Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.
This programme enables you to combine our popular BA Communication and Media with a Minor pathway in Game Design Studies – a new and distinctive provision in the study of interactive audiovisual media.
Programme in detail
The world we live in is dominated by media in many forms: From entertainment and culture through news and social media to politics and promotion, the media shapes our understanding of what we know and what we consume. Whether you want to work in one of these areas, to research their impact or simply to understand more about our relationship with media, this programme provides a thorough introduction with plenty of opportunities to develop specialist skills.
A wide range of optional modules allow students to pursue their own interests and focus on particular media and communication forms, analysing how they are organised as text, how they represent the world to us and ourselves to the world (from global power politics to constructions of individual identity), and how the media industries are organised to produce and profit from them. But we teach all of our students to acquire strong research skills and they are given the opportunity to practice them through independent or collaborative research.
The Minor pathway in Game Design Studies provides a more specialist element to your studies. You will follow modules from other areas of the School of the Arts, as well as a suite of bespoke interdisciplinary modules concerning the design and interpretation of games. Topics include the history and development of gaming cultures, the complex nature of interactive media, and the critical issues that accompany engagement with virtual worlds.
Digital games represent one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment media: consequently, there is a growing need for many jobs that are not only in the games industry, but in surrounding industries as well. This programme develops a wide range of skills that prepare students for employment at various entry points in the job market, including content creation, publishing, journalism, and marketing.
Year in Industry
This programme is available with a Year in Industry. Year Three is spent on a paid placement within an organisation in industry, broadly defined. You will be supported by the School of the Arts and the Department throughout, and your reflexive written account of the experience will contribute towards your final degree result. If you wish to study this programme with a Year in Industry please put the option code YI in the Further Choices section of your UCAS application form.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
111 Year One undergraduates in 2018
97% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016/17)
Why this subject?
Immerse yourself in a city known as a political and creative force
What better place to immerse yourself in the subject than Liverpool, a city with a reputation as a political and creative force, with a thriving production sector and a unique cultural heritage? The Department has close links to cultural industries and venues in the city, some of which collaborate with us in offering assessed work placements as part of our programme of study.
Join an expanding and vibrant Department
In recent years, the Department has grown and we are now able to offer an even greater choice of modules, taught by staff with national and international reputations who are actively researching and publishing in their fields.
Be part of our supportive community
Although we are expanding, we are still a small friendly Department with a family ethos, so personal interaction with students is at the heart of what we do, offering learning support, extensive feedback and pastoral care.
Year in Industry
If you choose the programme with a ‘Year in Industry’, you will spend Year Three on a paid placement within an organisation in the media industry, broadly defined. Support for your placement will be provided by the Department and the School of the Arts.
Your reflexive written account of the experience, connecting it to your academic studies, will contribute towards your final degree result, before your programme concludes with a fourth and final year of academic study in Liverpool.
Our third year module ‘Viral Video’ enables students to develop practical skills in videomaking. Check out their efforts on our dedicated YouTube page by clicking here, or search ‘Media/Pool’.