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Undergraduate Course

Media Production BA (Hons)

Master different media production skills and use them to tell compelling stories.

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Our course focuses on practical learning. You will work to create content for online, TV, film, radio and print media. As you do this, you will master a range of production skills and develop confidence with different equipment and software packages. The processes you learn will mirror those used in industry. This means you are prepared to enter the workplace when you graduate.

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York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3P3
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Film and TV Production at York St John University

Course overview

This course gives you the practical skills and knowledge you need to tell compelling stories through media. Content is the most important part of any media, so we will help you to generate and develop your ideas. You will then gain the technical skills to turn your idea into a story you can share with the world. The content you create could include:

  • Short films
  • TV programmes
  • Vlogs and podcasts
  • Radio debates and shows
  • Online and social media outputs
  • Magazines and print media.

You will master the equipment you need to create content across these platforms. You will use our TV and radio studios, cameras, sound equipment and editing suites. Experiment with smartphones, exploring their growing use as a tool for media production. In your final year you will specialise in the platform that interests you the most.

Alongside this practical element of the course, you will also learn about key theories and debates in media production. This knowledge will help you blend theory with practice to create better content. We will also teach you the business skills you need to succeed in the industry, such as budgeting, crowdfunding, branding and marketing.

We offer the chance for you to gain industry experience and build a network of professional contacts, working with guest editors, industry mentors and on live briefs and projects.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time. 

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 1 
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to different media organisations and forms. You will explore that history of media and gain an understanding of how media products are created and consumed. Together we will consider the cultural, economic and political impact of the media and what that means for the audience and you as a producer. You will learn different methods of research and advance your academic writing skills too.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your ability to tell non-fictional stories. We will explore what makes a story, how to find them and assess their authenticity. You will learn techniques in making contacts and interviewing for your stories. As part of this we will consider the ethics, regulations and laws around factual storytelling and discuss their importance. You will also learn about the different tools and platforms you can use to deliver your stories to diverse audiences.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is your introduction to the techniques of storytelling. You will learn how stories are constructed for film, tv and radio and examine storytelling conventions, genres and narrative structures. Together we will explore how stories can be found and extracted from non-fiction. We will teach you different techniques for script production such as standard formatting, 3 act structures and writing dialogue. As you start writing scripts, you will show your understanding of character, plot and audience, developing your ability to articulate and present your ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your introduction to the fundamentals of journalistic reporting. You will focus on print and online news platforms and explore the principles of professional journalism. Together we will analyse published news stories, considering how they apply different concepts in journalism. You will receive 2 hours of voice coaching and explore the ethics of reporting. Throughout the module you will develop your own approach to professional reporting, learning skills like:

  • News gathering
  • Interviews
  • Writing news stories
  • Writing feature stories.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will teach you the key video and television skills needed in media production. You will acquire skills in single camera directing and experience a multi-camera studio environment. Together with your classmates, you will produce a live show. There will be other projects to work on too, giving you camera, sound and editing skills and increasing you ability to manage projects both individually and as part of a team.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your chance to apply all the skills you have learnt so far. Use your preferred planning techniques and your technical capabilities to realise your ideas. We will introduce you to production for online media outlets like Instagram and Wordpress, so you gain experience across multiple platforms. With the help of our experienced tutors, you could produce:

  • A mini documentary
  • Short drama
  • Music video
  • An advert
  • Social media video and more.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will focus on producing work for broadcast and online delivery. You will act as a media business throughout the module, working with clients, developing budgets and pitching your ideas. As you work on different briefs for production tasks, developing your ideas, planning, and producing, you will develop your technical abilities. These projects could include:

