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BA (Hons) Media Production

BA (Hons) Media Production course video
  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    PH10
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places still available to study with BU this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future with BU. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

If you see yourself as a storyteller, content provider or media producer of the future, then this course is for you. Our creative-rich Media Production course focuses on helping you to gain the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to become a media practitioner at a time when the industry is changing dramatically.

One of the key features of this course is that you’ll study a broad spectrum of media practice, but with the option to specialise in your final year and author your own final graduate project. By the time you graduate you’ll have a thorough understanding of digital film production, networked media, audio and radio production, and emerging media platforms, as well as having the skills to find solutions to all kinds of communication problems.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2016, September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with a 4 week placement or 4 years with a 40 week placement (30-weeks for 2017 entry)

Relevant subjects:

English Language, Psychology, Sociology, Art and Design, Photography, Communication Studies, Media Studies, Computing

Entry requirements:

Places still available to study with BU this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future with BU. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

For 2017 entry, please check the full entry requirements below.

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

  • Developing Arguments: This introduces you to the critical thinking and learning processes involved in studying media at academic level and beyond.
  • Scriptwriting Fundamentals: This unit reveals the role of the script in media products and 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 Film: In a group scenario, you'll explore the principles and practice of digital film production and workflows, including pre-production, production and post-production considerations.
  • Media in Transition: This unit examines different creative and media industries, and explores their relationship to new technology and audiences.
  • Networked Media: You'll consider the basic concepts and develop key skills for understanding and producing networked media artefacts during this unit.
  • Audio Production: You'll develop a critical awareness of professional processes and practices in the creative experimentation, conception, planning, design and realisation of audio content.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

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

Year 2

Core units

  • Media Theory Perspectives: You'll choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates.
  • Fictional Production: 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.
  • Factual Production: Running parallel with, and complementary to Fictional production, this unit focuses on factual content with the creative emphasis being online environments.
  • Stories and Spaces: The emphasis of this unit is on ‘experience design’ and a range of both virtual and physical spaces for media-based storytelling are explored, including event-led, live, and installation focused media on the one hand, and multi-platform and trans-media storytelling on the other.
  • Work in the Media Industries: You'll look at the current state of the media industry, its adaptive and evolutionary nature, and the implications of this transitional culture for the professional demands upon, and subjective experiences of, industry workers.
  • 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.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

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

Year 3

The inclusion of a 40 week placement (or 30-weeks for 2017 entry) 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. A minimum of 4 weeks placement is mandatory. 

Year 3/4 (final year)

Core units

  • Advanced specialist production skills: This unit will enable you to review, sharpen and further develop your craft skills within aspects of media production to inform your production work in year three.
  • Ideas and impact: 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.
  • Industry research project: You'll undertake a research project into a current industry debate that arises from your placement experience.
  • The graduate production project: You'll individually produce a production project where you decide the mix and range of media to engage with, and the industry context it sits within. This is your ‘calling card’ for employment.
  • Career planning: This unit provides a reflective space where you can consider your experiences of the course and the industry whilst constructing a forward-facing career plan.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 108 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 1092 hours (estimated)

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 oppotunities

The placement is a valuable opportunity. With the combination of a vocational/professional degree and relevant work experience to offer to an employer, you can be one step ahead in the job market.

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 - 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.

A recent report from High Fliers Research has highlighted the vital importance of work placements. The report found that more than a third of jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience with that employer through work experience during holidays or placements as part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 40 weeks (or 30-weeks for 2017 entry) if you choose to study the course for 4 years. Alternatively you can benefit from a short placement of 4 weeks. 

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. We may invite you to one of our activity days.

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

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three 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 20-60 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional Offer Scheme - for September 2016 entry

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.

The entry requirements for this course are 120 to 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM 

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies.

GCSEs: 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.

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 askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access Course: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent).  Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable

BTEC Qualifications

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Distinction in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff.
90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 77% overall.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31-32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: The course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

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

Careers

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, 88% 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.

Course statistics

The National Student Survey

The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from similar courses last year.

  • Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 88%
  • Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 85%
  • Students were satisfied overall - 77%
  • Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 75%

100% of the course is assessed by coursework

In your final year you will be assessed on practice-based work rather than a conventional dissertation or research essay.

18% is scheduled learning and teaching activities

Studying on this new Media Production course you will experience a balance of learning and teaching strategies. Lectures will provide for core teaching of key subject areas across the three principal areas of media: digital film production, audio production, and networked media. You will also be involved in smaller seminar group work and tutorials. Seminars will allow for more interactive learning. Workshops will be delivered mainly by a team of technical tutors, and aim to be project-focused.

This progression will also allow you to specialise over time with a particular industry focus. In the final year, there will be lectures at the start, but fewer as the year continues as you pursue your own work and choose your own teams. You will develop your production ideas through one-to-one tutorials, and the emphasis is on using teaching staff as a resource of skill and experience upon which to draw rather than relying on them to lead the way.

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
  • 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
  • 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, 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.

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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