BA(Hons) Media Production (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
Page last updated 21 October 2020
Develop strong production and research skills, hone in on your particular areas of interest, and carve out a niche as a digital creative media professional in a fast-paced sector.
Why study media production?
Today's employers are in urgent need of graduates with skills in current practices in media, and can produce media content, with a particular focus on digital innovation and emerging technologies.
Studying this subject will give you a broad overview of the industry, as you develop your skills in producing media across a range of formats and platforms from audio to video, and online to broadcasting alongside developing your writing and research capabilities.
You'll learn to think critically and creatively about media, and graduate as a multi-skilled, flexible producer and communicator, in a strong position for building a media career.
Why UWE Bristol?
On BA(Hons) Media Production, you will work with experienced creative producers, journalists and researchers, as you explore how digital media is embedded in our lives; develop your digital media production skills; and work in the heart of Bristol's vibrant media production and journalism sectors.
You'll be supported to produce work across different platforms; use industry standard software and technology, in everything from social video production and live streaming, to virtual reality and interactive documentary making; and prepare a strong portfolio oriented towards your chosen career.
Working with leading practitioners in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the Pervasive Media Studio, there'll be exciting opportunities for volunteering, and the chance to gain valuable insight into the professional landscape you're moving into.
You'll take part in live briefs, masterclasses and research, and have access to placements at organisations like Bristol Post, Bristol 24/7, UJIMA Radio and TechSPARK, and possible paid internships with local media partnerships.
And because you'll be based at Bower Ashton Studios, you'll get to connect with peers from related disciplines, as part of our exciting City Campus.
Where can it take me?
Your expertise in media production, alongside your practical, research and creative thinking skills, will give you the edge in roles as varied as web content production, podcasting and digital media management. You could become a digital media producer or broadcast journalist, or work in social media.
There are opportunities to progress to courses like our MA Journalism, MA Journalism (Audio Docs and Podcasts), and associated MAs.
You will register onto BA(Hons) Media Production. As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject. Depending on your module choices, you could graduate with one of the following awards:
- BA(Hons) Media Production
- BA(Hons) Media Production (Journalism)
- BA(Hons) Media Production (Creative Content).
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
- Thought, Ideas and Myths: Past, Present and Future
- Bristol, Arts and Culture
- The Power of Words.
You normally need to pass your Foundation Year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Contemporary Digital Media
- Media Networks
- Audio and Storytelling
- Writing for Production.
You will study:
- Practical Research Methods.
Plus, depending on your chosen pathway, modules from:
- Creative Industries and Cultural Value
- Ethics the Law and You
- Screen Languages
- Participatory Media
- Factual Media: Video and TV
- Online and Social Media.
Plus, two optional modules from*:
- Factual Media: Video and TV
- Online and Social Media
- Screen Languages
- Participatory Media
- Factual Media: Video and TV.
*Only if you have chosen the BA(Hons) Media Production pathway.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
During this time students must complete the Professional Development on Placement module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Professional Practice in Media or Professional Development on Placement
- Media Production Project or Dissertation.
Plus, depending on your chosen pathway, two optional modules from:
- Locative Media and Situated Storytelling
- Photography and Visual Culture
- Sound, Image, Space
- Newsroom Journalism Practice
- Advanced Journalistic Writing
- Activism and Media.
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
Learn from experienced media producers, journalists and researchers, on a curriculum that responds to emerging issues and developments.
As well as traditional lectures and seminars, there'll be plenty of communication and discussion, using online resources, lectures, simulation, guest lectures and individual tutorials.
Hone your production, critical thinking and writing skills, working on diverse creative digital media projects, including podcasts, chat bots, photo books,interactive documentaries , film, video and digital design, blogs, reports and diaries.
Advance your understanding of, and ability to question, the role of media production in society.
Learn to make your own content; and understand how to plan, pitch and disseminate your ideas.
Gaining experience across different aspects of media production in year one, you'll then have the option to specialise by choosing one of three pathways, based on your module choices:
BA(Hons) Media Production
This pathway is for students wanting to develop a broad spectrum of skills in production, research and thinking about media production and journalism. Graduate with a portfolio of innovative content, in a strong position to progress as a media producer.
BA(Hons) Media Production (Creative Content)
This pathway will give you hands-on production skills and inventive approaches to making short and longer form content for existing and emerging media forms, audiences and platforms. As well as developing higher level skills in image and sound production, gain a deeper understanding of emerging trends in participatory media production through innovative research, live briefs and experimental outputs.
BA(Hons) Media Production (Journalism)
This pathway is for students looking to develop hands-on multi-platform production skills across online, social media, audio and video, while also building the journalistic skills needed to tell compelling stories. Explore the critical role of journalism in society, learn the varying professional requirements in each platform, understand how to be part of a digital media team and keep up to date with the latest trends.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
You'll attend 10 to 12 hours of class activities each week.
Outside class, you'll be expected to undertake course readings and complete writing and research exercises, essays, production exercises and projects.
You'll be assessed through a mix of written individual and group coursework, peer assessment, case studies, live briefs, practical projects, self-assessment, tests, presentations, research essays, portfolios, and examinations.
In your final year, you'll work on a dissertation, create a practical project or present your work using another medium such as audio, an online story, visual essay or film.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
You'll engage with the vibrant urban and media culture of Bristol. We'll encourage you to take up work placements, internships and volunteering; and our industry contacts include the Pervasive Media Studio, the BBC, South West News Service and many regional media companies.
Work opportunities for students will be published throughout the course and are a great way to build your CV and experience before you graduate.
There's also the option to do a summer work placement or spend a year in work as part of our sandwich year option.
Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
Study at Bower Ashton Studios, as part of our City Campus, which also includes Bristol's contemporary art centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.
You'll have access to exceptional facilities and resources at Bower Ashton including:
- industry standard digital media studios and print facilities
- high-definition digital cameras for projects
- specialist software in the studio for editing audio and visual material
- computer labs with further facilities for producing work, with friendly technical support
- our creative and cultural industries library
- student support services.
You'll also attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.
Our City Campus connects teaching and learning with some of the best production and cultural organisations in Bristol. The mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.
You'll graduate with the skills and experience to work in varied digital production contexts, either in large organisations such as the BBC, Bristol Sport or Aardman, or in small-to medium sized media and production companies.
You could go into areas such as web content production, podcasting or digital media management; produce digital content for cultural organisations such as museums, the public sector, charities or corporates; or progress into broadcast journalism, online media production, social media or education.
As this is an industry that's constantly evolving, we'll also prepare you for where the market is heading.
You could go on to do a postgraduate qualification, such as our MA Journalism, MA Journalism (Audio Docs and Podcasts) or associated MAs - or embark on teacher training.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full-time, sandwich course
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on.
Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee.
These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, soLware or printing.
- Tariff points: 64
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media Production.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.