My course: BA (Hons) Media, Music and Sound

My course, “The Bachelor of Arts Degree in: Media, Music and Sound”, has changed a lot since I started. The media building has changed, some modules have changed, and there’s now a lot more music courses at the Uni to choose from. This post is about my course, who it is for, and what you can get out of it (in my opinion). 

Media, Music and Sound students… including me!

My Course

My course covers (as you’ve probably guessed) three areas in creative arts, beginning with broad perspectives in the first year, with the focus becoming more and more specialised towards the end.

Bear in mind it is a Bachelor of Arts, so expect a more creative and sociological approach to music and media, compared to a more technical and scientific approach like a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Degree, and / or a more musical approach like a Bachelor of Music (BMus) Degree.

The first year has you studying the relationships between society and creative output, by studying the arts industries and academic texts on humanities, and engaging in producing music and media itself.

The second year draws on the first year’s humanities and production themes, honing into certain, though not too specific, areas of the two – For example, you may study Representation of Cultures, and Music Video Production.

The final year is a lot more specialised, enabling you, with the skills gained from the previous years, to do focussed projects within humanities and music production.

My Thoughts

My course in particular seems suited to those wanting to do cultural studies. While there are elements of practical production like making music and short films, these practices are mostly influenced by academic thought on culture such as Audience analysis and Marketing Strategy. So if you love the academic side of intellectual analysis then great, and an understanding of Society really helps develop a business sense if a job in arts academia is not your first ambition.

Open Days – http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/opendays

Music Courses at Edge Hill – http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/subjects/music/

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now Jen…

IMG_0310It’s just occurred to me that I didn’t introduce myself properly in my first blog entry… and I don’t know how to feel about that (cry).12

Well, my name is Jennifer McAlister- but I’ll let you call me Jenny. I was originally born in Scotland, however due to my mum’s job I have moved around various parts of England. Where is my home? Widnes! It’s one of those places that if you’re not from there, you don’t wanna go, but nevertheless it’s still home.

This is the part where I usually drag on about what hobbies and interests I have, but I promise to make it as brief as I can. I LOVE MUFC.♥ Actually, it’s more than love if I’m being honest. I eat, breathe and sleep football. From as far back as I can rememIMG_3250ber I’ve been football mad and completely United mad… but let’s move on. I love music, TV shows (Sorry but Grey’s Anatomy just isn’t the same without Christina… FACT: I can quote every episode of friends, go me) and socialising with my friends.

Why did I pick Edge Hill University? For me it was an obvious choice. EHU provided me with the course and facilities I needed. The staff on open days went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. The campus pretty much sells itself and even on dark and gloomy days, it still feels like home. I am currently in my second year undertaking a degree in Sociology (BA Hons) and I love it. I’m still undecided what profession I want to go into after Uni, but I’m staying optimistic that between now and graduating I will have a life plan. I know I want to go into the public sphere and help people, but into which area? Who knows. After uni I want to take a gap year, volunteering in Africa for 6 months and then travelling for two months around Europe or the USA. So, the way I look at it, I’ve got ages to find who I wanna be. Too deep?

Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell. I’m going to post weekly blogs, filling you in on what Edge Hill University is like. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and I will respond as fast as I can!

Until next time…:)