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University of Portsmouth

Media and Communication with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: P30F

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

Entry requirements


48 points to include 1 A Level.

48 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

48 UCAS Tariff points to include 1 Higher Level subject

48 tariff points to include a Higher Level subject.

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

PPP

48 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

48

48 points to include 1 A Level, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as vocational A Levels (AVCE), BTEC’s and Access courses will also be considered. Year 1 entry: 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Media production

Do you love making film, TV or digital media? Do you have ambitions for a career in the media, but don’t meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degree programmes? If so, this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course is ideal.

On this media Foundation course, you'll put theory into practice. You’ll get a grounding in media and communication skills during the Foundation year that are vital for studying at degree level. You’ll then develop your creative talent by studying visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, audience profiling, script writing, and editing.

The international media industry is expanding, making it one of the fastest growing graduate specialisms. When you complete this course successfully, you'll be ready for a career in this area in jobs such as PR and communications officer, social media assistant, visual media co-ordinator, or TV researcher.

**What you'll experience**
On this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course you'll:

- Benefit from our strong industry connections with film, TV and journalism in a city that's becoming synonymous with the creative industry

- Learn skills in key areas such as audience profiling, visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, editing and script writing

- Be taught by teaching staff with experience in the media industry

- Take a Foundation year to focus on the skills you’ll need to get started on the degree level in year 2

- Choose your preferred route in your second year by selecting optional modules

- Attend guest lectures by professionals at the top of their game in skill areas such as directing, scriptwriting, marketing, journalism, and broadcasting

You can also:
- Achieve Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Avid certification, which means employers will recognise your skills

- Collaborate with students from other areas including illustration, fashion and music technology, mimicking what you'll experience in your career

- Do a fully supported placement year to enhance your career opportunities

You'll have access to professional-standard facilities, including:
- A fully stocked camera, sound and lenses supply comparable with a modern TV or film shoot

- Film and TV studios that can be black curtained, green screened or audio dampened

- A Mo-Cap studio – the motion capture software market is expanding rapidly right now

- A TV news gallery for advancing your directing skills

- Drama studios for rehearsals

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish this Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

**What can you do with a Media and Communication degree?**
When you complete this course successfully, you'll be able to work in areas such as:
- post-production

- film and TV directing

- scriptwriting

- marketing

- advertising

- journalism

**What jobs can you do with a Media and Communication degree?**
Job roles you'll be suitable for include:
- journalist

- PR and communications officer

- social media assistant

- assistant editor

- visual media co-ordinator

- TV researcher

- camera assistant

- director

- sound and vision engineer

- film/video producer

- stills photographer

- production manager

Modules

Year 1 (Foundation year)
Core modules in this year include:
- Media in Context
- Introduction to Practical Skills
- Introduction to Film-making

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- E-Portfolio for Film and Broadcasting
- Film Craft
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Editing for film and video
- Creative Storytelling

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Script Writing
- Exploring Digital Culture
- Finding Form - Fiction
- Film Production Practices

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Production: Camera and Editing
- Production: Short Film-making
- Creative Music and FX for TV
- External Live Brief

Placement year (optional)

Year 4
Core modules in this year include:
- Creative Writing for Film
- Independent Research Project
- Self-promotion
- Placement
- Practical Video Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be supported practically and academically throughout each module that you take.

Your practical work will be based on, and assessed, using a concept, research, development and resolution approach. Film and TV practice is reinforced by a project report and peer assessment sheets. This work will support your development in all areas of pre-production, production and post-production.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

80%
high
Media and communication studies
80%
high
Media production

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

89%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
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.

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
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.

Mass communications & documentation

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

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£25k

£25k

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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