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De Montfort University

Media Foundation

UCAS Code: P301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


48 UCAS tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

48
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Film studies

Journalism

Media and communication studies

Develop your creative and technical skills across the disciplines key to the creative sector, including video and audio production, digital photography, media research and the creation of news packages for conventional broadcast and online environments. This introduction to the production and critique of media, film and journalism will give you the skills and knowledge to progress onto an undergraduate degree.

The foundation year offers students an introduction to the production and critique of Media, Film and Journalism content. You will be encouraged to develop your creative and technical skills across a number of disciplines relative to the creative sector. These include video and audio production, digital photography, media research and the creation of news packages for conventional broadcast and online environments.

Media Foundation is designed to provide access to the following programmes:

• Journalism (NCTJ accredited) BA (Hons)
• Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
• Media Production BSc (Hons)
• Communication Arts BA (Hons)
• Media and Communication BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Joint Honours)
• Visual Effects (VFX) Bsc (Hons)
• Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Joint Honours)
• Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons)

Modules

Media Research and Development
This module will introduce you to the foundational elements of journalism and media studies. For journalism, the aim is to explore the daily practices of journalists, the values and principles by which they work and the basic structures of news stories. For media, the emphasis will be to understand how different (new) media platforms and producers generate their content, engage with new technology and impact society. You will learn how to find news-worthy stories, interview newsmakers and find the right narrative framework and structure their stories.

Image Analysis and Production
This module provides you with important visual literacy, helping you to explore the basic elements of images such as colour, foreground/background, angles, framing and representation. Students will learn how to analyse and critique the work of important photographers such as Bresson, Bailey, Adams, Arbus, Leibovitz and Man Ray, and using appropriate language, will relate these ideas to specific practices, and techniques. In practical terms, you will gain hands-on experience of creating, manipulating and distorting images using a range of relevant photographic hardware and editing software.

Film Theory and Practice
This module serves as an introduction to film history and to the tradition of critique in Western cinema. The module examines key figures in European and American film history in relation to concepts such as mise en scène, cinematography, narrative and genre. You will develop appropriate language to discuss important movements in film such as the French New Wave, German Expressionism, Dogme95, and New Queer Cinema. You will also gain an insight into a number of key practices used to develop, pitch, and present your ideas for practical assignments, before working on a short production of your own.

Audio News and Audiences
This module examines contemporary patterns of news consumption in radio, and the practical techniques used to research, gather, interview, and produce audio news packages. You will learn about the different radio audiences, their preferred platform for news consumption, the common trending topics they follow and their perceptions of politics and societal issues.

Content Creation and Management Online
This module will provide you with the skills to create content for various online platforms. You will learn where to source ideas for their content, how to write a blog and/or narrative, as well as the selection of visual materials (photographs, graphics and videos). You will explore copyright issues and ways to verify sources and learn how to manage your online content and how to communicate with potential users such as followers, journalists, and advertisers. Students will also be expected to engage with specific analytical tools to monitor, review, and direct content to maximize the potential reach and advertising revenue of these media.

Creative Portfolio
This module will guide you through the process of developing a portfolio of evidence as the final product of the programme. The Creative portfolio will represent the best of your work during the course, featuring a collection of outputs, which may include written pieces, posters, audio clips and short videos on a topic you will choose. Students will demonstrate their understanding of how sight and sound can be used to create emotional and intellectual value for their viewers, and develop this portfolio as part of the prospective entry requirements of continuing education or employment.

Assessment methods

Our creative culture encourages you to achieve your full potential. You will be taught through practical sessions, with access to subject specialists and pastoral tuition. Practical classes will provide you with hands-on experience of creating rich media content, which is supported with underpinning theories of media production, audiences, and research techniques.

Assessments will include regular pitches and presentations of your work for peer and tutor review. You will produce your own showreel of professional standard work, ready for progression onto an undergraduate degree or entry to the industry.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Film studies
77%
med
Journalism
76%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Journalism

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Film studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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