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Digital Culture BA

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Overview

Explore how digital culture is changing the way we understand the past, experience the present and anticipate the future. Our Digital Culture BA will provide you with critical insight into the social, political and economic challenges and opportunities brought about by digital technologies. Topics include digital politics, big data, social media, AI, the internet, and much more.

This is the only single honours degree in digital culture and internet studies taught by a dedicated team in a unique location in central London.

Key benefits

  • Insight into how individuals, companies, governments, and other institutions are being transformed by social media, machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital management techniques and practices, data journalism, digital advertising, analytics, visualisations, and more.
  •  Provides digital research methods training, with no pre-existing understanding of computing or programming needed.
  •  Recognised as creating world leading research into digital culture.
  •  Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Central location offers exciting possibilities for further access to digital cultures, organisations, and companies, as well as cultural institutions.
  • Provides a grounding for careers in all aspects of digital culture, including the creative industries such as advertising, journalism, publishing, digital curation and management.

Key information

UCAS code P390

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Digital Humanities

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Description

The Digital Culture BA develops your knowledge of how all aspects of our everyday lives are shaped by the networked technologies we use and the data we produce. Combining a theoretical emphasis with practical work, we aim to give you the opportunity to work alongside computer scientists and data analysts, with the capacity to critically understand the social, political and economic dimensions of our digital lives.

The BA is a three-year course that comprises modules totalling 360 credits. With us, you will learn how to research digital cultures with a range of theoretical and qualitative and quantitative digital methods including network analysis and data visualisation. The flexible design of the course means that you can focus your studies on the elements of digital culture that most interest you, including digital marketing and services, mobile technologies, digital journalism, coding, data analytics and beyond.

Teaching Style

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Digital Economy & Audiences (15 Credits)
  • Digital Politics (15 Credits)
  • History of Networked Technologies (15 Credits)
  • Digital Methods I: Approaches (15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Representation (15 Credits)
  • Theories of New Media (15 Credits)
  • Digital Foundations I (30 Credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Digital Research Methods II (15 Credits)
  • Critical Debates in Digital Culture (15 Credits)
  • Digital Foundations II (30 Credits)
Optional Modules

Additionally, you will choose 60 credits from a wide range of Digital Culture optional modules, each worth 15 or 30 credits, which may typically include:

  • Representations of Cultural Heritage (15 credits)
  •  Digital Texts, Digital Publication (15 credits)
  •  Management for the Digital Domain I (15 credits)
  • Subcultures & Communities in the Digital World (15 credits)
  •  Online Networks & the Politics of Social Media (15 credits)
  •  Introduction to Programming (15 credits)

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year. Partner universities currently include:

  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  • University of Melbourne
  • National University of Singapore
  • Western University
  • University of Michigan

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take the following 30 credit modules:

  • Digital Foundations III (30 credits)
  • Digital Culture Thesis (Dissertation) (30 credits) or Digital Culture Project (Dissertation) (30 credits)
Optional Modules

 

You will also choose 60 credits from a wide range of Digital Culture optional modules, each worth 15 or 30 credits, which may typically include:

  • Management for the Digital Domain II (15 credits)
  • Big Data, Culture & Society (15 credits)
  • Internship in Digital Culture (15 credits)
  •  Cultural Analytics (15 credits)
  •  Digital Advertising & Marketing (15 credits)
  •  Digital Journalism (15 credits)

You can also select further credits from optional modules within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities (approved by the course convenor) to bring your total for the year to 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

No required subjects.

Preferred subjects

Preferred subjects (preference for at least one of the following): Art and Design, English (Literature or Language), Communication and Culture, History, Media Studies, Philosophy.

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB  Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduate costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of professions such as community manager for an advertising company, digital project manager for an NGO, blog writer and editor for a fashion house, while some choose to continue their studies at graduate level.

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