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FdSc Media Production

Reasons to study Media Production

  • The resurgence of media opportunities with the development of MediaCityUK in Manchester, with many major networks relocating to the North, brings excellent career prospects.
  • Develop skills to a professional standard for a whole host of career opportunities in pre-production, production and post-production within the audio and video industries.
  • Our Media facilities recently received a significant investment, which contains industry standard equipment, a brand new TV studio, infinity cove and editing suites.
UCAS Code: P310
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years, full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Philip King
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification (Coming Soon)

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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University of Central Lancashire

The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the Northwest with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative. The resurgence of media opportunities with the development of MediaCityUK in Manchester, with many major networks relocating to the North, brings excellent career prospects with it.

Our foundation degree in Media Production is practical and provides an in-depth knowledge of working on multi-platform channels in the media sector. The degree includes industry development with professional experience, to combine academic progress with practice and experience. You will gain an insight into the media and broadcasting industries to develop skills such as: camera operation, event management, radio broadcasting, sound recording and video editing.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year provides a solid introduction into media production, including the terminology and concepts associated with audio signals, along with equipment for use in both the studio and for live events for application across a multitude of digital outlets. You will be introduced to the application of graphics within media production and the philosophy of the creative thought process and visual literacy, exploring a series of projects which engage in the creative pipeline from idea generation and development, through to a completed product. In addition, you will develop multidisciplinary skills and edit a range of media types including digital imagery and audio for use in multimedia projects. Video production, and editing skills and practises are covered with the processes involved in single-camera filmmaking, alongside the creative skills required to produce short programmes for a variety of media outlets.

Year 2

The second year extends and builds upon your technical knowledge and understanding of digital equipment and production systems. Your employability will be enhanced through the completion of work-based activities. The exploration and understanding of audio file formats and codecs underpins the development of skills in studio recording, mixing techniques and synthesising acoustic environments. The application and implementation of advanced post-production techniques will introduce you to compositing principles and theories that allow for the experimentation in colour correction and synchronising audio. You will also gain an understanding of the application of radio production making and broadcasting by exploring programme structures, genres, writing and interviewing skills for effective radio production.

How will I study?

Teaching takes place in firstclass media facilities with a state-of-the-art TV studio equipped with an infinity cove suitable for virtual filming. The variety of teaching approaches used within the course includes lectures, seminars, group discussions, presentations, practical activities, workshops and guest speakers. Student centred learning is also strongly promoted and lecturers encourage students to become independent learners.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of practical based assessment designed to equip you for the industry will be used throughout the course. These will include a personal and professional development portfolio, record logs, presentations and pitches to 'clients', short essays/ written records, group and individual projects, and a variety of product creation and production. The formal assessments are designed to provide valid opportunities to engage with practical industry standard and related production projects that will help to develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for work in the sector.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by an experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of media theory and practice. Staff have a wealth of experience in both education and the industry, each with a different specialist area within media.

Ref: Phil King

Why study Media with us?

Innovative Facilities

Develop your skills in our brand new TV studio, infinity cove and editing suites.

Live Projects and Briefs

Work on live projects with professional clients such as St Helens RFC and Wish FM.

Wide Range of Skills

Explore a wide range of topics from camera and software skills to digital and print-based media.

Student Support

Tutors are consistently recognised for their dedication, student support and teaching methods.

Excellent Progression

Excellent progression routes can lead to university, an apprenticeship or employment.

Employment Opportunities

MediaCity and Liverpool are just around the corner and provide some amazing opportunities.