Reasons to study Media and Communication with Modern Languages 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 employability
through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects
Work placement opportunities
Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous work placements include experience at BBC Radio Leicester, Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, and many other employers in the media industries in the UK and abroad
Close links with local media partners
Including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Square; providing opportunities for work experience and cultural connections
Multi-million pound specialist facilities
Our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems, alongside stand-alone film studios equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities
Award winning student group, Demon Media
Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by taking part in the Demon Media group; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website. You can also become a member of the Media and Communication Society, Film Society, Media Discourse Group and reading groups
Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience across the world, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few
This dynamic and forward-looking course provides you with practical research skills and informed critical perspectives, and is taught by world-leading academic staff and researchers in media, television and cultural studies, with experienced practitioners in the field of public relations and new media.
Competence in another language has become an essential skill for success in the global job market. By combining your study of Media and Communication with a language, you will develop not only competence in the language itself, but will also enhance your employability; a language distinguishes you from other graduates. Did you know that French is an official language in 32 countries, with a projected growth to 750 million people worldwide by 2050; Mandarin is currently the language with the greatest number of speakers; and Spanish has over 470 million speakers worldwide including in Central and South American countries and the USA? You can start your study of languages at DMU (French or Mandarin) at beginner, GCSE (intermediate) or Advanced level.
You will take a 30-credit beginners or post-GCSE module in your chosen language, which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Media, Culture and Society
- Analysing Media and Communication
- Networked Media
- Photography and Video 1
- Language module (Basic User A1 or A2 depending on entry language level)
The modules will be drawn from the following:
- Researching Media and Communication
- Television Studies
- Journalism 1
- Media, Gender and Identity
- Public Relations 1
- Media Discourse
- New Media 1: Design and Production
- Citizen Media
- Photography and Video 2 (The Documentary Image)
- Language module (Basic User A2 or Independent User B1 depending on entry language level)
- Dissertation/Negotiated Project
- Journalism 2
- Forms and Practices of Radio
- New Media 2: Creative Project
- Advertising and Consumption
- Political Communication
- Writing for the Screen
- Audiences and Fandom
- Public Relations 2
- Political Communication
- Music Industry Management
- Negotiated Practice – Photography or Video
- Language module (Independent User B1 or Independent User B2 depending on entry language level)
Facilities and features
Teaching on the programme takes place in lecture and seminar rooms equipped with Blu-Ray, DVD and high definition projection screens. The practical workshops are taught using the latest technology in our media labs equipped with the latest Apple Pro and Apple iMac computers with cinema screens running on the latest operating software and Adobe Creative Suite 6. Students can use open-access computer labs, equipped with Apple Mac Computers and PCs with full technical support. The University also offers a series of fully-equipped workspaces for students undertaking group and collaborative work. The Kimberlin Library has a full range of current historical media and communication literature in addition to a vibrant and extensive range of relevant academic journals. Students on creative media modules have full access to a range of facilities including editing suites, TV studios, digital/analogue radio studios, dark rooms, multi camera blue and green screen studios, video production labs – designed for high-definition (HD) video extraction, HD editing, CGI, DVD creation and mastering.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
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.