Media Communication

MA - UCA Farnham - 2019

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.

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.

Length of study:

One year full-time


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Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    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.

    Critical Contexts
    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.

    Option 1: The Media in Action
    Course information to be added shortly.

    Option 2: Digital Storytelling
    Course information to be added shortly.

  • Term 2

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

    The Business of Media: Processes, Models, Law, Regulation
    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.

  • Term 3

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

    Independent Research Project
    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.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £6,910
    • International students full-time - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.


Our Media Communication facilities include tapeless three-camera TV studio networked to our broadcast newsroom using industry Autocue production software. Two radio studios (one analogue and one digital) and dedicated journalism Mac and PC suites equipped with InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition and Scoop. Dedicated journalism studios and IT suites. Excellent campus library with an up-to-date stock of books and journals.

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Course connections

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

  • Careers

    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.
  • Further study

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

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


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

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or english language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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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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