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Liberal Arts (Media & Communications)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2022
  • Future start date: Sep 2022
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: £18,500
  • UCAS code: LS06
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

For January 2022 entry, this course is titled BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) with Integrated Foundation. All other course details remain the same.

Study a degree that’s tailor-made for you.  

A liberal arts degree gives you the freedom to focus on the subjects that most interest you. You’ll concentrate on a major area of study while maintaining a breadth of learning spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Liberal Arts with Integrated Foundation incorporates an extra year of study to prepare you for your undergraduate degree. Once you have completed the foundation year, you will progress directly on to the three-year BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Media & Communications) degree.  

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The Media & Communications Major

The Media & Communications Major offers a critical examination into the history, development and future of this influential industry.  

You will engage in current industry trends and debates. Guest lectures hosted by media experts and visits to London’s leading media organisations will give you vital industry insight and valuable business connections.  

Creative workshops will train you to produce industry-standard content across visual, digital and emerging platforms. This includes video, photography, social and digital media as well as traditional methods of communication.  

Elective modules will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and also give you a broad skillset.   

Options to learn a language and study abroad at one of our international partners will help expand your learning and global outlook.   

This Major will develop you as a multi-skilled media professional who is able to work in a range of positions within this rapidly evolving industry.  

 

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Structure

Undertake a four-year, full-time programme, in which you'll combine your major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests. Following the foundation year, the three-year degree course will feature four elements: 

    • A major area of specialisation 
    • An optional minor 
    • Several core modules 
    • A wide selection of elective modules 

    You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.  

    You’ll also take part in three core Liberal Arts modules (Leadership and Liberal Learning, Effective Research, Capstone) and one Global Perspectives module that facilitates interpersonal, intercultural, cross-disciplinary learning, increasing self-awareness and a sense of global citizenship. Topics include employability, equality, entrepreneurship, diversity and sustainability. 

    Study abroad

    In addition to studying in the heart of London, you’ll have the chance to study abroad for a term in your second year – replacing the second term of your Regent’s degree.  

    This provides you with the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. 

    Foundation Year

    Module Title Overview
    Arts Appreciation This module introduces you to a number of different creative art forms, each of which will be approached through the concept of ‘performance’. During each session, you will consider the social history and purpose of different text-based and visual art forms and consider how the concept of ‘performance’ can be applied to them. You will also be asked to evaluate your own experiences of artistic performance.
    Business and Management This module will introduce you to the study of business, its structure and functions in a global environment. It will give you an understanding of different types of business structures and ownership, key business concepts and economic principles. You will approach major functional areas of a business including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.
    Foundation Seminar 1 This module will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. You’ll examine literature, philosophy, religion, art and science from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. This module will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other.
    Foundation Seminar 2 This module offers an introduction to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. Approaching great works from the French Revolution to the contemporary era, you will consider topics such as literature, philosophy, religion, art and science through a Western lens.
    Humanities This module will introduce you to the humanities and the differences in subject matters, approaches and techniques across these related disciplines. You will focus on a particular theme and examine it from different disciplinary perspectives across the field of humanities.
    International Relations This module will introduce you to the basic principles of international relations and equip you with the skills to contextualise and critically evaluate the relationship between states in a globalised world. You will investigate the politics of war and peace and the role of international law and international organisations. You will also examine the implications of inequality, globalisation, power distribution and technology and their impact on decision-making by international actors.
    Media Communications In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will help you understand the relationship between media, society and culture. You’ll be introduced to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms of conceptual tools, this module gives an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications.
    Political Science This module will introduce you to the main concepts within the field of political science. Classes will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leadership, power, parliaments, government and many more. You will be introduced to theoretical frameworks and learn how to analyse a wide range of political phenomena. Emphasis is placed on establishing good research skills in order to construct strong arguments using a wide range and diverse sources.
    Psychology Why do people behave in the way that they do? This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology. You will be introduced to the history of psychology as well several different topics and approaches which emphasise the breadth of this disciplinary field. The aim is to establish basic skills in relation to library usage, note taking, reading academic materials, making decisions about sources, critical and analytical thinking, essay planning and writing skills, with a particular emphasis on how these skills are applied in psychology.
    Quantitative Literacy This module will introduce you to the basic concepts of data analysis, covering probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on ‘real world’ application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

    Year 1 (Core Modules)

    Module Title Overview
    Analysing Media: Texts, Audiences and Production This module will teach you how to analyse media texts using a variety of methods including semiotics, textual, discourse and visual analysis. You will examine how meaning circulates across production, mediation and reception. This will help you gain an understanding of the relationship between media texts and their historical, political and cultural contexts.  

