Media Production BA(Hons)
Become a multimedia storyteller across digital channels.
This course is new for entry year 2023
An exciting and market-driven fusion of advertising, journalism and screen production, this Media Production degree course balances production and editing skills with strategy and planning to prepare you as a multi-skilled content creator.
You’ll amass essential expertise in areas including copywriting, sound, photography, interactive media, documentary video and screenwriting. You’ll also gain the strategic know-how to boost engagement and performance in the competitive media marketplace.
- Develop in-demand making, editing and curating skills vital to the media and creative industries
- Learn to professionally pitch, plan and deliver content in response to project briefs individually and in collaboration with your peers
- Have the opportunity to work alongside industry partners on exciting briefs, or secure your own work placement
- Have access to professional-standard facilities across the School of Communication and the School of Film & Television, including specialist film and editing facilities, photography and video studios, post- production labs, newsrooms, radio studio and advertising studios
- Grow your understanding of audiences, market traction and the wider cultural, social and political implications of the global media industries
On this Media Production degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Media Production BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year and/or professional placement study options.
You'll gain the practical skills and strategic understanding to deliver commercial content that makes a splash. You'll develop the art of persuasion and the ability to pivot content to capitalise on market opportunities. With a practice-based approach to learning, the course will also help you develop transferrable project management and team-working skills, giving you the professional edge when you graduate.
You’ll start developing the skills you’ll need to succeed from the very beginning, as you immerse yourself in the contexts and practices of the current media production and content creation landscape. You’ll explore key concepts around visual and audio production, creative problem-solving and professional practice.
Creative Problem Solving
In this module, you’ll explore industry methods, tools and frameworks used in the creative process.
You’ll discover the heart of storytelling through filmmaking. Learning fundamental production skills, you’ll look at how we might express original ideas visually and audibly.
Digital News Lab: Audiovisual Storytelling
In this module, you’ll explore mobile journalism and social media outputs. You'll develop skills in audio, video, still images and social networking, needed to work in the global digital news media environment.
This module will give you an overview of agency life, the roles and responsibilities common across agencies and the processes and ways of working you can expect upon graduating.
The Information Age: Exploring the Media Landscape
This module will support you to study and debate the key trends shaping the contemporary media landscape. Alongside this, you’ll get a working knowledge of key laws and regulations which journalists and communications professionals must work within.
In this module you’ll learn how to develop your ideas, find stories and characters, and decide what creative storytelling you’ll use to form a documentary. You’ll work within industry health and safety, editorial, and diversity guidelines to deal sensitively with your contributors and produce a quality piece of documentary work.
In year two, you’ll develop and hone your video creation, art direction and copywriting skills while learning the business of content creation web, social media and magazines too. You’ll hear from media professionals from around the globe and get to work alongside colleagues on live briefs.
Digital News Lab: Local is Global
Building on the skills from your first year, you’ll learn how to take your reporting practice into new areas. Focusing on a key current issue, you’ll work individually and collaboratively, putting your storytelling and editing skills to work.
You’ll consider a wide range of media channels and their role in delivering effective communications. You’ll examine the pros and cons of different channels and their relevance to varying audiences. This will allow you to develop effective media campaigns that deliver results.
This module is designed to bring a diverse range of voices and experiences from media practitioners working and creating across the world into the course, giving you a thorough understanding of the industry and employment pathways that are open to you as practitioners.
Get the opportunity to work on an editorial team to conceive, plan and create a brand new magazine across print and digital mediums. You’ll write a business plan, considering commercial viability, and learn the processes involved in the production, launch and distribution of magazines.
In this module you’ll have the opportunity to work with fellow students to realise a creative media project of your own. You’ll apply your core professional skills including negotiation, problem-solving and project management, to initiate, create and deliver a unique project.
You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year.
You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability team.
Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying.
How you’ll study during your professional placement
You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks.
You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation.
Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth.
Your final year is all about creating a career-launching portfolio. You’ll work collaboratively and individually on a range of content outputs and contribute to a digital multimedia production project. You'll also sharpen your professional and business development skills, so you’re all set to start making a living from your practice.
