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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Media and Communication study

Media and Communication Department icon Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston examines the expanding role media and cultural industries play in contemporary society, and equips you with the skills to take part in and shape this process.

A wide range of modules explore issues relating to production and consumption of media and cultural objects, such as television, news, art, music and digital media texts, while also giving you the practical skills you will need in the workplace to create, manage and critically evaluate and research these objects as professionals.

You will find that our curriculum is organised around four interdependent strands:

  • Histories, theories and debates;
  • Media production and creative practice;
  • The analysis of media texts, practices and contexts;
  • The media industries and professions.

Study Abroad Scheme

As a student at Kingston you will have the opportunity to spend a period of time studying abroad, either in Europe (through the ERASMUS exchange) or elsewhere in the world, at one of our prestigious partner universities. We will help to place you in a university abroad where you can continue to study your degree subject(s) whilst gaining the unique experience of participating in the academic and cultural life of another country.

Reece Waldron, Media and Cultural studies student on his Erasmus experience in year 2 in Istanbul:
"This experience has really allowed me to remove myself from a Eurocentric perspective of looking at the world and the cultures within. Not only experiencing a culture by living in it, I am able to live vicariously through my friends whether they be from France, Germany, Iran and so forth. The opportunity to experience 'the other', whether it be people, culture, food, perspectives and opinions, for me is one thing only Erasmus can offer."

The Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) offers free courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian, at several levels ranging from complete beginners to advanced. Students are encouraged to take a language for the whole duration of their degrees, therefore progressing up the levels to achieve a high level of linguistic competence by the end of their studies at Kingston. Fluency in a foreign language is one of the best ways to boost your CV.