Media Communication*


2018 entry

Our innovative and distinctive MA Media Communication is for those seeking to extend their study of the discipline, or improve their employability in media-related fields in the UK or internationally.

The University for the Creative Arts' course features a range of units, exploring the rapidly changing media landscape and offers students the opportunity to create digital material and contextualise it within contemporary academic perspectives. Historical influences on the shaping of the media and wider cultural and economic factors are all considered.

This is complemented by a thorough exploration of the modern technological determinants that drive communication and today's hyper-connected world. You'll discuss and debate the business imperatives, ethical and political issues which are arising from this change.

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Length of study:

One year full-time


September 2018


UCA Farnham

Course overview:

UCA is one of the largest centres for art, design, media and communication education in Europe, making it an exciting and stimulating place for media and communication studies. You're working alongside students of journalism, filmmaking, photography, animation, digital media and communication design. This gives fantastic and unique scope for cross-disciplinary thinking and working.

Our MA Media Communication course is situated in the Journalism and Media Department at UCA Farnham, which has many live connections with the media industry, including internationally. Our recent and current industry projects include working with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in Accra, and with China Central Television in Beijing. This work with industry informs our teaching and training and our approaches to the study of the contemporary media context.

The internet has radically altered the world of the media and the relationship between media producers and media consumers. Our staff and students are very active in the global debate about internet futures, internet infrastructures and internet regulation, and some attended the UN Internet Governance Forum events in 2011 and 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Baku, Azerbaijan. We also have a continuing link with the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum. Contemporary concerns in internet law and international internet regulation, and the live debates over issues such as freedom of expression, Big Data, privacy and intellectual property on the internet, are a particular feature of our MA Media Communication curriculum.

The study of film, photography and animation at UCA Farnham goes back to the 1970s, and the study of journalism to 1992. Masters level study at Farnham allows you to draw on this rich tradition of media and cultural studies and at the same time, engage with the latest contemporary debates about media futures.

*This course is subject to validation.

Course content - 2018 entry

You will be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and practical workshops where you’ll start to explore the relationship between theory and creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Context and Method

    This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines. It also outlines key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture.

  • Digital Images and Storytelling

    This unit introduces you to a range of practical digital image making tools: photography, video, graphics, typography, animation, sound, web design and writing content for online environments. To enable you to understand the visual and written content that the online environment demands.

During this term you study in-depth the business of media and engage with ideas about contemporary media.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • The Business of Media: Processes, Models, Law & Regulations

    In this unit you will examine the regulatory and intellectual property issues that you will need to engage with as a media professional.

  • Contemporary Media Debates

    In this unit you will examine models of media consumptions such as; consumers becoming producers, user generated content and ‘citizen journalism’, fake news and ideas about democratic participation and debates. You will also consider and develop a proposal and literature review for your dissertation.

In the third term of the course, you will undertake a sustained written research project.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Dissertation

    This unit enables you to undertake a major piece of research informed theoretical work of your choosing that enables you to examine and situate emerging media, media and journalism in the wider theoretical, social, political and professional contexts.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

This course prepares you for further research or study, or for a wide range of communication and media careers in:

  • Publishing
  • Media content production
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Corporate communications
  • Campaigns and communication in the public and the third sector
  • Media enterprise and business start-ups.

You may want to undertake further study/research to specialise even more.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll may invite you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

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