This programme enables students to gain a wide range of experience and an understanding of media production through a practice-based approach. Students gain experience in video production across a number of genres including drama and documentary and can combine these practical skills with academic study within Multimedia Journalism. Students study print, online and broadcast journalism, alongside aspects of law and ethics. Students produce ongoing assignments such as websites, blogs and magazines and showcase their talents in a final project of their choice.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both programmes are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which has substantial research and teaching experience. This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you whilst broadening your knowledge and understanding of Media Production and Moving Image at the same time enhancing practical skills to gain a working knowledge of industrial practices within a Multimedia environment.
We have a sound practical resource base and produce magazines, newsblogs and radio and TV packages, often in co-operation with local media outlets. Students also run their own blog sites which offer opportunities to showcase their work.
Please see below the 2016 Subject Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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The course will provide students with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of Media including video and audio production. The aim is to produce multi-faceted media personnel who are conversant with contemporary production skills and processes, encouraging students to think creatively and critically. The emphasis is on the conceptual as well as the technical. Combined with developing the skills that are vital in journalistic media production in a world where communication technologies play an increasingly central role.
This Joint Honours programme focuses on practical skills so that students gain a working knowledge of industry practices. Students will experience a range of media including video and audio production and, if they choose, photography and web design.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects. Stage one explores a range of experiences across video, sound and, if chosen, photography and web design. This development of a broad knowledge base is complemented by researching, planning and media management skills. Stage one also introduces some of the key theories and debates pertaining to contemporary media production.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of practical activities including news writing and reporting projects across print and broadcast media as well as developing their understanding of the environment in which journalism operates. This provides an excellent platform of knowledge for students to advance to stage two.
The other modules in this stage enable students to acquire an understanding of moving image and sound, the processes for shooting a Drama series concentrating on single camera production techniques and exploring industry best practice as well as an introduction to Multi TV Camera studio production. Complimenting this, Multimedia Journalism will concentrate on Law and ethics where students are introduced to the Law and the regulatory environment; in the context of how journalists carry out their work and underpin contemporary journalistic practice and priorities.
Modules in stage two take students into more detailed and developed areas, with the emphasis for Media Production on non-fiction and prepares students for stage three in equipping them with more advanced skills in film production and sound. A more critical approach to their work and that of others, including professionals, is encouraged.
Alongside this, students, if they choose, can develop their skills in photography and music production. Multimedia Journalism elements at this stage concentrate on sub-editing and proofreading experience, as well as associated content management skills. Students will be using industry-standard graphic design and publishing software, thereby providing important media production skills relating to the newspaper, magazine and online publishing industries. Students will also look at methods of producing TV packages and radio content and continue to further develop their broadcast skills using the various media techniques.
In this final stage students (providing they are majoring in the subject) work independently on their own project, take part in a group ‘live’ brief and complete a dissertation.
Students will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of Media Production and Moving Image and Multimedia Journalism that they find particularly interesting.
For both subject areas students bring their practical and theoretical skills together to produce a substantial portfolio of professional standard work. Within Multimedia Journalism, students submit a portfolio providing evidence of their journalistic contributions and management decisions as well as activities undertaken during the period of the project. There are two distinct phases: the first is a set group publication, the second is an individual role contributing to the daily news output of a multimedia website.
All major or joint students prepare, by supervised research, a dissertation that permits them to investigate an area of personal/career interest.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- practical production course informed by media theory
- fully-equipped television and radio studios
- fully-equipped photography studios
- emphasis on convergent digital media production
- solid introduction to professional production practice
- strong relationships with local industrial partners
- cross platform approach to content and skills
- an exciting range of modules
The reading list for first year students is available to download.
There are worldwide career opportunities for journalists working in the English language. Journalism provides a combination of practical skills, useful contacts and academic study, which will enable students to pursue a career in journalism or other areas of the media. The highly valued transferable skills gained from the programme have enabled our graduates to go on to work outside the arts at managerial level, whilst some have gone on to postgraduate study. Students will have highly developed performance and academic skills and transferable skills for work in different fields. They will become incisive critics and confident presenters.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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