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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. 

Overview

Programme Leader Simon Walsh discusses the expert teaching students receive on the Media Production course at DMU.

Whether it’s TV, video, radio, or social media content, technology has led the media industry to develop a focus on digital and technical mediums and formats.

Media Production is an industry-focused course, which provides you with the technical foundations and practical skills required for a career in a rapidly changing media landscape, enabling you to pursue roles in industries such as advertising, TV and radio production, journalism and PR.

Teaching modules include image capture and processing, audio recording and production, television documentary production, radio location production, creative media entrepreneurship and social media innovation.

Key features

  • Benefit from specialist facilities, including audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems, standalone film studios equipped with multi-cameras, as well as blue and green screen studios.
  • Boost your career prospects by undertaking a work placement. Previous Media Production students have taken part in live filming on campus for Channel 4 and undertaken placements at The Walt Disney Company, the BBC and ITV.
  • Learn from opportunities for valuable hands-on experience by joining a range of student societies such as the award-winning Demon Media group, and contribute to its magazine, radio station, TV station and website.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Media Production students learnt about Berlin’s fascinating media history on a trip to the city, took part in documentary film production in Bali and went behind the scenes at New York’s NBC Studios.

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This course is subject to revalidation.

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: P310

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

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: P310

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

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

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

International Students

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.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Image Capture and Processing
  • Audio Capture and Processing
  • Social Media Innovation 
  • Multimedia 1 

Second year

Core Modules

  • Television Production
  • Video and Imaging Techniques

Optional Modules

  • Social Media Innovation 
  • Multimedia 2
  • Audio Recording and Production
  • Radio Studio Production

 

Third year

Core Modules

  • Technology Project

Optional Modules

  • Post-production for Video and Film
  • Creative Image Production
  • Television Documentary Production
  • Social Media Practice
  • Multimedia 3
  • Radio Location Production
  • Creative Media Entrepreneurship

Teaching

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

The television production modules are taught with external partners from the broadcast industry, covering topics including television systems and workflow, studio practice and the television gallery, cameras, sound and lighting. In the final year, you will work on a practice-based project enabling you to capitalise on your skills and experience.

Assessment

You will normally attend 12–16 hours of timetabled sessions each week, and can expect to undertake at least 20–25 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

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.

 

Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Our multimillion-pound Creative Technology Studios feature industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites and fully equipped recording studios with facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials.

The film studios have multi-camera, blue and green screen studios so that students can create videos that use 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 so students can practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting, and sound. The film studios also include a full lighting setup and students can use live graphic overlays to replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.

We also have a suite of workstations with HD editing software, broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems and audio and video laboratories with high-specification test equipment for signal analysis.

Students have access to fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display.

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 Blackboard, 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.

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course through DMU Works, 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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#DMUglobal

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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer overseas opportunities in the future.

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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