Media BA (Hons) top-up

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: P3TU
International Code: AHU069

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Top-up Courses

If you’d like to complete your media skills training and bump yourself up to degree level, our Media top-up course is the way to do it!

  • If you have completed a Foundation Degree, HND or 2 years study at diploma level in media or design and are now looking to develop your skills at a degree level, then this exciting top-up degree offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in a professional environment.
  • During the course you will produce an innovative portfolio of work that could give you the edge in an increasingly competitive graduate market.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop your media skills across a range of platforms, including photography, television, film and visual communications.
  • To work towards becoming an all-round practitioner, you’ll learn how to manage creative projects. Upon successful completion, you will have the skills and demonstrative ability to succeed in the job market and real-world environments – which is the fundamental aim of the course.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

If you have already completed 2 years of diploma study, this course offers the opportunity to ‘top up’ your qualifications to degree level.

  • This course will help you to understand the process of practical work, the theories that inform your work and the community of practice with which you will engage.
  • You will have access to dedicated media spaces, edit suites and industry-focused radio, photography and television studios*.
  • You will have access to industry-standard professional equipment via our Media Loan Shop*.

What you'll study

With this course, you will 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 learn how to manage creative projects. Upon successful completion, you will have the skills and demonstrative ability to succeed in the job market and real world environments – which is the fundamental aim of the course.

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 be encouraged to work independently and with other students to realise projects and develop your creative ideas.

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

Modules

  • The module will explore themes in media, offering you the opportunity to explore your own area of interest in more depth and engage with the body of knowledge in that area. The module will help you to contextualise your own work, and that of others within the wider media landscape.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • For this module, you will work collaboratively in a small group to conceptualise and realise a media artefact, developing skills in experience design, development, presentation and exhibition.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • In this module, you will initiate, negotiate and research the concept for their major media project. You may work individually or collaboratively in small groups to propose creative, experimental and clearly developed media concepts and products.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • The aim of this module is to develop your academic English and communicative skills. The module offers you strategies for conceptualising, planning, drafting, revising and editing longer assignments such as final-year projects and dissertations. The module includes tasks that focus on teamwork and foster learner autonomy with the aim of improving your ability to communicate effectively in the academic and professional world of the arts.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • You will work collaboratively, building on what you have learned in previous practice, to create a media artefact, relating your work to a specific industry, a specific artist, or other discreet professional practice.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • Working under the guidance of a supervisor, in this module you will create a major media project in your chosen specialist industry area. This will form the basis of your creative portfolio when you graduate and it will be exhibited as part of the Coventry Degree Show.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

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.


How you'll learn

The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study depending on the demands of individual modules. 

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Workshops

This course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include reports, essays, practical coursework and presentations as part of individual assignments or group work elements.

The Coventry University assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Job ready

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop a range of technical, creative and critical skills that will enable them to contribute creatively to the media environment.
  • Produce informed responses and creative outcomes, appropriate to a specific audience, context and purpose in response to challenging media briefs.
  • Understand current media practice and the potential of technological developments on future practice, and be able to respond in an agile manner to changing media landscapes.
  • Produce work to a standard that is self-reflexive, globally aware and that enhances their position as global citizens.
  • Organise, plan, execute and evaluate their own and collaborative creative practice.
  • Define your own work within media practice, identify potential career paths and produce a body of work to facilitate entry into a community of practice.

International experience opportunities

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

In the past, we have run numerous trips and select the places on an annual basis. Students in the past have been able to visit countries including Cyprus, Hangzhou, Kenya, Los Angeles, New York, Norway, Paris, Prague, Sierra Leone and Tenerife. On all trips, you will be engaging in production projects that will become part of your professional portfolio.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

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). You 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.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Portfolio

You may be required to attend a portfolio showcase, activity session or audition or submit a portfolio via email (as is appropriate to your course), either virtually or face to face, as is practical to arrange. Invites for these sessions will be sent directly to your contact email.

Each application will be considered on its merits.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Portfolio

You may be required to attend a portfolio showcase, activity session or audition or submit a portfolio via email (as is appropriate to your course), either virtually or face to face, as is practical to arrange. Invites for these sessions will be sent directly to your contact email.

Each application will be considered on its merits.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Tuition Fees

2022/23 Tuition Fees.

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year £9,250
International £18,050 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

Coventry University is home to superb facilities and our new Arts and Humanities building is set to open in 2022. We also have a well-stocked Media Loan Shop so you can borrow an extensive range of specialist, professional equipment, including 4K and HD video cameras, DSLR cameras, tripods, audio equipment and lighting.

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Television Studio

You’ll have access to our on-site television studio The Tank, offering specialist equipment such as large cameras, mixing facilities and fibre-optic wiring throughout.
 

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The Photography Suite

This specialist facility is available to media students to take and process photos in a professional environment. There is also support for printing, high-end scanning and film processing.

 

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Media Loan Shop

Our media loan shop provides you with access to all the equipment and support you need to excel in your studies – from basic audio recorders to professional cameras and expert advice from our technicians.


Careers and opportunities

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 are likely to 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

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

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the Media Management MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.


How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

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  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

    Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).