MP6005 - Practical Media Project

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Practical Media Project’ will develop and hone practical skills that you have been taught on earlier modules and found an interest in throughout your first two years study. Through practice and support from your allocated supervisor you will not only build upon the skills that you have learnt so far, but will also develop transferable skills that are industry facing as well as transferrable to other career paths. The project involves engaging in project design, considering ethical issues, researching, organising one’s time, planning, synthesising ideas, analysing current media trends, expressing your ideas and findings in a scholarly fashion, and producing a final practical outcome in a medium of your choice that adheres to both academic and industry standards.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn primarily through independent learning. Apart from the initial lectures covering generic subjects such as health and safety and ethics, this module will be delivered totally via tutorials with your project supervisor. These will deal with your project ideas on a one to one basis and include advice and support on such things as the production process, technical issues, project development and production management and the critical and reflective aspects of the project. You will produce a treatment document to ensure your project is developing along the correct paths.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Through preliminary lectures you will be introduced to the module by the Module Leader. Very quickly, and depending on the medium in which you want to work and area of expertise that you wish to pursue, you will be allocated a personal or team supervisor. This supervisor will then guide you and/or your team through to submission with tutorials that are organised on a need to have basis by the supervisor and yourself. Additional supporting documents and other materials will be available via the electronic learning portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will develop your skills & knowledge within a key medium that reflects your academic studies & your main interests with a view to entering industry. (LO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Specific skills will be developed appropriate to the medium that you are working in. General skills will include timekeeping, heightened production values and scheduling. (LO2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will learn to work effectively either individually or in a small group and reflect upon that learning through critical analysis of your work practice and achievements. (LO3)
• You will be made aware of and contribute to an understanding of the ethical issues that your project may include (LO4)
• You will understand the importance of and hone your skills in applied research techniques.(LO5)

How will I be assessed?

You will be given verbal formative feedback continually throughout the module within tutorial sessions and during meetings with project supervisors.

Summative assessment is via the production of the finished artefact (60%) and a portfolio of supporting documentation and reflective commentary. (40%) LO 1-5


None specifically but the chosen medium for the artefact must be one in which you have already had training.



Module abstract

‘Practical Media Project’ is the summit of three years’ work as you learn to independently synthesise theories and skill sets from many modules. You will choose an area in which you wish to produce a finished artefact and work, under the supervision of a member of staff, to complete that task. In addition, you will be required to produce a portfolio of supporting documentation and a 2,000-word reflective commentary on the processes involved in producing the project. Project areas in the past have included newspapers, magazines, websites, documentaries and TV and radio programmes. Your supervisor will be allocated according to his/her area of expertise. This module should also be viewed as a valuable document which can be used to showcase your skills to potential employers upon graduation. Traditionally this is also one of the most popular modules as it gives students a degree of freedom to express themselves and their talents.

Course info

UCAS Code PP35

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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