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Media Production BSc (Hons)

Master the technical foundations and practical skills needed for a role in digital broadcasting or social media production across a range of video, image-making, photography, audio and web formats. 

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Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

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Overview

In today's media landscape, digital and technical mediums have become increasingly important across various industries, from TV and radio production to advertising, journalism, and PR.

Our dedicated Media Production course is designed to equip you with the technical foundations and practical skills needed to succeed in this dynamic industry. With a focus on hands-on practice and an understanding of the technical principles guiding your career, you'll be prepared for a rapidly changing technical environment. Join us, gain the expertise, and experience you need to pursue your dream career in media production.

Our block teaching method enables you to focus on each discipline by diving deep into one subject at a time.

Key features

  • Elevate your production game with our specialist facilities. Benefit from audio recording studios, online broadcast-standard radio production studios, multi-camera TV studios and full green screen capabilities. Create outstanding content with all the tools you need, right at your fingertips.

  • Supercharge your career with a valuable work placement. Our Media Production students have worked on live filming projects for Channel 4 right here on campus, as well as securing placements with top industry leaders and many local businesses offering paid opportunities. 

  • Join our dynamic student societies. As a member of our award-winning Demon Media group, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to its radio station, TV channel and website, and learn from industry experts. Don't miss this chance to enhance your skills, build your portfolio, and connect with like-minded peers.

  • As a Media Production student, you'll have the opportunity to take part in DMU Global. From exploring Berlin's fascinating media history, producing a documentary film in Bali, to going behind the scenes at New York's NBC Studios, you won’t want to miss this chance to immerse yourself in diverse cultures, expand your knowledge, and make unforgettable memories.

  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: P310

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: P310

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

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 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 or
  • 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 then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) 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: Film and Photography Capture

Block 2: Radio and TV Studio Production

Block 3: Introduction to Digital Design

Block 4: Commercial Content Production

Year two

Block 1: Film and Photography Techniques

Block 2: Live Digital Broadcast

Block 3: Immersive and Experiential Design

Block 4: Creative Enterprise

 

Year three

Block 1: Creative Image Production OR Short Film Production

Block 2: Creative Content Programming

Block 3/4: Portfolio Project

Block 3/4: UX and Interactive Media OR Post-Production and Editing

 

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.

Media Production students at DMU have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local and national companies, including Jaguar Land Rover, The National Physical Laboratory, 508 Kings Road Gallery and Bosch.

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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 Production 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

Media 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 range of video, image making, photography, audio and web formats.

Graduates from this programme work in a wide range of careers such as camera operators, producers, photographers, technical operators and broadcast engineers.

Past 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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