BA (Hons) Media Production

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Course Description

This exciting programme has excellent facilities including a fully operational industry standard TV studio. The programme will be include taught workshops, independent studio/workshop activities, work-based environments and live briefs, blended learning environments, seminars, tutorials and lectures. Each context will encourage you to adapt to new situations and prepare them for future learning and employment opportunities. You will be encouraged to explore work opportunities throughout your time on the course, and further opportunities organised will also enhance your industry experience

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Media Enterprise

You will explore the various enterprise opportunities available to you in the creative industries, from profit-based businesses to not-for-profit charitable or voluntary organisations, community media programmes, and public or privately funded projects. In addition to exploring these in theoretical and conceptual ways, you will be supported to develop your own real-world enterprise project, suited to your long-term goals and aspirations, and may involve applying for appropriate funding. For this module you will explore the current and emerging models of enterprise in the creative industries, including film and television, sound recording and design, graphics and web development, though with scope allowed for you to explore other types of media practice and emerging media.

30% Presentation

70% Portfolio

Specialist Practice

This module is an opportunity to explore an area of practice in which you wish to specialise, in terms of your practical skillset and employment aspirations. The module will support you in developing your craft and technical expertise, a sense of authorship that should be present in your practical work and allow you to explore the concepts that underpin your specialisation. You will be encouraged to explore your own interests in terms of technology, form and style, building on earlier experience. You will produce a practical portfolio of process work and outcomes demonstrating your skills and ideas.

100% Portfolio

Professional Practice and Live Briefs

This module aims to give you opportunities to experience situations that closely resemble those you are likely to have when working in various media production contexts. These experiences could take the form of paid or unpaid commissions, internships, projects completed for real-world clients, or in collaboration with students on other courses and should be tailored to each student's career aims and ambitions. As well as developing content and producing media outcomes you will document the working relationships throughout the process as part of your portfolio of evidence. You will present your experience of work from these professional situations in the form of a presentation, and reflect upon the products produced for your portfolio, and what you have learned, both in a technical sense and professionally.

70% Portfolio

30% Presentation

Final Project/Dissertation

You'll choose, with your supervisor, an appropriate topic of interest which you want to research. This will be directly relevant to your own area of practice and help you in progressing your own work and ambitions. You will produce a 10-minute assessed presentation of your research proposal, early in the module, and then write a formal dissertation (5800 words) OR create a practical research project such as a media production supported by a critical and evaluative text (2900 words). This module not only reflects industry practice, and prepares you for it, it enables you to create another item for your professional portfolio, which is ready for you to pitch to prospective clients or employers.

Presentation: 20% [10 minutes (plus 5 mins Q&A) or 1200 word equivalent]

Dissertation / Major Project: 80% [5800 words or 2900 words plus a practice-based outcome]

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Daniel Cranney
Subject Area Lead (Digital Industries) and Programme Lead for FdA Media Production
*Programme subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire
University Centre WISE
Top-up Degree
Full-time Duration:
1 Year
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2 Years
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Entry Requirements

For direct entry onto a Level 6 (Top Up) course, you will need to have achieved a level 5 qualification e.g. HND, Level 5 Diploma or Foundation Degree in a related subject.

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Course info last updated:
December 5, 2022
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