    For students starting in January 2022, this module is called Analysing Media: Texts, Audiences and Production. For students starting in September 2022 or later, this module is called Analysing Media, Texts and Audiences.
    Global Perspectives This University-wide common module facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values. It will encourage you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking you to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and a sense of global citizenship, preparing you for your subsequent studies.
    Journalism in Society This module introduces you to basic concepts and theories outlining the role, purpose and functions of journalism within society. These theories draw from core principles relating to the freedom of information such as liberty of the press and freedom of speech. The module examines the early history of journalism including the revolutionary role of the printing press. It will also address yellow journalism as well as the growth of media ownership between the 18th and the 21st century, leading to today’s media moguls. By bridging theoretical foundations with case studies mapping the history and development of journalism in society, you’ll gain an understanding of the close relationship between journalism, politics and democracy.
    Liberal Arts Seminar – Leadership and Liberal Learning The purpose of this core module is to help you build awareness and develop potential leadership capacity through engagement with the curriculum. Taking an integrated approach, this module focuses on four interdependent fundamental competencies: critical thinking, communication, cross-cultural understanding and the development of ethical capacity.
    Media, Communications and Culture This module gives an overview of the field of media and communications, incorporating well-developed insight into key areas of influential and current research. You will learn how to critically analyse and understand the complex relationship between media, communications and culture. Examining the multiple ways different theoretical traditions can and have been applied to contemporary phenomena will help you understand the transformative nature of media processes, practices and platforms. This module will give you a broad understanding of the intersections between media economics, politics and culture that make up today’s dynamic media systems.
    Photographic Practice This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography. You will learn how to address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. During seminars you will explore the work of notable photographers and produce your own photography in response to their work. Learning technological requirements of digital formats such as file types and resolution as well as basic digital manipulation and post-production techniques will teach you how to create the perfect portfolio.
    Four elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

    Year 2 (Core Modules)

    Module Title Overview
    Introduction to Film Studies This module will introduce you to the key techniques, methods and theories of film-making and audio-visual media. You will learn to deconstruct film language with a view to understanding how filmmakers attempt to tell stories, convey meaning and engage with their audiences. You will engage with media debates about the perceived value of cinema as a business and a art form, as entertainment, and as a cultural product. You will be expected to engage with a wide range of possible approaches to audio-visual analysis, and apply theoretical ideas to diverse examples of contemporary, historical, familiar and less familiar films.
    Introduction to Media Production The module will introduce you to media production and help you develop the skills needed to produce competent and coherent broadcast news reports, interviews and short feature stories. It combines both theory and practical experience in planning, pre-production, video and audio recording and post-production.
    Liberal Arts Seminar – Effective Research This module addresses the fundamentals of academic research, its aims and ethics. It will teach you how to use established research methodologies and engage critically with sources in order to interpret research discoveries. You will be introduced to various forms of academic research and their practical application in both the humanities and social sciences. These will include the handling of historical sources, interviews, surveys/questionnaires and content analysis.
    Media and Ethics This module introduces you to the ethics of media activities including journalism, photography, film, video, digital and social media, public relations, and advertising. You will examine current and influential cases where difficult ethical decisions were made based on professional, social and legal standards. You will learn to analyse core ethical issues and consequences in contemporary media practices and evaluate the logic reasoning informing media professionals within rapidly changing industries. This module will train you to practice applied ethics in professional media contexts.
    Understanding Social Media This module explores the theory and practice of social media. You will first trace the social and technological history of social media before examining the philosophy, ethics, meanings, and uses within society. Using this insight, you will experiment with creating your own content through a series of own social media projects.
    Visual Cultures in the Digital Age Contemporary visual cultures are increasingly shaped by different uses of digital technologies, such online self-presentations, vlogging and online social media movements. This module examines contemporary visual cultures on digital media from a critical perspective. You will look at the various uses and forms of visuals such as vlogs, memes and selfies through a critical lens and situate contemporary visual cultures within a broader social context.
    Four elective modules  You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

    Year 3 (Core Modules)

    Module Title Overview
    Current Issues in Media and Public Relations This module examines the contemporary and emergent issues that media communications and public relations professionals currently face in modern society. You will cover timely topics such as environmental change, diaspora and media, reality television, branding, advertising and image in politics, marketing and culture and social movements.
    Global Media Economies This module explores the economic and symbolic value of global media industries. You will examine the production, distribution, and consumption of global media, gaining an understanding of the role it plays in relation to international relations and national sovereignty. You will also learn about the industrial, political, ethical and economic factors that determine the work of artists and other communicators at home and abroad. By the end of this module, you will understand the powerful role global media and the creative industries play in how we see ourselves and others, how they inform and direct public discourse.
    Media and the Law This module offers a solid grounding in various legal disciplines that underpin media law. It focuses on the ways relevant legal provisions apply to traditional media and explores how the law is adapting to appropriately respond to the growth of 24/7 news and the new world of social media. Ample emphasis is placed on seminal cases and cutting-edge issues, as the law cannot be divorced from media practice. You will learn how the law approaches social media communications and navigating the risks involved in the use of social media tools. You will also develop a critical understanding of the crucial role of intellectual property rights in protecting innovative and creative endeavour in the media sector.
    Political Communications This module will introduce you to the structure of political communication network, information sources. You will examine the influence of media on real time political communication and learn how communication practice can affect political attitudes and behaviours.
    The Liberal Arts Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of your learning and experience to bear on a major project. The Capstone runs over two semesters and can take the form of either a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation. It will be supervised by one or two academics depending on the nature of the project.
    Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

