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Digital Media Production

BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

P310

Start dates

September 2020

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.

Digital Media Production

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

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.

Preferred subjects include: Science subjects, music technology, media production and related subjects.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language grade 4/C minimum

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

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.

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.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Creative Skills 3

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

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

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.

Real World Production (Double Module)

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.

Optional modules

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

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.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

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

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

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.

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.

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.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 22%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 78%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 20%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 80%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical exams - 100%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

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