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BA(Hons)

Media and Cultural Production

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
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 Rehan Hyder
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 29 October 2019

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. You could become a producer, camera operator, work in administration, social media or PR, or go on to teach. Some graduates progress to postgraduate study on courses like our MA Creative Producing.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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:

  • Online Media Production
  • Photomedia
  • Videomedia
  • 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 mix of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, projects, placements, student-led research and live briefs. We teach theory and practice in combination, mixing classroom learning, communication and discussion with online resources, lectures, guest lectures and individual tutorials.

Build your expertise in media production across video, photography and digital platforms, and develop your writing skills across a variety of formats, including blogs, reports and diaries. 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.

Craft your expertise as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field. 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.

Student-led and public-facing projects at the heart of our curriculum provide you with an insight into this fast-paced sector and its needs. Learn to plan and pitch your ideas at a professional level, and develop enterprise skills to take your talents in interesting directions.

Produce a major practical project or a dissertation, or a combination of both, to showcase both your writing and making skills.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Get involved

Look forward to plenty of opportunities to network, take part in projects, and collaborate in Bristol's creative community.

Students recently produced content for the Bristol Music Seven Decades of Sound exhibition at M-Shed.

Others have been working with the Domestic Violence Health Research Group to develop an online training resource for domestic violence counsellors.

There's also the chance to exhibit your work atthe final year degree show.

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

On completion of both the Media Culture 2: Creative Cultural Research and Contemporary Digital Practice modules, you'll  be awarded the Institute of Leadership and | Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.

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).

If you choose the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.

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.

Get help to find placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

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.

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

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) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688

Part Time Course

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

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
  • 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.
  • Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: 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:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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