MV2015 - Bachelor's Thesis in Media Studies - Practical Option


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 30 minutes
Assignment 1/1

Course content

The Bachelor’s thesis in media studies - practice option is a course where students of media studies apply the skills and knowledge they have obtained through their degree studies in encounters with real-life challenges. Working with external collaborators students will have the opportunity to observe and/or participate in the working life of a business or institution, typically engaged in tasks related to marketing, presentation, external liaison, archiving, or similar. The course is also designed to give students experience of presenting project results in both written and oral form.
Placements are secured through the Department of Art and Media Studies, and contact between students and external collaborators is established early on in the semester.

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of this course students will have:
- knowledge of planning and implementing a practice-oriented project in collaboration with an external client
- knowledge of how to apply theoretical insights to real-life challenges

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- plan and implement a basic project for an external client
- apply insights and skills gained from media studies in practical, work-related situations
- present and justify findings, analyses and conclusions in oral as well as written form

Learning methods and activities

In phase one, practice students develop their research topics in collaboration with external clients and individual supervisors. Phase two consists of the work placement as such, while in phase three students produce a written assignment under academic supervision and give an oral presentation of their findings.

Teaching is a mix of lectures and seminars. Students receive supervision and individual feedback on their topic and project proposal from both an external collaborator and the course leader, while individual supervisors give feedback on project outline and drafts of the written assignment. Students will give an oral presentation of their work where the external collaborator and the course leader will ask questions on the implementation of the project. This presentation must be performed and approved before the student can submit their final report for assessment.

Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course director via Blackboard.

This course may be taught in Norwegian or English, pending staff availability.

Compulsory assignments

  • 3 weeks of Practice
  • Submission of individually-formulated research question and project description
  • Mandatory attendance on the first day of the seminar
  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is a written assignment between 4000-6000 words. In an oral examination the student will have the opportunity to defend their written assignment and give their own assessment of their work.

By repetition of the course, either to improve the mark or because of failed exam, students can retake only the written assignment / oral examination (no need to retake the practical work placement). There will be an obligatory hand in of a new project description early in the semester. The new project description must cover a different reflection over the previous practical work placement. There will not be given new supervision on the new project and written assignment.
One can only retake the course in a semester when the course is taught (spring).

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Media Studies (BMV) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme in Media Studies. The Bachelor's thesis in media studies - practice option is limited to 10 places in total per semester. The student must have finished at least 75 ECTS of their academic specialization. The application deadline is December 1st. Applications are sent through Studentweb. After admission the students will receive an e-mail with encouragement to write an statement (max 300 word) of their academic interest. By presenting their motivation for applying to the course, relevant experience and background, as well as preferred work assignments, the Department will pair applicants with relevant external collaborators. The statement will not be shared with the external employer.

Course materials

Approx. 300 pages of set texts form a common nucleus of course literature related to the lectures. The student will also put together a set of individually chosen texts, relevant to the thesis's topic, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KM2017 15.0 01.09.2016
KM2000 15.0 01.09.2017
MV2014 15.0 01.09.2017
MV2000 15.0 01.09.2020
MV2100 15.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-01

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Media Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Assignment 1/1
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/1
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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