Undergraduate study
Broadcast Media Production

BA (Hons) Broadcast Media Production

UCAS code: P314 BA/BMP

In a multi-platform, frenetic media environment, employers require adaptive highly skilled graduates with insight and imagination.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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Broadcast media production equips you with skills within TV, audio, radio, film and interactive media. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills within a variety of disciplines and access to many different career opportunities.

You are taught by staff with impressive track records in the broadcast and new media sectors, using industry-standard equipment. If you want a creative job in the media industry, this is the course for you. You explore the media production business, and develop skills in critically analysing both professional products and your own production work.

Professional accreditation

Creative skillset This degree is accredited by Creative Skillset.

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Year 1 establishes your professional production techniques and introduces you to associated conceptual ideas. You become competent in handling professional equipment and begin to develop original ideas, working individually and in groups.

In Year 2 you work on location and in the University's Media Centre and Centre for Creative Technologies, developing a range of professional and creative production skills. You learn to create content for different media genres and analyse your own work and other people's critically. You develop the ability to work both independently and in a team, reflecting the needs of the industry. A choice of option modules allows you to develop your particular talents and interests.

During your final year, you develop a substantial portfolio of high-quality production work through your projects, and may choose to specialise in one or more areas of the media. You also specialise in selected production skills, developing crucial professional media practice research and management abilities. You undertake a range of substantial, self-directed production projects, which may include live briefs which are set by industry, as well as a research project.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Bootcamp 1

Make videos, create audio and learn the skills that you need to support you through your course. You start with Bootcamp – four weeks of intensive practical sessions to help you acquire video and audio skills. You also develop editing skills and process raw footage to make artefacts. After this you work two full production days each week on a number of projects including vox pops, podcasts, interviews and six-hour film challenges. This is an essential core module with lots of practical work.

Bootcamp 2

Contemporary Media Issues

Phone hacking and the tabloid press, celebrity culture dominating our media, the BBC. These are just some of the previous issues students have covered in this module as we explore the current topics that affect how our media industries operate, and the cultural and political contexts that create them.

You choose your own subjects to research and analyse, in an ever-changing media world, and there will also be a series of guest lectures from industry professionals to open up a window into the real media world – previous speakers have included BBC4 Controller Richard Klein, Stunt Co-ordinator Jim Dowdall, and independent producer Judith Holder.

Drama From Page to Screen

Not everyone is a writer—but it pays to be able to think like one.

On this foundational module, you develop three creative writing assessments across the year: one for the page, one for the ear, and one for the screen. Step by step, we move from writing fact to writing fiction, continually exploring how techniques merge and diverge across platform and genre.

In a strategic supplement to this creative process, you formulate detailed plans about how your projects might thrive as art and commerce.

The third and final assessment—a short documentary script or fiction screenplay—is integral to the project that Broadcast Media and Television and Film Production students complete for Making it in the Media 1.

Making it in the Media

An introduction to the creative packaging of a ten minute fiction or documentary project. From your log line and synopsis through to your pitch, this module focuses on how writers, directors and producers go about raising funds and gaining commissions for their creative work. Vital knowledge and skills for every film and TV professional.

Watcher Maker Thinker

As the definition of the audience becomes increasingly unstable in the post-digital age, the need to understand audiences is ever more significant to content producers and academic research. In this module you explore notions of the audience from a variety of perspectives including viewer or fan (watcher), practitioner (maker) and media scholar (thinker).

 

Year 2 core modules

Documentary Production

Following your earlier learning within the Bootcamp module, this module builds on the foundations of group working, technical skills and the creative development of documentary content. You are encouraged to experiment, push yourself creatively and not be afraid to pursue ambition, excellence and innovation.

You focus on the production process rather than just the final product – this ensures that you are appropriately rewarded even if an ambitious project ultimately 'crashes and burns'.

This module culminates in you working as part of a production team to create a five to ten-minute documentary to a set brief. You submit this documentary for assessment.

Experimental Digital Production

As producers, writers and directors are increasingly experimenting with digital interactive content, this module engages you in the exploration, experimentation and prototyping of interactive, digital narrative production.

You explore state-of-the-art digital story experiences, ongoing changes in media consumption, and methods of user-experience design. This module gives you the confidence and skill to produce compelling experiences for an audience. It also allows you to explore issues that are currently challenging professionals as they consider the present and future prospects of storytelling.

