FdA Media Production FdA

About the course

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This course is available to UK/EU students only.

This two-year, full-time programme is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their creative and practical skills in media production to a very high level. Students will develop experience in their subject through learning about the skills processes and technologies associated with the media production industry, and put them into practice through a range of vocational projects. Students are given the opportunity to develop the skills needed to survive in the highly competitive world of film and television, as well as become aware of the business and contextual frameworks of the industry.

There will be a strong emphasis on innovative, industry linked work in all fields with students being asked to respond to briefs in a creative and considered way, evaluating their own work as they progress. On completion of the programme students will have a portfolio of five short films in areas of fiction, factual and entertainment. Visiting lecturers who are currently working in the industry will also be contributing to students' knowledge.

Why choose this course?

This programme aims to develop your creativity and skills in carrying out projects to meet the needs of clients and audiences. In addition the programme will provide you with:

  • The knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the creative and cultural industries;
  • opportunities for work-based learning and experience in the creative arts and cultural industries;
  • an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study;
  • a progression route to the final year of appropriate honours degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire.

Entry requirements...

2016 entry 

120 UCAS points made up of at least one full GCE A2, a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or Equivalent, plus GCSE grade D or above in English Language and Maths or equivalent. An interview or presentation of portfolio of work may be required.

“The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications please visit UCAS"

Mature students with GCSE grade C or above English language and maths or equivalent, but lacking traditional level 3 qualifications will be considered on the basis of relevant experience and an appropriate portfolio of work.

2017 entry 
UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

48 UCAS points 

IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above. Plus an interview or presentation of portfolio may be required.

Careers

When you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress directly into employment or to a BA Honours degree in Film and TV Production at the University of Hertfordshire. Students are eligible to progress to the final year of a BA honours, and will be supported by college and university staff in making their decision.

Teaching methods

This programme addresses the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that are common to all creative activities. It provides a structure that enables you from a variety of starting points to develop your own creativity within a context provided by the industries and organisations that utilises this creativity.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of creative and cultural skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated with an employer in year two.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Creative Languages (OAK)

    This is a 15-credit module delivered during semester B of the level 4 programme. The focus of this module is about creativity in action, and learning from the experts. You will take a look at several well-known practitioners in your broad subject area, concentrating on their expressive languages, comparing them with each other, and relating them to your own ideas. You will then produce a body of your own work where you build on this study and extend your own repertoire of ideas, ready to be incorporated into project work in other modules.

  • Creative Languages (WHC)

    This is a 15-credit module delivered during semester B of the level 4 programme. The focus of this module is about creativity in action, and learning from the experts. You will take a look at several well-known practitioners in your broad subject area, concentrating on their expressive languages, comparing them with each other, and relating them to your own ideas. You will then produce a body of your own work where you build on this study and extend your own repertoire of ideas, ready to be incorporated into project work in other modules.

  • Creative Problem Solving (OAK)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered during semester A of the level 4 programme. The module is designed to prepare you for further study and for the workplace you will eventually enter. You will gain an understanding of key production processes and professional practices relevant to your specialist subject and the cultural and creative industries, in addition to learning methods of conceptualising creativity and authorship.

  • Creative Problem Solving (WHC)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered during semester A of the level 4 programme. The module is designed to prepare you for further study and for the workplace you will eventually enter. You will gain an understanding of key production processes and professional practices relevant to your specialist subject and the cultural and creative industries, in addition to learning methods of conceptualising creativity and authorship.

  • Creative Vocational Practice (Media Production) (OAK)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered in semester B of the level 4 programme. The module focuses on building professional and creative skills in realising and presenting a typical vocational brief – i.e. the sort of professional brief you are likely to encounter working in the film and television industry. You will use previously acquired creative and practical skills in carrying out the given brief. You will be expected to include consideration of aesthetics, ethics and function within your work. In the process you will gain an understanding of the requirements of media production when fulfilling a vocational brief: audience/client needs and expectations, time management, internal and external constraints. You will develop the skills necessary for a professional pitch and evaluate your performance against the given brief.

