Media Top-Up BA (Hons) | Coventry University

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Media BA (Hons) Top Up 2019/20 entry

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Coventry University


September 2019



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The media landscape is constantly changing and, now, anyone with a smartphone can be a media-maker.

This exciting top-up degree develops your skills within photography, animation, multimedia television, film and visual communications in a professional environment enabling you to produce an innovative portfolio of work that will give you the edge in an increasingly competitive graduate market.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

With this course, you can develop your media skills across a range of platforms, including photography, television, film and visual communications.

This final year course involves working with your peers as well as individually, to build up your portfolio, and working to produce a final project. To work towards becoming an all-round practitioner, you’ll also have the chance to learn how to manage creative projects. Once completed, you should have the skills and demonstrative ability to succeed in the job market and real world environments – which is the fundamental aim of the course.

Course specification
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The course runs for 2 semesters during which you will consider the process, theory and practical applications of your chosen area of media. You will work with other students to realise projects and develop your creative ideas.

In the second semester you will work on an individual or small group project that will showcase your skills and knowledge.

This course includes a field trip to Hong Kong in Semester 1 which will be subsidised.


  • Creative Development

    Explores and investigates the creative process, including idea development, project management and collaboration (local and global).

  • Understanding Visual Media

    Explore media theories as they inform and influence your own work and that of professionals

  • Final Major Project

    Create an individual or small group project to showcase your skills and learning

  • Professional Practice

    Engage with creative industries, explore your career options and prepare to enter your community of practice

  • Add+Vantage

    Every student will take a 10 credit module from a range of options offered by the university.

In more detail...

  • dedicated and flexible creative learning environments designed for the future
  • access to industry-standard professional equipment via our Media Loan Shop
  • the course’s dedicated media spaces, edit suites and industry-focused radio, photography and television studios
  • links with a wide variety of employers, some established by our own graduates who now work in the media and cultural industries
  • help applying for professional experience, placement opportunities and live professional projects: e.g. Regional BBC, Creative City, Rolls-Royce, BBC3
  • teaching staff who are all practitioners or researchers with active profiles in established and emerging ways of working and leading scholarship in their fields

This is a third year top-up course so you will be developing your existing skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to produce a professional portfolio that represents who you are as a creative media practitioner.

You will produce a number of pieces of work and one final major project which brings these skills together, thus developing a portfolio of work that you can use when looking for work after graduation. 

The course is, naturally, very practical and is taught through workshops, seminars, and lectures. In addition, your Academic 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:

  • Practical or project work: 70%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 20%
  • Presentations, posters etc: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed each year.

20% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as follows:

  • 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.

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 20+ hours of studying and revising in your own time each week.

You will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of projects that will require you to undertake short visits and field trips both in the UK and abroad.

We run numerous trips each year and select the places on an annual basis. Recent field trips have included: Cyprus, Hangzhou, Kenya, Los Angeles, New York, Norway, Paris, Prague, Sierra Leone, Tenerife. On all trips, you will be engaging in production projects that will become part of your professional portfolio.

The University offers help, both practical and financial, through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) for all international experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

UCAS entry profiles may be found by searching for the relevant course on the UCAS website, then clicking on ‘Entry profile’

Entry requirements – at level 5, Art and Design or Media qualification. (240 HND Credits - Merit Profile) and GCSE English (Grade A-C) or equivalent.

Students entering onto this programme should have achieved 240 credits at levels 4 and 5 (Merit profile). They should possess a Higher Diploma, Higher National Diploma or the equivalent in a relevant subject such film and television, media production, photography, graphic design, animation, web design.

Students will submit a portfolio of work and may be interviewed either face to face or virtually to determine their suitability for the course. 

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

You will be treated as a professional from the moment that you arrive on the course.

During the course you will learn and develop the creative, technical and transferable skills you will need to thrive as a professional when you graduate. These include creative skills and knowledge, entrepreneurial and management skills, critical skills, presentation and writing skills, as well as interpersonal and management skills.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates pursue careers in established roles within the media industries (camera operators, editors, etc.) or become freelance media producers. Others undertake the appropriate qualifications to become teachers in schools and colleges and others go on to work with community arts organisations or as arts administrators.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.