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Media and Communication with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

E,E,E

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 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: BBB-BBC. We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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. Year 1 entry: 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

48 tariff points to include a Higher Level subject. Year 1 entry: H3 H3 H3 H3 H4 - H3 H3 H3 H3 H3 .

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

Year 1 entry: DMM-DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

PPP

Year 1 entry: DDM-DMM

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

PPP

Year 1 entry: DDM-DMM

48 Tariff points. Year 1 entry: 112-120 Tariff points.

T Level

P

Pass (D or E in the core)

48 points to include 1 A Level, or equivalent. Year 1 entry: 112-120 points.

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 | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Media production

**Overview**
The media is constantly evolving. On this BA (Hons) Media and Communication degree, you’ll learn how to tell stories everywhere from the big screen to the phone screen.

If you choose to start with the Foundation year, you’ll get a grounding in media and communication skills alongside visual media, before honing your creative talents in the digital industries, storytelling, audience profiling, and the power of good editing. Or, if you have the required grades, you can skip the Foundation year and start at year 1.

With strong industry connections in TV, film and journalism, this course lifts the lid on the inner workings of both digital and print media. You’ll build strong production expertise and learn the art of marketing and promotion too.

When you complete your Media and Communications degree, you’ll be ready to pursue work in specialist areas, such as film and TV production, camera departments, sound recording and post production within the media industries. You could also sidestep into journalism, scriptwriting, advertising, marketing or public relations.

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

- Apply your knowledge during a one-year placement in a professional media and communications environment

- Achieve industry-recognised Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) qualifications

- Have flexibility to specialise in your second year, choosing optional modules that meet your ambitions and chosen specialisms

- 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 an integrated foundation year if you don’t yet meet the entry requirements for a three year Bachelor’s degree

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

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

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

Foundation year

Core modules in this year currently include:

- Media in Context
- Introduction to Practical Skills
- Introduction to Film-making

There are currently no optional modules in this year.

After you’ve successfully completed the Foundation Year you have the option to apply to transfer to a different undergraduate degree programme within CCI to pursue your area of interest or to continue onto the Media and Communication degree programme.

Year 1

Core modules in this year currently include:

- E-Portfolio for Film and Television
- Editing for Film and Video
- Global Cinema
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Television Production Practices
- Understanding Film Production

There are currently no optional units in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year currently include:

- Finding Form - Fiction
- Film Production Practices
- Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

- Comic Book Industries
- Creative Music and FX for TV
- Engaged Citizenships through interdisciplinary practice
- Factual Media Production
- Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange
- Production: Camera and Editing
- Production: Short Film-making
- Professional Experience
- Screen Media
- Student Enterprise
- Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Placement year (optional)

After your third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

The Creative Careers team is here to help you find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with access to a database of placement vacancies, support you with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and give you support throughout your placement, if you need it.

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.

Common placement destinations include:

- Edit suites
- Kit rooms
- Writers' rooms
- Film sets
- TV galleries
- Production offices (TV and film)

Common roles on placement include:

- Kit room supervisor
- Editing assistant
- Researcher
- Visual media assistant
- Film runner
- Content creator

Year 3

Core modules in this year currently include:

- Marketing Movies
- Professional Industry Skills
- Self-Promotion

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

- Documentary Film-Making
- Film and Media Dissertation
- Graduate Film Package
- Media Fan Cultures
- 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
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

62%
med
Media and communication studies
62%
med
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
59%
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

66%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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