  • Music videos
  • Adverts
  • Tutorials
  • Vlogs
  • Promos
  • Promos
  • Viral videos.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will develop your theoretical understanding of film and television documentaries. Together we will examine different examples of documentaries, considering their similarities and differences. You will discuss how this media type is connected to ideology and social context and begin to form your own opinions on these issues. We will also explore industry roles in the production of documentaries and how these might evolve in the future.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Transmedia is the telling of a single story across multiple digital platforms. On this module you will develop your critical understanding as you examine transmedia narrative theory and practice. You will experience working as an independent producer as you work independently to produce a transmedia product of your choosing. You will develop your idea, pitch it to your tutors, plan and produce a transmedia artefact. Once complete you will reflect on your work and evaluate the production process you engaged with.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you explore, in detail, the development and complexity of independent cinema. You will examine the historical development of the genre and consider the industrial struggles encountered by independent producers in funding, producing and distributing films. Together we will consider the importance of film festival marketplaces and the turn to DIY filmmaking and crowdfunding. There is so much to explore in this complex genre and this module is a great place to start.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore alternatives to mainstream cinema. We will introduce you to non-hollywood and underground forms of film-making. It’s time to broaden your creative horizons by engaging with work you’re not familiar with. We will encourage you to embrace the creative methodologies and production practices we introduce and think about how you can apply experimentation to your own work.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module gives you the experience of working as an independent producer. You will work collaboratively with your classmates to produce a short film of up to 10 minutes that could be exhibited at a film festival. You will also take on the task of creating a marketing strategy for your film. This will include researching potential audiences, targeting specific film festivals and crowdfunding. It’s another opportunity to apply your technical skills and prepare for your future in the media production industry.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module gives you the experience of working as an independent producer. You will work collaboratively with your classmates to produce a podcast or radio broadcast of up to 15 minutes in duration. You will also take on the task of creating a marketing an promotion plan for the project, engaging with social media, crowdfunding and more. It’s another opportunity to apply your technical skills and prepare for your future.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

We have designed this module to help you prepare for your future career. You will reflect on your ambitions and explore employment options through a series of guest speakers from across the industry. We will deliver workshops in CV writing, personal development planning and the ethics of your chosen industry. This module will also prepare you for your research project in your final year, helping you develop skills in choosing a topic, planning and managing a research project and writing up your findings.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • A Final Project module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have developed to produce a significant piece of media. This could be a documentary, a fictional film, or a piece of journalistic writing. You will present a project proposal to your supervisor which will include an explanation of the idea, target audience and budgets, plans for distribution and marketing materials. You will then plan and produce the media piece, working either individually or as part of a team. You can choose to collaborate with students from Film and TV Production or Journalism courses for this module.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will develop your magazine production skills. We will teach you the design and layout techniques you need to produce quality print magazines and trade press. You will continue to develop your feature writing skills and learn how to write for specific audiences. You will work to produce a magazine of your own while you learn how to research the market, pitch ideas and handle copyright issues. We will also cover branding and marketing in the print magazine industry.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your own research project on a topic you are passionate about. This could relate to your career aspirations, your practical work or a theoretical concept. We will teach you about research methods and ethics so that you can apply ethical research methods to your work. You can choose to write a traditional dissertation or a piece of practice-led work. Alternatively, you could produce a piece of critical media and write a short thesis to support it.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your chance to specialise in directing by exploring different methods and performance traditions. This will help you understand that performance is a key cinematic element that shapes the audience's experience. You will explore your role as content creator and consider how your vision develops with performance in mind.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your chance to specialise in cinematography and production design by learning how films and TV programmes function as aesthetic objects. You will consider the nature and significance of cinematography and explore how different elements within the frame function in the work. We will also investigate how films and TV programmes appeal to our senses, emotions and reason.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your chance to specialise in the post production of images. You will learn advanced techniques for professional post production image, sound editing and visual effects for both film and TV. You will also develop your theoretical and intellectual understanding of how films and TV function as visual artefacts. This will involve considering how they appeal to our emotions, senses and reason and investigating how post production techniques can impact this.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will gain expertise in creating TV studio productions. You will start by analysing the formats and businesses of contemporary TV shows. You will then apply this theoretical knowledge to your practice. With your classmates you will develop, plan, rehearse and stage a TV studio production. This project will be a well known genre such as a game show, light entertainment programme, news or drama. You will then consider how TV programmes cross borders, particularly focusing on how this applies to the show you have produced.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

We have designed this module to help you prepare for graduation and entering industry. You will reflect on the experiences you have had on your degree, highlight your successes and identify any areas for development. We will help you to create an online portfolio of work that showcases your skills to future employers. As part of the module you will take part in CV workshops, careers events and lectures from industry professionals.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

The best way to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. We deliver your modules through:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Technical demonstrations
  • Lectures.

Each module has 2 to 3 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, researching and completing your assignments. You can also arrange academic tutorials with your module tutors throughout the year to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

There are no exams on this course. Assessment types are based on practical coursework projects and vary from module to module. We have designed them to reflect the work you will do in the industry. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Portfolios of practical work
  • Essays
  • Presentations.

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your work.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Media Production

This course gives you the digital and creative skills you need to succeed in the media industry. You will also gain skills in research, communication and critical analysis that are in high demand in a range of other careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Events manager
  • Film director
  • Journalist
  • Media researcher
  • Public relations officer
  • TV producer.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

Media Production MA

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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