Foundation Degree Media Production

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    University of Plymouth
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    The Foundation Degree in Media Production covers an ever expanding range of technical skills which are used to implement exciting responses to creative project briefs. Modules will help develop your own voice as a digital storyteller in a range of media – either speaking for yourself or helping others to tell their story.


    The course has excellent links with industry and in the past has worked with charities to produce powerful documentaries, exhibited at an open air cinematic festival and produced travelogues while visiting New York, Los Angeles, Prague, Rome and Berlin. We work with a range of professional practitioners to ensure you leave with the skills and understanding required for a successful career in this booming industry.


    The modules studied may include:
    • Studio Production - technical skills building
    • Documentary Production - combining technical and narrative
    practices to document a story
    • Critical Practice - covering audiences, narrative theory and
    documentary analysis
    • Live Project - working with a client

  • Teaching and Assessment

    This is a two year full-time course that gradually builds up learners' understanding, skills and confidence in Media Practice, and prepares them for a practical career in the media industries.

    In year one there are three practical units that firstly introduce the equipment, working initially in a controlled studio environment, then outside in more spontaneous locations and finishing with a larger end-of-year documentary project. Learners will also acquire invaluable experience by spending 20 days on work-based learning.

    In the second year there will be an opportunity to pursue media practice preferences by undertaking a brief from a client and researching an area of the media industries to achieve a final major project. This will also prepare learners for their future, as it will require them to package and present themselves in the same way that will be required when they enter the working environment or progress to a BA Honours Degree.

    A tutorial programme throughout will equip learners with the study skills to cope with the demands of learning at a higher level.

    Year 1 (Level 4)

    • Critical practice: 20 credits
    • Work-based learning: 20 credits
    • Studio practice: 20 credits
    • Narrative practice: 20 credits
    • Documentary production: 20 Credits
    • Critical studies documentary: 20 credits

    Year 2  (Level 5)

    • Live project: 20 credits
    • Research project: 20 credits
    • Production research: 20 credits
    • Promotion and exhibition: 20 credits
    • Major project: 40 credits

    There will be different study methods, but mainly practical projects, workshops, seminars, lectures, masterclass sessions, residential trips and links with professionals.

    Media students have been on residential trips to Los Angeles, New York, London and Prague, and industrial media practitioners regularly come to the media department to work with students on projects and in show and tell workshops and lectures. We have very good contacts with media professionals, some of whom are former students now in employment, and others who are connected with community projects such as the Engine Room in Bridgwater.

  • Progression Opportunities

    Once learners have completed the Foundation Degree in Media Practice they can seek work within the creative and media industries, or use their newly-acquired skills to start their own business, alone or with others.

    Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree may progress to a relevant top-up degree.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 48 UCAS points (or 120 on the old system) from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least four GCSEs at grades A* – C or 9 - 4 including Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent. Another requirement will be to submit a show reel of production work (moving or still image, audio etc) plus an example of academic writing ability at interview.

    Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.

  • Costs

    £7800
  • Meet your lecturers

    The lecturing team delivering the Media Practice programme are all qualified to Degree and Masters level in media and related subjects, and are also actively involved in production, film work, community projects and research. Many media practitioners live and work in the local area, and we are therefore confident that work experience and networking opportunities will be available locally.