The Department of Media offers programmes in television, radio, music production, media and film studies, advertising, photography and journalism at our campus sites in Chester and Warrington, serving more than 500 students at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels.

In 2013, the National Student Survey’s measure of overall student satisfaction ranked the Department’s media studies provision the best in England and the second best in the UK, with a satisfaction rate of 96 per cent. The 2015 Guardian Leage Table has placed our media and film studies courses as first nationally for course satisfaction. The University of Chester has meanwhile been named the Best Modern University in North West England, continuing its upward trajectory to score its highest placing yet in the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. The University’s latest position marks a seven-place rise from its position in 2012.

Undergraduate students can choose single honours Bachelor’s programmes in Journalism, Sport Journalism or Music Journalism, or can choose to combine pairs of programmes in Journalism, Television Production, Radio, Media Studies, Film Studies, Commercial Music Production, Digital Photography and Advertising. (Combinations of Media Department programmes with other subject areas are also available!) All of our programmes combine professional skills with academic studies: while our media and film studies programmes put more emphasis on academic, critical and contextual aspects of study, our television, radio, journalism, music, photography and advertising programmes offer a stronger emphasis upon professional industry skills. This structure affords greater opportunities for students to select and combine programmes that are the most relevant to their interests, skills and future career plans.

The Department’s 34 staff not only have extensive teaching experience but also have impressive and diverse backgrounds in the media industry – and indeed continue to pursue their professional media practice as well as their academic research. Our staff have, for example, worked for the BBC, ITV, The Big Issue, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Star, The Sunday Express, Trinity Mirror, Momentum, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Sony, Yamaha Music, the Discovery Channel and the Oxford Internet Institute, and have published recent books and articles on journalism, new media, film, television, advertising, photography and music – including the books Interactivity (2012), Understanding Fandom (2013), Popular Music Fandom (2013), Media/Democracy (2013), Shades of Expression (2013), The End of Journalism (2014) and Interactivity 2 (2014).

Our Chester campus’s location near the heart of a busy centre of culture and tourism allows great opportunities for media students to report on and participate in local events, while our Warrington campus’s location between Liverpool and Manchester and its proximity to Media City attract regular guest speakers from such organizations as the BBC as well as participation in such initiatives as the BBC’s Connect & Create Partnership. We also work closely with Culture Warrington, Warrington Borough Council and Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club, with whom we have recently collaborated on the Wire2Wolves and Warrington’s World Cup retail DVD projects. We also organize regular conferences and other special events including, from 2014 onwards, a series of talks featuring guest speakers and panels from the creative industries, and recent field trips to such places as MediaCityBrussels and Berlin. We also run our own broadcast radio station.

The Department has a commercial office which produces video and other media outputs commissioned by professional clients, and students are actively engaged in such productions – as well as other professional work experience opportunities – as part of their studies. We also run a radio station which features work produced by our students. We additionally afford opportunities for students to exhibit and perform their work at venues in both Chester and Warrington.

Our students have gone on to great successes in the media industry as well as related work in such fields as corporate communications and education. Recent student successes have included silver in the Best Speech Programme category in the Student Radio Awards (2010), winner of the Most Improved Student Radio Station at the Student Radio Awards (2011), winner of the BBC North Developing Talent Production Award (2011), winner of the Royal Television Society North West Student Award for undergraduate entertainment feature (2011-12), silver in the Best Chart Show category in the Student Radio Awards (2014) and winner of the Jerusalem broadcasting award for Best Easter Programme (2014). Our graduates have also been nominated for Broadcast Presenter of the Year and Radio Journalist of the Year in the O2 Media Awards 2014, as well as winning a Royal Television Society award for Best Factual Programme 2014, a Royal Television Society Award for Best Current Affairs Programme in 2015, and an IRN News Award for Best Interview 2015. In 2016 our radio station won the Student Radio Association's award for Best Training Initiative.

The Media Department hosts an annual showcase to celebrate our students' brilliant work. To take a virtual tour of this year's showcase, to view a showreel of student films, to download a brochure and to see images from the event, please visit the 2014 Showcase page.

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