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Media and Cultural Production

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time
Part-time, full-time
Programme leader:
Dr Gillian Swanson
Key fact:
Our BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production will nurture your creativity and build your production skills, enabling you to discover and develop your own interests and expertise.

Page last updated 7 April 2017


Why BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production?

Our challenging BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production course is for students with a passion for making or writing about contemporary media. We will nurture and challenge your creativity, critical writing and technical abilities, enabling you to develop your own interests and expertise. The combination of producing media and studying will prepare you for a growing range of exciting careers across the communications industries.

Working with staff as co-researchers from the start, you will devise experimental and socially engaged projects, while building practical skills in writing and analysis, blogging, websites and social media, film, photography and events. All of which are underpinned by theoretical enquiry and critique. You will also develop an understanding of the impact of media in its cultural and historical context.

Why study this course?

Our supportive community will nurture your creativity and build your production skills. All staff are active researchers, producers and writers working at the boundaries of contemporary media practice and we rank highly in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Excellent resources are available on and off campus. The course is part of UWE Bristol's Department of Arts and Cultural Industries based at Frenchay campus. You will have access to a range of technical facilities at Frenchay including bespoke computing suites equipped with industry-standard creative software, and areas for moving and still image production and editing.

Bristol is a hub for commercial and artistic media development and you will also benefit from the city's mix of creative experimentation, technological innovation and activism. Inspiration and collaboration are never far away.

Real-world experience

The city plays host to events such as international games conferences, graffiti art and festivals. Our close links with the Pervasive Media Studio and Digital Cultures Research Centre, and with numerous cutting-edge local organisations, offer exciting opportunities for work placements, internships and volunteering. These experiences often lead to permanent employment.

We also have developed close links with @Bristol and Bristol City Council where students have had the chance to showcase their work across the city. To view our students' work, visit the 2015 Degree Showcase.

To find out more visit Media at UWE, the student group Facebook page, run by our current Media and Culture Production students.

Where it can take you

Our graduates work as studio and production managers, videographers, communications and marketing officers, digital media managers for charities, media educators and online journalists. Some operate as sole traders, while others lead large media departments. Some of our graduates go on to study for higher degrees including PhDs. 

Read about UWE graduate James' work on a ground-breaking new BBC documentary.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Production is designed to develop your core professional skills while giving you the opportunity to explore and find your own interests and focus.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary Digital practice
  • Experience and Identity
  • The City, Modernity and Network Culture.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Media Culture 1
  • Media Culture 2.

In addition, you will study optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Photomedia
  • Web Media
  • Video Media
  • Screen Media.

Final year

You will select optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Independent Production*
  • Intensive Production*
  • Work Placement and Experience
  • MCS Dissertation
  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Urban Cultures and Modernity
  • Games, Simulation and Media
  • Youth Culture and Consumption.

* These modules are excluded combinations.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We employ a diverse range of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, small group discussions, screenings, practical workshops, field trips, student-led research, live briefs, blended learning (mixing classroom learning with online resources, communication and discussion) and individual tutorials.

For more details see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.


There is a balanced mix of group and individual work, and you will be assessed through a variety of assignments including written work, digital media projects and portfolios, presentations, research reports, picture essays, and extended projects.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Bristol has a unique approach to media production, with a rich vein of media arts, innovation and activism. You will be encouraged to engage with the local creative and cultural industries throughout the course and undertake a more formal placement in year three.

Former students have worked with Endemol on the production of Big Brother, at the BBC, the Cannes Film Festival, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the Arnolfini art gallery. Informal work experience is available at the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed.


You will take a major field trip in year two, spending time in another city.

Study facilities

You will have access to a range of technical facilities at Frenchay including bespoke computing suites equipped with industry-standard creative software, and areas for moving and still image production and editing.

All students use HD video cameras, digital SLRs and industry-standard software for photographic, video and web-based production on both Apple Mac and PC platforms. Full support and instruction are provided by our technical staff, all highly qualified experts. Senior researchers and PhD students at the Digital Cultures Research Centre teach on this course.

To view our students' work, visit the 2015 Degree Showcase.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

This course will prepare you for today's fast-changing media environment. Careers are available in TV, film and media production, journalism, publishing, the heritage sector (museums, galleries, etc), marketing, teaching and events management.

Employers tell us they appreciate our graduates' ability to question, challenge and innovate. Our alumni work as studio and production managers, account managers, videographers, filmmakers, directors and editors, communications and marketing officers, social media managers, digital media managers for charities, in client liaison for creative companies, web consultants, model bookers, media educators and online journalists.

Many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate study, including studying for PhDs.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Discover how studying media and culture led to Kirsty's career in journalism.

Read how Nuno, Rita and Ed turned their dream into a reality through a UWE Bristol scheme designed to mentor entrepreneurs.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year75

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Arts, Social Science
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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