Teaching and assessment
The MA in Media & Digital Communications is informed by both industry and research in order to deliver the most relevant content and develop future-facing skills.
Teaching methods include:
- Computer labs
- Concept mapping
- Creative labs
- Digital media analysis
- Field trips
- Film screenings
- Horizon scanning
- Social network analysis
- Taught lectures
These methods focus on individual and collaborative work, and are useful across knowledge and practice-oriented modules.
Contact hours and expected workload
There is an expectation that you will build and supplement your knowledge and skills with your own additional independent learning, as directed by your lecturers. This additional learning will include traditional skills like reading articles, core texts, and other key works, and you will also be expected to develop analytical skills through digital tools and programmes, such as social network analysis, digital surveys, social scraping, and using metrics.
You will take four core modules offered in Autumn and Spring, each of which are 20 credits. This will total 44 contact hours, alongside 156 hours of collaborative work, tutorials, independent learning, and preparation for assessments and course material. Although varied, each core module has at least two assessments as appropriate to the material.
You also have a number of different electives to choose from, representing the rich diversity of the field. Those modules, worth 20 credits, follow the same contact hours and workload as the 20 credit core modules.
Elective modules worth 10 credits provide 22 contact hours, and 78 hours of collaborative work, independent learning, tutorials, and preparation for assessments and course material, as appropriate to each module.
Finally, you will have a choice of your final assessment: either a research-oriented dissertation, or a creative project, or a placement. Each of these final assessments is worth 60 credits, involving a combination of directed learning and providing an opportunity for you to consolidate your new-found skills, knowledge, and expertise in independent and collaborative ways.
Programmes are taught by a diverse range of experts, including academic specialists, industry leaders, and practice-based insiders.
Methods of assessment
A wide range of assessment methods draw from both knowledge and practice-oriented skills, based on personalised instruction, guidance and supervision. In addition to traditional assessments like essays, portfolios, presentations, you will also be asked to engage a range of creative, digital, learner, and research-oriented assessment methods, incorporating design-thinking, data visualizations, collaboration, and digital labs. Some of these more innovative methods include concept mapping, social network analysis, transmedia strategy, digital platform analysis, and foresight analysis.
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