BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Creative and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time
Programme leader
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Rehan Hyder

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BA (Hons) Media Production (with Foundation Year) course page.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


Develop strong research and production skills and carve out a niche as an informed creative professional in the fast-paced media sector.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study media and cultural production?

Graduates with strong digital media production and research skills are highly employable.

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 the 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 the dynamics of the creative economy and learn how digital media impacts lives around the world.

Use the latest software and 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 at 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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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

Year zero (foundation year)

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
  • The Power of Words.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.

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

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

*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

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

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


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.


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.


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 will be based at Frenchay campus, however you will frequently find yourself at our City Campus 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.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


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.

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.


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.


Typical offers

  • 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.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Production.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through ourInternational College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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