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University of Plymouth

Media Arts

UCAS Code: W690

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

Entry requirements


112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Art and Design or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Considered in combination

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

D*D*

In any subject

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Any subject

Considered in combination

112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

Considered in combination

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Media production

Are you passionate about video or photography? Do you wish to explore the worlds of sound and animation? Our BA (Hons) Media Arts course gives you the power to create your own unique pathway – focus on one area or work across media. We prepare you for the ever-changing media and arts industries by empowering you with the skills and confidence to find your own creative voice and push boundaries. Embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future by learning with us today.

You will advance your technical skills using our outstanding equipment and facilities including a fully equipped cinema, moving image studio with green screen, photographic and sound studios, computer labs, animation rostrums and much more. You’ll also benefit from our strong links with the industry such as the BBC, ITV and Royal Television Society along with regional arts and community groups, giving you the opportunity to develop and realise creative collaborations beyond the University.

* Freedom to experiment – you can choose to focus on one medium, develop several or integrate across the range to find your own creative voice. You’ll have the opportunity to develop projects to suit your own creative and career ambitions.

* Open doors to your future career by showcasing your work to the public in exhibitions, and developing a portfolio of work. You can enhance your professional profile further by engaging with our live briefs.

* Advance your technical skills using our outstanding equipment and facilities including a fully equipped cinema, moving image studio with green screen, photographic and sound studios, computer labs, animation rostrums and much more.

* Learn from award-winning tutors from industry, arts practice and academic research.

* Tailor your degree to match your interests and career goals with an option to specialise in television in your final year.

* Benefit from strong links with the industry such as the BBC, ITV and Royal Television Society along with regional arts and community groups, giving you the opportunity to develop and realise creative collaborations beyond the University.

* This course is assessed by coursework only – there are no exams.

* 88 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 80 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing.

Modules

In your first year, practical modules will focus on video, photography and sound. In your second term, you’ll select a medium to develop further in the form of a documentary, beginning to engage in work beyond the University setting. Your practical modules are accompanied by a critical module and a professional practice module.

In your second year, you will explore animation and digital media alongside advanced options for video, photography and sound. Creativity, experimentation and developing your own creative voice will be at the heart of this part of the course. You’ll undertake projects in collaboration with people outside of the course and a module exploring media theory will enhance your academic skills. You’ll also develop a professional profile and online portfolio.

In your final year, you’ll complete two major self-directed projects in independent practice and collaborative practice. You’ll write a dissertation and prepare for your future career in the professional practice module. You’ll showcase your achievements in a substantial public exhibition and produce work within a professional context. Alternatively, you can specialise in online television for your final year, in a route delivered in association with leading television company Twofour. All of our students undertake a written dissertation on a subject of their choice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

TEF rating:

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After graduation


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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.

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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Media production

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

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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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