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Esports Production BA (Hons)

Take your passion for gaming to the next level on this specialist course, which combines theoretical learning and practical skills such as broadcast technologies and event production to prepare you for a variety of roles in the esports industry. 

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Block teaching designed around you

You deserve a positive teaching and learning experience, where you feel part of a supportive and nurturing community. That’s why most students will enjoy an innovative approach to learning using block teaching, where you will study one module at a time. You’ll benefit from regular assessments - rather than lots of exams at the end of the year - and a simple timetable that allows you to engage with your subject and enjoy other aspects of university life such as sports, societies, meeting friends and discovering your new city. By studying with the same peers and tutor for each block, you’ll build friendships and a sense of belonging.

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Overview

Considered one of the fastest-growing sectors in the creative industries, the esports global market is predicted to grow year on year to generate an impressive £4.4 billion in revenue by 2027. Leading the way in live events production, broadcasting and streaming and content creation, there’s never been a more exciting time to get involved.

Our Esports Production BA (Hons) programme provides a unique, holistic education of esports to prepare you for a range of roles in this fast-moving sector. Beginning by learning about the fascinating cultures and contexts of gaming and esports, you will go on to develop a range of practical and versatile skills across event production, data analytics and broadcast technologies. Each academic year will culminate in a live esports event of your own design.

Thanks to The Leicester Media School’s strong links with industry, you will also have opportunities to enhance your learning through industry visits and guest lectures, and will be encouraged to engage in practical work experience and volunteering with local esports and gaming organisations.

Key features

  • Elevate your production game with our specialist facilities. Our multimillion-pound Creative Technology Studios include audio recording studios, online broadcast-standard radio production studios, multi-camera TV studios and full green screen capabilities.
  • Benefit from the Leicester Media School’s long-standing media expertise. Our teaching staff have years of experience in broadcast and broadcast technologies to draw on and many are still active in industry.
  • Take advantage of DMU Global, which offers unforgettable experiences to help develop you both personally and academically. Previous media students have explored Berlin’s fascinating media history and been behind the scenes at New York’s NBC studio.
  • Supercharge your career with a work placement. Our award-winning Careers Team can help you to secure a placement with top industry leaders and local businesses, many of whom offer paid opportunities. 
  • Join the DMU Esports Society and take part in UK and international esports varsity leagues like NUEL and NSE. The Society supports a large range of competitive games such as League of Legends and TFT, Overwatch, CS:GO, Valorant, Rocket League, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six Siege, Tekken and Smash.
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W606

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

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W606

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

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £16,250

Find out more about available funding for international students. 

 

Entry criteria

  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM 

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English 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: 24+ points
  • T Levels Merit

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

Mature students

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 an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (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.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Contextual offer 

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find our more about contextual offers.

 

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

Block 1: Esports cultures and industries

Block 2: TV and radio studio production

Block 3: Digital media design

Block 4: Esports On Air

Year two

Block 1: Esports ecosystems and analytics

Block 2: Live broadcast for digital

Block 3: Immersive and experiential media

Block 4: Esports Events Production

Year three

Block 1: Esports community and innovation 

Block 2: Creative content programming

Block 3: Portfolio project

Block 4: Esports Expo

Teaching

Course delivery is in block mode, which means each 30 credit module consists of a seven week teaching block. It is delivered through a combination of lecture, tutorial, seminar, laboratory, workshop, self-directed study, presentation, screening, demonstration, group and individual projects.

Assessment

A variety of assessment strategies, both formative and summative, are used throughout the course. Assessments fall into two main types; coursework assessments and formal examinations. The coursework assessments include practical reports, computer-based assessments, short tests, case study reports, critiques and oral presentations.

Students are also assessed by formal examinations, which test the knowledge and skills they have developed over the course of the module. There are a variety of formats for the written examinations, including some or all of the following; short-answer questions, problem-based questions, case-study questions and essay questions.

 

 

Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Our multimillion-pound Creative Technology Studios feature industry-standard television, radio, music and audio recording studios, all supported by a team of Technical Instructors with a wide-range of industry experience. 

Our television studio is equipped with Sony broadcast-standard television cameras, Vinten pedestals and Autocue heads; a studio floor and infinity green screen; a full LED lighting rig with projection mapping and Production and Sound galleries. The multi-camera facility enables you to develop industry-standard techniques and practices covering all areas of television production, from camera work, directing and vision mixing, to presenting, sound and live streaming. 

The Creative Technology Studios are equipped with radio studios, broadcasting live to a 24-hour global audience. You will have access to industry-standard facilities built around an audio over IP infrastructure and our offline radio studios that enable pre-production of show content. In the studios, you’ll use software for audio playout, news gathering and listener interaction through social media and telecommunications. 

Our newly refurbished audio recording studios are equipped with a variety of digital and analogue mixing consoles and outboard hardware by SSL, Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio. When it comes to software, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our range of cutting-edge post-production applications and plugins. Two live spaces are fully equipped with a range of professional microphones, instruments and amplifiers, supplying everything needed to bring your audio productions to the next level.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course through DMU Careers Team, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Media students have visited Prague to explore challenges faced by the media in the Czech Republic and another group got to see some of New York’s most famous programmes being recorded on a tour of NBC Studios. Students also explored how state-run media works in Eastern Europe on a trip to Hungary.

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Graduate careers

Esports Production is an industry-focused course which provides you with the technical foundations and practical skills needed to gain a leading role in digital broadcast or social media production across a sectors, as well as experience of branding, live event production and publicity. 

Graduates from this programme could work in a wide range of careers such as event organisers, live streamers and esports coaches. 

Past media students have also gone on to work as graphic designers, video editors and producers, independent video company directors, television presenters and web designers. The companies they’ve gone on to work for include Endemol, Ideal World TV, Lime Pictures, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC. 

Read about our Media Production graduate who landed a Production Manager role at a London radio station.

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