Individual Production Portfolio

Camera? Sound? Lights? Producer? Director? Researcher? Web content? Design? In this module you decide! It’s an area where you can choose your specialism (or the skills which you want to develop) and with the guidance of your specialist tutor you build up a solid portfolio of your very best work – very useful for interviews, CVs and getting that media job.

Lights, Camera, Action: The Language of Film

Examine the way that films tell stories, transfix audiences and draw an emotional response. You focus primarily on the craft of the film maker, but you also explore the broader context of film criticism and film theory.

You examine and enjoy films drawn from a range of periods, countries and traditions, considering film form and the powerful influence of films on audiences and their wider cultures. You are encouraged to expand your cultural horizons and develop independent, critical skills.

Making it in the Media 2

This module follows on from Making it in the Media 1. It introduces the financial packaging of a ten minute fiction or documentary project for film, TV or transmedia.

You gain expert knowledge in how budgets and schedules are put together for films and TV programmes. You then use this knowledge and utilise professional methods to budget and schedule one of your own projects.

 

and one optional modules*

Advanced Audio Production

Fiction Production

Acting with a greater level of autonomy, you work on advanced and sophisticated drama production projects. Through your project work you develop procedures and techniques relevant to dramatic production.

This module requires effective team-working, problem solving, production management and creative ability. You explore cinematic techniques for fictional film-production and you develop a critical understanding of dramatic techniques and practices within the context of fiction production.

Mad Men, Wise Guys and Dodgy Knitwear: Transatlantic TV in the 21st Century

Explore the developments of transatlantic television since it first emerged in the 1970s. This module highlights how the changes in the television industry’s financial structures and the instability of the film industry has created the idea of quality popular television – narrative, character-driven programming with high production values.

Throughout the module you draw on examples of quality popular television including The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Nip/Tuck, Sherlock, Life on Mars, and foreign language drama such as The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen, and Spiral.

The module incorporates theoretical elements of audience interactivity, transmedia, new models of fandom, and television viewership in the digital age. You are encouraged to challenge orthodoxies and critically review theoretical perspectives, applying them to a range of televisual texts. You present your work to fellow students through a summative assessed group presentation. Following feedback you submit a critical evaluation of your work. You also prepare an initial proposal for your dissertation or extended essay (this is not summatively assessed).

Writing for the Screen

Through this module you further develop your understanding of writing for the screen and your practice of it. You explore in depth dramatic structure, characterisation, film grammar, the relationship between script and preproduction/production/post, and the integration of screen narratives with emergent forms of storytelling.

 

*subject to approval

Final-year core modules

Client-based Production Project

Contemporary British Cinema

Creative Content Development

Current Issues in Media Production

This module enables you to develop your individual research interests in an extended essay in order to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific ,relevant and contemporary issue related to the media. Given the contemporary/future nature of this project, you will be encouraged to undertake primary research with relevant industry professionals and/or commentators as well as draw upon a wide range of sources from both academic research and professional concerns.

Independent Project (Broadcast Media Production)

Making it in the Media 3

Making it in the media year three builds on the skills learned in year one and two to help develop essential entrepreneurial skills which, though tailored to the media industries, can be applied to any sector. Starting with designing and developing a business plan for your media venture and then moving into planning your marketing strategy, this module gives a robust foundation in how the industry and business at large works, helping you develop the skills you need to take your product to market.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

We believe our students should learn in ways and in environments which are in tune with the working practices of the related industries. Our lecturers have a wide range of contemporary industry experience which helps you develop your professional skills. We also constantly upgrade our technical facilities to ensure you use the same equipment and software you'll be expected to use in the industry.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a range of production-based and written assignments. There are no formal examinations on the course.

Professional placement

You are encouraged to undertake a range of work experience, enabling you to investigate your future career options and to develop your practical skills. Our close relationship with local and national media companies will provide a variety of opportunities for you to pursue.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of industries including film, TV, radio, audio production, marketing and events.

Entry requirements

September 2017 entry

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September 2016 entry

A typical offer is 280 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You are normally invited for an interview where you can discuss your portfolio of work, see our excellent facilities and meet staff and students.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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