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BA(Hons)

Media and Cultural Production

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
PL36
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Dr Gillian Swanson
Key fact:
Develop strong research and production skills and carve out a niche as a digital creative media professional in a fast-paced sector.

Page last updated 14 February 2018

Introduction

Why study media and cultural production?

Graduates with strong digital media production and research skills are demanded by the contemporary creative economy sector.

Studying media and cultural production allows you to try your hand at producing photography, video, sound, web content and design, writing and analysis.

You'll graduate skilled, confident and ready to take your place in a fast-paced, exciting media industry.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production helps you develop your own experimental and socially engaged projects from the start.

Explore how digital media is embedded in our lives and gain first-hand knowledge of Bristol's vibrant creative sector.

Use the latest software, and use new technology in everything from virtual reality to interactive documentary making.

Discover the cultural and historical impact of media, developing your expertise in research, writing and project design. Find out how to pitch your ideas, and prepare a portfolio of work oriented towards your chosen career.

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

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year degree show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

Digital media and production are major parts of the creative industries today. Your skills will be highly regarded by employers and give you the confidence to work independently.  

You'll graduate ready for a career as a creative practitioner, creative researcher, project designer or manager. Some graduates go on to postgraduate study on courses like our MA Creative Producing.

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Network Culture
  • Mediated Lives
  • Contemporary Digital Practice.

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus two optional modules from:

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

Final year

You will study:

  • Media Production Project.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • 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

Learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, projects, placements, research, guest lectures and tutorials.

Projects include, photo books, interactive documentaries, film, video and digital design work.

Develop your awareness of the relevance the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your professional life.

Work on near-live briefs informed by the latest research and take part in research-related events and conferences. There'll be a balanced mix of group and individual work.

Learn from experienced media practitioners, researchers and technical instructors and work in collaboration with Bristol's media organisations through UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre.

The projects at the heart of our curriculum provide you with an insight into this fast-paced sector and its needs. 

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
132%68%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
324%76%0%100%

Study time

You'll attend 10 to 12 hours of class activities each week, with additional time for production workshops and working on group projects.

Outside of class, you'll be expected to prepare course readings and complete writing and research exercises, essays, production exercises and projects.

Assessment

Working on your own and as part of a group, you'll be assessed through a variety of assignments. This includes presentations, research essays, extended projects, digital media projects and portfolios, and examinations.

Projects might include photo essays, photo books, interactive documentaries, film, video and digital design work.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
10%100%0%100%
20%94%6%100%
315%85%0%100%

Features

Placements

In the summer break of Year two, you can take a work placement for up to 20 days or equivalent (this is a requirement for applying to study the Work Placement and Experience module in the Final year).

You will be paid at least £300 a week for your work, with UWE Bristol contributing part of this figure.

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.

Bristol's approach to media culture and production is unique. Discover a vibrant mix of media arts, innovation and activism and engage with the local creative and cultural industries throughout the course.

Fieldwork

You'll be out and about throughout your course, getting involved in Bristol's cultural scene and shaping its future.

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

Study facilities

You'll be based at Frenchay Campus and also work at our City Campus at Watershed and Arnolfini, learning from creative economy makers and doing research for project-based assignments.

Learn in excellent facilities with bespoke computing suites, creative media software, and areas for moving and still image production and editing.

Use our 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 to build your technical production skills.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Graduate with the skills and experience to 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.

You could go on to produce digital content for cultural organisations such as museums, the public sector, charities or corporates.

Some of our graduates work as social media content developers, while others are project managers and coordinators in areas such as broadcast and online media production, museums and education.

You could also go on to do a postgraduate qualification, such as our popular MA Creative Producing or MA Documentary Production course.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help 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.

Discover how studying media and culture kickstarted Cat's career in television.

Read how Nuno, Rita and Ed turned their business dream into a reality through a UWE Bristol scheme.

Fees

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

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

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • 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: Communications and Culture, Sociology, History, English, Philosophy
  • 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

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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