues in public relations from a global perspective and helps you learn the skills required to secure a first public relations role
- Broadcast Journalism – this optional module allows you to explore and develop your broadcasting skills and involves real-world broadcasting on the university’s Demon Media facilities
- Sports Journalism – this module enables you to develop the skills required to be a sports journalist
- Identities – considers the production and representation of ‘identities’ across a range of media platforms – from those produced by large corporations to those created with a DIY ethos
- Audiences and Fandom – looks at audiences across different genres and media
- Paranormal Media – applies a range of existing, key debates and methodologies to the growing popular genre of Paranormal Media
- Cybernetic Media – explores the importance of cybernetics for understanding key contemporary concepts such as communication, information, feedback and networks
- Film Exhibition and Consumption – introduces students to the study of film exhibition, distribution and consumption with a focus on changing technologies
- Sport and the Media – examines the interdependent relationship between sport and the media focusing on political economy, identity formation and the role of audiences in the communication process.
Opportunities and careers
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for Cosmopolitan, the BBC, CBeebies, MentornMedia (Question Time), Hewlett Packard and News International. Graduates have also pursued careers in both the public and private sector and have gone on to work in advertising, SEO, sales, TV production, journalism, independent media, film, teaching and public relations agencies. Some graduates choose to continue their education by researching the media and related subjects at postgraduate master’s and doctoral levels of study.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.