Foundation Degree - Digital Media Production *
This new innovative course is designed for those students who wish to pursue a career in digital media production. Our degree offers you an understanding of the dynamic state of the contemporary media industries within a local, national and global context and how digital media production is contributing to the evolution of creative practice. Paired with this knowledge of industry practice and trends, we offer a flexible programme of workshop and project-based study to help you acquire skills that will fit a range of employment contexts and to command your career choices.
The course has a strong emphasis on engagement with the local media industries, to ground your experience in contemporary practice. Each of the project-based modules will be situated within a live commission or competition and will have a published outcome, one that will invite and encourage dialogue with the local media scene and beyond. We will also encourage collaboration with students from our other creative pathways, to model through the ways in which contemporary media practitioners now engage with each other in their working lives.
Our foundation degree will give you the expert knowledge of cutting-edge technology and methods that are shaping the creative industries. By combining theory, practical skills and professional experience, we will open up an unbeatable range of career opportunities for you.
What will I study?
Example modules include:- Year One
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
Our degree offers a range of different teaching methods. To begin with we will be delivering skills to you via workshops in camera operation, app and web design, film and sound editing and in the use of the new media technologies. There will also be seminar and lecture-based sessions that deliver an understanding of critical theory to help you to become an informed practitioner. We will also ask you to engage with research and written work as well as creating working partnerships with digital media practitioners and other creatives both within our broader degree programme and without. Organised visits to sites of industrial practice, including studio environments, galleries, workshops and other cultural sites of local and national importance will further allow you to develop points of reference for your developing critical and creative media frameworks.
How will I know how I am doing?
Regular assessments, examinations and feedback will be carried out from staff and peers. Assessment will be through coursework, essays, reflective journals, presentations, a dissertation and work produced for commission, competition or independent publication.
What do I need to join?
Students must be aged 18 or above with a guideline of 160 UCAS points from qualifications with the volume and breadth of A levels or BTEC equivalent. Students will be expected to have a GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English. Mature students without the necessary UCAS points will be considered on an individual basis. Application for this programme is via UCAS online. Please refer to the SGS website for the UCAS code.
What to do next?
On completion of this course students will have the option of entering employment or progressing onto a variety of 1 year top-up courses to gain the full BA Degree, including the BA Media Production and the BA Film and Television Production at the University of Gloucestershire.
What are my career opportunities?
Graduates will be entering a vibrant, expanding industry that offers a wide range of employed and self-employed job opportunities, from mainstream production roles such as camera operator, editor, director and sound engineer to working with the new technologies as an app designer or creator of media content for the new mobile platforms.
The UK government and CBI predict that both jobs and the value of the creative sector will rise significantly in the immediate future. In its report 'Playing our Strongest hand', the CBI predict that the UK could become the leading hub for the world's creative industries by 2025. Bristol, as one of the country's creative dynamos, is a prime location for new employment.
Skills for the Modern Practitioner
The New Media Workplace
Audiences, Users and Markets
The New Media Consumer
Technology, Form, Experience
Community Media and Social Contribution
Dissertation: Major Production Project
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