Media Production BA (Hons)

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
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

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.

To view examples of student work take a look at our Media Production Blog.


Course structure

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Media
  • Media Production Skills
  • Storytelling (Factual)
  • Option choice from:
    • Story to Script
    • Reporting (News and Features)

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Screen Production
  • Option choice from:
    • Short Film Project
    • Radio Project
  • Option choices from:
    • Visual Culture
    • Popular Genres
    • Transmedia Practice
    • Globalisation
    • Convergence Culture
    • Indies - To Indiewood & Beyond
  • Professional Portfolio

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Magazine Production
  • Final Project
  • Research Project
  • Option choice from:
    • Studio Production (TV)
    • Studio Production (Radio)
  • Professional Portfolio

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 and the submission of portfolios of practical work. There are no formal examinations.

In addition to the formal teaching in scheduled classes, you will have other opportunities to learn through practical experience and wherever possible working to live briefs; for example, in the past our students have created a climate change film and documented the Aesthetica Short Film Festival which takes place partly on campus. We will encourage you to publish content on our website and for our online magazine, Neutral.

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.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support 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.

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 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.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 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 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 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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