BA (Hons)

Media Production

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  • UCAS code(s): P312
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, part-time options available

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This course will develop your skills in digital media production, technology and media analysis, supporting your development as a creative media professional.

This hands-on course inspires your passion for media. You’ll produce a portfolio of work using the latest production techniques and new media developments, working in industry-standard facilities. You’ll work on creative projects across a variety of media platforms, including promotional and informational video; creative documentary practice; experimental video; multimedia design; screenwriting; photography and sound work.  Live company briefs will enable you to work with media organisations, providing valuable work experience and supporting your development as a creative media professional. You’ll specialise in elements such as audio / visual content creation or writing for the screen. Through theoretical and historical insight, you’ll understand the changing economic, social and cultural elements that define media.

  • New degree for 2019 entry.
  • Learn technical skills using a wide range of industry-standard equipment.
  • Work on company media projects.
  • Media student opportunities at NTU include Notts TV, Platform Magazine, Trent TV and Fly FM.

What you'll study

The course covers a range of convergent media including emerging media platforms, social media, sound production and digital film production. You’ll engage with theoretical areas such as representation, authenticity, ethics and screen writing. You’ll develop debating, presentation and pitching skills as well as understanding personal branding and freelancing.

During your first year you’ll be introduced to the four core modules which will develop your theoretical understanding of the Media and progress your technical and creative skills.

The second year builds on your understanding of media production, as you learn to work across media platforms. You’ll study core modules and select three optional modules based on the specialisms that interests you. There’s also an opportunity to spend the second half of the year on international exchange at one of the partner universities.

In your final year you’ll undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice and select a number of optional modules designed to prepare you for a career in the media industry.

  • Year One

    Core Modules:

    Understanding Media

    This module explores media production and regulation, questions about representation and identity, and the way in which media forms are consumed, as well as what it is like to work in the media.

    Introduction to Media Production

    This module provides a foundation in the skills required for effective media project work. It explores the principal elements of creating media content through understating narrative, still and moving image and sound, and the practical and theoretical relationship between those elements.

    Sound and Media 

    This module introduces you to the importance of sound design in various forms of media such as the web, gaming, music, television, podcasting and radio. You’ll gain an insight into the expressive power of sound; how sound and music constructs genre; and how it reaches its audience. You’ll analyse sound in various forms and contexts to inform your own practice.

    Writing for the Media

    This module will introduce various forms of writing across a broad range of media, exploring the principals of writing for creative and professional practice in screenwriting, websites, journals and blogs. It will provide you with the skills needed to write for the media industries, pitch and present ideas for projects, write reports and critically reflect on your work.

  • Year Two

    Core modules:

    Media, Theory and Society

    Explore how media and cultural theories are used to understand and make sense of our mediated society. The aim is to give you a thorough understanding of how creative thinking underpins and informs the production work that you’ll undertake.

    Media in the Workplace: Experiencing Work

    This module focuses on self-employment, entrepreneurship and your potential future career. Seminar and workshop exercises will enable you to plan for your future career and build a career development portfolio. In the second half of the module you’ll undertake a work experience placement.

    Intermediate Media Practice and Production

    You’ll produce a portfolio of work that not only improves your technical skills, but also enables you to make links between theory and practice and enhance your employability. The skills workshops include individual work and group exercises, focusing on photography, web, sound, filming and editing.

    Optional modules typically available include:

    • Creative Documentary
    • Script to Screen
    • Intermediate Sound Production
    • Researching Media, Communication and Culture
    • Talking Media: Arguing, Speaking, Debating, Performing
  • Year Three

    Core module:

    Dissertation

    This is a substantial piece of independent work made by you in whatever media platform you choose. You’ll be supported by a supervisor and have the opportunity to pitch your creative idea to an industry mentor or panel.

    Optional modules typically available include:

    • Client-Led Media Practice and Production
    • Advanced Multimedia
    • Media Production and Tourism
    • Advanced Sound Production
    • Screenwriting: Story, Theory, Practice
    • Experimental and Expanded Media Production
    • Media in the Workplace: Becoming Career- Ready

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How you're taught

The creative process is at the heart of how you’ll be taught. You’ll experience interactive lectures; technical, skills and production workshops; demonstrations and screenings; group and individual project work; tutorials and supervisions; production practice; tutor-led, student-led and independent learning sessions. You'll also undertake a work experience placement.

Work experience

The Media in the Workplace module requires you to undertake a period of work experience for your career development portfolio and placement report. We work closely with media companies to provide relevant work placement opportunities to add to your CV.

More student opportunities

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.

Watch our video to find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Creative industries in Nottingham

Nottingham has a thriving creative arts scene which feeds the local creative industries. Many successful TV production, digital design and marketing agencies have chosen to base themselves in Nottingham.

The creative industries in Nottingham include organisations like Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway Cinema and Media Centre, Antenna Media Centre and LeftLion.

Careers and employability

Your career development

As one of our graduates you’ll possess many of the attributes demanded in today’s world of work including skills in research; organisation; content production; team-working; communication and time-management. You’ll be articulate, confident in your ability to make informed judgements, and capable of processing complex information.

With the range of academic and transferable skills graduates have gone on to work in a variety of media industries, including film and television production, radio, and interactive games. Our graduates have found work with employers such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BAFTA, and Rockstar Games. Roles include project manager, assistant producer and broadcast executive.

Entry requirements

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM.
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.

How to apply

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

You can follow our step-by-step instructions whilst applying through UCAS. You can also find out more about the application process on the UCAS website.

Once you have applied, make sure you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder. We may need to contact you during this time. Good luck with your application.

Personal statement

The UCAS application form requires you to write a personal statement as part of your application. For some tips on what to include, use our guide to writing an effective personal statement.

Any questions?

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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