Explore contemporary culture
Media Studies at Kent is at the forefront of contemporary media theory and practice. Our course teaches you how to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the digital age. You will also gain competitive skills for careers in the creative industries of the future. Our focus areas include: Digital Culture and Society, Industry and Creative Production, Factual Entertainment, and Promotional Media.
Our degree programme
In the twenty-first century, the boundaries between audiences and producers have blurred. On our programme, you will examine how old and new media are shaping the culture of today and tomorrow. You have the choice from a range of cutting-edge modules including podcasting, gender and digital culture, social media, media ethics, video production and photography.
You will also learn and hone practical skills, such as camerawork, editing, public speaking, writing, basic web design and marketing, which equip you for employment in the digital space and creative industries. We prepare our students for a wide range of professions in fast-developing areas such as:
- Digital Content Production
- Podcasting, TV, Documentary and Factual Entertainment Production
- Digital Marketing and Promotion
- Media Criticism, Research and Teaching
- Creative Industries PR and Management
Our programme enjoys excellent links with industry, which helps you build vital career connections. We frequently bring in colleagues from leading organisations such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for workshops and events. Some recent examples include:
- Daisy Lilley, BAFTA-winning producer of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (ITV), Love Island (ITV) and creator of The Circle (Channel 4)
- Caroline Waterlow, Academy Award-winning producer of OJ: Made in America
- Adam Benzine, Academy Award-nominated director of Spectres of the Shoah
- Vaughan Savidge, BBC World Service
- Michael Brown, Head of Broadcasting at Esports company Gfinity
- Jessica Hynes, BAFTA-winning writer, producer and actor
- Foz Allan and Jonathan Wolfman, Bryncoed Productions, producers of Riviera (Sky Atlantic) and Jekyll and Hyde (ITV)
Our teaching staff are leading researchers and industry professionals. In the past, staff have engaged students on their own projects for companies such as the BBC and The Guardian.
You can take part in media-related student societies, such as:
- Canterbury Student Radio (CSR 97.4FM)
- The Podcasting Club
- InQuire student newspaper
- Kent Television (KTV)
Kent Union also runs a media hub, the Student Media Centre, where students work together to produce print, radio and online content. Students can use the hub’s industry-standard editing suites, a radio studio, and a TV studio.
The University of Kent has a formal relationship with the local media company and television station KMTV until at least 2023. As part of that arrangement, School of Arts students may apply for paid and unpaid internships and work experiences at KMTV. In the past our students have gained valuable experiences in real-world television and media skills such as: broadcast programming (scheduling); monitoring and creating social media; assistance in the studio and newsroom; guest management; photography and camera operation; shooting b-roll and recording vox pops.