  • Creative Vocational Practice (Media Production) (WHC)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered in semester B of the level 4 programme. The module focuses on building professional and creative skills in realising and presenting a typical vocational brief – i.e. the sort of professional brief you are likely to encounter working in the film and television industry. You will use previously acquired creative and practical skills in carrying out the given brief. You will be expected to include consideration of aesthetics, ethics and function within your work. In the process you will gain an understanding of the requirements of media production when fulfilling a vocational brief: audience/client needs and expectations, time management, internal and external constraints. You will develop the skills necessary for a professional pitch and evaluate your performance against the given brief.

  • Historical and Contemporary Context (OAK)

    This is a 15-credit module, running during semester A of the level 4 programme, which will introduce you to several historical and contemporary periods or movements from your discipline and the creative works which they produced. The cultural contexts in which these works were produced will be examined to identify the ways in which the time, place and conditions of their production influence and shape creativity and practice. You will then develop your research abilities, critical faculties and academic skills so that you can investigate, analyse and present your case effectively. Together these will develop your own creative, cultural and critical understanding.

  • Historical and Contemporary Context (WHC)

    This is a 15-credit module, running during semester A of the level 4 programme, which will introduce you to several historical and contemporary periods or movements from your discipline and the creative works which they produced. The cultural contexts in which these works were produced will be examined to identify the ways in which the time, place and conditions of their production influence and shape creativity and practice. You will then develop your research abilities, critical faculties and academic skills so that you can investigate, analyse and present your case effectively. Together these will develop your own creative, cultural and critical understanding.

  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (OAK)

    This is a 30-credit module running through semesters A and B of the level 4 programme. The focus of this module, is planning your career and developing employability and professional skills. You will take a closer look at the creative and cultural sector to identify a route that reflects your strengths and preferences. You will prepare for progression by looking at job-hunting techniques, networking and self-promotion. You will also articulate your skills and knowledge to create an action plan for progression using appropriate report writing skills.

  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (WHC)

    This is a 30-credit module running through semesters A and B of the level 4 programme. The focus of this module, is planning your career and developing employability and professional skills. You will take a closer look at the creative and cultural sector to identify a route that reflects your strengths and preferences. You will prepare for progression by looking at job-hunting techniques, networking and self-promotion. You will also articulate your skills and knowledge to create an action plan for progression using appropriate report writing skills.

Optional

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Contextual Studies (OAK)

    This is a 15-credit module delivered in semester A of the level 5 programme. The module will offer an introduction to contemporary critical perspectives in the theory and practice of the creative arts. It will examine these creative practices within a variety of historical, socio-political, aesthetic and institutional contexts. The module is therefore primarily concerned with understanding these practices within wider frames of reference. This understanding is intended to provide a frame of reference for the creative practice in which you are involved and examine it in relationship with systems of visual and aural communication, providing a basis for a critical examination of that practice.

  • Contextual Studies (WHC)

    This is a 15-credit module delivered in semester A of the level 5 programme. The module will offer an introduction to contemporary critical perspectives in the theory and practice of the creative arts. It will examine these creative practices within a variety of historical, socio-political, aesthetic and institutional contexts. The module is therefore primarily concerned with understanding these practices within wider frames of reference. This understanding is intended to provide a frame of reference for the creative practice in which you are involved and examine it in relationship with systems of visual and aural communication, providing a basis for a critical examination of that practice.

  • Cultural and Ethical Debate (OAK)

    This is a 15-credit module, delivered during semester B of the level 5 programme. You will undertake theme based explorations of the influences that inform creative messages, exploring dominant and alternative ideologies and their representative creative works from a range of contexts. You will develop awareness of how social and cultural constructs are formed, evolve, and are challenged, and used to influence future developments. You will also consider issues such as consumption, globalisation, sustainability, race, gender, diversity and the role of stereotypes. Ethical and moral factors impacting on creative and/or commercial production will be explored, with reference to your specialist pathway. You will develop critical thinking skills, which will enable you to present an argument and engage in debate and discussion. The development of this understanding will enable you to adapt your practice in the light of cultural change.

