Are you looking to combine academic rigour with the latest industry and entrepreneurial skills in media production? In this course you will discover the wide range of opportunities that exist in media production whilst giving you the opportunity to come together to better understand contemporary media production and distribution practices and the resulting network effects driven by social media.
This course will offer you an interdisciplinary approach to photography, videography, and editing complemented by specialist modules around content creation that will prepare you for a wide range of media jobs. With the job market always in mind you will have the opportunity to collaborate across creative disciplines to allow for the development of a wide range of transferable skills that employers are seeking. At the heart of the offer you will have the opportunity to develop a skill set that includes working to live briefs, project management and pitching for business.
On completion of the course you will graduate with an impressive portfolio of original work which you will have the opportunity to showcase in the creative technologies degree show which evidences to employers that you are ready for a career in an ever-changing digital and technological landscape.
Why Media Production at LSBU?
3rd in Post Modern London Universities for Drama, Dance & Cinematics get your career off to a fantastic start in Media. (Complete University Guide 2023)
If you do not meet the entry criteria above we also review any previous skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of your education and are happy to talk through any extenuating circumstances you feel relevant.
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.
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Remix. Remake. Recycle. This module introduces you to a range of approaches to contextual research and academic critique in relation to contemporary practice in the Creative Industries. By exploring key themes across a range of creative disciplines, you will gain perspective and insight into current debates within the creative sector. By extending your frame of reference, you will gain a better understanding of how to contextualise your own creative practice through the lens of history.
Sound and Vision One half of this module will focus on developing your visual literacy, so that you can better interpret the meaning or intent behind images. In the other half of this module, you will focus on developing an understanding of the impact sound has on how we perceive events and experiences. Taken together, these explorations will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding that you can apply to the production of your own audio-visual projects, using cameras, recording devices, and audio-visual editing software.
Creative Agency A creative agency consists of a team of experts with different areas of expertise working together to deliver a project in response to a design brief. In this module, students will work together to deliver creative solutions to a range of creative design briefs. In so doing, you will get a taste of how effective collaboration happens between specialist disciplines within the Creative Industries.
Connected Audiences In this module you will learn about the functionality of the Web as a means of distributing digital content to a connected global audience. You will also explore the characteristics of online audiences, compared to those of traditional film and broadcast media. Similarly, the module will cover the migration of traditional formats to the web, and explore the network effects associated with online audiences through their ability to interact with each other through social media.
Editing and Post Production In this module you will cover the basic principles of editing in order to understand how to tell better stories using industry-standard audio and video editing tools. Alongside the technical skills developed in this module, through observation and discussion, you will be able to analyse and critique your own editing and sound design choices.
Photographic Workflows The module will develop your skills in image capture, in the studio and on location, working with available light, flash and continuous lighting. Making use of digital postproduction techniques, you will develop retouching and image manipulation skills. Responding to briefs both individually and as part of a team, you will develop your ability to produce visually inventive, creative imagery for screen and print. Essentials of production workflow will include file management, sequencing, and presentation for a range of professional contexts.
Online Media Incubator This module will introduce you to contemporary forms of cross-platform storytelling, for distribution across a range of platforms and mobile devices. You will also investigate the power of the web to raise awareness and affect social change, through direct engagement with an online audience. Through individual and group work, you will incubate a range of story ideas suitable for online audiences. Following a selection process, you will then develop a pitch package for a cross-platform project, that draws upon contemporary themes relevant to the module.
Editing Drama This module provides a foundation for editing students to develop film and television drama editing skills, with emphasis on script analysis and dramatic construction. Exploration of vector based spatial continuity, temporal retrospective signification and syncopated editing, as well as the relationship between sound and image, will be incorporated in the practical exercises. This practice-based module provides the opportunity to develop and consolidate students editing skills while introducing participants to professional post-production workflows practices and cutting room etiquette.
Online Media Production In this module you will work in production teams to shoot and edit an original cross-platform story package. You will spend the first part of the module in pre-production, planning and refining other cross-platform elements of your project. Once in production has been ‘greenlit’, you will be required to shoot and edit the final content, for distribution via online media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, or a location-based mobile application.
Expanded Photographic Practice In this module, you are encouraged to extend your skills to include established and innovative methods and processes, and engage with opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies. Critical evaluation of established and emerging imaging technologies and presentation strategies is developed through guided and self-directed practical research.
Professional Development and Employability This module offers you an opportunity to engage with your professional practice and career expectations in a variety of ways, by offering a flexible approach to exploring the multitude of routes into employment or self-employment within the Creative Industries. You will have the opportunity to further your career ambitions through identifiable activities such as work placements, entrepreneurial activity, business planning, creative collaboration, self-promotion, and industry engagement through organised events such as conferences, festivals or design competitions.
Interdisciplinary Practice In this module you are encouraged to diversify your core skillset by engaging in either collaborative or independent investigation within the broader Creative Industries. You will be offered the opportunity to choose from a selection of topics for practical exploration that intersect with your own specialist discipline. In this sense the teaching, learning and investigation is geared towards the production of an interdisciplinary practical output, either independently or as a collaborative endeavour, dependant on the nature of the topic being explored.
Pilot Major Project This module develops your individual practice within your specialist area. Research into historic and contemporary theory and practice will enable you to develop a critical framework in which to consider your final year project. The emphasis will be on developing working methods to curate and complete a self-directed project within a specialist area of practice, and to communicate this through a fully formed proposal.
Major Project This module will provide you with the platform to showcase your abilities and skills through a sustained, self-directed body of work in your chosen discipline. The first part of the module focuses on the development of research and practical skills as a foundation for your final major project. You will then manage your own learning under the guidance of your supervisor. The module is designed to allow you to immerse yourself into a particular area of interest, allowing you the chance to shape your future career through a major piece of authentic work.
Research Project The final year Research Project module gives you the opportunity to conduct original research in an area of particular interest. It allows you to engage more critically with theories, topics and methods encountered on your course. You will manage your own learning under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The module is organized around lectures, seminars, and one-to-one supervisions. The Research Project form and structure is developed in consultation with your supervisor, who you will meet regularly for 1:1 tutorials.
Professional Practice and Portfolio The module has been designed to assist you with the transition from university to employment. The focus will be on identifying current opportunities in your sector, through a combination of research, guest lecturers and visits to production facilities. By the end of this module, you are expected to have completed a portfolio of work that you can show to potential employers.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Graduates from this course can be employed in a variety of specialisms, including:
Web streaming/web casting
Big social media companies e.g. Facebook, YouTube
AR and mixed-reality space
Take a look at some potential careers on Prospects.
The course is full-time with classes typically spread across two to three days per semester. Some modules may be delivered more intensively than others, within this delivery pattern. Each scheduled session will be organised into activities that are appropriate to the relevant task.
Independent learning outside of class is essential to cement the skills acquired in class. This will consist of reading and writing, as well as production tasks in preparation for classes and module assessments. Students are expected, therefore, as part of the teaching and learning strategy, to be pro-active participants in their own personal development with the support of the academic team.
Balance of theory and practice
Six modules out of a total of 17 modules are theory-based and do not have practice-based outputs. The practice-based work focuses on a mix of individual and team-based practical outputs. The overall intention behind the design of this course is to embed theoretical considerations within all of the practice-based modules.