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Undergraduate course

Media Production BA (Hons)

If you want to succeed in media production, this course will encourage your ambition, develop your skills and prepare you for work.

Media production students

With the swift rise of so many global media platforms in recent years, storytelling and finding innovative ways of sharing stories with the world is becoming ever more crucial to stand out. If you love to seek out and tell those stories then this course is for you.

93% of Media Production students felt their learning had been well supported by the library resources. (National Student Survey 2020)

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 above (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

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Course overview

Whether reporting a news item, creating a short film, setting up a YouTube vlog, podcasting or producing a radio debate, today’s storytelling must be underpinned by a range of media production techniques. You will learn a full range of production skills, covering online, television, film, radio and print, whilst examining complex ideas and theories. Our suite of Media Production courses are designed to give you plenty of practical experience and have produced numerous award-winning alumni, including BAFTA Award-winners.

This programme combines theory with practical experience, offering excellent industry links. The course will give you the full digital skillset to enable you to work in today’s online world. You will make video and short films, design a magazine, as well as producing audio and online content. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interest with your final year project.


We will give you opportunities to work on individual and group projects across your area of interest, building core media skills, such as editing, shooting, writing, audio recording, design, production management, use of a range of software and how to work in creative teams. You will take part in live production days, and work to live client briefs with deadlines – just as you would in industry.

We’re here to support you in your aspirations. Whether that’s to be a filmmaker, to run an independent media start-up, to work on TV programmes or produce podcasts, this course will set you up for the skills needed right now to make you ready to kick-start your career

Course structure

Level 1

You’ll start your first year working alongside our Journalism and Film & TV Production students to learn the full range of practical, digital production skills. You’ll also learn about finding stories and how to interview people as part of our Storytelling (Factual) module, and you can choose between either writing a fictional short film script, or focusing more on news and feature writing. You’ll also get an introduction to the history of media institutions and practice.



Media Production Skills (20 credits): This module will give every student the technical and craft skills to enable them to produce media across different platforms and to operate in a ‘digital first’ world. It will also embed the basic production skills you’ll need for your 2nd year.

Applied Media Production Skills (20 credits): During this module students will apply video and audio production skills in specific production contexts. Students will also develop production management and online production skills.

Storytelling (Factual) (20 credits): This module aims to develop the students’ ability to tell a story (in a non-fiction context), and to understand how they can reach different consumers using different tools to tell that story.

Introduction to Media (40 credits): This module introduces students to the broad history of media institutions and practice. Students will be encouraged to see media as having cultural, economic and political impact and what that means for both producers and audiences.

One option from:

Story to Script (20 credits): This module will focus on the construction of fictional screen narratives. Students will examine and investigate storytelling devices, styles and scriptwriting conventions for cinema or TV, and create a script for a short film.

Reporting (News & Features) (20 credits): This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of journalistic reporting, with a primary focus on print and online. Students will explore the core principles of professional journalism to develop an understanding of the context and constraints affecting the reporter in search of original and truthful material. They will also undergo voice coaching.

Level 2

You’ll move on in your second year to focus on producing a range of video artefacts, some of them for live clients. You’ll get the full range of pre-production, production and post production skills. In the second semester, you can choose between creating a short film, or working on a radio project. All this will be accompanied by further exploration of media theory in order to inform your own practice.


Screen Production (40 credits): Students will work on a variety of supported production tasks that will help them to further develop their video production, production management and planning skills. They may also work with live clients, budgeting and pitching to briefs.

Professional Practice (20 credits): As students prepare for their final year, this module will help them focus on the career skills and industry knowledge that they will need to give them the edge in terms of employability. Students will produce a personal development plan, setting their goals for the next 12 months. They will also hone research skills in preparation for their final year research projects.


Short Film Project (20 credits): This module aims to provide students with the experience of working as independent producers to produce a piece of content appropriate for exhibition at a film festival, or for an identified television strand such as Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Documentary Studies (20 credits): On this module, you will develop your understanding of documentary types and look at the similarities and differences between them. You will focus on contemporary documentaries, so that it may aid your production work, but you will also look at historical documentaries too. The module also gives you the chance to examine industry roles in the production of documentaries and to consider how documentary, context and ideology are connected. 

Experimental Film Practice(20 credits): Explore alternatives to mainstream cinema as we introduce you to non-Hollywood, underground and avant-garde forms of film making. By engaging with unfamiliar work, you will broaden your creative horizons and production capabilities. You will experiment with your own practice, trying new techniques as you make short films, adverts, music videos and more. You will reflect on the film making styles and practices that have been traditionally neglected in mainstream media. 

Podcast Project (20 credits): This module gives you the experience of working as an independent producer. You'll create a piece of narrative content for podcast or radio broadcast. Alongside this, you'll make a marketing and promotion plan that would normally involve crowdfunding and engagement with social media.

Indies: to Indiewood and Beyond (20 credits): This module explores the historical development, complexities and limitations of the notion of an ‘independent’ cinema. The module will explore the historical problems in defining the kinds of films produced within an ‘indie’ culture, or marketed to one.

Transmedia Practice (20 credits): This module aims to provide the students with the experience of working as independent transmedia producers, whilst grounding their practice in the exploration of conceptual frameworks. It helps to develop the graduate attributes of being digitally literate, curious-minded and able to apply creative solutions to complex problems.


Level 3

In your final year, you’ll put together a magazine and can specialise in a final project of your own choosing – so you might work in a group to produce a documentary, a short film or a magazine. Or you might work individually on your own project – for example photography or written output. You will also work on a Research Project of your choice, and can choose between TV Studio or Radio Studio production. In your 2nd and 3rd years, we’ll also spend time giving you the edge in terms of finding work in your chosen area.



Magazine Production (20 credits): This module aims to develop students’ magazine production skills, completing the suite of media production skills already covered. The craft skills of magazine production will be firmly set in the context of how the market works in terms of different platforms, branding and audiences.

Final Project (40 credits): This module will allow students to synthesise the knowledge gained at Levels 1 and 2, and to specialise in a medium of their choosing. Media Production students can work individually or in small groups to make a long form documentary (video or audio), a short film, a series of written features linked by theme, a magazine or a photography project.

Research Project (20 credits): This module allows students to demonstrate the skills gained at Levels 1 and 2 for independent, self-directed learning, critical thinking and research. Students can opt for a traditional written dissertation, a piece of practice-led research supported by a written thesis or a piece of critical media supported by a written thesis.

Professional Portfolio (20 credits): This module focuses on students’ final preparations for graduating and entering industry, including the development of an online portfolio to showcase their skills for future employers.

One option from:

TV Studio Production (20 credits): Students will work together in groups to develop, plan, rehearse and stage a production in an identifiable TV genre, such as a game show, light entertainment programme, news or drama.

Radio Studio Production (20 credits): Students will work as part of a group to develop, plan, rehearse and stage a radio studio production. The project will be in an identifiable radio genre, such as a panel quiz show, light entertainment programme, news/factual or drama.

Teaching & Assessment

We think the best way for you to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. Whilst there may be some lecture-style elements, most staff-led learning sessions are in the form of seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations. Throughout the course we integrate theory and practical work. Production processes will, wherever possible, mirror real ones in industry.

Assessment is carried out through presentations, essays, case studies and the submission of portfolios of practical work. There are no formal examinations.

As you approach the end of your degree there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning, but you will still be supported by both academics and our dedicated technical team as part of your timetable and also outside class.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

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

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 your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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 202 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.

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

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

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. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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