Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    P392

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 year

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 24/25:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25:

    Full Time: £16,500

  • Location:

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The University of Northampton’s Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production BA (Hons) Top Up gives you an opportunity to expand on prior learning. The course is designed to enable you to play a full role in the modern digital media world through the experience you will gain and the portfolio of work you will produce.

On the film and TV top-up degree, you will work on a range of final year projects including a self-directed Final Major Project in a chosen relevant area of interest; engage in live client-based productions; and building on skills, understanding and experience. The course develops independent and informed creative professionals.

Updated 02/02/2024

Highlights


  • ​Tailor your final year to your individual needs and interests – from directing and script writing to producing music videos and studio productions.
  • Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production Course is accredited by  JAMES
  • Self-identified pathways.
  • Industry engagement embedded within the programme
  • Build your own production or social enterprise
  • Use broadcast recording equipment, studios and editing facilities while learning from practicing industry professionals and researchers – view our TV Studio tours
  • Masterclasses with industry practitioners.
  • Hands-on, practice-based study reinforced by media theory.

Course Content


  • The University of Northampton’s Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production (Top-Up) BA (Hons) comprises both compulsory and designated modules:

    • Global Television (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3017
      Status: Designate
    • Advertising and Commercial Film Production (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3046
      Status: Designate
    • Live TV Production (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3047
      Status: Designate
    • Community Impact Project (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3052
      Status: Compulsory
    • Hollywood and Beyond (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3053
      Status: Designate
    • Working in the Creative Industries (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3054
      Status: Designate
    • Cult Media (20 Credits)
      Module code: MED3056
      Status: Designate
    • Final Major Project (40 Credits)
      Module code: MED4037
      Status: Compulsory

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: MED3017
        Status: Designate
        This module examines the role of television within an increasingly globalised media economy, analysing the relationship between television production, marketing and distribution on one hand and the rise of global media conglomerates seeking international audiences on the other.
      • Module code: MED3046
        Status: Designate
        Students are encouraged to engage with the commercial world and to work in teams that replicate industrial practice for the production of 'promotional' material. The emphasis is on group development of ideas and working in groups creating TV commercials and longer short form promotional films for the industry.
      • Module code: MED3047
        Status: Designate
        This module provides an opportunity for students to research, plan, produce, negotiate and stream `live? an agreed major project with a particular focus on legislation, copyright, production and distribution. Students will develop their portfolio of work and `showcase? a project as part of a studio based production group.
      • Module code: MED3052
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to experience small production teamworking, through researching an appropriate community project (charity, voluntary project or social enterprise) requiring Media Production or Creative Industry support in the delivery of a media related Community Impact Initiative with measurable results related to the changemaker ethos.
      • Module code: MED3054
        Status: Designate
        This module explores the routes to gainful employment opportunities available within the creative sector through setting up or working in a limited company, Social Enterprise, or as a Freelancer. Students will develop and reflect on their professional identity and transferable skills supporting their chosen career path.
      • Module code: MED3062
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically examine and evaluate conventions, structures and cycles of `cult? media and how such media relates to wider social and cultural concerns and contexts.
      • Module code: MED3063
        Status: Designate
        Building on the level 4 Introduction to Hollywood module, in this module students will extend their understanding of Hollywood filmmaking from the mid-1970s to present day. Through close analysis and specific case studies, students will critically examine how Hollywood reflects, comments upon, and actively helps shape our understanding of contemporary social and cultural realities.
      • Module code: MED4037
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to allow students to develop a progressive and impactful media artefact and writing, based on thorough critical research into an area of personal interest within creative film, television and digital media production.
  • Standard entry requirements apply for the creative film degree. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of completion of one of the following:

    • A BTEC HND Level 5 Diploma in a Media production related subject
    • A Foundation Degree in Media production and/or skills related subject
    • A Higher Education Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject.

    Evidence of Transcript will be required to confirm modules/units passed and ensure compatibility with top-up programme.

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Receiving an offer for this digital media production course may also be subject to qualifications and standard entry requirements.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the top-up film and television degree relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,500

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • This Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production Top-Up course is Industry Accredited by  JAMES  representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.

Staff


Tim Coley, Senior Lecturer in Media Production
Tim Coley

Senior Lecturer in Media Production


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Russell Heyworth

Associate Lecturer (Journalism & Media)


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Roy Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Media Production
Roy Wallace

Senior Lecturer in Media Production


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Mike Starr, Senior Lecturer in Film & Screen Studies
Mike Starr

Senior Lecturer in Film & Screen Studies


Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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David Simmons, Senior Lecturer in English & Screen Studies
David Simmons

Senior Lecturer in English & Screen Studies


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Nathan Dodzo, Senior Lecturer in Journalism & Media
Nathan Dodzo

Senior Lecturer in Journalism & Media


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Jez Alsop, Lecturer in Creative Film, TV & Digital Media Production
Jez Alsop

Lecturer in Creative Film, TV & Digital Media Production


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Facilities


When you study Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production at the University of Northampton, you will enjoy access to a number of different facilities and services to help you in your studies, including;

  • A range of industry standard filming and recording equipment
  • Two TV studios
  • Three radio studios
  • Eight edit suites
  • Adobe Creative Suite for the duration of your course
  • Fully staffed technician’s office with 1-to-1 training, support and guidance