Media and Communication - BA (Hons)

You’ll learn to analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives such as the role of ‘Fake News’ and the ethical responsibility of journalism in a ‘post-truth’ age.

You’ll explore issues such as digital media theory, identity and representation, politics and popular culture.

Course details

On our Media and Communication degree you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of our data-driven society and contemporary media environment.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Working in our specialist facilities, you’ll also get hands-on and engage with media production including documentary filmmaking, photography, and digital publishing; creating apps, podcasts or new online platforms.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


You’ll graduate from our BA (Hons) Media and Communication ready for many media-related roles, including broadcasting, film, photography or television production, media consultancy, journalism, public relations and advertising. You’ll also pick up skills for other professions that require an understanding of the media, including web design and publishing.

Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment.


You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by creative industry employers, including case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production/commissions.
  • Creative Moving Image
  • Media, Culture and Power
  • Sound, Text, Image
  • Theorising Popular Culture

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Digital Media Theory: Social Media, AI, and the Cultures of the Internet
  • Online Journalism
  • Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media
  • Television Genres
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Documentary Film Theory
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Photography
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Major Project
  • Major Project in Creative Media Practice
  • ‘Fake News’, Media Law and Social Conflict
  • Sound and Vision: Music and Media

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Television
  • Critical Approaches to Video Games
  • Cultural Politics of Celebrity
  • Digital Publishing
  • Experiments in Film and Moving Image
  • Gender and Popular Cinema
  • Anglia Language Programme