Media Production BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
Filmmaking from script to screen underpins the Media Production programme which enables students to gain experience in screenwriting, editing, sound and postproduction, directing and practical film work.
Students will undertake modules that teach them the fundamentals of practice and theory in film production, screenwriting, promotion and distribution. Students learn how to write scripts, how to develop ideas, how to work as a team to create film outputs, record sound and edit using the latest industry standard recording and editing technologies. They also learn about the meaning of film and media production, genre and how to contextualise their work in terms of wider social and cultural understandings. They learn about film and television production and a work placement in the final year allows them to gain an understanding of how the industry works while at the same time helping them to develop invaluable experience and contacts in graduation year.
Upon completion of their studies, students possess an impressive set of production skills and wider transferable skills for a range of careers, plus a portfolio that makes them attractive to the film and television industry and the wider media industries.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The programme is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as guided independent study. In addition to weekly lectures, seminars and workshops, you are expected to carry out independent learning (including work on scripts and film productions) in each semester.
Throughout the programme you will be taught by research-active staff with high quality publications in the field and who understand the key developments in the film and media production industry. Many of Northumbria’s academic staff have worked in the film and television professions and the programme includes numerous visiting lecturers from the media industries who share their practice and experience with students throughout their study.
Assessments are designed to enhance your development and ensure that you graduate with the core skills and knowledge to be a competitive player in the contemporary film and media production industries.
Modes of assessment are varied, but focus mainly on practical elements of media production, and encompass films, screenplays, essays, a dissertation or major practice based project, pitch presentations, placement portfolio and group and individual work, short films, longer film scripts and documentaries.
Many graduates use their projects, dissertations and practical assessments as portfolios for employers and intern opportunities. The department has strong links with local, national and international media outlets.
Graduates are fully prepared for employment across a wide range of media professions including film production, television production, distribution and exhibition, arts administration and management, teaching, lecturing, events management, media administration, media research, publicity and promotion.
Recent graduates have gained employment at the BBC, ITV Studios, 20th Century Fox, NBC, BSkyB, Sky Atlantic, Lime Pictures, Ten Alps, Pinball Films, Third Films, The Jockey Club and the NHS.
Graduates on this programme can put their knowledge and skills into practice very rapidly and make their mark within the film production world.
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