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Media and Cultural Production (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years
Programme leader:
Dr Gillian Swanson
Key fact:
Pave the way for a successful career as an informed digital creative media professional. You will explore medias role in the cultural industries, and gain the strong research and production skills needed to carve out a niche in this fast-paced sector.

Page last updated 29 September 2017


Why BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production?

BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Production is for students looking to work in digital media, and particularly on the production side. Delving in depth into the dynamics of the creative economy, we'll explore how digital media is firmly embedded in our lives at a global level. Building strong production and research skills, and being exposed to Bristol's vibrant creative sector, will set you up for a career in a wide variety of cultural and media contexts.

Why study this course?

Working with staff as co-researchers from the start, you'll develop your own experimental and socially engaged projects, building skills in photography, video, sound, web design, writing and analysis. You'll use the latest software, and be exposed to new innovations in everything from virtual reality to interactive documentary making.

You will be exploring the impact of media culturally and historically, in order to develop expertise in research, writing and project design. You will also learn how to pitch your ideas, and prepare a portfolio of work oriented towards your chosen career.

Real-world experience

This course is firmly embedded in Bristol's creative and media sector. You'll work with cutting-edge practitioners based at the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the Pervasive Media Studio. This world-leading innovation hub at Bristol's Watershed offers exciting opportunities for volunteering giving you first-hand insight into the professional landscape you're moving into. There is also the option to do a summer or yearlong placement.

Where it can take you

You could work as a creative practitioner, creative researcher, project designer or manager, either working individually or as part of a team. Digital media is embedded across industry, so the opportunities are vast. Some graduates go on to postgraduate study such as our MA Creative Producing course.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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. This course shares some modules with BA (Hons) Media Culture and Communication, therefore you can easily switch to that course at the end of year one if your interests change.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Network Culture
  • Mediated Lives
  • Contemporary Digital Practice.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Media Culture 1: Researching Media Cultures
  • Media Culture 2: Creative Cultural Research.

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

  • Image-Based Media Production
  • Online Media Production
  • Screen Media.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Media Production Project.

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

  • Advanced Media Production
  • Dissertation
  • Work Placement and Experience
  • Future Cities
  • Music Cultures
  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Videogames and Digital Culture
  • Automatic Society
  • Creative Campaigns.

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 offer you a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, projects with practitioners, placements, student-led research, near-live briefs, blended learning (mixing classroom learning with online resources, communication and discussion), guest lectures and individual tutorials.

You'll work on near-live briefs informed by the latest research, take part in research-related events and conferences, and learn from experienced media practitioners, researchers and technical instructors. Much of this work involves collaborating with Bristol's media organisations through UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre.

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

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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Study time

On average you will attend class activities for 10-12 hours a week over 24 weeks, with additional time timetabled for production workshops and working on group projects. In non-class time, you will be expected to prepare course readings, and complete writing and research exercises, essays, production exercises and projects.


There is a balanced mix of group and individual work, and you will be assessed through a variety of assignments including presentations, research essays, extended projects, and digital media projects and portfolios, and examinations. Projects might include photo essays, photo books, interactive documentaries, film, video and digital design work.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Bristol has a unique approach to media culture and 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.

In the summer break of year two, you can choose to arrange a work placement for up to 20 days or equivalent (this is a prerequisite for applying for a place on the Work Placement and Experience module in year three). There is also the option of doing a ten-week internship or a full sandwich year between years two and three.


Fieldwork will involve you frequently being out and about experiencing the cultural activities and amenities of Bristol.

You'll go on field trips to other cities too, attending the latest exhibitions and events related to your studies, and seeing how media and culture work in different contexts.

Study facilities

You will be based at Frenchay campus, however you will frequently find yourself at our City Campus sites at Watershed and Arnolfini, learning from creative economy makers and doing research for project-based assignments.

Your sessions will be in excellent facilities with bespoke computing suites, creative media software, and areas for moving and still image production and editing. All students will use HD video cameras, digital SLRs and industry-standard software for photographic, video and web-based production on both Apple Mac and PC platforms. Our experienced technical staff will provide you with support and instruction.

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


Careers / Further study

By the time you graduate, you will have gained the skills and experience to be able to seek work in a varied range of digital production contexts, from large organisations such as the BBC and Aardman, to small-scale media companies in areas such as social media marketing, video production and interactive media. Equally, you could go on to produce digital content for cultural organisations such as museums, the public sector, charities or corporates.

Some graduates also go on to postgraduate study such as our popular MA Creative Producing or MA Documentary Production course.

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.

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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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production course.

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
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.


Please see the general information about applications.

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