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Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Cultural Industries Publishing: Editorial, Design and the Web Foundation Degree (FdA) Media Communications BA (Hons) Do you want to work in publishing as an editor, designer or perhaps a website manager? This course will give you the professional skills, business knowledge and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit necessary to get started in publishing. The media is all-pervasive. It affects, influences, reflects and analyses every aspect of our lives. Why choose this course? In the 21st century our knowledge of major political, social and cultural happenings in the UK and across the world is usually shaped first by the media. We need therefore to understand and ask fundamental questions about the media, its organisation, representations, audiences and possible impacts and influences. Media Communications at Bath Spa examines and explores media as diverse as film, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising, the internet, mobile phones, ipods and video games. About the course In the first year our modules will equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing the media and conducting media research. There is one core module, Understanding Media Communications. This will involve you in examining issues such as media technologies, media influence, media ownership, globalisation, media representation and media effects. The core module will also introduce you to some of the key methods in media research through a series of case studies including war journalism, TV audiences, news reporting, soap operas and news interviews. In addition to the core module students in the first year can take modules on television, popular media culture and media history. Why choose this course? Today's rapidly changing publishing industry offers many opportunities to those with the right skills. Whether you want to produce a magazine, book, newsletter, or web content, you're going to need sound editorial and design skills. This innovative, highly practical course will help you develop these skills. It brings together the teaching and industry expertise of the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries and Bath School of Art and Design, offering access to purpose-built studios containing the latest industry software and equipment. This course focuses on three areas: editorial skills, design skills, and an overview of the whole publishing industry. Underpinning this is an emphasis on the opportunities offered by new digital platforms from iPads to social media. UCAS CodeMedia CommunicationsP390Popular CombinationsFilm and Screen Studies - VW9P Education - XP39 Sociology - PL93For a full list of courses you can combine with Media Communications, see page 63.Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB+ AS a). See page 20UCAS CodePublishing: Editorial, Design and the WebP400 (but see note below - there are plans to introduce a three year BA (Hons) degree).Entry CriteriaTypical offers180-220 UCAS Tariff points (eg BB; CD + AS b). Minimum 80 points from Art, Design, English, IT, Media Studies, or a related subject preferred. National Diplomas, a portfolio of art and design, or Art Foundation course. May be invited to interview.See page 20 Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length2 years full-timeNo. of applicants (2010) 28No. of places (2010)10More Student Survey Score (2010)86% satisfaction with teachingCourse InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 200No. of places (2010)25 (additional places available as part of a Combined Award)More Student Survey Score (2010)86% satisfaction with teachingIn Years 2 and 3 you'll explore issues of media power and the everyday, examining for example the influence of media messages and the ways media are embedded in the daily lives of audiences. Other second year modules look at computer and video games and the central role that they play in our leisure time, the UK magazine industry, popular music cultures and media cultures of stardom and celebrity. In the third year you will undertake the study of media audiences, together with elective modules in gender and film, media technology, young people and the new media and reporting panics, disasters and terrorism. At various points in the course, students have the opportunity to engage in media production projects. Sample modules: Understanding Media Communication; Popular Media Culture; Media Power and Audiences; Digital Generation: Young People and New Media; Music Cultures, Media and Markets; Researching the Media and Cultural Industries; Journalism and Citizenship; Media Fandom; Media, Technology and Change. "T he modules represent a healthy variety of issues related to the study of communications, culture and the media and the material taught is stimulating." External Examiner0101 Using today's technologyCareers The main focus of interest for Media Communications graduates is the expanding creative and cultural industries, which is one of the largest sectors of employment in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. There are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector. You'll gain practical experience of project management, working on real-life projects from literary festival promotion to running a magazine and book production. You'll also have expert support for your own self-initiated projects and many opportunities for collaboration. All students have the opportunity to work for MILK - our cutting-edge new student magazine published by FD students. The course is part of Artswork, the University's £4.5 million Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. About the course In your first year you will focus on the foundation skills needed for graphic design and editorial work. These include: copywriting, creative design principles, text-editing techniques, online and print production methods. You'll use publishing software such as Adobe CS4 InDesign and Photoshop, learn about presentation techniques (including PowerPoint) and digital photography. In your second year you'll develop these skills in project work and will learn how to create websites using Dreamweaver software. There is an opportunity to learn video-editing skills too. Core modules running throughout the course will provide you with vital background knowledge including social media marketing, new technology, and copyright and contracts. Sample modules: Editorial: Copywriting and Text Editing; Introduction to Visual Design; and Contemporary Publishing.Careers During the course we will help you prepare for your chosen career and support you when applying for internships and jobs. You could become a designer, an editor, or combine both skills to work in publicity, marketing, or as a web content manager. In addition to book and magazine publishing, a wide range of other industries and organisations employ multi-skilled people to produce published materials - for example the music and fashion industries, museums, and charities. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree may apply to progress onto the BA (Hons) Creative Writing, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication or the BA (Hons) Creative Media Practice at Bath Spa University.01Staff ProfileKatharine Reeve, Senior Lecturer in Publishing -"I 've been a non-fiction book commissioning editor for over 15 years (most recently as Editorial Director at OUP). I also write non-fiction books: my Rough Guide to Food won the 2010 Guild of Food Writers Award for investigative journalism. This is an exciting course offering lots of opportunities for students to develop a range of skills as well as personal specialisms, and to gain work experience."01 Article in MILK, the cutting edge student magazine produced by Publishing students  Please NoteThere are plans to introduce Publishing as a three year BA (Hons) Combined Award. Please check our website for more information about this.

Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Cultural Industries 40 / 41 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (Specialised Award)* BA/BSc (Hons) Philosophy and Ethics (Combined Award) BA/BSc (Hons) Study of Religions (Combined Award)This course is designed to explore responses to ultimate questions and crucial issues facing humanity, drawing upon the disciplines of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics. The approach taken is global, contemporary and applied. Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is offered as a single honours specialised award, or you may study either the Philosophy and Ethics route or the Study of Religions route within the programme as part of a Combined Degree take either the introduction to study of religions or the introduction to philosophy and ethics. There is also an optional module in Global religions and philosophies, looking at major traditions and movements, and key thinkers. The core module in the second year focuses on philosophy in Indian and Chinese traditions. Optional modules include ethics within religious and humanist traditions (on topics such as medical ethics, and social justice); philosophy, religions and the environment; in depth study of major religious traditions including Global Christianity, Life and Liberation in the Hindu tradition, Saints and Soldiers in Sikhism, and the history and teachings of Buddhism.There is also a Special Project in which you can explore topics of your choice, engage in a placement or project relevant to employment, or take part in a summer school in another country such as Korea. In the third year, Single Honours students and those on the Combined Degree with a Study of Religions focus undertake a fieldwork placement with a religious community such as a Buddhist monastery, a Christian convent, the Hare Krishnas or the Salvation Army. Other options include a philosophical module on the meaning of human existence, encompassing such topics as absurdity and purpose, identity and mortality; a module on religion, philosophy and gender; advanced study of pagan, new and alternative religions; and modules studying the Bhagavad Gita, the Muslim world, culture and counter-culture, religion and education internationally, Buddhism, and religion, culture and society in Japan. There is also a special Research Project which could focus on Applied Ethics, a Dissertation which allows for in-depth concentration on a topic of your choice, or an employment related project. Assessment is mainly by coursework such as essays, reports, projects, presentations, on-line discussion board participation, or even the production of a short film, and there are also some timed elements such as critical analyses or examinations. Careers A popular career for our students is teaching Religious Education and/or Citizenship in secondary or primary schools, where there is a shortage of specialists. The combination of studying religions and philosophy is particularly good preparation for this, and one module is specially designed as preparation for a career in education. Others have gone on to further academic study and university teaching. It is increasingly important for people in a wide range of careers to be able to mix with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, for example past students have had careers in the police, hospital administration, social work, and journalism. Study of Religions comes in useful when working overseas whether in tourism or other businesses. Philosophy and Ethics develops many skills valued by employers such as clarity and precision in thinking, the ability to recognise unnoticed assumptions, the expertise to present a strong case, and to see the ethical issues involved in everyday decisions. Graduate careers for which Philosophy is good preparation include: law, civil service, local government, journalism, financial institutions, management, and IT.Student profileAlex Hyde, Year 2 Study of Religions-"I chose my course because I have always been interested in the world and in people. I am fascinated by the thoughts, needs, beliefs and knowledge of others who have been brought up outside of Christianity. I really like the structure of the course because the first year enables you to study in breadth and then in the second year focus more deeply on some of the religions studied in the first year. I was enthralled by the prospect of going on a placement for a week in a religious community as part of the course in second year. I am soon to find out whether I will be going to live with The Community of the Many Names of God or the Hare Krishnas. The Department has a friendly ethos, with lecturers who are genuinely willing their students to do well and continually supporting them along the way. It is with thanks to this course that my understanding of people in the world is ever expanding and even when the pressure is on with assignments due, I continue to brim with enthusiasm for the knowledge I gain." UCAS CodesReligion, Philosophy and Ethics*VV65Study of Religions Combined See page 63Philosophy and Ethics CombinedSee page 63Popular CombinationsHistory, English, Creative Writing, Sociology, Psychology, EducationFor a full list of courses you can combine with either Study of Religion or Philosophy and Ethics, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB+ AS a). See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 313No. of places (2010)Variable number (part of Combined Award)More Student Survey Score (2010)89% satisfaction with teaching* Single Honours course subject to approval01degree in combination with other subjects - popular combinations include History, English, Creative Writing, Sociology, Psychology, and Education.Why choose this course?The religious traditions studied are diverse, including major traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, and the less well known such as newer religious movements. Included in the programme are contemporary developments such as Paganism and Goddess spirituality. We range from the local, such as religions in Bath and Glastonbury, to the global, such as Japanese Religions. Crucial to the study of religions is direct encounter and experiential learning, and the course includes visits and a one-week placement in a religious community. Philosophies studied include South and East Asian philosophies as well as Western approaches. Gender and sexuality are important issues in both religion and philosophy. Within ethics the emphasis is on applied ethics, addressing contemporary concerns such as environmental ethics, war and conflict and medical ethics. Ethical issues are explored from both religious and secular/humanist perspectives. There are opportunities to follow up your own interests or career plans in a variety of special projects, employment related placements and a dissertation. We offer excellent teaching with attention to individuals, and staff are active in research and scholarship in their specialist areas. We welcome non-traditional entrants and mature students. About the courseIn year one, we offer two core modules. One introduces philosophical and ethical enquiry, providing you with the tools of philosophical and ethical analysis, and critically examining core concepts in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The other explores the meaning of religion and spirituality, examines a variety of methods of studying religions and spiritualities, and illustrates these from a variety of contemporary traditions, from Druidry to the Bahá'í faith. There is also a field visit to Glastonbury. Single Honours students take both of these core courses; those on the Combined 030201 The Buddha Amida, near Kamakura, Japan02 Discussing course work03 Alex at Bristol Hindu Temple