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Digital Media Production

BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

P310

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview

Our Digital Media Production course allows you to focus on digital media production or technical operations. 

You will learn skills in;

  • digital film
  • television
  • video and audio production
  • visual effects
  • computer animation
  • interactive and virtual content for distribution via new media platforms.

You'll use state-of-the-art facilities to develop professional skills. And gain experience working with real clients on real briefs.

Our course tutors have extensive expertise. This means that along with our strong links with the digital media industry, you'll have access to a rich network of expertise and support. They will provide opportunities including visits, mentorships and work experience.

Recent graduates have found jobs with major television companies and post production facilities including;

  • BBC
  • HBO
  • The Discovery Channel
  • Framestore. 

Others have progressed onto further study or research and development for companies such as Google.

You also have the opportunity to graduate with AVID Professional certification in Media Composer Video Editing.

How to apply

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£14,600

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,200

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£14,600

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,200

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

Our aim is to provide an environment in which you can;

  • grow in confidence in your own abilities
  • appreciate the value of the educational experience from a variety of perspectives.

Each semester you will take 4 modules. Usually this involves two modules and a double module (Year 1 and the first half of Year 2), bringing together your skills in a major project per semester.

Digital Media Production

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Technical Skills

This module aims to introduce students 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.

Alongside studying technical theories, workflows and procedures, students will produce a portfolio of individual technical exercises that cover camerawork, audio and video post-production skills.

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.

Capturing the Real

This production studio module aims to provide students with the basic professional production skills needed to initiate, pitch, research, develop and manage simple digital media productions. It introduces them to simple narrative forms, and gives them the opportunity to work in a small team to produce a factual short.

Digital Post-production

This module builds on the introductory skills introduced in Technical Skills , developing practice, and understanding in post-production, VFX, motion capture and digital modelling.

Technical demonstrations and skills workshops develop hands-on competencies in these areas, while discussions and analyses of postproduction developments and techniques explore their roles in digital media storytelling and creativity.

Digital Shorts

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, students 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, they explore a range of narrative techniques and possibilities, and reflect on producing for specific contexts and audiences.

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.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Filming the Fantastic

This module looks at how to plan and design visual and special effects for film, TV, immersive technologies and live event production.

It will involve studying the development of effects from early practical effects through to the latest virtual cinematography techniques.

You will experiment with traditional practical effects, motion capture and CGI to create and develop visual and special effects, know which approach and materials are the most appropriate to deliver the desired outcome, and work in collaboration with others to ensure the safe, accurate and effective execution of the effect.

Professional Studies

The aim of this module is to introduce students to concepts of professionalism within the creative industries as part of their career preparation activity. It develops the student’s consideration for employment or freelance work, including legal frameworks, financial issues and global and ethical considerations.

Drama Production

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

Alongside the production of a short filmed drama students will build on the skills of camera, sound and post-production introduced in Technical Skills and Digital Post-production through a series of hands-on workshops, with integrated technical demonstrations and analytical sessions where students will undertake exercises that develop their technical and creative skills in drama cinematography, sound recording and editing, visuals effects and post-production, and explore the importance of craft techniques in creative expression and digital media storytelling for drama.

Real World Production

This double module introduces students to the issues and creative challenges involved in working with clients and responding to real-life briefs.

These briefs will combine a mixture of technical and creative problems to be addressed and working in production teams comprising of both BA and BSc Digital Media Production students who will work together to develop solutions and approaches for the client using methodologies and approaches specific to their path of study.

BA students will develop skills of concept artwork, art direction and scriptwriting, drawing on learning from previous modules while collaborating with BSc students who will evidence their workflows and prototypes developed specifically to realise the brief and agreed production outcomes using the technical skills and knowledge built in previous modules

Live Broadcasting

This module trains and assesses students on the principles, workflow, techniques, theory and practice of digital live broadcasts, live events and broadcasts. Students will experience the entire workflow for a broadcast production from story development through to planning and realisation. This entails the creation and delivery of unique, original products and analysis of the implementation of the delivery process. It includes individual and team work as part of preparation for employment. The culmination of this module will be the production of a live broadcast.

Optional modules

Work Placement

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Career Development Placement

The aim of this module is to develop the professional profile and professional confidence of a student through experiential learning opportunities and engagement with external organisations by undergoing work placements, internships and industry experiences. It aims to enable students to manage their own learning and self-direction through identifying opportunities that align to their disciplinary ambitions, situating their practice in a professional context.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Preparation for Final Production Portfolio

The aims of this module are to enable students to undertake a period of in-depth planning for their final production portfolio in semester 2.

