Undertake in-depth investigation of how media and communications saturate our lives and the role that they play in society. Competence in multiple languages is key to success in the global job market, so by combining your studies with a language, you will distinguish yourself from other graduates and enhance your employability.
On this course you will explore a diverse range of modules such as photography and video, television studies, and music industry management. You’ll have the chance to ask questions about representation in the media, and the place of audiences and fandoms. You will be able to choose from modules exploring journalism, political communication, advertising and consumption, and writing for the screen, gaining a range of skills that make you attractive to global employers.
For your language studies you can choose from French, the official language in 32 countries, Mandarin, the world’s most natively spoken language. You can start your study of languages at DMU at beginner (French or Mandarin), intermediate, or advanced level, through a 30-credit module which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week.
Our graduates have gone on to work in fields such as journalism, PR, media production, marketing and as editors at leading organisations such as Brunswick, JMM PR and AKQA (Audi, Warner Bros, Nike), Mentorn Media (Question Time), Independent New Media, Yours Magazine and Universal Pictures.
- 100 per cent of Media and Communication graduates are in work or further study within six months, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU.
- Enhance your employability through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects.
- Gain industry experience by undertaking a work placement. Previously students have completed placements at employers such as BBC Radio Leicester and Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema.
- Benefit from close links with local media partners including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Square.
- Our creative technology studios feature a host of broadcast-standard radio production and audio recording studios and management systems, alongside stand-alone film studios equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities.
- Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by taking part in award-winning student group Demon Media, with 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.
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.
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