Media and Communication with Foundation Year BA (Hons)


Do you love making film, TV or digital media? Do you have ambitions for a career in the media, but don’t meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degree programmes? If so, this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course is ideal.

On this media Foundation course, you'll put theory into practice. You’ll get a grounding in media and communication skills during the Foundation year that are vital for studying at degree level. You’ll then develop your creative talent by studying visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, audience profiling, script writing, and editing.

The international media industry is expanding, making it one of the fastest growing graduate specialisms. When you complete this course successfully, you'll be ready for a career in this area in jobs such as PR and communications officer, social media assistant, visual media co-ordinator, or TV researcher.

What you'll experience

On this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course you'll:

  • Benefit from our strong industry connections with film, TV and journalism in a city that's becoming synonymous with the creative industry
  • Learn skills in key areas such as audience profiling, visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, editing and script writing
  • Be taught by teaching staff with experience in the media industry
  • Take a Foundation year to focus on the skills you’ll need to get started on the degree level in year 2
  • Choose your preferred route in your second year by selecting optional modules
  • Attend guest lectures by professionals at the top of their game in skill areas such as directing, scriptwriting, marketing, journalism, and broadcasting

You can also:

  • Achieve Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Avid certification, which means employers will recognise your skills
  • Collaborate with students from other areas including illustration, fashion and music technology, mimicking what you'll experience in your career
  • Do a fully supported placement year to enhance your career opportunities

You'll have access to professional-standard facilities, including:

  • A fully stocked camera, sound and lenses supply comparable with a modern TV or film shoot
  • Film and TV studios that can be black curtained, green screened or audio dampened
  • A Mo-Cap studio – the motion capture software market is expanding rapidly right now
  • A TV news gallery for advancing your directing skills
  • Drama studios for rehearsals

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate from your media degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1 (Foundation year)

  • Media in Context
  • Introduction to Practical Skills
  • Introduction to Film-making

There are no optional units in this year.

Year 2

  • E-Portfolio for Film and Broadcasting
  • Film Craft
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Editing for film and video
  • Creative Storytelling

There are no optional units in this year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year are:

  • Script Writing
  • Exploring Digital Culture
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Film Production Practices

Options to choose from in this year:

  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Film-making
  • Creative Music and FX for TV
  • External Live Brief

Placement year (optional)

After your third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

The Creative Careers team is here to help you find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with access to a database of placement vacancies, support you with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and give you support throughout your placement, if you need it.

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.

Common placement destinations include:

  • Edit suites
  • Kit rooms
  • Writers' rooms
  • Film sets
  • TV galleries
  • Production offices (TV and film)

Common roles on placement include:

  • Kit room supervisor
  • Editing assistant
  • Researcher
  • Visual media assistant
  • Film runner
  • Content creator

Year 4

Core modules in this year are:

  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Independent Research Project
  • Self-promotion
  • Placement
  • Practical Video Project

There are no optional units in this year.


Teaching activities on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • guest lectures

How you're assessed

You'll be supported practically and academically throughout each module that you take.

Your practical work will be based on, and assessed, using a concept, research, development and resolution approach. Film and TV practice is reinforced by a project report and peer assessment sheets. This work will support your development in all areas of pre-production, production and post-production.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What can you do with a Media and Communication degree?

When you complete this course successfully, you'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • post-production
  • film and TV directing
  • scriptwriting
  • marketing
  • advertising
  • journalism

What jobs can you do with a Media and Communication degree?

Job roles you'll be suitable for include:

  • journalist
  • PR and communications officer
  • social media assistant
  • assistant editor
  • visual media co-ordinator
  • TV researcher
  • camera assistant
  • director
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • stills photographer
  • production manager
BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

40-48 points to include 1 A Level, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as vocational A Levels (AVCE), BTEC’s and Access courses will also be considered.

Year 1 entry: 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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