Media and Digital Practice BA (Hons)

Overview

Are you fascinated by the way we produce, distribute and consume content?

On this BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice degree course, you'll learn the theory and practical know-how you need to thrive in the world of modern media. By the end of the course, you'll be able to confidently craft your own media and offer expert critical assessment of the content others create.

With the skills you'll learn on this course, you’ll be ready for a career in many different fields, both practical and theoretical.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by specialist staff whose research interests include television, the Internet and interactive digital content
  • Use professional technology and facilities including Wacom drawing touch screens, a 3D screen, and video recording gear
  • Learn skills in areas such as web design and music technology
  • Get to take advantage of our links with some of the biggest names in media and digital practice, such as Sky, the BBC and Avid

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, 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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Contemporary Media Events
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Researching the Media
  • Sound for Moving Image
  • Understanding Film Production

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Form and Function
  • Screen Media
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Digital Photography
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Laptop Music Performance
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Film-Making
  • Professional Experience
  • Sound Design and Music for Games
  • Student Enterprise

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • A choice between Practical Video Project or Film and Media Dissertation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Documentary Film-Making
  • Future Technologies
  • Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • News, War and Peace
  • Sound Application
  • TV Talk Shows

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical performance sessions
  • simulations

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • programme proposal
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 37% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by practical exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service will help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Media and Digital Practice degree?

Previous students have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Areas you could go into with this degree include:

  • media research
  • social media development
  • film or television
  • digital specialism
  • contemporary publishing
  • new media
  • content management
  • web design

What jobs can you do with a Media and Digital Practice degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

Previous students have also continued their studies at postgraduate level and set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you’ll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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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