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Digital Media Production

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) - single

School of Arts

The BA / BSc in Digital Media Production addresses the need for ever more highly skilled graduates. You will be grounded in the technical realities of digital film, television, video and audio production, visual effects, computer animation and the making of interactive and virtual content for distribution via new media platforms. Using state of the art facilities you will develop professional skills and experience working with real clients on real briefs.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including science subjects

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Headington Hill

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years (4 years if work placement is chosen)
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code

P310

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • A challenging curriculum, incorporating cutting edge practice from the professions - designed to develop highly employable graduates by closely modelling contemporary working practices.
  • Strong employer involvement in the form of visiting lecturers, masterclasses, mentorships and reviews of student work.
  • Access to industry level cutting edge technology including VICON 2d3 Motion Capture Systems, Green Screen compositing, TV and Sound Recording Studio, Post Production Studios, Industry Level Cameras and more.
  • The opportunity to graduate with AVID Professional certification in Media Composer Video Editing.
  • We operate an online booking service suppling students with a comprehensive selection of camera, audio and lighting equipment plus other technical resources, open Monday to Friday.

Each semester you take 4 modules. This usually (Year 1 and the first half of Year 2) is two modules + a double module bringing together your skills in a major project per semester.

 

Study modules

The BA/BSc (Hons) model allows you the choice of two exit awards. The BA (Hons) focuses on digital media production (ie. content creation, development and management); while the BSc (Hons) focuses on technical operations (ie. creative craft skills in digital media). The two exit awards share common study in the first half of the course, so that your choice of exit award can be informed by your early study across production and technical areas.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.

Year 1 Modules

All modules in Year 1 are compulsory.

Year 1, Semester One

Creative Skills 1 
This module aims to introduce you to basic technical skills and production methods in the field of digital media production, through a range of technical demonstrations, workshops, exercises and analytical sessions. 

Media Narratives 1 
The aims of this module are to investigate ways in which digital media communicates, exploring visual and aural aesthetics and conventions, and introducing you to critical vocabularies and analytical approaches for digital media production. 

From Script to Screen (Double Module)
This double production studio module aims to provide you with the basic professional production skills needed to initiate, pitch, research, develop and manage simple digital media productions. It introduces you to simple narrative forms, and gives you the opportunity to work in a small team to produce a factual short. 

Year 1, Semester Two

Creative Skills 2 
This module builds on the introductory skills introduced in Creative Skills 1, developing practice and understanding in post-production. Technical demonstrations and skills workshops develop hands-on competencies in these areas, while discussions and analysis of postproduction developments and techniques explore their roles in digital media storytelling and creativity. 

Media Narratives 2 
This module aims to build on Media Narratives 1, expanding its focus on factual narratives by exploring a broad range of narrative forms and genres, including storytelling and story experiences that are emerging within digital media. 
The module aims to develop your critical awareness and analytical vocabularies in relation to these areas, and to provide you with an opportunity for in-depth research and critical study. 

Production Project (Double Module)
The aim of this double production studio module is to draw together and apply, through the creation of a digital media short, the professional, technical and creative skills acquired in Level 4. Working in small teams, you generate ideas in response to a given brief, and take them through the process of pitching, negotiation, pre-production and production to delivery and screening. Along the way, you explore a range of narrative techniques and possibilities, and reflect on producing for specific contexts and audiences. 

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

 

Years 2 and 3

Year 2, Semester One

Creative Skills 3 (compulsory)
The aim of this module is to build on the skills of camera, sound and post-production introduced in Creative Skills 1 and 2. In a series of hands-on workshops, with integrated technical demonstrations and analytical sessions, you undertake exercises that develop your technical and creative skills. These skills include cinematography, sound recording and editing, motion capture, visual effects and post-production. You cal also explore the importance of craft techniques in creative expression and digital media storytelling. 

Drama Production (compulsory)
The aim of this double module is to enable you to produce, direct, shoot and edit short dramas in a range of genres, developing specialist skills in response to a series of exercises, set briefs and given scripts. 

Professional Studies (compulsory)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to professional frameworks relevant to digital media production, including legal and regulatory systems, and ethical considerations. 

Year 2, Semester Two

Here students make a decision on which Development Studio module they wish to take. This choice dictates your exit award as a BA(Hons) or BSc(Hons) and how you engage with your Year 3 modules.

It is compulsory to take either Development Studio - Production or Development Studio - Technical

Development Studio – Production (Double Module)
The aims of this double module are to extend your production skills in relation to a variety of genres and production situations, and to develop your awareness of experimental practices and emergent forms in digital media. This module is taken by all students who have decided to take the BA (Hons) Digital Media Production as their exit award. 

