BA (Hons) Digital Media Production

General

Program Description

(Please note this programme was previously called BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice)

Our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production degree is a dynamic, outward-facing programme engaging in a range of moving image and audio production – provoking new and cutting-edge digital content.

Music videos, commercials, vlogs, scripted programmes, films and more are all supported through our extensive range of production facilities, including a Black Magic portable TV studio which allows you to explore live events and streaming.

UK film, TV and online media makers are recognised around the world for their craft, originality and creativity. This programme primes a new generation of digital media creatives to meet the growing need for innovative moving-image content.

You’ll cover everything from storytelling and idea generation to production techniques, including camera, sound, light and post-production. Our diverse and practical approach will prepare you to carve out a successful and sustainable career in an internationally growing industry, where a smartphone alone can enable your ideas to reach a global audience.

Working across a wide range of communication media, you will be involved in professional briefs and independent projects, supported by taught sessions, practical workshops and seminars from our team and from a great range of external moving image professionals.

We encourage experimentation, risk-taking and innovative responses to emerging problems. You’ll be part of a collaborative community focusing design and making skills – including graphics, 3D, sound and performance – into your moving image productions.

You will regularly work across departments in this unique independent art college environment. You will also develop professional skills such as branding, marketing and entrepreneurship, gaining skills in pitching ideas to companies and commissioners for a variety of media formats.

This unique degree will equip you with the creative skills and practical training necessary to create innovative, multi-platform content suitable for use in everything from advertising and television broadcasting to feature film or even transmedia projects – growing you into a multi-skilled media maker.

What will I achieve?

This programme is rooted in the belief that hands-on learning is the most effective way to acquire skills and gain insights. Through practical assignments from the outset, you’ll become a highly versatile and innovative media creative, equipped to work in a wide range of production contexts.

You’ll develop a portfolio of creative and technical skills – from cinematography and writing for a wide range of applications and audiences, to directing, designing, researching and producing – enabling you to take on external projects, work placements and live briefs.

Year one will develop a wide-ranging overview of the moving image and media industries. Looking at a range of formats from traditional broadcasting to digital media, you will develop your technical, creative and practical skills including designing and making, production and post-production.

Year two will provide greater opportunities to hone your skills on a range of tutor-led and self-directed projects that push themes of factual programming and creative exploration. This will provide opportunities to explore areas such as advertising, live broadcasting, factual programming and scripted entertainment across broadcast and online platforms.

The third year allows you to advance in the skills you feel most passionately about, through innovative projects that embed professional practice and independent enquiry. You will focus on industry networking and situating your creative practice, in readiness to continue your career after graduation.

The UK’s independent television production sector is stronger than ever, creating content and formats that are coveted by buyers the world over. The TV exports business is worth more than £1.28 billion, with no country exporting more TV formats than the UK.

Thinking & making

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.

Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions.

Highlights – BA (Hons) Digital Media Production:

  • Make compelling audiovisual content for creative professional assignments.
  • Build an innovative portfolio/showreel to enter into the industry.
  • Develop new ideas and productions using digital media.
  • Expand your audiovisual creativity.
  • Prepare yourself to work across the media industries.
  • Communicate as a producer, director or designer.
  • Focus on creative film, new television and commercial media.
  • Nurture interdisciplinary practice.
  • Develop an international context for your professional creative practice.

Modules

Year 1

  • BACM101 Research & Production Planning
  • BACM102 Post-Production
  • BACP103 Media Production
  • BACM104 Professional Practice & PDP 1
  • BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies
  • BCOP100 Contexts of Practice

Year 2

  • BACM201 Media Practice 1
  • BACM202 Media Practice 2
  • BACM203 Professional Practice & PDP 2
  • GCOP200 Contexts of Practice

Year 3

  • BACM301 Research and Experimentation
  • BACM302 Creative and Professional Development
  • BACM303 Creative and Professional Conclusion
  • BACM304 Contexts of Practice 3
    • Pathway One - Written Research Project (WRP) is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to creative practice. 
    • Pathway Two - Contextual Enquiry Project (CEP) is a practice-led research project with critical commentary, in which students conduct an in-depth inquiry intended to inform and reposition their creative practice.

Module details listed above are indicative content only.

All modules listed are compulsory.

Careers & alumni

The academic and technical team are all experienced industry professionals, having worked with clients such as Honda, Oakley, Channel 4 and the BBC.

You will be expected to undertake professional development work across a wide range of commissions for external and internal clients, gaining vital exposure to media in the real world.

Through practical training, you will build contacts, create innovative content for your showreel and professional portfolio, and contribute new ideas to the media industry.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Graduates go on to work in:

  • New media
  • Multimedia, crossmedia, transmedia
  • Film
  • Television
  • Visual and digital art
  • Advertising and corporate media

Graduates become:

  • Filmmakers
  • Multimedia Artists
  • Transmedia Storytellers
  • Broadcasters
  • Vloggers
  • Documentary Makers
  • Citizen Journalists
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Production Designers
  • Art Directors
  • Sound Designers
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors / Post-Production
  • Visual Effects (VFX) Artists

‘Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

Entry requirements

2020 onwards: A portfolio and 112 - 120 UCAS points (earned through A-levels, BTEC National Diploma, or Foundation Diploma etc).

We also welcome applications from students who do not have formal qualifications but can provide evidence of their creativity, skills and experience. You will also be required to attend an interview in person or via Skype, Google Meet or similar online platform. 

International students

Language requirements for study at Degree level

  • Trinity College London
    • Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grade required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass Certificate valid for two years
  • IELTS SELT Consortium
    • IELTS (Level B2), minimum grade required: IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5,
    • Certificate valid for two years

Visa requirements

  • As an international student, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa which you can apply for online.

Resources

You will have access to the latest in media production technologies to support your work.

We boast industry-standard tools – including an infinity cove to create seamless backdrops, green screen, sound and editing facilities, along with the 6,000 pieces of kit in our Equipment Resource Centre – enabling you to realise your talents and ideas. Plymouth College of Art also encourages you to access the resources and specialist technicians across our range of art and design programmes, greatly enhancing your projects and opportunities for collaboration.

Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to keep in contact and help support you through the first two years of your career.

Facilities at the college include:

Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fine Art Printmaking Studios

A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, a historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre

Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best-printed textile workshops in the UK.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is an art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers. We are home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom ... Read More

Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is an art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers. We are home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom making is as important as reading and writing, and where the purpose of learning is inseparable from that of living your life. A place for making things, and making things happen. For making a difference. Read less