The BA in Media & Communication Studies at Aberystwyth University explores who controls and owns our media, how media content is produced, and what kind of impact media has on us as audiences. We will also introduce you to some of the key media and communication theorists and will consider how you can apply their thinking to your own study of media and communications. This degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multi -platform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating. You will be taught and mentored by staff who are expert in the field of Media and Communication, have excellent connections to the industry, contribute to national debates on the media, and are at the forefront of research in the field. Students on this course will have a deeper understanding of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, philosophy, linguistics and marketing. Students will be taught in vibrant, modern and dynamic teaching facilities including a brand new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suites. Our industry links are embedded at the heart of the department with the BBC Wales, regional office and broadcast situated by the entrance. Students can exploit full access to the National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales which is a stone’s through away from the Penglais campus. This programme is taught by lectures, seminars and workshops allowing for the best interaction and active engagement. In addition, we deliver this programme through group-based project work, screenings and technical demonstrations You will be assessed through: Group-devised productions; Individual film and video projects; Research projects; Practical analyses; Production diaries; Creative script-writing; Formal essays and examinations. The three years of this degree will cover the relationship between media forms, media institutions and society, the links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media, key concepts and techniques of media production, directing, cinematography, editing, broadcasting history, journalism, advertising, script-writing. In your final year you will have the opportunity to produce, direct and edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction. Employability is at the heart of our teaching. We encourage our students by; Inviting guest speakers to our campus; Taking part in activities by the Media Skills Academy and Creative Skillset of which we are a member and accredited by; Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures. Many of our graduates have found career paths which include: Broadcasting media; Floor managers; Camera operators; Producers and directors; Marketing; Media Planning; Education; Public relations.