Digital News Lab: Going Live
This module will solidify all you’ve learned during your degree as you work collaboratively in a deadline-driven newsroom. You’ll take responsibility for organisation and quality control and produce high quality digital news.
Final Year Project: Development
You’ll research, plan and develop a self-initiated final year project based on a brand or topic of your choice that reflects your creative passions or professional aspirations.
Final Year Project: Showcase
You will create a Final Year Project that will showcase your critical thinking and creative practice.
Students will have the opportunity of choosing between Final Portfolio and Mini-Documentary for their final module:
You'll work on industry-recognised competition briefs such as CIM Pitch, D&AD New Blood and Creative Conscience to develop a unique portfolio that showcases your knowledge and skills across the three-year degree.
In this module you’ll use your planning, storytelling and craft skills to create an extended mini-documentary. Working independently, you’ll refine your idea, tailoring it to your audience, and pitching the concept to a panel following professional processes.
Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?
If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.
What you'll study in your Foundation year
If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver an accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
If you apply for and enrol onto a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year, you’ll have the option to switch onto a five-year version including a placement year. That means you’ll complete the first three years of your course before completing a placement in industry in your fourth year and returning to Falmouth for the fifth year of your programme.
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you’ll learn & be assessed
Through skills development workshops, masterclasses and interactive seminars, supported by keynote lectures, you'll develop briefing, concepting, strategy, research, idea development and planning skills. Mirroring industry, you'll then put these skills into practice as you work on real-world projects individually and in teams. Throughout your Media Production degree, you'll benefit from the course team's film, television, advertising and journalism connections.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
100% of your assessment will be coursework. There are no exams as part of this course.
Assessments can take many forms, including:
- Practical projects
- Short essays
- Integrated Foundation Year assessments are 100% coursework based
Mirroring the industry, we encourage self-evaluation at the end of each project and support this via personal development plans.
- Dedicated studio space
- A well-equipped digital newsroom with news feed
- 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software
- The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio and podcast facility
- A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices
- Use of the School of Communication's dedicated study and meeting space, The Lighthouse
- Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
- Library housing 140,000 books, 17,000 DVDs/videos and over 400 journal titles
- Four large production studios, including specialist green screen studio with access to motion capture kit and VR/AR/MR equipment
- Nine Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite & Da Vinci Resolve.
- Two specialist grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screens.
- Two 28-seat 'Post Hubs' for post-production software training
- Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
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Explore student projects, graduate successes, staff news and industry insights
You'll learn from practicing filmmakers, journalists, copywriters, marketers and advertising professionals with a wealth of knowledge, experiences and industry contacts between them.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
Media Production graduates could go on to work across a range of sectors in a variety of roles, including:
- Media planner
- Marketing and content strategist
- Public relations executive
- Social media producer
- Digital content creator
- Documentary maker
- Strategic planner
- Accounts executive
- Assistant producer
- Production coordinator
- Production assistant
- Project manager
- Videographer/camera operator
- Podcast producer
- Broadcast/digital reporter or editor
- Media planner
How to apply
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Media Production BA(Hons) three year degree||P31A|
|Media Production BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year||FY36|
|Media Production BA(Hons) with professional placement||PY51|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2023
UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
Media-savvy students who love to tell stories and be creative, with an ambition to produce content for commercial or editorial purposes that really makes a splash.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|£1,385 per study abroad year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
- £800 – Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
- £100-250 – Recurring annual costs (books, materials, portfolios, printing costs etc)
- Adobe Creative Cloud - You will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud. You may be eligible for discounted licenses through Adobe's education pricing and Falmouth University seeks to provide further discounts when possible. If any discounts are available, we will communicate these to you. For more information please visit Adobe Creative Cloud.
- £100 – external hard drive
- Laptop/desktop computer
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
To engage in the digital learning activity, although you will be able to access IT suites on campus, you will benefit from a laptop to access the platforms and tools we use. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
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