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Communication Arts BA (Hons)

This innovative course focuses on how practice and theory within the media and creative sectors are informed by developments in society.

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Overview

Communication Arts immerses you in the theory and practice of media, arts and culture, focusing on the relationships between new technologies and creative expression. You will develop practical skills in radio production, video techniques, writing scripts and news, as well as directing your focus towards community media.

Teaching is delivered in multimillion-pound facilities, where you can enhance your practical skills in our Creative Technology Studios, which feature a host of audio recording suites, radio production studios and management systems, alongside film and television studios equipped with multi-cameras and blue and green screen facilities.

This varied course will prepare you for a career across professional industries such as film, radio, journalism, public relations (including social media), podcasting, video, design activism, music, public art, events, social advocacy and community projects.  

Key features

  • The course has been designed with your future employability in mind, with teaching across community media, media capture and processing, and community media leadership – preparing you for an extensive choice of careers including journalism, public relations and events.
  • Embrace our distinctive community media specialism, setting you up for a rewarding future in the public sector.
  • Learn in lecture and seminar rooms equipped with HD projection screens and sharpen your practical skills in our media laboratories, equipped with the latest software for Apple iMac and PC computers, as well as cinema and dual screens.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to carry out documentary film production in Bali, explore Tokyo’s anime scene and tour national broadcast studios in Berlin.
  • Benefit from close links with local media partners such as BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex Phoenix Square.
  • Join a range of student societies including our award-winning Demon Media group and gain valuable hands-on experience by contributing to its magazine, radio station, TV station and website.

Watch: Abi Gibson speaks about her experience studying Communication Arts at DMU.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 845F

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We are providing awards of £70, for students at the university on years one to three of study*, towards specialist printing.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students.  Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 845F

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We are providing awards of £70, for students at the university on years one to three of study*, towards specialist printing.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students.  Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited  Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Communication Practice
  • Community Media
  • Digital Society
  • Documenting Media 

 

Second year

Core

  • Communication Challenges
  • Community Media Production

Optional

  • Professional Practice: Film Festivals
  • From Script to Screen
  • Disney
  • Film and Material Culture
  • Contemporary British Cinema
  • Journalism 1
  • Public Relations
  • Television Studies
  • Political Communication
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art
  • Performing with Technology
  • Social Media Production
  • Video and Imaging Techniques
  • Radio Production

Final year

Core

  • Technology Project
  • Community Media Development

Optional

  • Music Industry Management
  • Cult Film
  • Information & Communication Technologies for Development
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Global Advertising Practices
  • International Public Relations
  • Women, Politics and Media
  • Music, Media and Community Arts
  • Installation Art
  • Radio Location Production
  • Post-Production for Video and Film
  • Social Media Practice
  • Creative Image Production
  • Creative Entrepreneurship

Teaching

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, group work, practical laboratory sessions and self-directed study taught by established academics and creative industry practitioners.

You will have the chance to contribute to the student-run Demon Media stable of multi-media platforms, including; The Demon Magazine, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and Demon website. By taking part in activities with all of these organisations you can develop your skills and apply the knowledge you have learned on your course in a practical way.

In the final year, students will work on a practice-based project enabling you to capitalise on your skills and experience and to develop your own portfolio of creative work.

 

Assessments

Assessed work includes essays, practical portfolios, scripts, news articles, online presentations and exams.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Teaching takes place in lecture and seminar rooms equipped with high-definition projection screens. Practical workshops are taught using the latest technology in our media labs equipped with Apple Mac Pro and iMac computers running on the latest operating software and with access to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Students can also use computer labs equipped with both Macs and PCs, plus there are fully equipped workspaces across the university for group and collaborative work.

Students on creative media modules have full access to a range of facilities including editing suites, TV studios, digital and analogue radio studios, dark rooms, multi-camera blue and green screen studios, video production labs designed for high-definition video extraction, high-definition editing, CGI, and DVD creation and mastering.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

A degree in Communication Arts can create opportunities to work in the creative industries such as advertising and marketing, design or publishing.

Graduates have pursued careers in both the public and private sectors, working in the digital sector, TV production, journalism, independent media, film, sales, teaching and public relations.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study in either research or taught areas, which provides opportunities for further specialisation and the enhancement of existing skills. 

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Student opportunities

Our innovative international experience programme aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Communication Arts students have previously visited Bangkok to teach English as a foreign language to schoolchildren, and taken part in an opportunity to experience freelancing in New Orleans with #DMUworks and #DMUglobal.

Closer to home, you will have the opportunity to work with Demon Media, the student-run media group at DMU which has its own newspaper, as well as a full-time online radio station, Demon TV and Demon website. Engaging with Demon Media outside of timetabled teaching can help enhance your specialist skills further.

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

Students from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local and national companies, including HBO, Stormburst Studios, Vita Industrial, IBM, 508 Kings Road Gallery, Microsoft, and Intel.

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