In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.
The field has no special recommendations regarding suitable combinations with the main subject.
Information on possible overlaps within the following subjects.
According to the two-subject bachelor’s program which is structured in compliance with the so-called ‘Equal Model’ and which will be introduced at the University of Bremen in winter term 2011/12, the BA Communication and Media Studies is studied in combination with another BA program (please see also: “Combination of Programs”) either as major including a profiling focus and an amount of 120 CP or as minor without the profiling focus and with an amount of 60 CP. Keeping in mind the second BA program respectively as well as phases of practical training and examination, both study variants are, according to the current Common Examination Regulation of the University of Bremen, to be studied within a standard period of study of three years / six semesters and only possible as full-time study.
In the first year, the foundation is laid for an academic examination of mediatized communication processes. Students will acquire knowledge of basic concepts and theories in communication and media studies and will be introduced to related disciplines such as information technology, social studies as well as economics.
The second year is dedicated to the special training in methods of communication and media studies as well as a well-founded involvement with analytical and practical questions of contemporary and historical media phenomena. The focus will lie on project-oriented learning in small groups.
The third year will conduce to the professional specialization. The main focus will lie on an independent transfer of the expertise and methodic knowledge acquired in the first two years to specific topics and issues. Here, the double profile of the BA program allows for the choice between more theoretically informed, research-oriented studies or a mentored practice semester in one of the cooperating regional and supra-regional media companies.
If the BA Communication and Media Studies is chosen as a major, the third year offers the possibility to choose between a specialization either in the priority ‘media practice’ or ‘media analysis’. Depending on the setting of priorities, the focus will either lie on the preparation for a master’s program by engaging more deeply with theories of communication and media or on a well-founded education in media practice framed by a mentored practice semester in one of the cooperation media institutions. The decision for one of the profiles will be made at the end of the second year and goes hand in hand with adequate consulting services. If interested, students with a specification in ‘media practice’ can also take part in the courses preparing for a master’s program and take credit for them in their General Studies section. This is supposed to assure the possibility of enrolling in a master’s program even after a practical semester.
For further creation of an individual profile, students have to collect 30 CP in the General Studies section. Here, students can choose from the pool of courses offered by the university and the Faculty 9. 12 CP have to be awarded in the compulsory fields of skills in methods as well as in communication and social competence which instruct in key qualifications relevant to the studies and the professional career of students (scientific research, moderation, presentational and organizational skills). Students obtain further 12 CP by choosing from courses directed to general education or artistic/musical training (such as theatre, choir, orchestra), from economics and law, from language courses or other seminars directed towards a ‘Studium Generale’.
Students have to complete a professional practical training of at least 8 weeks within the first two years of study. This helps to transfer a theoretically/analytically oriented perspective on media communication to concrete issues of media practice and to develop a distinct perspective on the occupational field of ‘media communication’ by engaging personally with these practical tasks. The practical training is mentored and will be carried out during semester break, whereas continuous and systematic support is offered for students to prepare and evaluate their practical training.
The profile building is completed by the BA thesis at the end of the third year. If students are interested, it is possible to write a practically oriented BA thesis, if applicable in cooperation with a media company.
The BA Communication and Media Studies deliberately distinguishes itself both from journalistically oriented programs of study with their comparatively narrow focus on public communication or mass media and from media studies programs oriented towards fine arts and literature which focus on single media and on questions of aesthetics and cultural history. The following points make tangible the BA’s special characteristics:
Double profile: the BA program offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framed fundamental education addressing theories and methods of communication and media studies on the one hand and a flanking qualification in media practice carried out in cooperation with regional companies of the media sector on the other hand. Within the framework of this double profile students may choose between
- a specialization in theory and methods of communication and media studies in connection with own scientific investigation practice and a mentored transition to a master’s program, and
- a practically oriented basic education in communication and media studies in connection with a practice semester and a mentored transition to the professional field.
The decision for one of the profiles has to be made only at the end of the second year which allows for a process-related orientation of the BA students during the course of their studies.
General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.
There is a continual practice reference throughout the studies, examples for this are: practically oriented courses which are often realized in cooperation with media practitioners, an obligatory practical training as well as the possibility of a practice semester and a practically oriented BA thesis within the ‘media practice’-profile. For practical reference, the BA program can draw on already successfully established contacts with regional and supra-regional media companies and institutions which are institutionalized in the ‘media culture’ advisory board. During the practice semester an accompanying course is offered to advocate an exchange of experiences among students as well as a retransfer to the studies and to support students in developing a practical question for their BA thesis. This graduated practical reference with institutionalized contacts to media practitioners and specific support is supposed to facilitate the transfer from academic education to professional practice and to therefore cushion the critical transition phase into the first job. Generally, the transition to a master’s program is also possible for students who chose a ‘media practice’-profile.
Due to the international orientation of the BA Communication and Media Studies, experiences abroad and the expansion of linguistic proficiency are strongly recommended. International orientation is not only present in the thematic focus on media cultures in their inter- and transcultural contexts, but also visible on an organisational level. International cooperation, particularly with partner universities in European countries, aim at the mutual recognition of modules and at connecting programmes of studies (including exchanges on the teaching level).
The bachelor programme is connected to several European and other universities abroad, allowing students to continue or to expand their studies.
Students are encouraged to stay abroad during their studies, for studying abroad the period between the third and the fifth semester is recommended.
Erasmus agreements are in place with the following universities:
New Bulgarian University, Sofia (Bulgary)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3 (France)
Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (France)
Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint Denis (France)
University Oslo (Norway)
University Klagenfurt (Austria)
Karlstad University (Sweden)
Södertörn University (Sweden)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
University Bahcesehir Istanbul (Turkey)
Furthermore, it is possible to go abroad for the practice semester within the priority media practice.
For specific information on the exchange partners and the exchange programs please contact the representative for internationalization at the IPKM; for organizational questions and possibilities of financing a stay abroad please contact the International Office of the University of Bremen.