BA Degree in Communications: Media Studies – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

    January and September start dates

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Do you dream of working in film, television or digital media? Our BA degree in Communications specialising in Media Studies will help you do just that, preparing you to work in this exciting world by providing a thorough understanding of the communications and media industries.

Getting the right essential information is key. During the first two years of the degree all Richmond Communications students take the same core courses.

An inter-disciplinary approach will provide a breadth of communication topics, such as research and writing, creative expression and scientific reasoning as well as studying the principles and context of communications and media. You’ll be studying in small class sizes with students from all over the world, guaranteeing interesting and lively debate.  Guest lecturers will be invited to speak to BA Communications students, providing their insight and experience on the communications world.

In the third and fourth years of this programme you’ll be specialising in Media Studies in all its diversity, with a choice of electives from American Television Drama to Photojournalism, Modern Popular Music to Gender in Film.

Then this is your chance to put your ideas to the test when you will have the opportunity to pursue an internship with a media company or global organisation in London or internationally.  An internship can been life-changing, providing you with the experience to get the first rung on the career ladder.

Through our partnership with them, you’ll have membership of The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – Europe’s largest and most influential PR and communications membership body, which organises training, conferences and events for communications professionals.

This programme combines both theory and practice, providing an excellent preparation for a career in the media and, being based  in London, is home to many world-leading media organisations.

Like all Richmond  graduates, you’ll also be able to qualify with two degrees – one for the UK and one for the US.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • Combine a broad understanding of communications with in-depth knowledge of film, television and digital communications, a winning combination for a career in media
  • Benefit from the teaching of our renowned academics and guest lecturers
  • Gain vital work experience through an internship in a wide range of leading international organisations in London, the USA and China
  • Develop strong communication skills in small classes within an International environment, alongside students from all over the world
  • Chance to study in London, a hub of the global media communications industry
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    BBC, Bloomberg L.P, EMI Music, 19 Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Sony, Disney Television International, Omnicom, Viacom, Mediacom

    Further Education
    CASS Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, University of Sydney

    Career paths for Communication graduates
    Media, Marketing, Advertising, Corporate Communications, Music industry, Events Management

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Mass Communications and Society

Senior Seminar I

Foundations of Sociology

Cultural Theory

New Media

Foundations of Photography

Elective

Elective

Research & Writing I

Elective

Elective

Creative Expression

Elective

Elective

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Intercultural Communications

Political Communication

Senior Seminar II

Intro to Visual Culture

Social Research

Senior Project in COM

Scientific Reasoning

Elective

Elective

Quantitative Reasoning

Elective

Elective

Research & Writing II

Elective

Elective OR Internship

4 Years pathway

Core Modules

CORE SUBJECTS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Intercultural Communications

Mass Communications and Society

New Media

Foundations of Sociology

Introduction to Visual Culture

Cultural Theory

Senior Seminar 1

Foundations of Business (required for MK/PR strand) / Foundations of Photography (required for MS and MP strands)

 

Political Communications

Senior Seminar 2

Transitions I

 

Social Research

Senior Project in Communications

Transitions II

   

Quantitative Reasoning

   

Scientific Reasoning

   

Creative Expression

   

Research and Writing I

   

QFC Level 3 Elective

   

Electives

ELECTIVE MODULES

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

 

Plus three of the following:

Plus 1 of the following:

Plus 6 of the following OR Internship and 4 of the following:

 

The Language of Art

Video Production

Photojournalism

 

Worlds of Music

American Television Drama

Pop to Present: Themes in Contemporary US Art

 

Introduction to Advertising Practice

Modern Popular Music

PR and Self-Presentation in the Media

 

Communications for PR and Advertising

Masculinities and Feminisms

Fashion and Media

 

Sonic Media Production

Sociology of Culture and Subculture

World Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)

 

Contemporary London Performance (MP and MS strands only)*

Celebrity and Fan Culture

Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)

 

Writing Science Fiction (MP and MS strands only)*

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Transnational Cinema

 

Rich World, Poor World

Adaptations: Literature and Cinema

International Cinema

 

Introduction to Film Studies

Gender in Film

Picture of Power

 

Film in the Americas

Feature Writing

Media Ethic and Law

 

History of Fashion

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Global News Analysis

 

Introduction to Writing for the Media

  
 

Introduction to the Business of Fashion

  
 

Gender and Culture

  
 

Plus all of the following:

  
 

Research and Writing II

  
 

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives

  

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Undergraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

facebook_circle_color-512twitter_buttoninstagram logo circleyoutube_circle

PRCA - Logo Blue - Partner University

UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway

RU05

4 year pathway

P300
  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Related programmes

Undergraduate Prospectus

What our students say

I chose the Communications program at Richmond because of the broad variety of subjects covered and the chance to learn from professionals still active in their fields. The number of contact hours and the small class sizes meant I got to know my professors and their teaching styles and they got to know me and my interests, offering a number of networking opportunities. Hearing of their experiences in journalism, film, and the arts was one of the most valuable aspect of the course. The theories covered continue to be applicable in the workplace and class discussions with students from many different backgrounds helped to broaden my horizons and knowledge of the international media. Richmond has given me the tools to be successful in the media industry while teaching me to think outside of the box.

Lucy MathewsBA Communications: Media Studies

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
Richmond-upon-Thames
TW10 6JP
England

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)