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Creative Media Production

Course Code: UFM0007

Level: 5
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: First year: Mondays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Wednesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Second year: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Wednesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Thursdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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About the course

With new digital technologies driving how we consume media, the focus of the Foundation Degree is on developing in-depth subject knowledge and creating innovative products, for this ever-changing industry, considering culture, society and the wider world. 

This course is designed by professionals who are experts in their fields, including radio, film, television, design and print. Our aim is to inspire the next generation by developing and nurturing talent, as well as supporting a thorough understanding of how the industry works.  

The experience of studying this course with like-minded people in a creative environment will fuel innovative, practice-based projects, within the fields of journalism, interactive design, marketing and advertising, with a specific focus on social media marketing.  

You will be able to gain experience working within a student-led production company with live client briefs. 

The course offers strong industry links and the College has benefitted from working with the BBC, Twofour, Eddystone Media and Radio Plymouth. 

What you'll learn

The Foundation Degree takes a hands-on approach to learning and this principle is embedded into our curriculum design and chosen methods of delivery and assessment. 

You will be given the opportunity to be creative across every unit, graduating with a comprehensive portfolio alongside an excellent theoretical knowledge of your chosen subject.

You will also complete part of your course through One20 Media (our student-led production company), enabling you to work on live client briefs and work experience projects. All of which will add to your portfolio potential. 

The course delivery will also be supplemented by guest lecturers – all of whom have a wealth of industry knowledge.

First year modules:

Introduction to visual studies
You will focus on the history and development of the film, television and wider media industry, considering both technological advancements that have driven it forward and also the ways in which audiences read, interpret and understand a wide variety of media texts. 

Interactive media
You will be introduced to the core elements that make up interactive media. Ranging from photography and graphic design to journalism, you will be able to focus on a chosen area for development and will work individually and collaboratively to create exciting interactive products. 

Media, culture and society
You will focus on developing an understanding of the cultural and social theories relating to media production and consumption. Concepts such as genre and reception theory, alongside emerging conversations about social media, will be discussed and examined in order to inform experimental work which questions how individuals interact with content. 

Digital editing for the moving image
This module introduces you to a range of post-production considerations, exploring the theoretical and practical elements to create meaning and storytelling.

Marketing and advertising
You will focus on developing a structured understanding of the principles of project management and marketing in the 21st century; alongside the exploration of self-promotion and brand identity in an ever-changing industry.  

Convergent media production
Utilising the skills you have developed from the other modules, this final project module will provide the opportunity to put your skills to the test. You will create a media product of your own design, which focuses on the entire production process, with the consideration of marketing and distributing your product across a range of media platforms.

Second year modules:

Advanced visual studies
The focus is on deepening your understanding of the history and development of the media industry. Source material will be questioned and theories will be tested as you consider alternative forms, subcultures and the anti-mainstream. 

Advanced interactive media practice
Building on work from the first year, you will hone your graphic design skills as you create near professional interactive design artefacts across a variety of scenarios. 

Media futures
What does the media landscape look like now? What will it look like in five, ten or 15 years time? With a focus on industry analysis, future developments, and new and emerging technology and platforms, you will use cutting-edge technology to create work which explores the notion of exponential change and what that means for the way society interacts with new media. 

Sound and film “you ain’t heard nothin’ yet”
This module introduces you to the principles of sound design, and you will explore the theoretical and practical elements to create meaning with sound.

Motion graphics for film and television
You will gain an understanding of the principles of creating graphics and titles for a variety of moving image projects. You will develop and create your own work in this area, using industry standard software and equipment. 

Practical production (final project)
Utilising the skills you have developed from the other modules, this second year final project will put your creative practices to the test. You will research, design and deliver a media project which focuses on demonstrating effective and professional production processes, alongside considerations for marketing and distributing your product across a range of media platforms. With a focus on advanced production and time management, as well as the creativity of ideas, this module seeks to prepares you for life in the industry. 

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (to include a full Level 3 qualification)
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

You will be interviewed before an offer is made. 

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and have the equivalent of the above level 3 qualifications or professional experience.

Assessments/Exams

You will be assessed through a combination of practical and written coursework.  There are no exams. 

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the BA (Hons) Film and Creative Media top-up degree at the College.

Other employment routes include: careers across the media industries, specifically relating to journalism, interactive design, marketing and advertising.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2019/20 (August 2019 – July 2020). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2020/21.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Full-time

Course Code: UFM0007

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact info@cityplym.ac.uk or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.