Media and Digital Practice BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
P31P
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Are you fascinated by the way we produce, distribute and consume content?

On this BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice degree course, you'll learn the theory and practical know-how you need to thrive in the world of modern media. By the end of the course, you'll be able to confidently craft your own media and offer expert critical assessment of the content others create.

With the skills you'll learn on this course, you’ll be ready for a career in many different fields, both practical and theoretical.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by specialist staff whose research interests include television, the Internet and interactive digital content
  • Use professional technology and facilities including Wacom drawing touch screens, a 3D screen, and video recording gear
  • Learn skills in areas such as web design and music technology
  • Get to take advantage of our links with some of the biggest names in media and digital practice, such as Sky, the BBC and Avid

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry and build links with employers.

Previous students have completed work placements at well-known companies including:

  • Sky
  • BBC
  • Disney

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service will help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Areas you could go into with this degree include:

  • media research
  • social media development
  • film or television
  • digital specialism
  • contemporary publishing
  • new media
  • content management
  • web design

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

Previous students have also continued their studies at postgraduate level and set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you’ll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20– £30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Media Research
  • Digital Filming and Technology
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Media Study Skills
  • Sound for Moving Image

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Form and Function
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Approaches to Popular Culture
  • Digital Photography
  • Managing and Making a Documentary
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • Music Business Practice
  • Print Media
  • Professional Experience
  • Researching Genre
  • Social Issues in the Media
  • Student Enterprise
  • The Media and Propaganda
  • Screen Media

Core units in this year include:

  • A choice between Final Year Project or Film and Media Dissertation

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Representing Science in the Media
  • Researching Animation
  • TV Talk Shows
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Technical Trends
  • Interdisciplinary Group Project
  • Documentary Film Making
  • Sound Application
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • News, War and Peace
  • Comedy Culture and Form
  • British TV Drama and Society
  • Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies
  • The Entertainment Industries

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical performance sessions
  • simulations

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 83% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 12% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 88% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • programme proposal
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 37% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by practical exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P31P
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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