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Media and Cultural Production (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time
Programme leader:
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Rehan Hyder
Key fact:
Develop strong research and production skills and carve out a niche as an informed creative professional in the fast-paced media sector.

Page last updated 1 August 2019


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.

It's designed for those more focussed on becoming creative practitioners, while our BA(Hons) Media Culture and Communication is for those interested in researching audiences and communicating ideas to them.

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 is a big part of industry today, so you'll be highly employable, with a number of options.

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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



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

Projects might 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.

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

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

Upon 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).

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 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 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

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.

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.


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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

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.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

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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 one A-Level.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Arts and 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.

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.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

International applicants

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

Offer types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

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