  • Cultural and Ethical Debate (WHC)

    This is a 15-credit module, delivered during semester B of the level 5 programme. You will undertake theme based explorations of the influences that inform creative messages, exploring dominant and alternative ideologies and their representative creative works from a range of contexts. You will develop awareness of how social and cultural constructs are formed, evolve, and are challenged, and used to influence future developments. You will also consider issues such as consumption, globalisation, sustainability, race, gender, diversity and the role of stereotypes. Ethical and moral factors impacting on creative and/or commercial production will be explored, with reference to your specialist pathway. You will develop critical thinking skills, which will enable you to present an argument and engage in debate and discussion. The development of this understanding will enable you to adapt your practice in the light of cultural change.

  • Final Major Project - Media Production (OAK)

    This is a 30 credit module that gives you the opportunity to put all your filmmaking experience and learning together in a project that confirms you as a professional practitioner. To ensure that you meet the module requirements the brief will be negotiated between you and your tutors.

  • Final Major Project - Media Production (WHC)

    This is a 30 credit module that gives you the opportunity to put all your experience and learning together in a project that confirms you as a creative professional. To ensure that you meet the module requirements the brief will be negotiated between you and your tutors.

  • Portfolio Development (Media Production) (OAK)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered during semester A of the level 5 programme. The module enables you to explore, develop and apply the professional skills needed to build a strong showreel for progression to employment or further study. You will develop your understanding of professional practice, audience/client requirements and professional constraints within media production. You will present and evaluate your own creative media production outcomes and skills, reflecting on your own personal professional development.

  • Portfolio Development (Media Production) (WHC)

    This is a 30-credit module delivered during semester A of the level 5 programme. The module enables you to explore, develop and apply the professional skills needed to build a strong showreel for progression to employment or further study. You will develop your understanding of professional practice, audience/client requirements and professional constraints within media production. You will present and evaluate your own creative media production outcomes and skills, reflecting on your own personal professional development.

  • WBL Project: Professional Practice (OAK)

    This is a 30-credit module running through semesters A and B of the level 5 of programme. You are required to work with an employer on a project that meets their needs whilst allowing you to express and develop your professional skills and understanding. The project will be shaped by negotiation between you, your tutors and your employer. It may be carried out on the employer’s premises; however this will depend on the type of project that has been agreed. You may already have a specific idea that you think will prove commercially successful or you may seek to develop creative ideas with some of your fellow students. Working in teams, partnerships or as an individual you will develop the professional skills needed to undertake and communicate a project plan and present outcomes successfully to employers and/or potential clients.

  • WBL Project: Professional Practice (WHC)

    This is a 30-credit module running through semesters A and B of the level 5 of programme. You are required to work with an employer on a project that meets their needs whilst allowing you to express and develop your professional skills and understanding. The project will be shaped by negotiation between you, your tutors and your employer. It may be carried out on the employer’s premises; however this will depend on the type of project that has been agreed. You may already have a specific idea that you think will prove commercially successful or you may seek to develop creative ideas with some of your fellow students. Working in teams, partnerships or as an individual you will develop the professional skills needed to undertake and communicate a project plan and present outcomes successfully to employers and/or potential clients.

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2016

UK/EU Students

Full time: £6,000 for the 2016 academic year

International Students

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2016

Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
15/09/201623/05/20171West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
15/09/201623/05/20171Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
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15/09/201623/05/20172West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)

2017

Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
15/09/201723/05/20181West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
15/09/201723/05/20181Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)
15/09/201723/05/20182West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
15/09/201723/05/20182Oaklands CollegeApply online (Full Time)