Teaching is divided between practice and media analysis. Practice involves multi-camera production in our extensive studio facilities, single camera programme making on location, and editing using industry-standard software. Classes in analysis help you to develop a critical understanding of media industries, products and audiences.
There are no closed-book exams (except in one optional module) as all practical work is assessed on the programme produced, a ‘log book’ and a critical analysis. You can take advantage of our Study Abroad agreements with overseas universities, to spend half an academic year at another university – for example in Australia, China or the US – and your studies count towards your degree here.
This is a practice-based course with a strong academic background. You will receive professional training in broadcast television in our multi-camera studios, producing entertainment and magazine programmes as well as single camera documentaries. You will be taught by experienced industry professionals and have a huge opportunity for work experience in Europe’s media capital; our students regularly have work experience with broadcasters and major production companies. You will also benefit from media analysis taught by internationally acknowledged experts.
Recent graduates have gone to work at all the terrestrial, digital and satellite broadcasters, as well as major independent production companies
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
You will take two analysis modules in the first year – Media and Society, and Story, Sound, Image and Text – introducing you to the frameworks in which the media operate and some of the theoretical tools for analysing them. You will also receive a comprehensive introduction to production management and practical skills, including camera work, editing, scripting, sound recording, lighting and legal requirements. New media and alternative distribution methods are an increasingly important part of the course. Option modules include Internet Drama Series Production and Documentary Photography.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
You will take modules in Single Camera Documentary and Multi-camera Studio Production, and have options in Promotional Shorts and Creative Video. The second year modules again combine theory and analysis, but also involve some fusion with production work. These are Media Transformations and Network Society and the Media. You then have a choice of analysis modules. You have to take two in Year 2 and two in Year 3.
We currently offer:
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Celebrity Culture and the Media
Contemporary Issues in Media Policy Creativity
Cultural Industries and Media Markets
Law and the Media
Media Around the Globe
Multiculturalism and the Media
News and Public Opinion
Religion and the Media
Sex, Violence and Censorship
Sound, Music and the Media
From the second year to the end of the third year you are encouraged to do as many work placements as possible, as work experience is a degree requirement. You will need to find your own placements, although we are often asked to provide students for internships and to work on productions for broadcasters and independent producers.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
In Year 3 you will produce a multi-camera show and a documentary for your final project. You will decide and manage the content and end distribution platform (eg internet, web page, DVD or tape) for the programmes. To complete your analytical work, you will produce an academic dissertation on any media-related subject.
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