Our Media degree develops your skills and passion for this rapidly changing and dynamic field. You'll explore media cultures from social networking and lifestyle magazines to anti-globalisation movements and computer gaming.
We offer an exciting mixture of theoretical and practical approaches to the study of media. During your degree, you'll develop advanced skills in the critical analysis of media texts, audiences and institutions, and you'll be encouraged to learn practical media production skills.
Media graduates are highly sought after for a wide range of roles and organisations. That's because this degree equips you with many skills that are highly prized by employers. As well as gaining in-depth knowledge relating to a broad field of communications, you'll develop project management skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
How you're taught
How will I learn?
We want you to develop a wide range of transferable skill that will put you ahead of the graduate crowd. You'll be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences that will help you to develop these valuable skills. As well as traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will take part in workshops and practical exercises.
You'll work in teams on real live projects and visit influential organisations within the industry. You'll regularly give presentations and we will work with you to plan your own personal development. As a university student, you will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
How will I be assessed?
Similarly, this course uses a variety of assessment techniques where you will get the chance to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. You'll be assessed through examinations and coursework essays, as well as demonstrating your practical skills via the production of electronic media. You will develop a portfolio of your work which might include reports, reviews, annotated bibliographies, brief reports or short critical analyses and you will also produce diaries, commentaries and presentations.
As well as your knowledge and understanding of the course content, these assessments are designed to test skills and qualities such as confidence in the presentation of written and oral arguments.
In the Media Practices, and Production and Media Communications pathways, other forms of practical assignments will be used, such as filming, editing, working with music, and sound and journalistic writing.
Links with industry
This course continues to develop its strong links with industry through its alumni and the teaching staff's own contacts. Industry live projects, competitions and professional bodies are a key feature of this course, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to current practices within industry.
You'll be actively encouraged and supported to undertake work experience placements, which usually take place during holiday times, outside of term time.
More student opportunities
You'll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.
You'll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.
Watch our video to find out more.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Creative industries in Nottingham
Nottingham has a thriving creative arts scene which feeds the local creative industries. Many successful TV production, digital design and marketing agencies have chosen to base themselves in Nottingham.
The creative industries in Nottingham include organisations like:
- Nottingham Contemporary
- Broadway Cinema and Media Centre
- Antenna Media Centre
- Year 1 coursework (70%) and written (30%)
- Year 2 coursework (100%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (76%) and placements (2%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%)
Careers and employability
Your career development
You'll graduate with cutting-edge knowledge and skills that will prepare you for work in the media industries, as well as a wide range of other professional, commercial and community-based occupations.
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many initiatives in place to help enhance your future career.
Examples of these are:
- work placements within the media and creative industries
- live media project work with industry clients
- visiting alumni and guest speakers from industry
- links to charity organisations needing media support
- links to local festivals including GameCity and Southwell Folk Festival needing media and AV support to build student experience
- technical support and advice for students entering local/national/international media awards and competitions.
… on graduation
Recent NTU graduates have gone onto jobs in:
- TV production
- media policy-making and administration in the public and private sectors
- PR, marketing, promotions, and advertising
- film production and distribution
- newspaper and magazine journalism
- research in the humanities or social sciences (including MA Media and Globalisation)
- radio presenting.
Recent Media graduates have gone on to work in graduate-level positions with:
- BBC – World News Team
- British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) – commercial operations assistant
- Brit Asia TV – music show production staff
- Pro Media – events organiser / film maker
- Coca Cola – customer development representative.
Other careers include:
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Career and Placement Centre – enhancing your employability
Our friendly and experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. Find out more about our Careers Service.
Media Production: Video Projects
The videos featured on this page are all examples of student project work. Produced by Year Two Media students they are based on a student communications brief from the NTU Environment Team. You can find more 'Eco videos' produced by Media students on the NTU YouTube channel.
Media laboratories and equipment
We have specialist media laboratories where you will develop multimedia production skills. Equipment includes:
- HDV camcorders
- lighting kit
- voice recorders
- finalCut software
- sound equipment.
This equipment is supported by technical staff and is available as free hire for student project work.
Societies and student media
Nottingham Trent University has award-winning student TV and radio stations that many media students get involved with.
Find out more about student societies at the Student Union website. Or check out:
Current students also run a number of societies that you can get involved in, including the Languages and Linguistics society and Debating society.
Books and library resources
In the library you'll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books from your reading list. The library also stocks periodicals that focus on Creative Writing forums.
Clifton Campus has its own Blackwell's Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office
- web browsing
- networked file storage
- high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.