Media Production BA (Hons)

Follow in the footsteps of our award-winning students and graduates (including a number of BAFTAs), and work alongside our RTS award-winning students. Discover and explore the exciting ways through which we create, recreate and document the stories we tell. Whether you are reporting on a news item, creating a piece of short film, setting up a YouTube channel or producing a radio debate, the connections between these outlets will be explored through a holistic approach to contemporary media production.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2019
Performance & Media Production

Course overview

This course will provide you with a grounding in all forms of media production. You will produce short films, television programming, online output and a magazine, and you’ll have the opportunity to follow either a radio route or a more in-depth film pathway. You will use social media and a variety of apps to complement more conventional media, and you will get the chance to experiment with smartphones to reflect their growing use for media production.

Complementing these technical skills will be an emphasis on storytelling, because content is the most important part about anything you will produce; the technology is merely the tool that allows you to tell the story in a given way.

What makes our course stand out, is how we nurture the creativity of our individual students. If there’s something in you that you want to make, we’ll give you the skills, knowledge and support to make it happen.

View a selection of our award-winning student films. To view examples of our wider student work, take a look at our Media Production Blog.

Jenny Kean, subject director for Media Production

100% of Graduates from our Media Production courses are in employment or further study.

DLHE 2017

Course structure

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.

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.

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.

Level 1

Modules include:


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

Modules include:


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.

Radio Project (20 credits):  This module aims to provide students with the experience of working as independent producers to produce a piece of narrative content (in drama or documentary) appropriate for broadcast on the radio or via the internet.

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

Modules include:


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.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Previous study (including qualifications in media) or work experience
  • An interest and enthusiasm for media production
  • An interest in the news and media
  • Evidence of engagement with various forms of media

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study
  • Career plans
  • Work experience
  • Experience with media production (e.g. blogging, podcast production, website management)
  • Subscriptions to journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Strong candidates will also demonstrate transferrable skills such as time management and research ability.

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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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

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


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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