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Undergraduate course

Media Production: Film and Television BA (Hons)

Want to understand how filmmakers enchant their audiences from script to screen and learn how to bring your own ideas to life?

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With so much media available online it’s imperative that you make films and TV programmes that cut through all the noise. From short films to television documentaries and online video, this course will give you the skills to create exciting visual media for today’s diverse platforms.

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

York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3Q4
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020, 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 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Discover why York St John is The One

Course overview

There’s nothing more important than narrative when it comes to making your content catch people’s attention. We’ll teach you the techniques of visual storytelling to create maximum impact in whichever platform you choose to tell your story. You will develop a full digital skillset to enable you to work in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

You will learn traditional techniques of shooting, editing, sound, scriptwriting, production management and studio work, but also use a range of storytelling tools, from social media to apps, to help maximise the impact of your production. Our facilities include TV studios, specialist software and editing suites, plus a full range of camera, sound and lighting equipment for location filming. We have a dedicated team of technicians which is on hand to assist you in learning all the latest techniques.

Our graduates include BAFTA Award-winners, with others enjoying careers at ITV, the BBC and independent production companies, working on everything from Bake Off to Doctor Who and beyond. Others are running their own companies or working as freelance filmmakers.

York is a living film set, and the perfect place to develop as a media producer. It is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Media Arts, and our partnership with Screen Yorkshire means you will be based right at the heart of the country’s fastest growing film and TV production hub. Our partnership with the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival will give you further access to expert masterclasses and networking events. There has genuinely been no more exciting time to join us!

Course structure

Level 1

You’ll start your first year working alongside our other Media Production students to learn the full range of practical, digital production skills. You’ll also learn about finding stories – both fiction and non-fiction – and you’ll write a script for a short film. You’ll also get an introduction to the history of media institutions and practice.

Modules

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 film & TV 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.

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.

Storytelling (Factual) (20 credits): This module aims to further 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.

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, and will work on your first short film project, which could be a drama or a documentary. All this will be accompanied by further exploration of media theory in order to inform your own practice.

Modules

Core:

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.

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.

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.

Optional:

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.

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. 

Level 3

In your final year, you’ll choose to specialise in a particular role (directing, cinematography, post production or sound & audio) and work on a TV Studio production. Across your final year, you’ll work in a group to produce another short film (fiction or non-fiction), and you will also work on a Research Project of your choice. In your 2nd and 3rd years, we’ll also spend time giving you the edge in terms of finding work in your chosen area.

Modules

Final Project (40 credits): This module will allow students to synthesise the knowledge gained at Levels 1 and 2, and to specialise in a genre of their choosing. They will work in groups to pitch, plan, script and shoot a short film or documentary.

Advanced Production Skills (20 credits): Students may choose a specialised module encompassing Directing, Cinematography & Production Design, Post-Production or Sound & Audio.

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.

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.

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.

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

Qualifications

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 & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 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 (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 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 Tier 4 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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