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Why study a degree in Media, Communication and Culture?

7th December 2016 Posted by: Maddie Broxup

AS I am currently in my third and final year of studying at Newcastle University, I can now say for sure that a humanities degree has many benefits. I am here to tell you about the 5 best things that I’ve found with a Media, Communication and Culture degree. If you are thinking about considering a degree within this field, then hopefully this list can help you out!

Being able to choose modules within different fields

A big misconception about a degree within the humanities field is that people think this is all you will ever learn, and therefore it will be easy. However, being able to choose optional modules that equate to a certain amount of credits broadens your knowledge and enables you to learn something new. Each university will provide different modules, and it is up to you to decide which ones you fancy, and which ones you don’t. This year I have chosen to take a ‘Finance in PR’ module, which has been so refreshing to be able to learn about finance for the first time!

Wide work experience opportunities

The digitalization of the modern world means that it is now a lot easier to get into a job within media than it was, say, 20 years ago. We are constantly consuming media, whether it is using Twitter, watching television, reading a magazine and viewing a billboard.  There are so many opportunities to go and carry out work experience within big companies, allowing you to boost your CV and showcase your skills. If they like you that much, they may even invite you back. Just a quick Google search allowed me to find a Channel 4 work experience application...

So. Many. Theorists.

Now, you may be wondering how this is a good thing about my degree. But believe me, being able to expand your knowledge of critical key thinkers is actually very beneficial. There is something quite satisfying when writing an essay and immediately having a relevant theorist pop into your head that you didn’t even need to Google search to remember their name! With this degree, be prepared to be introduced to some pretty interesting theorists, with some crazy concepts!

Realising there are so many different areas

When you tell somebody you are studying a degree within the field of media, the usual reaction is “Oh, so you want to work for a company like ITV then?” However, what people don’t realise is there are so many different paths that you can take that don’t mean you have to go into the stereotypical TV industry. Such careers include advertising, marketing, public relations, social media, graphic design, journalism, web design, and photography. The list is long, but you get the idea.

CREATIVITY

If you are thinking about a degree within the media field, there is a good chance that you view yourself as someone with a creative streak. Throughout this degree, there are plenty of opportunities to get stuck in and show off your skills, whether this is through using Photoshop or simply writing an essay. A split degree like Media, Communication and Culture, will provide varied modules – and you can guarantee there will be something there for everyone. So whether you see yourself as a digital whizz, or a more creative writer, you just choose what you are more comfortable with. 

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