The nature of the media industry is changing constantly, with unprecedented access to production and distribution than ever before. This not only changes how films, radio and videos are made, but also how they are consumed — redefining the relationship between the filmmaker and the audience. This course aims to develop skills as a complete content producer—so that learners will understand and be able to apply themselves to the entire production process, from inception through funding, development, research, planning, production, editing and distribution of a range of media products
This means that graduates will be able to work in a variety of environments and roles, such as working with community groups, newsgathering or large-scale productions in TV, film, radio or still image production. We utilise a variety of resources, with a well-equipped TV Studio, HD camera equipment and professional non-linear editing facilities. We have links with a range of professional media producers locally and nationally, plus strong links with local employers giving students an opportunity to explore the realities of becoming a freelance creative professional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.