Reasons to study media

12 April 2021
A student in Bellerbys' Media Studio

Media is an integral part of our modern society. Our favourite movies, the vloggers and bloggers on the internet, advertisements, and the daily stream of television news are all forms of media we engage with every day. But what is media studies, and why should you study it at university?

What is media studies?

Generally, a media studies degree will give you the knowledge and tools to understand the media in the world around us, as well as the skills to create media yourself. As the amount of media we consume increases, people that can critically engage with content, and create their own high-quality media, are only becoming more in-demand.

By choosing a media studies degree you can develop your practical abilities and hone your skills in an area you find exciting. Upon graduating, you will stand out in a competitive job market while having a greater understanding of the industry.

Even if you decide not to pursue a creative career, the experience gained from a media studies degree is useful across many industries.

What to expect from a media studies degree?

Media studies is a wide-ranging subject with lots of different degree options. Your media studies degree will consist of the modules that will help you develop the skills necessary to be successful in your future career. The range of modules will change depending on your degree.

Most degrees result in a Bachelor of Arts award, and usually last for three years. Some media studies degrees may be four years long if, for example, the degree offers a year in-industry, a sandwich year or if your chosen university is in Scotland.

Types of learning

Media degrees can be very practical. They might see you using photography studios, audio recording booths to narrate a video, or you could be outside filming an interview with an important local figure.

In other degrees, you will be using theories learnt in class to critique and analyse various media types. You may reflect on how a movie is constructed, or how a documentary creates a narrative. Nowadays you might analyse digital media, such as social networks and video games, as a part of your degree course too.

Many media studies degrees have a mix of practical and theory-based learning so you graduate equipped with a variety of skills in preparation for an exciting career.

Media studies degree options

By successfully completing the Bellerbys Media Foundation, you can progress to a wide range of exciting undergraduate media studies degrees at excellent UK universities. Many of our students have gone on to study degrees like:

• Media and Communications

• Filmmaking

• Television Production

• Journalism

• Digital Media

Why study media?

Alongside the number of exciting paths you could take with a media studies degree, there are many other reasons to study the subject, especially in the UK.

Opportunities to specialise

As a part of your undergraduate degree, there may be opportunities to specialise in an area of media that you like the most. At the start of your second or third year, you may be offered a choice of modules so you can focus your studies on the area of media you are most excited by. By specialising, you show prospective employers that you have relevant experience and a genuine excitement for the industry.

Your module options might include:

  • Journalism
  • Digital Marketing
  • Film Studies
  • Video Editing.

Skills for your media career

Naturally, by choosing media studies you’ll gain practical skills that are useful for a media career. Depending on the scope of your degree, you can expect to improve your ability with a camera, develop your creative writing skills, or gain experience behind the scenes of a production.

By choosing a more academic-focused media studies degree, you will be able to thoroughly analyse and critique different types of media. This skill lends itself to a career in journalism, or as on-screen talent. If you would like to continue your academic career, there may be research opportunities available after you graduate too.

Skills for any career

Even if you don’t choose to pursue a media career once you graduate, you’ll still have developed useful skills that can be applied to many job roles. For example, through your degree, you could gain experience working in creative and collaborative environments, develop your project and time management skills, as well as improve your technological abilities.

Use your creativity

Throughout your degree, you’ll be able to showcase your creative spark. On your course there will likely be graded tasks that involve making a piece of media, such as a TV broadcast, a blog post, press release, or a digital advert. To complete these projects, you may have to collaborate with your classmates, which can be an enriching experience and is a great way to make new friends and gain experience working as part of a team. By choosing to study media you can create something you are proud of while having fun.

Why study media in the UK?

Develop your English

If you study media in the UK you will improve your English language skills. As part of your degree you may have to write, present and analyse media in English. Having excellent English skills, alongside your native language, is a very sought-after skill in jobs across the world.

International media networks

The UK is a hub of media activity. Esteemed media networks that are known around the world like the BBC, ITV, and Sky are all based here. There are also smaller creative businesses that are always looking for high-achieving media graduates to join them.

Media job opportunities

With bigger businesses offering graduate schemes and entry level job opportunities across the country, as well as the post-study work visa, the UK is a great place to start your media career.

How to study media in the UK?

If you would like to study media abroad in the UK, you can choose our fantastic Media Foundation course, available at Bellerbys College Brighton. The 3-term programme is designed to help international students onto a media studies degree at top UK universities.

Upon joining the Media Foundation, you’ll receive a guarantee of a conditional offer* from the following universities:

• Coventry University

• Leeds Art University

• Royal Holloway, University of London

• University of Surrey

• University of Westminster

Loughborough University offer conditional progression for students studying our Media Foundation (subject to achieving the agreed entry requirements and submission of a correctly completed UCAS application.

Throughout your programme, we will help you with your UCAS application so that you’re ready to apply for the UK university of your choice when you successfully complete your programme.

You can find out more about Bellerbys here and learn why we are a great place to start your studies abroad.

*Offer of guaranteed progression subject to submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference and personal statement, meeting required standard, passing A Level/Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Only for degree programmes listed and conditions stated on conditional progression letters.