Media_Screen_Studies

Undergraduate

BA Media Production

Gain the creative skills, technical expertise and industry insight that will help you become a work-ready professional.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

W374

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Course overview

Build the creative, organisational, personal and technical skills to thrive in the creative and media industries, where you’ll tell the stories of the region, the nation and the world in all their diversity.

You’ll benefit from the Screen Yorkshire Connected Campus scheme, which connects regional universities to the booming regional screen industry with careers advice, skills workshops, and developing collaboration between universities and regional film and television producers.

Develop your skills and experience across a range of production spaces, from a multi-purpose studio to a fully operational on-campus theatre, and gain experience in location filmmaking. And you’ll have exclusive access to our media labs, home to the latest digital media software and hardware used in the industry today, along with our dedicated on-campus TV, film and digital media facilities.

These skills are developed through two main programme strands. The first focuses on the creative processes of media production, including technical expertise, individual and group planning, and safe working practices. The second focuses on key aspects of the sector, including diversity, entrepreneurship, and the legal and organisational realities of the sector, which are crucial for any practicing professional to understand and embrace.

Creativity lives and breathes at the University of Hull. Always has done, always will. It’s central to what universities do. But at Hull, we’re building something that goes far beyond our four walls. 

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Film and Media Studies

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Six reasons to study Media Production at Hull

  1. Exclusive access to the industry standard software and hardware in our media labs
  2. Work on a wide range of creative media projects
  3. Grow your leadership and media industry skills
  4. Gain specialist skills in a range of production areas
  5. Part of Screen Yorkshire‘s Connected Campus
  6. Gain experience in location filmmaking

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

You’ll study specialist modules in media production techniques for location and studio, including cinematography, lighting, sound recording, production management and health and safety, and gain post-production skills in audio and editing.

  • Core modules

    Film Form

    Learn the fundamental elements of film style and structure. Through analysing a range of recent popular films, you will understand how mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound function within film style. You will also learn to analyse the narrative structures of successful popular films. The ways of seeing you acquire on this module will make you a better film viewer, and a better filmmaker.

    Introduction to Filmmaking

    Get hands-on with filmmaking equipment in our studio and editing facilities, and on location, completing a series of group tasks that equip you with basic practical skills you can build on throughout the rest of your degree.

    History of Hollywood Cinema

    In this module, you will learn about the History of Hollywood Cinema, looking at its industrial, technological, aesthetic, and genre histories. It serves as a foundational module for the Film Studies course, so the information you learn will carry you through your degree. You will also learn how to read/understand/apply a variety of academic sources to the study of your subject, a skill that will be necessary throughout your course.

    Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking

    Documentaries are windows to the wider world. You'll explore the rich and varied world of documentary films - from personal narratives to large productions that take stock of global movements. You will develop filmmaking skills in this intense practice-based course, and creatively and innovatively engage with the art of documentary filmmaking as you conceptualise and complete your own short documentary.

    Media Methods

    This module will familiarise you with Media Studies as an academic discipline and a set of tools for producing new knowledge and information. You will gain valuable insight into Media Studies as a complex and developing discipline, which encompasses approaches drawn from academic fields such as literary studies, film studies, sociology, business and economics.

    Exploring Post-production Practices

    Develop your understanding of editing and post-production through a series of hands-on exercises.

Second year modules

  • Core modules

    Intermediate Techniques (Creative Industries)

    Develop skills in areas including scenography, stage management, scriptwriting, performance, and movement.

    Representing Reality

    One of the key roles of our media is to represent the world, its happenings, and its diversity to us as accessibly and truthfully as possible. How do different forms of media – documentaries, reality television, soap opera, news reporting, drama-documentaries, radio, fiction films – go about this task? Why do media texts and media companies so often fail in their duty to represent reality? Through conceptual reflection and case study exploration, this module seeks to explore these questions.

    Television and Factual Production

    In this module, you will learn the skills of factual screen production. Working in small groups, you will create short items of broadcast quality to form part of a magazine-style programme.

  • Optional modules

    From the alphabet to the internet: a history of communication

    Using historical case studies in combination with theoretical models, you will explore questions including i) What aspects of economics and culture can promote or inhibit the development and dissemination of media technologies? ii) What factors determine the uses to which new technologies of communication are put? iii) Does cultural change drive technological change, or vice versa, or both?

    Screening Genders

    Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.

    Music and Sound for Media

    This practical project-based module supports the development of specialised creative and technical skills involved in the production of sound and music for visual media. You can undertake a variety of projects, including films, games, music videos, interactive installations, and performances with visual projection. As projects are developed, general principles relating to the interaction of sight and sound will be explored, such as functionality, audio-visual correspondence and implementation.

    Collaborative Creative Project

    Creative project management will explore the key methods used in a broad range of creative industries to organise and manage complex projects.

Final year modules

  • Core modules

    Advanced Technique

    Explore technical skills relevant to professional practice, as you occupy roles which focus on the design and leadership aspects of your discipline.

    Screen Production Project 1: Planning and Preproduction

    Turn your film idea into a workable and professional project before you step into production. Learn about what it takes to create a film before pitching your idea, ready for the next steps.

    Screen Production Project 2: Filming and Post-production

    Create your film. Take the reins and follow the project through from pre-production to shooting, editing, screening and review.

    The Future of the Arts

    What is the environmental cost of a single Spotify stream, an online gaming session, or of going to a gig, concert or to see a play? How much carbon does that YouTube movie trailer release? Our ability to engage with arts and culture has been made almost effortless, but at what environmental cost? By reflecting on your own creative practices, you’ll be equipped with the skills and understanding you’ll need to shape the arts practices of the future.

  • Optional modules

    Work-Based Learning (Media Production)

    Dissertation (Media Production)

    This module is an independent research project. Therefore, themes and topics are determined by the individual student in consultation with her or his supervisor. It is the research-based methods and the disciplines of the module that create its core, shared elements, and which are expressed in its aims and learning outcomes.

    Collaborative Portfolio (Media Production)

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Our Media Production students master creative production skills in our industry standard digital media facilities.

Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£15,400 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Producer
  • Studio manager
  • Technical specialist
  • Creative project manager

You’ll learn-by-doing on this degree, developing your expertise through practical tasks and workshops, putting your knowledge and skills in a real-world context.

You’ll learn about the organisational aspects of the media industries through lectures, guest speakers, and extensive online materials, preparing you with the skills required for the contemporary media industries.

As well as our membership of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus, you’ll benefit from our associations with regional and national theatre producers and through the integration of real-world creative projects and live briefs into our curriculum.

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