UWE Bristol

BA Hons Media Production with Foundation Year

Develop strong production and research skills, hone in on your particular areas of interest, and carve out a niche as a digital creative media professional in a fast-paced sector.

Why study media production?

Today's employers are in urgent need of graduates with skills in current practices in media, and can produce media content, with a particular focus on digital innovation and emerging technologies.

Studying this subject will give you a broad overview of the industry, as you develop your skills in producing media across a range of formats and platforms from audio to video, and online to broadcasting alongside developing your writing and research capabilities.

You'll learn to think critically and creatively about media, and graduate as a multi-skilled, flexible producer and communicator, in a strong position for building a media career.

Why UWE Bristol?

On BA(Hons) Media Production, you will work with experienced creative producers, journalists and researchers, as you explore how digital media is embedded in our lives; develop your digital media production skills; and work in the heart of Bristol's vibrant media production and journalism sectors.

You'll be supported to produce work across different platforms; use industry standard software and technology, in everything from social video production and live streaming, to virtual reality and interactive documentary making; and prepare a strong portfolio oriented towards your chosen career.

Working with leading practitioners in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the Pervasive Media Studio, there'll be exciting opportunities for volunteering, and the chance to gain valuable insight into the professional landscape you're moving into.

You'll take part in live briefs, masterclasses and research, and have access to placements at organisations like Bristol Post, Bristol 24/7, UJIMA Radio and TechSPARK, and possible paid internships with local media partnerships.

And because you'll be based at Bower Ashton Studios, you'll get to connect with peers from related disciplines, as part of our exciting City Campus.

Where can it take me?

Your expertise in media production, alongside your practical, research and creative thinking skills, will give you the edge in roles as varied as web content production, podcasting and digital media management. You could become a digital media producer or broadcast journalist, or work in social media. 

There are opportunities to progress to courses like our MA Journalism, MA Journalism (Audio Docs and Podcasts), and associated MAs.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

You'll graduate with the skills and experience to work in varied digital production contexts, either in large organisations such as the BBC, Bristol Sport or Aardman, or in small-to medium sized media and production companies.

You could go into areas such as web content production, podcasting or digital media management; produce digital content for cultural organisations such as museums, the public sector, charities or corporates; or progress into broadcast journalism, online media production, social media or education.

As this is an industry that's constantly evolving, we'll also prepare you for where the market is heading.

You could go on to do a postgraduate qualification, such as our MA Journalism, MA Journalism (Audio Docs and Podcasts) or associated MAs - or embark on teacher training.

Course Details

You will register onto BA(Hons) Media Production. As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject. Depending on your module choices, you could graduate with one of the following awards:

BA(Hons) Media Production
BA(Hons) Media Production (Journalism)
BA(Hons) Media Production (Creative Content).

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

During this time students must complete the Professional Development on Placement module.

Year 0

Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
Thought, Ideas and Myths: Past, Present and Future
Bristol, Arts and Culture
The Power of Words.

Year 1

Introduction to Contemporary Digital Media
Media Networks
Audio and Storytelling
Writing for Production.

Year 2

Practical Research Methods.
Plus, depending on your chosen pathway, modules from:

Creative Industries and Cultural Value
Ethics the Law and You
Screen Languages
Participatory Media
Factual Media: Video and TV
Online and Social Media.
Plus, two optional modules from*:

Factual Media: Video and TV
Online and Social Media
Screen Languages
Participatory Media
Factual Media: Video and TV.

Placement year

Final Year

Professional Practice in Media or Professional Development on Placement
Media Production Project or Dissertation.

Two optional modules from
Locative Media and Situated Storytelling
Photography and Visual Culture
Sound, Image, Space
Newsroom Journalism Practice
Advanced Journalistic Writing
Activism and Media.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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