In close consultation with their tutors, students initiate, research and negotiate ideas for their project work, before forming into production teams in readiness for moving into production at the start of the Final Production Portfolio module (DIGP6021).

Final Production Portfolio

The purpose of this double module is to enable students to undertake an intensive period of self-directed production for the projects that they have pre-produced in Preparation for Final Production Portfolio.

Students complete, deliver and screen portfolios of work that demonstrate the professionalism, innovative thinking and mature team-working that they have acquired during their studies throughout the course

Creative Media Enterprise

The aim of this module is to support students in the development of their career management and planning towards a future in the digital media production sector. It aims to nurture the development of enterprising attributes and a reflective approach to identifying their future aspirations and areas for development. Confidence is a key competency this module aims to enhance through networking with professionals and communicating within a team.

Critical Study

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

Virtual Worlds

BSc Digital Media Production

This module examines the relationship between the real and virtual within the realms of digital media.

You will examine the different contexts in which VR, AR and XR can be utilised from, entertainment and gaming through to industrial applications and healthcare.

Through a series of lectures, workshops and prototyping and testing where you will explore concepts, methods, processes, and tools to create a virtual (VR), augmented (AR) or an XR (extended/ mixed reality) environment and look into concepts such as the development of a new storytelling axion for immersive technologies and the similarities and differences between traditional modes of audience engagement and how to build local and global agency into your work to enable this.

Development Studio: Technical

BSc Digital Media Production

The aims of this double module are to extend students’ technical skills by enabling them to explore a progressive range of equipment and technologies, and to develop their awareness of experimental practices and emergent forms in digital media to develop the individual specialist skills required to complete their Final Production Portfolio module (DIGP6021) in Semester 2.

This module is compulsory for all students on the BSc (Hons) Digital Media Production as their exit award and focuses on the more technical aspects of digital media production including advanced production methodologies in film and TV production, visual and special effects, motion capture and the role of the Special Effects Supervisor, Technical Director, the Digital Image Technician (DIT) and the Digital Intermediary (DI).

Immersive Practice

BA Digital Media Production

This module aims to explore the ways in which immersive practices combine existing and emerging techniques to redefine the relationships between practitioners, audiences and artefacts. Students will consider the impact of co-creation/participatory practices, interactive storytelling modes and user agency on producing immersive work for diverse audiences. They will develop an understanding of the emotional and psychological dimensions of immersive work, and engage with the ethical

Advanced Production Skills

BA Digital Media Production

This module consolidates television production skills that students have already gained in the ‘Live Broadcasting Module’ by applying them in a simulated broadcast TV News environment. The module trains and assesses students on the advanced principles, workflow, journalism, techniques and practice of digital state-of-the-art broadcast TV newsroom. This includes scriptwriting, producing, filming, editing, graphics, directing and broadcasting. Students will experience the entire workflow for a broadcast TV production - from story development through to the planning and realisation of two live broadcasts.

The final products will be a unique, original live magazine news television show and a debate show involving live guests. Analysis of the implementation of the deliverance process, both as an individual and as a team will be Included. Feedback will be weekly, as a group, peer to peer and individually.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Lectures provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts for each topic of study.

However, we put emphasis on the practical elements of the course which enable you to;

  • practise essential skills in a variety of contexts
  • build a wide set of experiences on which to reflect and develop professional expertise. 

Practical elements give you the opportunity to experiment with the technology in different environment and include;

  • laboratory sessions
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • on location filming
  • interface with external clients.

Most modules include an element of team working so you can;

  • collaborate with your peers
  • develop an awareness of your own abilities as reflected by feedback from others.

Regular lectures and feedback from visiting lecturers and industry professionals ensure that this course stays up to date and relevant.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We've designed assessments to develop your imagination and creativity. You’ll learn technological skills, shaped by theory, that meet the requirements of the industry. We guide you through gaining a complex set of professional skills.

We provide assessment feedback in good time. We celebrate what you’ve achieved, and tell you what you need to improve.

Where appropriate we use self and peer assessment to involve you in your own professional development.

We use teamwork to assess your acquisition of personal and interpersonal skills. These are important for this degree and for most career paths in the media industry. Assessment for group work is well defined so that every student is graded fairly and contributes equally.

We also place emphasis on the development and application of research skills. Research literacy is practised and assessed in most modules on this course.

After you graduate

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.

Our Staff

Ms Gillian Kelly

Gillian has been a television news reporter and producer for 19 years, and is currently freelance. she now works a variety of roles, mainly for the national news. She teaches TV news, journalism, Avid, camera work and filming, live studio operation, digital media, professional practice and script writing.

Read more about Gillian

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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.

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