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Media Production BSc (Hons)

About the course

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This industry-focused course provides you with the technical foundations and practical skills needed to gain a leading role in digital broadcast or social media production.

Reasons to study Media Production at DMU Leicester:

  • Our communications and media subjects ranked in the top 15 for graduate prospects in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league tables
  • More than 91% of recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating*
  • Recent graduates are working at companies including Endemol, Ideal World TV, Lime Pictures, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC
  • Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring

A technical approach to media production is increasingly important and this course makes sure you enter the workplace with knowledge of the latest tools and techniques for making and distributing media products.

*DLHE 2013/2014


Key facts

UCAS course code: P310

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 260 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, group work, practical laboratory sessions and self-directed study.

In the final year, you will work on a practice-based project enabling you to fully demonstrate your skills and experience.

You will normally attend 13-17 hours of timetabled sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 20-25 further hours per week of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Course modules

First year

  • Media capture and processing (Compulsory)
    This module introduces you to photography, audio and video acquisition, digitisation, compression and storage.
  • Technology fundamentals (Compulsory)
    This module will introduce you to the mathematical and physical principles needed for the study of the technologies used in media production
  • Social media and technology (Compulsory)
    This module gives you an introduction to the academic study of media technology and research concepts
  • Multimedia I (Compulsory)
    The module introduces animation and multimedia concepts for web based formats, including web design and publishing, and animation techniques

Second year

  • Television Production (Compulsory) The module provides an overview of television production systems, processes and standards. You will learn in our on-site television studios, gaining more hands-on experience in television production.
  • Video and imaging techniques (Compulsory)
    This module explores the process of still and moving digital image production from the initial capture, through editing to display and distribution
  • Social media production
    This module explores the role of social media technology in contemporary media industries
  • Multimedia II
    This module explores animation and time-based multimedia production for both web and disc-based format
  • Principles of audio production
    The audio recording studio is used in the creation of a range of ‘live’ recording scenarios, developing recording skills in the multichannel recording studio
  • Radio production
    This module gives you the opportunity to develop audio recordings for radio, while learning about the principles, techniques and practices of radio production.  You will use our broadcast-standard radio production studios and get involved with Demon FM, our community radio station
  • 3D modelling and animation
    This module introduces a range of design, modelling and kinematic techniques, and introduces you to the principles of 3D animation

Third year

  • Technology project (Compulsory)
    This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a self-managed project building on knowledge, experience and skills acquired during the course, with tutorial support
  • Post-production for video and film
    This module examines a range of techniques and issues associated with modern post- production, including digital compositing, incorporating CG, special effects, motion graphics and titles, and sound
  • Advanced imaging technology
    In this module you will develop advanced photography skills and investigate a number of applications of imaging technology, for example, medical imaging, astrophotography, forensic science, security, entertainment etc
  • Advanced television production
    In this module you will understand and develop the skills and techniques used in single-camera television production to create broadcast-ready programmes
  • Advanced social media production
    In this module you will develop social media production skills through designing and creating products for use in a range of social media contexts
  • Multimedia III
    This module explores advanced techniques in multimedia animation production for the Internet and disc-based formats.  Multimedia authoring software will be used to demonstrate advanced animation and multimedia techniques
  • Advanced 3D modelling and animation
    This practical module introduces you to advanced principles, concepts and processes of modelling and kinematics
  • Advanced radio production
    In this module you will study the theory and practice of radio studio operation, the management of studio resources, the use and deployment of radio studio technologies, and the regulatory and legal framework related to the broadcast industry
  • Creative media entrepreneurship
    This module gives you the opportunity to develop business and management skills as a producer of media content for the broadcast and online media industries

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Students have recently taken part inwork experience placements at local, national and international companies, including the BBC.

Graduate careers

Recent graduates are working as camera operators, producers, photographers, technical operators, broadcast engineers, graphic designers, video editors and producers, independent video company directors, television presenters andweb designers. Companies include Endemol, Ideal World TV, Lime Pictures, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
Placement year £650
Part-time (Where available)  
4 year course £5,925 per year
6 year course £3,950 per year
Per module £988 per 15 credits
Full-time £12,250
Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding section.

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the Kimberlin library, and journal articles on your reading lists are also available electronically from your myDMU login. Similarly, any other essential course material (including in some cases an electronic version of the core textbook) is available from the dedicated module site on the University’s virtual-learning environment. Some students like to purchase their own copies of textbooks or print course documents. We suggest allowing up to £200 per year if you wish to purchase new textbooks, less for second hand.

Optional Extras

There are no compulsory placements or trips associated with this programme, however, you will have the option of participating in #DMUglobal trips either as part of some of the modules or as an extra-curricular activity. These trips are subsidised by the university and the cost and the subsidy varies by location.

Find out more about #DMUglobal

If you wish to undertake an international year-abroad at a partner institution fees are reduced to £650 for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university and any support visit from academics or professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance. No fees are payable to the overseas partner, but there may be additional costs for other services. All Faculty of Technology students have the opportunity to take a paid or unpaid placement year in industry before their final year. Placements are full-time jobs and are available in a wide variety of sectors include private, public and not-for profit.

If you wish to undertake a placement year facilitated by DMU fees are reduced to £650 for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university, support from your academic supervisor and professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance.

Find out more about placements

For further information, please contact the faculty admissions team by email at or phone us on 0116 257 7456.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding section of the website.


Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios give students the opportunity to study in a new technology-led environment featuring industry standard equipment and gain the knowledge and experience of creative technologies to support your academic study. The studios are also supported by a team of academic specialists delivering teaching in the principles and techniques of media technology and production.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.

Specifically, the facilities include:

  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
  • Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.

The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images. 

The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.

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How to apply


Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ

T: 0871 468 0 468


International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal.

Contact details

For further information and admissions advice

Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

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"Russ thanks the specialist and relevant skills he learned through his degree for the fantastic career position he is now in..."

Russell Bingley
Media Production BSc (Hons)



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