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BA (Hons) Media Production

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This course aims to develop graduates who will shape the world of media work as creative communicators: agile, critical, ethical, and collaborative makers of media content. Media Production is an industry-focused course with its core disciplines being: film; audio production, and digital media design, underpinned by scriptwriting. Students engage with each of these in their first year. The second year builds on this as students learn to work across media forms and platforms, in ways that reflect many of the changes that media industries are currently undergoing. By the third year, students can specialise, and much of the focus is on their Graduate Production Project, a piece of work developed and made by them in whatever media form (or forms) they choose to work.

What's more, the course is designed in dialogue with industry partners and aims to equip future media workers who are:

  • Able to tell stories and communicate effectively through multiple media, and combinations of media, in a range of virtual and physical spaces.
  • Professionally competent particularly in the creative uses of digital film, audio, and networked media.
  • Flexible and versatile, and are able to respond to the challenges and opportunities of structural and regulatory changes, new technologies, new convergences, and the shifting demands of clients and audiences.
  • Confident in the exercise their moral agency as informed, critical and reflective practitioners.

After five year, a typical BU graduate in this subject, had earnings that were ranked in the top 10 of all universities for this subject (6th out of 90). Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

All statistics shown are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.  For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Media Scholarship: Here you will be introduced to the key scholarly approaches involved in studying media in higher education.
  • Digital Film: In a group setting, you’ll explore the principles and practice of digital film production. We look at professional workflows throughout the pre-production, production and post-production process.
  • Audio Production: The focus here is a critical awareness of the professional processes and practices involved in the creative experimentation, conception, planning, design and realisation of audio content.
  • Scriptwriting: In this unit we examine the role of the script in media products. This will provide a foundation in the development of your scriptwriting skills for a range of platforms and formats such as film, television, radio and the web.
  • Digital Media Design: In this unit you will consider the basic concepts and develop key skills for understanding, designing, and producing media content for web-based and interactive platforms.
  • Understanding Media: Here you will develop your knowledge of the key scholarly concepts within the field, as well as how to apply these concepts in analysing media in a time of change. You will consider your own engagement with media as both producer and consumer.

Year 2

Core units

  • Media Perspectives: In this unit you will choose two from a menu of options as you engage with current industry debates and case studies within your discipline.
  • Factual: Form & Content: Running in parallel with, and complementary to, Fiction, this unit focuses on factual content with the creative emphasis being online environments.
  • Fiction: Form & Content: This unit will extend both your practical skills and your critical understanding of fictional forms and content, examining the similarities and differences in practice across media, with particular reference to audio and video content.
  • Work in Media Industries: This unit will examine the current state of the media industries, their adaptive and evolutionary nature, and the implications of this transitional culture for the professional demands upon, and subjective experiences of, industry workers.
  • Stories & Spaces: The emphasis of this unit is on ‘experience design’ and the use of physical spaces for media content, including event-led, live, and installation practices.
  • Client and Audience: This unit focuses on understanding the client relationship, responding to a brief, pitching ideas, managing client expectations, and producing a solution to a specific communications challenge.

Year 3

You'll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 30-week (minimum) work placement during the course, the placement is a key feature in helping you to develop your abilities and understanding of media production. It also provides a platform for successful entry into the profession following graduation.

Year 3/4 (final year)

Core units

  • Industry Research Project: This unit aims to give students the opportunity to critically examine their chosen area of professional interest through the application of original research into a media industry organisation.
  • Specialist Craft Skills: This unit will enable you to review, sharpen, and further develop your craft skills within an aspect of media production to inform your graduate project.
  • Ideas Development & Research: You’ll explore turning ideas and concepts into commercially viable end products to be pitched, sold, defended and tested in the global creative media market place.
  • The Graduate Production Project: You will individually produce a production project where you decide the mix and range of media to engage with, and the industry context it sits within. We encourage you to think of this as your ‘calling card’ for employment.
  • Career Pathways: Here you will present and reflect on your work and learning so far, as well as construct a forward-facing career profile/plan.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 21% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 247.5 hours
  • Independent learning: 952.5 hours

Year 2 – 24% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 284 hours
  • Independent learning: 916 hours

Year 3/4 – 10% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 108 hours
  • Independent learning: 1092 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 100% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Media Production.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:

  • Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
  • Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
  • Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
  • Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
  • Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
  • Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Sundog Pictures
  • Reflect Digital
  • Angell Sound Studios
  • Hawkeye Innovations
  • Mr B and Friends

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and can choose to complete 4 weeks or a minimum 30 week placement.

Your application

Background and Experience

We are looking for applicants who can:

  • Provide examples of their enthusiasm for media production (particularly in relation to digital film, radio, and/or networked media)
  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Display an interest in, and intelligence about, the media industry
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

Students on this course will typically have a creative background and have had some work experience in media production, which may include video production, radio production, or networked media. Students will also have a proven ability to work creatively, in groups and individually. We look for creative and innovative thinkers who have things to say, and are able to articulate and defend their ideas. Students will be familiar with some aspects of current media practice, and will not be afraid of technology.

Selection Methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages. 

Based on your UCAS application we will then invite successful applicants to submit a short film (by uploading to a video hosting site, e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) based on a brief from the course leader. You will have two weeks to submit this.

Please do not submit this with your UCAS application; we will contact the selected applicants with more information.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 112-128 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 112-128 tariff points from 2 principal subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30-32 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 112-128 tariff points from 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include


This course has been designed to develop the story-tellers, content creators and media producers of the future and you'll be well-equipped to enter the fast-paced media environment once you complete your degree. Our graduates go onto work in the radio, television and interactive media industries, giving you plenty of career options once you graduate.

Within six months of finishing their degree, 75% of our students are working or studying*, taking on a variety of roles such as:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Scriptwriter.

The placement you undertake as part of your course will give you the opportunity to network and make valuable connections in the industry that can help you find a job once you graduate.

Industries Worked In

  • TV
  • Media
  • Radio
  • Interactive media
  • Digital
  • Creative.

Further Study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the media production sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Dr Richard Wallis

I am a Producer and Director, and currently lead the undergraduate programme in Media Production here at Bournemouth University, where I have taught film and television at both undergraduate and graduate levels since 2012. I was previously Head of Twofour Learning, the education division of the Twofour Group, and served on the Board of Twofour Communications (2008-2010). Prior to that I was one of the company’s Executive Producers, working for clients ranging from broadcasters like the BBC and Channel 4 to a wide range of major brands. Recognition of my work has included awards from the Royal Television Society, the International Visual Communications Association, the New York Festivals, and the British Universities Film & Video Council. My primary research interests all relate to aspects of media practice (see below), and I work closely with the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Level C (Year 1) Collaborative Project

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
16/10/2017 Unit changes to year one, two and three. Course details Please see the previous programme specification document for more details.

2018 entry requirements have changed to 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

The entry requirements for this course are 120-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

6/9/2017 From 2018 we will no longer be interviewing for the course, we will just be basing your application on your personal statement. Your application

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages. We may invite you to one of our activity days.

Applicants must submit a 1 minute film based on a brief.

What our students say

Fleur N'Doye

I didn't know what path I wanted to take in the future and I felt that the media production course would allow me to explore more options - I felt that by the end of the course I would have the grounds to enter any job that took my interest.

Hear from our staff

Richard Wallis

The course prepares students for fast-changing media industries where traditional boundaries between different media are shifting.

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