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Media Foundation

Entry requirements


48 UCAS tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Journalism

Film studies

The foundation year offers students an introduction to the production and critique of Media, Film and Journalism content. You will be encouraged to develop your creative and technical skills across a number of disciplines relative to the creative sector. These include video and audio production, digital photography, media research and the creation of news packages for conventional broadcast and online environments.

Media Foundation is designed to provide access to the following programmes:

• Journalism (NCTJ accredited) BA (Hons)
• Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
• Media Production BSc (Hons)
• Communication Arts BA (Hons)
• Media and Communication BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Joint Honours)
• Visual Effects (VFX) Bsc (Hons)
• Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Hons)
• Film Studies BA (Joint Honours)
• Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons)

Modules

Media Research and Development
This module will introduce you to the foundational elements of journalism and media studies. For journalism, the aim is to explore the daily practices of journalists, the values and principles by which they work and the basic structures of news stories. For media, the emphasis will be to understand how different (new) media platforms and producers generate their content, engage with new technology and impact society. You will learn how to find news-worthy stories, interview newsmakers and find the right narrative framework and structure their stories.

Image Analysis and Production
This module provides you with important visual literacy, helping you to explore the basic elements of images such as colour, foreground/background, angles, framing and representation. Students will learn how to analyse and critique the work of important photographers such as Bresson, Bailey, Adams, Arbus, Leibovitz and Man Ray, and using appropriate language, will relate these ideas to specific practices, and techniques. In practical terms, you will gain hands-on experience of creating, manipulating and distorting images using a range of relevant photographic hardware and editing software.

Film Theory and Practice
This module serves as an introduction to film history and to the tradition of critique in Western cinema. The module examines key figures in European and American film history in relation to concepts such as mise en scène, cinematography, narrative and genre. You will develop appropriate language to discuss important movements in film such as the French New Wave, German Expressionism, Dogme95, and New Queer Cinema. You will also gain an insight into a number of key practices used to develop, pitch, and present your ideas for practical assignments, before working on a short production of your own.

Audio News and Audiences
This module examines contemporary patterns of news consumption in radio, and the practical techniques used to research, gather, interview, and produce audio news packages. You will learn about the different radio audiences, their preferred platform for news consumption, the common trending topics they follow and their perceptions of politics and societal issues.

Content Creation and Management Online
This module will provide you with the skills to create content for various online platforms. You will learn where to source ideas for their content, how to write a blog and/or narrative, as well as the selection of visual materials (photographs, graphics and videos). You will explore copyright issues and ways to verify sources and learn how to manage your online content and how to communicate with potential users such as followers, journalists, and advertisers. Students will also be expected to engage with specific analytical tools to monitor, review, and direct content to maximize the potential reach and advertising revenue of these media.

Creative Portfolio
This module will guide you through the process of developing a portfolio of evidence as the final product of the programme. The Creative portfolio will represent the best of your work during the course, featuring a collection of outputs, which may include written pieces, posters, audio clips and short videos on a topic you will choose. Students will demonstrate their understanding of how sight and sound can be used to create emotional and intellectual value for their viewers, and develop this portfolio as part of the prospective entry requirements of continuing education or employment.

Assessment methods

Our creative culture encourages you to achieve your full potential. You will be taught through practical sessions, with access to subject specialists and pastoral tuition. Practical classes will provide you with hands-on experience of creating rich media content, which is supported with underpinning theories of media production, audiences, and research techniques.

Assessments will include regular pitches and presentations of your work for peer and tutor review. You will produce your own showreel of professional standard work, ready for progression onto an undergraduate degree or entry to the industry.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
med
Media and communication studies
67%
low
Journalism
72%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Journalism

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
44%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Media professionals

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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