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The Department of Media Arts and Communication provides courses, undertakes research and develops industry links from across the media industries. Our expertise ranges from public relations and broadcast journalism to animation and games design.

For 40 years our staff and students have been exploring how people communicate. Our courses in digital media and media, PR and journalism are designed to meet the employment goals of our students and are regularly updated for today's communication and media careers. We have industry-standard facilities with software, sound and visual recording equipment along with broadcast and editing suites which allow students to produce live as they would in the working world.

Student success

Many of our students are nominated or win prizes at national and international festivals and competitions. This includes the Royal Television Society Student Awards where our students have won awards for the last two years. Some student work has been distributed commercially, broadcast on network television, published in the national press or distributed as commercial games. Our graduates go on to work as journalists, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, games designers, PR professionals and production personnel.


We have a growing research culture which reflects our full range of creative, critical and theoretical work as part of the Cultural, Computing and Communication Research Institute (C3RI). This informs our students' work and provides a business focused consultancy service.

Industry links

We work in partnership with the creative media industry and provide opportunities for our students to meet professionals throughout their studies. Every year we arrange the Pathways event where students can attend talks and workshops run by top professionals and organisations including BBC TV, Sumo Digital and Warp Films. Our final year students also exhibit their work to industry and the public during our annual degree show. Find out more.

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