New digital technologies bring about fundamental shifts in the way we produce, distribute and consume media. This degree combines practical digital media production skills with the critical study of new media forms. Essentially, you will develop creative and professional new media techniques associated with the contemporary, emerging and multi-platform digital media industry.
On this course you will:
The blend of creative and technical ability that you will build on this course will be extremely valuable to employers within in the media sector. The range of transferable and creative skills you will develop and practical experiences you will encounter during your time with us will be highly regarded in the jobs market.
Here are some routes our graduates have followed:
Portsmouth gave me the option to not only learn the theoretical approach of media studies, but also to combine that with the practical and creative aspects of entertainment technology.
Benan Demir, BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice student
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
The first year covers several central topics and begins your training in the skills and techniques you’ll be using throughout your course. You will be taught by specialist staff with strong research interests across a range of media.
Core units in this year include:
This year allows you to start to specialise in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific media forms, practise your production skills and spotlight on certain topics.
Core units from this year include:
Options to choose from include:
The final year offers you a broad range of options to choose from. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation, a special exercise or undertaking a creative technology project that boosts your professional production skills.
Core units from this year include:
Options to choose from this year include:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:
We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree. You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment. The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.
Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.
To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.
The greatest feature of our course is that it allows for your intellectual freedom and choice. By attending workshops, seminars, lectures, practical performance sessions and simulations, you’ll develop a range of skills that will be tailored to your planned career path.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
Assessment takes many forms enabling you to demonstrate the variety of your skills and talents, including through:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Dr Trudy Barber
Media and Digital Practice
The BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice gives you the best of both worlds. Critical media theory and methods matched with practical approaches to emerging technologies of communication, innovation and entertainment. It’s a holistic approach to engaging with contemporary media - and you get to specialise in practice or theory for your major final project.
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A suite of rooms with a comfy seating area, desks where you can work, a printer, Mac workstations and access to the wireless network, so you can log in using your own laptop. There are also several study rooms where you can rehearse or work on group projects.
You’ll have access to a range of current creative industry-standard software to put the skills you’ll be learning into practice. We have our own TV channel and radio station both with production studios kitted out with the latest equipment including Wacom drawing touch screens, a large 3D screen, video recording gear and a Virtual Reality (VR) room.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
There may be costs for items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes for use on practical units of approximately £20 - £30. Material costs for individual project work may cost between £50 - £100.
This course is a great springboard to an array of creative and professional industries. On graduating you’ll possess sharp communication and research skills as well as subject-specific knowledge and the transferable skills employers want.
Opportunities exist in organisations ranging from small, independent production companies to major studios. Some of our alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Whatever your career plans, this course will ensure you have the versatility and employability to take on a range of job opportunities.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
Booking for Open Days for 2019 entry opens soon. Register your interest and we'll let you know when priority booking opens.