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University of Plymouth

Media Arts

UCAS Code: W690

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Media production

On Media Arts you will experiment, refine and grow your own unique creative voice. Alongside creative, media production, you will develop the critical and collaborative skills required to succeed in this rapidly evolving sector. Media platforms are content hungry and our students produce content to an award-winning standard.

Media Arts brings together a range of emerging and established media practices in recognition that in contemporary culture they have well and truly converged. The course offers a unique opportunity to creatively explore multiple media and the exciting range of contexts they sit within; from the internet and mobile devices, immersive installations and video-mapping to more established forms of documentary and drama.

Further information can be found on: https://plymouth.ac.uk/arts-interviews

Modules

Year 1

In your first year, you will explore what Media Arts means to you through a series of short, critically framed, practical projects. You will investigate narrative composition and context, in still and moving image, sound, interaction and animation. You will start to work beyond the University, exploring professional working methods in a documentary and explore audience address in a public exhibition or screening.
Year 2
In your second year, you will study advanced practical techniques and develop a critical framework for your practice. Creativity, experimentation and developing your own creative voice will be at the heart of this part of the course. You will explore socially engaged media and take on live briefs, working in collaboration our industry partners. Our Critical Dialogues modules will enhance your theoretical awareness and show you how to apply this successfully to your work. An international fieldtrip is part of stage two, as is the option to study abroad.
Year 3
In your final year, you will complete two major self-directed projects in independent practice and collaborative practice. All our students do a written dissertation on a subject of their choice. You will prepare for your future career in our professional module and showcase your achievements in a substantial public exhibition or screening. In stage three, we offer one to one mentoring by industry professionals and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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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.

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