Media Production BSc (Hons)

About the course

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.

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.

Access to DMU’s studios and the training facilities at the BBC Academy in Wood Norton provides an unrivalled opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies and gain valuable experience in a professional environment.

Note: Students will be expected to pay for their accommodation while at Wood Norton and any travelling costs involved

Key facts

UCAS course code: P310

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

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A Level or AS Levels
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

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

 

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. 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.

The television production module, taught with the BBC Academy, covers topics including televisions systems, studio practice, cameras, sound and lighting.

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)
    This module links to the BBC Academy and students spend time at the BBC Academy training centre.  The module provides an overview of television production systems, processes and standards.  Alongside the BBC Academy activity 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

Industry links and professional accreditation

bbcacademyA unique feature of the BSc Media Production course is that typically four of the modules include a practical component carried out at the BBC Academy site in Wood Norton, Worcestershire. In total this will involve spending two weeks each year at Wood Norton for the second and final years of the course. The use of this internationally recognised centre of excellence gives students extensive hands-on study experience, unrivalled by any other comparable course.

Each BBC module will be delivered over a full week and normally be arranged to take place during a Christmas vacation, Easter vacation or a reading week. Students will receive additional teaching to underpin the BBC experience. Students will be expected to pay for the 4-5 nights accommodation while at Wood Norton and any travelling costs involved in getting there.

ietlogoElectronic Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. IET accreditation recognises the high standard our course and confirms the relevance of its content. In order to achieve IET accreditation, our course has had to reach a certain standard in the following areas: projects, staffing, resourcing, quality assurance, student support and course structure and technical depth.

Undertaking an IET accredited course is the first step towards professional Chartered Engineer status. A period of suitable industrial experience after graduation will then allow you to apply for professional registration which is an important goal for most engineers.

Accredited courses are also looked on favourably by employers and can therefore improve your career prospects.


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 Ltd, IBM, GSK (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

UK/EU
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
International
Full-time £12,200
Placement year £750

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

Scholarships

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.

Facilities

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.

Facility tour

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How to apply

Home/EU

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
UCAS
PO Box 28
Cheltenham
GL52 3LZ

T: 0871 468 0 468

International

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

Submit an online form| to ask questions and get advice.

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"I would absolutely recommend this course if you are interested in getting into the broadcast industry, Media Production at DMU is invaluable."

Helen Price
Media Production BSc (Hons)


 
 
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