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Media Production BA (Hons)


In a constantly-changing ‘24/7’ multi-media landscape, anyone with a smart- phone can shoot a video, so our graduates must stand out. Our course keeps you at the forefront of innovative practice, giving you the skills to have an edge in an increasingly competitive graduate market.



On our Media Production course you will be “Producing New Realities” - using a range of media to create work that is innovative, inspired and challenging; and you will discover how to get that work noticed.

From the outset we will develop your technical and creative abilities, giving you a thorough grounding in current and emerging media technologies - embracing new forms of production, new ways of working and methods of delivery as well as gaining the skills and awareness you need to use them professionally.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • Cutting-edge facilities integrated with industry- standard equipment;
  • teaching staff who are all practitioners with active profiles in established and innovative ways of working and researchers leading scholarship in their fields;
  • your own mobile tech pack, e.g. a high-end laptop with industry-standard production software, enabling you to benefit from mobile working and learning via 24/7 access*;
  • dedicated and flexible creative learning environments designed for the future;
  • the course’s dedicated media spaces and industry- focused radio, photography and television studios;
  • access to high standard professional media equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop;
  • links with a wide variety of employers, some established by our own graduates, leading the media and cultural industries;
  • access to extensive professional experience, placement opportunities and live professional projects: e.g. Regional BBC, Creative City, Rolls-Royce, BBC3;
  • the experience of a globalised curriculum: recently students have participated in projects in Iceland, China, California and many other locations.

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Over the three years of your course you will cover the core themes of: Key Concepts in Media and Communication, Developing Meaning in Media Production, Creating Impact in Producing Media and Developing Narratives.

In year two you work in small production teams and specialise in areas such as: Documentary Production, Formats Production, Sound and Music in the Digital World, Experimental Narrative, Short Film Production or Transcultural Film.

In your final year, you will work on your own Major Project and develop your own Professional Practice Portfolio that you will use when looking for work after graduation.

In all three years, you will have the opportunity to take part in international trips where you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills through the production of individual and group media projects.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. Media Production is delivered though project-based ‘hands-on’ learning, with a great emphasis on location work, live projects and practice activities. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: coursework, tests, essays 20%; practical or project work 70%; presentations, posters etc.10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical teaching week you will have up to 15 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc.) and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial each week

Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20+ hours of studying and revising in your own time each week

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, or specified equivalents.


A-Levels: BBC to include one from Media or Film Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in Media

Access: A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 27 points to include English at Higher level

For details of other acceptable qualifications please click here.


English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

Additional Information: All applicants will be invited to attend an interview

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course has developed and maintained, over many years, excellent links with a wide variety of employers, many established by our own graduates who now work in the media and cultural industries. These are not only important during your studies on the course but can also be invaluable when starting your professional career upon graduation.

The course is designed to enable you to work for organisations such as the BBC, or global media companies, or as a freelance/independent media producer film-maker.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Coventry School of Art & Design’s own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


Included in the fees:

Specified core reading material;
Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
A mobile technology pack, which enables you to benefit from mobile working and learning with 24/7 access

Additional costs not included in the fees:

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
Any additional printing: £50+ per year;
Any optional site visits and trips;
Media consumable items: £50+ per year


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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As part of the course you will engage in a variety of projects that will require you to undertake short visits and field trips both in the UK and abroad. We select the places on an annual basis. However, recent field trips have included: Cyprus, Hangzhou, Kenya, Los Angeles, New York, Norway, Paris, Prague, Sierra Leone, Tenerife.

Coventry University has strong established links with many international universities such as Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) in China and is continuing to develop links with universities throughout the world.

The University offers help both practical and financial through the International Experience and Mobility Service (IEMS) to enable such visits to occur.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Student Profile - Chong Zhang

I had started a similar course in China but wanted to come to the UK to get some international experience. As an international student I feel very supported both academically and socially. The International Office organises many trips around the UK to help us to acclimatise and to see more of the country.

The course itself is great fun. We do a lot of work in groups but also do individual projects, which teach you to be independent and I really enjoy the practical side of things like learning to use cameras.

I have made friends from many different cultures and feel that I have developed personally since coming to Coventry. I am much more confident, my English has improved and I am an independent person ready to go out into the world of employment.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222

Coventry University is ranked Number 12 for the subject area of Media and Film Studies

12th UK University for media and film studies