Coventry University Media Production
Coventry University Media Production
This course runs in 2017/18.
In a constantly changing, “24/7” multi-media landscape; anyone with a smartphone can make media. Our exciting course keeps you up-to-date with these changes and helps you to develop the skills that you need to give you the edge in an increasingly competitive graduate market.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
On our Media Production course you will be provided with the tools you need to learn how to become a media professional. You will use a range of media to create work that is innovative, inspired and challenging and will discover how to get that work noticed.
From the outset, we aim to develop your technical and creative abilities, giving you a thorough grounding in current and emerging media technologies, ways of working and contemporary professional practice.
If you choose this course may will benefit from:
- access to industry-standard professional equipment via our Media Loan Shop;
- teaching staff who are all practitioners or researchers with active profiles in established and emerging ways o working and leading scholarship in their fields
- your own mobile tech pack, e.g. a high-end laptop with industry-standard production software, enabling you to benefit from mobile working and learning via 24/7 access*;
- dedicated and flexible creative learning environments designed for the future;
- the course’s dedicated media spaces, edit suites and industry-focused radio, photography and television studios;
- links with a wide variety of employers, some established by our own graduates who now work in the media and cultural industries;
- help applying for professional experience, placement opportunities and live professional projects: e.g. Regional BBC, Creative City, Rolls-Royce, BBC3;
- the experience of a globalised curriculum: last year students participated in projects in France, Spain, Prague, China and many other locations.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In short you will learn to tell interesting stories and get your stories out to the largest possible audience.
So, in year one, you will cover the core themes of: Key Concepts in Media and Communication, Developing Meaning in Media Production, Creating Impact in Producing Media and Developing Narratives.
In year two, you will work individually and in small production teams and start to specialise in areas such as: Documentary Production, Formats Production, Sound and Music in the Digital World, Experimental Narrative, Short Film Production or Transcultural Film.
In your final year, you will work on your own final major project and develop your own professional practice portfolio that you can use when looking for work after graduation.
In all three years, you will have the opportunity to take part in international trips where you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills through the production of individual and group media projects.
HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. Media Production is delivered though project-based ‘hands-on’ learning, with a great emphasis on location work, live projects and practice activities, all with on- going feedback. Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice throughout the course.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
An estimated percentage breakdown of how your ﬁnal grade is assessed is as follows: coursework, tests, essays 20%; practical or project work 70%; presentations, posters etc.10%.
A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.
TEACHING CONTACT HOURS
In a typical teaching week you will have up to 15 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc.) and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial each term.
Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week.
Personal study: 20+ hours of studying and revising in your own time each week.
Essential Entry Requirements:
5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, or speciﬁed equivalents.
A-Levels: BBB, with one from Media, Film Studies or a related subject.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in Media
Access: The Access to HE Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include English at Higher level
English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.
Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show-reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
Over many years, the course has developed and maintained excellent links with a wide variety of employers, many established by our own graduates who now work in the media and cultural industries. These are not only important during your studies on the course but can also be invaluable when starting your professional career upon graduation.
The course is designed to help enable you to develop the skills that will fit you to work for large organisations that may include the BBC, smaller media production companies, or to work as a freelance/independent media producer. Our graduates have a great track record of success in these areas as well as other, non-media and graduate fields
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.
NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
Included in the fees:
- Any specified core textbooks and media materials;
- Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
- Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
- 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
- Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
- We provide you with a high-end laptop with the latest industry standard production software, which enables you to benefit from mobile working and learning with 24/7 access (terms and conditions apply)
Additional costs not included in the fees:
- Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
- Any additional printing: £50+ per year;
- Any optional site visits and trips;
- Media consumable items: £50+ per year
For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.
No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.
The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
At all stages of the course, you will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of projects that will require you to undertake short visits and field trips both in the UK and abroad. We run numerous trips each year and select the places on an annual basis. Recent field trips have included: Cyprus, Hangzhou, Kenya, Los Angeles, New York, Norway, Paris, Prague, Sierra Leone, Tenerife. On all trips, you will be engaging in production projects.
You will have the opportunity to complete a year abroad, either studying at a University or working on an extended professional placement. This happens between the second and third years of the course.
Coventry University has strong established links with many international universities such as Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) in China and is continuing to develop links with universities throughout the world.
The University offers help, both practical and financial, through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) for all international experience.
GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME
Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?
In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.
Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.
The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.