What to expect from Media at the University of Chester

Interested in studying a degree in Media? Take a look at our interview with Head of Media Dr Alec Charles to find out what you can expect as a Media student at the University of Chester.   

Does your course offer students the opportunity to develop the range of skills needed for work in the current and future media industry?

Our own research and industry advisors have shown that a combination of multimedia should underpin the success of future media industry professionals. We have therefore designed a programme in which students develop radio, television, online and reporting skills, as well as having the opportunity to choose from optional modules in photography, music production, advertising and film studies. Each student has the opportunity to develop a broad range of essential media skills, while being able – as their studies progress – to specialize increasingly in their particular areas of media interest.

Do your lecturers have knowledge, expertise and connections in the media industries?

It is of course vital that your course gives you access to key skills, networks and knowledge. Our BA Media programme features regular guest speakers (including our own successful graduates) from the media industry and is taught by a strong team of media professionals whose work is underpinned by our own cutting-edge research. Our department also offers students the opportunity to take part in an annual international field trip to see how media industries work in other countries. Each year we also host our annual North West Media Showcase at which students and industry guests (and friends and family) get to see screenings and exhibitions of our students’ fantastic work.

Does your course have access to professional media facilities?

It is of course really important that students have real live professional media experience. In addition to our fully equipped TV studio and our brand new multimedia suite and gallery, our professionally licensed award-winning radio station gives our students the opportunity to produce and present their own radio shows which are available through local broadcast and via our website. Our station also hosts its own annual awards ceremony in which our students’ shows are awarded prizes by a panel of radio industry professionals. Our students have full access to our studios, edit suites and Mac Labs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time.

Do students have opportunities for professional projects and work experience?

It is increasingly important that media students develop their own portfolios and CVs to promote their professional futures in the broadcast industries. In addition to modules in work-based learning and experiential learning, our media students regularly produce projects for professional clients as part of their studies and as extra-curricular activities.

Have your students or graduates recently won any awards?

Industry recognition is of course a key indicator of the success of any university programme’s students and graduates. In the last 12 months two of our own television graduates have been recognized by the Edinburgh International Television Festival’s talent scheme – while another of our TV graduates has won his fourth Royal Television Society award. Our radio students have just been nominated for a Jerusalem broadcasting award and our radio station won this year’s Student Radio Association award for Best Training Initiative. One of our journalism students has won a writing award – and we’ve also hosted a visit from one of our music production graduates who was named as one of the UK’s top young music professionals.

 

Want to know more?

If you want to find out more about studying BA Media at the University of Chester take a look at our website, or email a.charles@chester.ac.uk

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