BA (Hons) Media Production

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

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.

In addition to producing practical work for contemporary online content platforms, you will also produce work related to areas of emerging content production, such as augmented and mixed reality applications in our state-of-the-art facilities. Alongside the practical skills you will gain, the course explores the cultural and political debates surrounding the role and responsibilities media platforms and governments have towards today’s audiences, enabling you to forge your own career path within a dynamic, constantly evolving industry.

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?

We're ranked in the top 20 (19th) in the UK for Media and Film Studies (Guardian 2021)
Get agency experience working for South Bank Collective – LSBU's registered commercial creative agency
Access high-spec equipment and editing tools and work with the latest technologies in on-demand, live streaming and AR/MR at our multi-million pound studio facilities, Elephant Studios
Start to focus on specialist skills in production as early as the second semester in your first year
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Year 1

  • 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.
  • CGI and Animation
    This is an opportunity to study the principles of animation, and to develop practical skills in digital animation. By the end of the module you will also have a very good understanding of the language of animation, and be able to evaluate an animation on its merits with confidence.

Year 2

  • 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.
  • Interactive Design
    In this module you will work together, in response to an interactive project design brief. The module’s key practice concerns are around effective collaboration, team-working skills, and professional engagement. In order to work effectively you will mirror industry practice, by adopting working practices such as scoping exercises, design sprints, developing proofs-of-concept, and prototypes. You will also work to interim deadlines, present your work-in-progress, and learn how to integrate interim feedback effectively.
  • 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.
  • Audiences of the Future
    The module looks the emerging cultural and political debates surrounding the role and responsibilities media platforms and governments have towards today’s audiences as well as those of the future. The module will address a range of emerging media formats such as VR, AR, and the Metaverse. Through lectures, seminars, discussion and debate, you will develop an advanced awareness of both the cultural and technological frameworks within which you will develop your creative practice and engage with your online audiences.
  • 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.

Year 3

  • 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.

Employability

Graduates from this course can be employed in a variety of specialisms, including:

  • Video production
  • Post production
  • Web streaming/web casting
  • Media companies
  • Big social media companies e.g. Facebook, YouTube
  • AR and mixed-reality space

Take a look at some potential careers on Prospects.

Graduates can also apply for further study at postgraduate level, for example our MA in Editing and Post Production (EPP).

Employability Service

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.

Teaching and learning

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.

Staff

Entry requirements

Standard Entry Requirements

For entry into Level 4 of the course, applicants will be required to hold:

  • A Level BCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs Grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Direct entry to Level 5 and 6

For direct entry into Level 5 of the course, applicants will be required to hold:

  • 120 credits at Level 4 or above in a relevant subject

For direct entry into Level 6 of the course, applicants will be required to hold:

  • 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 in the relevant subject area.

Access and mature students

Access students and mature students over the age of 21 are encouraged to apply and will be considered based on their overall qualifications and work experience or engagement in the subject area.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Course status

  • Accreditation and Course validation status

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
W214
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

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Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time

BA (Hons) Media Production (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £15400
AOS/LSBU code: 5788Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £46200

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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