Bournemouth University Media

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Bournemouth University Media

In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in May 2017 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

If you see yourself as a storyteller, content provider or media producer of the future, then this course is for you. Our creative-rich Media Production course focuses on helping you to gain the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to become a media practitioner at a time when the industry is changing dramatically.

One of the key features of this course is that you’ll study a broad spectrum of media practice, but with the option to specialise in your final year and author your own final graduate project. By the time you graduate you’ll have a thorough understanding of digital film production, networked media, audio and radio production, and emerging media platforms, as well as having the skills to find solutions to all kinds of communication problems.

Our students gave this course a 85% satisfaction score. Come along and visit us and find out for yourself what makes this course so good!*

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time

Relevant subjects:

English Language, Psychology, Sociology, Art and Design, Photography, Communication Studies, Media Studies, Computing

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry: (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 120 to 128 tariff points from 3 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

For 2018 entry: 120-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.  For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Developing Arguments: This introduces you to the critical thinking and learning processes involved in studying media at academic level and beyond.
  • Scriptwriting Fundamentals: This unit reveals the role of the script in media products and will provide a foundation in the development of your scriptwriting skills for a range of platforms and formats such as film, television, radio and the web.
  • Digital Film: In a group scenario, you’ll explore the principles and practice of digital film production and workflows, including pre-production, production and post-production considerations.
  • Media in Transition: This unit examines different creative and media industries, and explores their relationship to new technology and audiences.
  • Networked Media: You’ll consider the basic concepts and develop key skills for understanding and producing networked media artefacts during this unit.
  • Audio Production: You’ll develop a critical awareness of professional processes and practices in the creative experimentation, conception, planning, design and realisation of audio content.

Year 2

Core units

  • Media Theory Perspectives: You’ll choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates.
  • Fictional Production: This unit will extend both your practical skills and your critical understanding of fictional forms and content, examining the similarities and differences in practice across media, with particular reference to audio and video content.
  • Factual Production: Running parallel with, and complementary to Fictional production, this unit focuses on factual content with the creative emphasis being online environments.
  • Stories and Spaces: The emphasis of this unit is on ‘experience design’ and a range of both virtual and physical spaces for media-based storytelling are explored, including event-led, live, and installation focused media on the one hand, and multi-platform and trans-media storytelling on the other.
  • Work in the Media Industries: You’ll look at the current state of the media industry, its adaptive and evolutionary nature, and the implications of this transitional culture for the professional demands upon, and subjective experiences of, industry workers.
  • Client and Audience: This unit focuses on understanding the client relationship, responding to a brief, pitching ideas, managing client expectations, and producing a solution to a specific communications challenge.

Year 3

You’ll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 30-week (minimum) work placement during the course, the placement is a key feature in helping you to develop your abilities and understanding of media production. It also provides a platform for successful entry into the profession following graduation.

Year 3/4 (final year)

Core units

  • Advanced specialist production skills: This unit will enable you to review, sharpen and further develop your craft skills within aspects of media production to inform your production work in year three.
  • Ideas and impact: You’ll explore turning ideas and concepts into commercially viable end products to be pitched, sold, defended and tested in the global creative media market place.
  • Industry research project: You’ll undertake a research project into a current industry debate that arises from your placement experience.
  • The graduate production project: You’ll individually produce a production project where you decide the mix and range of media to engage with, and the industry context it sits within. This is your ‘calling card’ for employment.
  • Career planning: This unit provides a reflective space where you can consider your experiences of the course and the industry whilst constructing a forward-facing career plan.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 21% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 247.5 hours
  • Independent learning: 952.5 hours

Year 2 – 24% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 284 hours
  • Independent learning: 916 hours

Year 3/4 – 10% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 108 hours
  • Independent learning: 1092 hours

100% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 100%
  • Year 2: 100%
  • Year 3/4: 100%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University’s taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Media Production.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.