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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.

100% of Graduates from our Media Production courses were in employment or further study within six months - DLHE 2017

York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3P3
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Performance & Media Production

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 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

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.

One option from:

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.

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.

Two options from:

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.

Visual Cultures (20 credits): This module aims to acquaint students with critical debates in visual culture and allow students the opportunity to try out theoretical notions in a creative manner. They will familiarise themselves with the principles and functions of layout etc.

Popular Genres (20 credits): The purpose of this module is to explore the significance of popular genres within the fields of cultural production and to appreciate the histories and evolutions of popular genres as indicators of cultural change.

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.

Globalisation (20 credits): Globalisation is a fundamentally important term in understanding the processes of cultural, political and social change in the modern world. This module introduces students to the key theoretical debates and ideas which surround the contested notion of ‘globalisation’ and media representation.

Convergence Culture (20 credits): This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of convergence technology with associated areas of transmedia activity and network theory. Students will be encouraged to engage with the continuing development of communication technologies.

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

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