Media Production BSc (Hons)

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About the course

Media Production provides the technical foundations and practical skills needed to assume leadership roles as a designer and producer of digital media.

Reasons to study Media Production at DMU:

  • Access to DMU’s Creative Technology Studios and the training facilities at the BBC Academy in Wood Norton provides an unrivalled opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies and gain valuable experience in a professional environ ment
  • Enter the workplace with knowledge of the latest tools and techniques for making media products
  • Recent graduates are working for companies including include Molinaie, Sumners, Stones Productions, VPoint TV, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC…

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About the course

Media Production provides the technical foundations and practical skills needed to assume leadership roles as a designer and producer of digital media.

Reasons to study Media Production at DMU:

  • Access to DMU’s Creative Technology Studios and the training facilities at the BBC Academy in Wood Norton provides an unrivalled opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies and gain valuable experience in a professional environ ment
  • Enter the workplace with knowledge of the latest tools and techniques for making media products
  • Recent graduates are working for companies including include Molinaie, Sumners, Stones Productions, VPoint TV, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC.

The main emphasis of the course is on developing a wide range of technical skills to enable you to enjoy enhanced and varied employment prospects upon graduation.

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Key facts

UCAS course code: P310

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

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A Level or AS Levels
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Teaching and assessment

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

The television production modules, taught at the BBC Academy, cover topics including televisions systems, studio practice, cameras, sound and lighting, post-production and visual effects, vision timing and synchronisation and broadcast.

In the final year, you will work on a practice based project enabling you to capitalise on your skills and experience. You will normally attend 13–17 hours of timetabled sessions each week, and are expected to achieve at least 20–25 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Course modules

First year
  • Multimedia 1
  • Social Media and Technology
  • Technology 1: Fundamentals
  • Media Capture and Processing

Second year
  • Technology 2: Electronic Sound and Vision
  • Television Production
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Multimedia 2
  • Radio Production
  • Principles of Audio Production
  • Video and Imaging Techniques
  • Social Media Production

Final year
  • Technology Project
  • Creative Media Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Television Production
  • Advanced 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Advanced Radio Production
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Post-Production for Video and Film
  • Advanced Imaging Technology
  • Advanced Social Media Production
  • Multimedia 3

Industry links and professional accreditation

A unique feature of the BSc Media Production course is that typically four of the modules include a practical component carried out at the BBC Academy site in Wood Norton, Worcestershire. In total this will involve spending two weeks each year at Wood Norton for the second and final years of the course. The use of this internationally recognised centre of excellence gives students extensive hands-on study experience, unrivalled by any other comparable course.

Each BBC module will be delivered over a full week and normally be arranged to take place during a Christmas vacation, Easter vacation or a reading week. Students will receive additional teaching to underpin the BBC experience. Students will be expected to pay for the 4-5 nights accommodation while at Wood Norton and any travelling costs involved in getting there.

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Students of this course have taken part in work experience placements at a large number of local, national and international companies over the past three years including the BBC.

Graduate careers

Recent graduates are working as head runners, production assistants, video editors and designers, independent film producers, freelance video producers, TV presenters and media designers for companies including Molinaie, Sumners, Stones Productions, VPoint TV, The Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC, and working on programmes such as ITV's Dancing on ice.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £9,000 Placement year £650 Part-time (Where available) 4 year course £5,925 per year 6 year course £3,950 per year Per module £988 per 15 credits International
Full-time £11,250 Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.

Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.

Facilities

Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios give students the opportunity to study in a new technology-led environment featuring industry standard equipment and gain the knowledge and experience of creative technologies to support your academic study. The studios are also supported by a team of academic specialists delivering teaching in the principles and techniques of media technology and production.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.

Specifically, the facilities include:

  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
  • Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.

The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of 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 and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.

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