Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

Institute of Communications Studies

ICS Undergraduate Programmes

The Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) is one of the largest teaching and research institutes of its kind in Britain. We are currently ranked 4th in the UK and 35th in the world for Communication and Media Studies according to the QS World University Rankings and 6th for Communication and Media Studies in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. We’re especially proud that we attract the top students to our programmes – ensuring that you’ll study with equally high-achieving peers – and that we have one of the highest employment rates of graduates in the subject area. Of course, league tables only provide part of the picture so we encourage you to visit us and learn more about the teaching and support we offer our students.

There are over 500 students on our undergraduate degree programmes, making the Institute one of the largest teaching departments in the University. We place a great deal of importance on the quality of the teaching and learning experience that students receive, with an approach that  challenges them intellectually while supporting them during their career with us. Students are allocated a personal tutor in their first year to act as a point of contact and advice throughout their degree, while our student-staff forums ensure there is a regular opportunity for students to share their thoughts, opinions and suggestions for improvements with staff.

During their degree, many of our students produce award-winning work. Our graduates are employed throughout the media, communications and cultural industries, while our close links with industry allow us keep our courses up to date and our students in touch with the latest industry trends. Our aim for all students is that their degrees from ICS equip them with the skills and passion to pursue their careers to the highest level of success.

We offer four undergraduate courses:

BA Hons Broadcast Journalism - accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, this degree is for students interested in developing a career as a broadcast journalist. This degree focuses on developing the technical and theoretical skills required for working in radio, television and online journalism.  Intensive training in practical skills is complemented by options allowing students to explore broader communications environment, including online / multimedia journalism, documentary production, political journalism, and the creative and cultural industries.

BA Hons Cinema and Photography - for students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in digital film and photography. The degree includes core theoretical and practical modules while the options cover a wide range of topics including TV production, film editing, film production, digital photography, script writing, film history, digital imaging and documentary production.

BA Hons Communications and Media - for students interested in a broad theoretical grounding in the sociology and culture of communication and media industries. This is a flexible degree, where core modules are complemented by options in political journalism, public relations, new / online media, film studies, photography, the creative and cultural industries and international communications.

BA Hons New Media – for students interested in focusing on the theory and practice of digital / online media. The core modules help students develop their theoretical and practical knowledge of interactive media, web design, mobile media and other online technologies. These are complemented by a broad set of options relating to online design and technology, gaming, graphic design, public relations, media and communication theory.

The Institute also operates as a major research department. Many of the staff have written key books and articles on communications, media, film and culture, and the Institute undertakes research commissions for professional bodies, such as the BBC, the independent sector and research councils. As a student at ICS, you not only benefit from the knowledge of leading industry professionals, but will be taught by some of the leading scholars in the field, ensuring that you leave us with the ability to think both creatively and critically about the industry and career with which you engage.

For further information on our undergraduate degree programmes, check out the individual programme pages or email ics-ug-admissions@leeds.ac.uk. ICS welcomes applicants who come through the Access to Leeds scheme.

Alternatively, you can request a University of Leeds prospectus.

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