Development Studio – Technical (Double Module) 
The aims of this double module are to extend your technical skills by enabling you to explore a progressive range of equipment and technologies, and to develop your awareness of experimental practices and emergent forms in digital media. This module is taken by all students who have decided to take the BSc (Hons) Digital Media Production as their exit award. 

Real World Production (Double Module, Compulsory)
The aims of this double module are to introduce you to the issues and creative challenges involved in working with clients and responding to real-life briefs. 

Year 3, Semester One

All modules in Year 3 are compulsory.

Preparation for Final Production Portfolio (Double Module)
The aims of this double module are to enable you to undertake a period of in-depth planning for your final production portfolio. In close consultation with your tutors, you initiate, research and negotiate ideas for your project work, before forming into production teams in readiness for moving promptly into production at the start of the Final Production Portfolio module in the next semester. 

Professional Profile (Double Module)
The purpose of this double module is to enable you to develop strategies and networks for career entrance after graduation, or for further study; and to create a professional profile that effectively showcases and markets your professional skills and portfolio of work. 

Year 3, Semester Two

Final Production Portfolio (Double Module)
The purpose of this double module is to enable you to undertake an intensive period of self-directed production for the projects that you have pre-produced in Preparation for Final Production Portfolio. Working in teams, you produce and screen a portfolio of production work that showcases your creative, professional and conceptual development during the course.

Critical Study (Double Module)
The purpose of this double module is to build on the critical, contextual and self-evaluative work that has been developed throughout the course by providing you with a supportive, structured environment in which to develop an extended critical study.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

 

Work placements

The course has strong links with the digital media industry, both nationally and locally, offering a rich network of expertise and support. Course tutors have extensive, complementary expertise as practitioners, with connections that introduce a range of opportunities including visits, mentorships and work experience

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How this course is delivered

 

The course is delivered through a varied mix of hands-on workshop sessions, intensive practicals and technical demonstrations, with lectures, seminars, screenings and presentations. A key feature of the creative skills modules is the integration of a ‘creative carousel’ of specialist technical demonstrations, a progressive series of hands-on skills and craft workshops that introduce you to a range of technical resources and support your ongoing technical practice

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

While you will attend lectures to acquire the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts for each topic of study, the course has a greater emphasis on the practical elements. These enable you to practise essential skills in a variety of contexts,and build a wide set of experiences on which to reflect and develop professional expertise.

Practical elements will be based around laboratory sessions, workshops and seminars, on location filming and interface with external clients, allowing you to experiment with the technology in different environments.  

Most modules include an element of team working, enabling you to collaborate with your peers, developing an awareness of your own abilities as reflected by feedback from others. Teamwork will also be used to assess your acquisition of personal and interpersonal skills, so important for this degree and for most career paths in the media industry.

Our aim is to provide an environment in which you can grow in confidence in your own abilities and appreciate the value of the educational experience from a variety of perspectives.

Industrial relevance is ensured by the use of visiting lecturers with specialist expertise and practitioners who contribute to a wider understanding of the relevance of the programme to today’s dynamic environment and ensure its currency.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 22%78%0%
2 23%77%0%
3 20%80%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessments on this programme have been designed to develop your imagination and creativity, in addition to learning technological skills, shaped by the underlying theory, that meet the requirements of the industry. They guide you through the staged acquisition of a complex set of professional skills. 

Feedback on assessment tasks is provided in a timely manner,emphasising achievement of the learning outcomes of the modules and the programme.

Where appropriate, self and peer assessment is used to encourage you to involve yourself in your own professional development. Where group assessment is used, this is very clearly defined so that every student contributes equally and is graded fairly.

This programme also has an emphasis on the development and application of research skills. Research literacy is practised and assessed in most modules of the programme.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 0%0%100%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including science subjects

A-Level: BBC or equivalent, preferably including science subjects

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points, preferably including science

BTEC: DDM profile in a related subject eg music technology, media production etc

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

 

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language grade C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a hub for UK-based computing and technology firms, so our research partnerships and links with industry are hard to beat. Many computing and media students take up work placements within Oxfordshire-based companies.

Specialist facilities

The course is taught in our purpose-built premises which have impressive up-to-date facilities. The practical elements include gathering examples of the major media forms (video, audio, still images and text) and manipulating this material using industry-standard software packages. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with computer packages in the areas of 3D design, graphics and animation. You will also contribute to the organisation and operation of our Brookes TV station using industry-standard hardware and software.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have gone into employment with major television companies, and post production facilities such as BBC, HBO, The Discovery Channel and Framestore. Others have gone onto further study at the National Film and Television School, the London International Film School and the New York Film School or moved into research and development for companies such as Google.

Further study

Graduates from our course have moved into research and development for companies such as Google, or have progressed onto higher degrees at institutions including The National Film and Television School.

Course downloads

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