Media Production BA(Hons)

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Media Production - 2023

To deliver impactful content that sells, today’s media practitioners need a diverse skill set and future-savvy strategic thinking. An exciting and market-driven fusion of advertising, journalism and screen production, this Media Production degree will help you to become a multi-skilled content creator.

Key details
Location Falmouth Campus
Course Duration 3 years / 4 years
Attendance Full-time / Sandwich
UCAS code P31A/ FY36/PY51
Subject to validation during this academic year Yes

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Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2022

This course balances production and editing skills with strategy and planning. You’ll amass essential content creation 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 a competitive marketplace.

You will:

  • Develop in-demand making, editing and curating skills vital to the media and creative industries

  • Learn to professionally pitch, plan and deliver content as
    you respond 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 and advertising studios

  • Grow your understanding of audiences, market traction and the wider cultural, social and political implications of the global media industries

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

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What our graduates do

Media production graduates could go on to work across a range of sectors in a variety of roles, including:

  • Analyst
  • Media planner
  • Marketing and content strategist
  • Public relations manager
  • Social media specialist
  • Content creator
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Strategic planner
  • Accounts executive
  • Assistant producer
  • Production coordinator
  • Production assistant
  • Project manager

Course details

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 Sandwich Year 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.

Modules

Creative Problem Solving

You'll learn how to find innovative solutions to challenges by exploring the problem-solving tools, methods and concepts used in the creative industries.

Bootcamp

This module will introduce you to key creative and technical skills, focusing on camera, lighting, sound and editing. Reflecting industry, you'll also discover the art of collaborative practice.

Multimedia Methods

You'll develop skills in audio, video, still images and social networking, learning how to select and apply these appropriately with an awareness of relevant legal and ethical considerations.

Professional Practice

You'll learn the professional practice skills needed to build a career in the creative industries. This includes presenting techniques and public speaking, self-promotion, ways of securing work placements and working as a freelancer.

Origins

You’ll discover the heart of the story with a short-form documentary piece, discovering and using fundamental storytelling and production skills to shoot and edit an engaging short piece of non-fictional content. 

The Media Landscape

This module will support you to study and debate the key trends and rules which are shaping the working landscape for media professionals, while becoming a more effective academic researcher and writer. 

 

In year two, you'll develop and hone your film creation, art direction and copywriting skills while learning the business of content creation. In our Work Placement module, you'll get the opportunity to work alongside industry partners on exciting live briefs or secure your own placement within an existing business.

Modules

Media Lab

You will develop your creative skills further through engaging and experimenting with the capabilities of media technologies and platforms for media production.

Magazine Content and Creation

You’ll work as part of an editorial team to conceive, plan and create a new magazine with digital and print editions, built on a business plan to prove its viability in the media marketplace. 

Filmmaking 2: Editing & Post-production

Following the Filmmaking 1 module, you'll continue to develop your filmmaking skills with a focus on editing and post-production.

Collaboration

Working as part of a team, you'll work on 'Challenge Briefs' that reflect the sort of assignments you could expect to be working on in industry. Developing your 'soft skills', like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership, you'll sharpen your ability to work well as part of a group to produce outstanding work.

Advanced Multimedia Methods

You’ll develop your multimedia storytelling skills and technical confidence within a newsroom environment which challenges you increasingly to collaborate in a range of creative and organisational contexts.

The Global Creative

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.

Why study a Sandwich Year route? 

You can choose to take an optional Sandwich Year, which means you'll spend a year between your second and third year on placement in industry, developing your business or freelance portfolio* or studying abroad. Choosing this route will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study in your Sandwich Year 

Supported by an employer if you're working in industry, or the University if you've opted for the self-employment route*, you'll develop your industry skills and understanding of the workplace.

If you study abroad, you'll gain new perspectives on your subject, gain in confidence and independence.

Throughout this year, you'll develop a portfolio of work that includes a 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.

*Self-employment options are only available for UK students, due to Visa requirements

Your final year is all about creating a career-launching portfolio. You'll work collaboratively and individually on 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.

Modules

Dissertation

You’ll complete an independent extended piece of written work on an area of Media Production of your choosing.

The Multimedia Newsroom

In preparation for your final transition to the real world of the news media and related fields, you'll produce a digital multimedia publication.

Future Skills

You'll cultivate your professional journey, developing an understanding of your skills in the context of industry and employment. You'll be equipped with the confidence to articulate your knowledge and abilities, and evidence how you can apply them to real world challenges.

Working on a collaborative or solo project, you'll deliver real results, whether that's a profit on some seed funding, a professional portfolio of work, or a solution to a real-world challenge from industry.

Final Year Portfolio

For your final module, you'll produce a professional portfolio that showcases your skills and knowledge across multiple channels and media.

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. 

Modules

Explore

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.

Technique

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.

Apply

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.

Industry

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.

Launch

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. 

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

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.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled teaching and learning activity

Guided independent 
study

Placement

Integrated
Foundation
Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning

Digitally enhanced learning

N/A

1

36.5%

63.5%

N/A

2

26.2%

70%

3.8%

Sandwich Year (optional)

TBC

TBC

TBC

3

26%

74%

N/A

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated
Foundation
Year (optional)

 0% 0% 100% 

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

0%

100%

Sandwich Year (optional)

TBC

TBC

TBC

3

0%

0%

100%

*These percentages are indicative and may vary

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through coursework only. This can take many forms, including:

  • Practical projects
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Short essays

Mirroring the industry, we encourage self-evaluation at the end of each project and support this via personal development plans.

Staff

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 member shown here.

Lucy Cokes

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Facilities

Media Production students will have access to professional facilities from across the School of Communication and the School of Film & Television. This includes:

  • 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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How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through UCAS Apply and TrackYou'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply now

Applying as an international student?

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Media Production BA(Hons) three year degree P31A
Media Production BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year (new for entry year 2023) FY36
Media Production BA(Hons) with Sandwich Year PY51

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(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA(Hons) four year degree with Sandwich Year 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year 80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

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. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 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 can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per Sandwich Year Full-Time UK and EU/international
£1,385 per Sandwich Year, study abroad option 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.

Typical course costs

  • £800 – Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
  • £100-200 – Recurring annual costs (books, materials, portfolios etc)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Laptop/desktop computer
  • Smartphone

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

In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your specialism, you may need a specific type of computer. You can find out more about the type of machine you'll need on your course specialism page. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs.

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students? 

From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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