    How to apply

    Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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    That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

    There's still time to submit an application. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

    Step 1: Apply

    You can apply in the following ways:

    • Apply through our website
    • Apply through UCAS  (The Regent’s UCAS code is R18)

    If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

    • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
    • One academic letter of recommendation
    • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
    • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
    • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

    Credit Transfer

    • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

     Step 2: Receive a response to your application

    You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

    We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

    For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

    Step 3: Accepting your offer

    If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

    Please see here for information on how to pay.

    Step 4: After you have accepted your place

    Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

    Information for international students

    If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

    Scholarships and funding

    There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

    For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

     

    Fees

    Tuition fees

    Annual fee: £18,500

    Non-refundable advance deposit

    Home/EU students: £1,000

    Non-EU students: £4,000

    What do fees include?

    Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

    What other costs should I budget for?

    Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

    The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

    When are fees paid?

    Fees are payable in the following instalments:

    • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
    • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
    • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

    Calculating fee increases

    • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
    • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
    • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
    • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
    • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
    • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

    Study Period Abroad (SPA)

    Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States.
     
    A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

    Teaching and assessment

    As a small university, we centre our teaching around your individual goals – identifying the skills and support you need to thrive. 

    Small, interactive classes (of 20 students or less) ensure you’ll have a high level of contact with your tutors, enabling you to develop your individual strengths and interests. 

    Teaching staff

    Learn from staff who combine strong academic credentials with deep industry experience, offering insights into the latest trends and the chance to apply your learning practically. 

    Attend regular guest lectures with industry professionals: networking and developing partnerships with business owners, journalists, curators, scientists, artists, historians – the list goes on. 

    Academics are experts in their fields, but they’re also broad thinkers, able to support your learning across other disciplines throughout your study, so you’ll emerge a well-rounded, innovative thinker. 

    You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor who’ll help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions and future career. 

    Practical learning

    Engage in authentic experiences that encourage collaboration and self-expression: learning through hands-on tasks such as debates, discussions, role plays, simulations, group projects and workshops, designed to help you develop skills including critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. 

    Take field trips to business hubs, museums, galleries and labs, and join work placements to put your learning in context – building your professional network and gaining a competitive edge. 

    You’ll never learn in silo – everything you study will be connected. You’ll explore topics from a wide range of perspectives, learn to understand the relationships between subjects and start to connect themes and topics across modules.  

    Contact hours and expected workload

    Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, you’ll receive 12-13 hours per week as your final capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one. 

    You’ll receive a minimum of 10 hours of one-on-one time with your supervisor, to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions. 

    Assessment

    At Regent’s, assessments are designed to consolidate your learning – helping you develop practical skills that’ll be useful in your future career.  

    Assessment methods vary according to your major and your combination of elective modules, but could include essays, journals, reports, creative portfolios, group projects, presentations, research papers, online exercises and examinations. 

    In your final year you’ll complete a major project that brings together the breadth of your learning, combining the knowledge and skills from your major with thinking from other subject areas.  

    The Liberal Arts Capstone can either take the form of a reflective project or a traditional written dissertation and is highly personalised – reflecting your unique mix of modules. 

    Disability Support

    We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

    Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

    Entry requirements

    Academic requirements

    A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

    Minimum entry requirements for Level 3 students

    One of the following qualifications: 

    • 5 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent
    • US High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.5 
    • Equivalent qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University

    We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications.

    English Language requirements

    We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

    • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
    • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

    This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

    For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

    Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

    We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

    Careers

    You’ll graduate with a wide range of skills valuable in any workplace, including critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, communication, teamwork and problem-solving – ready to become an engaged, thoughtful and well-informed global leader.  

    Industry-active academics and our Graduate Outcomes Team can help to connect you to world-renowned companies, where you’ll build workplace skills and connections you’ll lean on throughout your whole career. 

    Liberal Arts alumni have a high rate of employment and occupy various high-profile positions across academia, entrepreneurship, finance, politics, law, management, the arts, marketing, PR, psychology and consultancy. 

    Many Liberal Arts graduates also pursue postgraduate study at Regent’s, launch successful enterprises and expand existing family businesses, while making the most of Regent’s lifelong career support and innovative entrepreneurial space. 

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    BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) with Integrated Foundation

    For entry in January 2022. Anyone starting in January 2022 will graduate from this degree. For future start dates, please see the next box.

    BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Media & Communications) with Integrated Foundation

    For entry in September 2022 and future: updated course title. Anyone starting in September 2022 and future will graduate with this title. All other course details remain the same.

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