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Contemporary Media Cultures (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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With a strong focus on key concepts in media and cultural studies, BA in Contemporary Media Cultures (Hons) offered at the University of the Arts London (UAL) investigates the role that media, cultural and creative processes play in shaping today’s world.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • A unique blend of theory and practice: this theory-based course helps you develop critical thinking by putting your ideas into practice through the use of digital technologies, film and photography. You’ll develop a critical understanding of different media industries.
  • Personalisation: In year 1 and 2, you will have the chance to personalise your degree by choosing an optional unit from a course in the Media and Communications programme.
  • Work experience and networking: The course prepares you for a successful career in the media industry, from photography to filmmaking, curation to digital practices, providing insights into the creative industry. The industry-based speaker series in years 2 and 3 provide students with opportunities to network with industry professionals and organisations.
  • International opportunities: As part of Creative Week in Year 2, we organise a study trip to New York where you can visit various media companies and liaise with experts in the field.
  • Where graduates have gone to work: A great number of our recent graduates have been accepted into prestigious Master programmes in the field of Music, Fashion, Cultural Studies and Media. Our students have found full-time positions in media, communication and arts industries.

Careers and alumni

BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures will help you to build up a range of transferable skills; the capacity to organise your ideas and make arguments; the ability to critique cultural objects and cultural practices; understand how the media is organised and how this organisation shapes content.

You will also build your confidence and develop the ability to present your ideas in a creative and authoritative way.

Graduates develop successful careers in the media, cultural and creative industries, including media and communication management and research, advertising, marketing, PR and film festival development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Key concepts in Media and Culture
  • Theory and Analysis in Media Culture 
  • Global Media Cultures
  • Identity and Difference 
  • Television and Its Futures

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business/ Business Studies, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Marketing, Humanities and Social Sciences, Film and Production).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum 

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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