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Sheffield Hallam University

Digital Media Production with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A041

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:0

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or Level 2 equivalent

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: •CDD at A Level. •MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subjects

Media production

Design studies

•**Course summary**
• Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).
• Learn to use industry-standard systems to create, capture, store, edit, compose and distribute digital media.
• Work with a wide range of professional industry standard equipment.
• Build your employability by working with nationwide digital media companies.
• Gain valuable experience by working on live projects.
This course enables you to develop the creative and technical skills needed to work with industry-standard technologies and current emerging platforms in disciplines such as film, animation, interactive media, gaming, mobile applications, web-based media, social media, virtual reality and cross-media.
**How you learn**
The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.
We employ a practice-based approach to teaching and assessment set within the context of creative and industry-focused activities. You will build up a portfolio of creative work suitable for use after you graduate.
You learn through
• lab based specialist workshops
• lectures, seminars and tutorials
• self-directed study
• live projects
In the foundation year, you'll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You'll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You'll also become familiar with Hallam's exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study.
**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You are supported in finding a placement by our experienced Placement and Employability Team who have a large range of employer contacts.
**Live projects**
The entire course, in terms of both content and approach, is geared towards producing employable digital media professionals through live projects. Many modules on the degree make use of the Venture Matrix (a University service which sources clients for live projects) that gives you the experience of working within your specialist industry.
**Networking opportunities**
We can provide you with the skills you need to set up your own business through our Enterprise Centre. For those involved in this opportunity, our specialist business start-up unit, The Hatchery, also provides additional free support and office space, as well as business mentors with experience in your business area. A series of guest lectures from industry professionals, networking events, competitions and other industry-based research opportunities also provide you with the opportunity to develop your network.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1-
Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production Credits: 40
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20
Module: Media Project Credits: 40
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20
Year 2-
Module: Digital Media Technologies Credits: 20
Module: Digital Storytelling Credits: 20
Module: Graphic Design For Digital Media Credits: 20
Module: Interactive Design Credits: 20
Module: Level 4 Integrated Project Credits: 20
Module: Practice Skills Credits: 20
Year 3-
Module: Applied Photography Credits: 20
Module: Level 5 Integrated Project Credits: 20
Module: Managing Creative Processes Credits: 20
Module: Post-Production Credits: 20
Module: Web-Based Media And Applications Credits: 20
Module: App Design And Development Credits: 20
Module: Creative Sound Practice Credits: 20
Module: Documentary Production (Photography, Sound And Moving Image) Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Concept Art Credits: 20
Module: Storyboarding For Film And Animation Credits: 20
Module: Virtual Reality Design Credits: 20
Year 4- Placement Year
Final year-
Compulsory modules-
Module: Creative Media Project Credits: 40
Module: Digital Media Arts Credits: 20
Module: Digital Media Futures Credits: 20
Module: Motion Graphics Credits: 20
Elective modules-
Module: Communication Through Photography Credits: 20
Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20

Assessment methods

Coursework, practical

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

77%
med
Media production
85%
high
Design 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 production

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Design studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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 production

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Design 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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Media production

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

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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