B.A. (Honours) in Media, English & Culture

CAO Code

PC416

Level

8

Points

New in 2023

Places Available

30

Duration

4 Years

Course Fees

€4,750

Why Study This Course?

Exciting Modules

Study unique and exciting media modules in Social Media, Film & TV, Literature and Popular Culture

Teaching Pathways

Designed in line with the Teaching Council's curricular subject registration requirements for teaching post primary English and Theatre & Film Studies

Arts Experience

Gain practical experience of the curation of creative arts in VISUAL, a world-class arts centre on your doorstep

The BA (Hons) in Media, English and Culture is an exciting, innovative 4-year undergraduate programme that prepares you for future challenges in an information-rich society. The programme explores the power of media, literature and culture to shape our identities, everyday lives and the world in which we live. You will study a range of popular media and cultural forms including social media, television, film, documentary, and music, and read the most compelling works of modern and contemporary literature. You will also have option to choose modules in creative writing and drama, and to work on traditional and digital creative projects. The programme fosters the accumulation of knowledge and the acquisition of a diverse set of skills, essential to helping you be an independent thinker, and empowering you to shape your future, to develop new career prospects and have the ability to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing modern workplace.

Key Features of the Programme
• Provides a holistic approach to the study of Media, English and Culture to equip students for careers in dynamic industries.
• Develops crucial skills of media literacy and socially-engaged awareness of the digital landscape.
• Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the programme with modules providing vital sector-specific soft skills such as project planning, community engagement practices, new media engagement, in-person collaboration, presentation and communication skills.
• Study innovative, contemporary topics ranging from Digital Storytelling and Curating Creative Events to Gothic Fiction and Social Media.
• The programme can be tailored to suit individual needs and particular areas of interest within the individual fields of Media, English and Culture.
• Unique opportunity for students to study Music in this area with no prior experience required.
• The option to study creative subjects such as Creative Writing, Drama, Community Arts, Curating Creative Arts, Digital Storytelling, and Creativity and Social Media.
• Some Creative subjects will be taught in VISUAL, a world class arts centre and theatre based on campus.
• The programme syllabus is designed in line with the Teaching Council’s curricular subject registration requirements for English and the newly launched Theatre & Film Studies Leaving Cert subject, enabling graduates to progress to a Professional Masters in Education.

Media and Society
Cultural Studies
Introduction to Literature
Western Art Music 1
Virtues of Poetry
Academic and Digital Skills
Cinema and Modern Life
Irish Writing 1960 – 1990
Introduction to Drama and Theatre
Western Art Music 2
World Music
Media and Culture Seminar
After year 1, students can tailor their studies to suit their personal areas of interest to create a very bespoke degree.

Year 1

All mandatory modules

Type Semester 1 Semester 2
Mandatory
  • Media and Society
  • Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Western Art Music 1
  • Virtues of Poetry
  • Academic Skills
  • Cinema and Modern Life
  • Irish Writing 1960-1990
  • Introduction to Drama and Theatre
  • Western Art Music 2
  • World Music
  • Media and Culture Seminar
  • Elective N/A N/A

    Year 2

    Students have option to choose X elective modules in addition to mandatory modules each semester.

    Mandatory Semester 1 Semester 2
    Mandatory
  • Documentary across Media
  • Cultivating a Sociological Imagination
  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Popular Music and Culture
  • Community Arts 1: Theory and Practice (year long)
  • Media Arts
  • Television and the Everyday
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Community Arts 1: Theory and Practice (year long)
  • Elective 1 Creative Writing: Poetry Drama and Performance 1
    Elective 2
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Theatre of European Renaissance
  • General Ethics: Guiding Rules
  • American Literature 1
  • General Ethics: The Good Life
  • Year 3

    Students have option to choose X elective modules in addition to mandatory modules each semester.

    Mandatory Semester 1 Semester 2
    Mandatory
  • Media and Communications
  • Music and Visual Cultures
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Understanding Social Media
  • Women Make Music
  • Research Methods
  • Elective 1
  • Introduction to Curating Creative Events
  • Drama and Performance 2
  • Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry
    Elective 2 Critical Theory 1
  • Signs and Meaning in Cinema
  • Musical Theatre / Cyberpsychology*
  • Critical Theory 2
  • English Electives (1 each Semester)
  • American Literature 2
  • Gothic Fiction
  • Literature and Revolution in Ireland / The Politics of Irish Literature 1798-1898*
  • Existentialism: Philosophy and Literature
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Literature of the Victorian Age
  • Gender and Sexuality in Post-1960s Irish Culture and Writing / The Literature of the Troubles*
  • *Cyclical modules offered at both Year 3 and 4

    Year 4

    Students have option to choose X elective modules in addition to mandatory modules each semester.

    Mandatory Semester 1 Semester 2
    Mandatory
  • Dissertation / Media Project / Creative Project (year long)
  • Creativity and Social Media
  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Dissertation / Media Project / Creative Project (year long)
  • Electives
  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Social movements, Activism and Social Change
  • Musical Theatre / Cyberpsychology*
  • Philosophy, Society and Literature
  • Media Archaeology and The Digital Landscape
  • English Electives (1 each Semester)
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Post-War British and American Poetry
  • Literature and Revolution in Ireland / The Politics of Irish Literature 1798-1898*
  • Modern Drama in Performance
  • Postcolonial Writing
  • Gender and Sexuality in Post-1960s Irish Culture and Writing / The Literature of the Troubles*
  • *Cyclical modules offered at both Year 3 and 4

    Graduates can find employment in:

    • Media
    • Journalism and multiplatform writing
    • Publishing
    • Radio
    • Research
    • Television
    • Broadcasting
    • Creative arts
    • Teaching
    • Civil Service
    • Advertising
    • Public Relations

    Further Study

    Graduates of this programme can progress to further postgraduate study in areas such as Media Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical and Creative Media, Creative Writing, Drama, Events Management, Public Relations, Arts Management, Journalism, Musicology and Professional Masters in Education (PME).

    New Course in 2022

    Minimum Entry Requirements
    Two grade H5 and four grade H7/O6 including English, Irish or a foreign language. Mathematics is not required.

    Further information on Entry Requirements and application processes available here

    Fees & Grants
    Please note this is a new programme commencing in September 2022 and we have only now been informed that it is not funded by the Department of Education and grants will not be available through SUSI. As such, the following EU course fees will apply:

    Annual Course Fee €4,750
    Learner Protection Insurance (annually) €150
    QQI Certificate (once-off) €200

    Information on Fees & Grants can be found here

    Course Contact

    Dr Eoghan Smith
    Lecturer in English
    esmith@carlowcollege.ie
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