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Digital Media Production

BSc (Hons) - single

School of Arts

The BSc in Digital Media Production addresses the need for ever more highly skilled graduates who are grounded in the technical realities of film, television, creative media, industrial partnerships and project-based collaborations which demand an increasingly fluid and mobile workforce.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including science subjects

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

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


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

  • You will not only enhance your employability by developing the ability to use industry standard tools for digital video production and computer animation, but also develop critical awareness of novel methods and techniques used in the creation of contemporary video, audio, graphics, motion capture and animation and develop entrepreneurial flair and leadership skills.
  • You will learn in a dynamic environment that links technical expertise with creativity and imagination.You will benefit from strong industrial links with high-tech software, publishing and media companies, which help to provide our students with opportunities for sandwich placement and employment on graduation.
  • You will have access to new state-of-the-art facilities, including a TV and sound recording studio, a 2d3 motion capture system, a post-production studio and two media production laboratories.
  • You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and show originality in tackling and solving problems.

This course covers digital film, video and audio production, computer graphics and animation, and the making of interactive products for distribution via new media platforms. 

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and show originality in tackling and solving problems.

A defining aspect of the new BSc DMP is the breaking of the course into cohesive, interlinked, ‘themed’ semesters that introduce and develop a complementary skill set.

Each semester is made up from four modules, three ‘taught’ modules that develop a range of theoretical, academic, practical and professional skills and one ‘project’ module that allows demonstration of the students learning and understanding.

The ‘project’ module will take the form of a task to be achieved, or a problem to be solved. You will have to draw from the knowledge and skills gained in the ‘taught’ modules, synthesis a response and produce a solution.

This allows for many different solutions to the same problem/task and you will take control of managing and completing your own projects drawing on all of their knowledge rather than following a set of instructions to complete the tasks.You will also be given the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications including the AVID Media Composer 101 and 110 User certificate and 201 and 205 Professional certificate.

The Themed Semesters

Level 4 – Semester One: Storytelling through Factual Programme Production. This semester introduces the first of the ‘basic’ skillset that is needed to work within the creative media industries. The project is based around the production of a short ‘factual’ video project.

Key Taught Skills

  • Research Techniques
  • Video Editing and Post Production (Avid 101 and 110)
  • Professional Video Camerawork 

Level 4 – Semester 2A Creative use of Image and Sound. The second semester brings the opportunity to start looking beyond traditional methods of media production and introduces animation, visual effects, graphics and creative sound. The project allows you to creatively use these elements (and the skills developed in semester one) to produce a short experimental sequence (animation / Live action / Installation).

Key Taught Skills

  • Visual Effects / Motion Graphics
  • Creative Audio Post Production
  • The Hardware / Creative Interface

Level 5 introduces more complex and inter-disciplinary solutions to the production of media artefacts. Skills in computer programming and image processing and transmission are developed and for the first time you are given an optional choice depending, either in networking or lighting and effects. The skillset developed in these five modules are then put into practice through a large outside broadcast ‘live event’.

Level 5 also introduces the notion of optional ‘pathways’ within the course with students being able to tailor their studies to a particular career aspiration.

Key Taught Skills

  • Computer Programming (DMX etc)
  • Image Processing / Compression
  • Media Transmission Techniques (Satellite / cabled etc)
  • Specialist Optional Skillset including lighting, special effects and broadcast engineering

Level 5 – Semester 2 ‘High End’ Media Production. The final themed semester draws together all the skills developed over the previous three semesters and allows you to really start to specialise in an area of media production that interests you.

The theme is ‘Narrative’ but the solution to the problem allows you to take the project in a direction that fits with your special interests. You could produce a ‘Factual Programme’ or specialise in media hardware systems through the TV News Project Module or produce a CGI animated sequence or digital film drama through the Narrative Project Module.

Key Taught Skills 

  • Advanced Image Capture Techniques
  • Special Effects
  • Cinematography
  • Advanced Video Post-Production (Avid 201 and 205)/li>

Level 6 - Specialist Themes and Autonomous Media Professionals

At level 6 students will be expected to specialise to a high level in one area of the creative media industry and work as autonomous industry professionals as part of an integrated media department company working on external projects, liaising with clients with real life budgets and real life outcomes.

Key Taught Skills

  • Professional Skills
  • Business Management Skills
  • Specialist Production Skills including Motion Capture, Digital Modelling, Colour Grading and and Broadcast Systems

Study modules

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

Year 1 Modules

  • Storytelling
  • Avid Media Composer 101 – Editing Essentials
  • Digital Cinematography 1
  • Integrated Project 1 - Documentary
  • Principles of Animation
  • Visual Effects and Compositing 1
  • Sound for Screen
  • Integrated Project 2 - Experimental Project

Year 2 and 3 Modules

  • Digital Cinematography 2
  • Avid Media Composer 201 – Professional Picture and  
  • Lighting & Effects
  • Digital Modelling
  • Integrated Project - Narrative
  • Controlling Sound & Light
  • Image Technology
  • Integrated Project 3 - Live Event
  • TV News Production 1
  • Digital Cinematography 3
  • Digital Modelling 2
  • Digital Image Processing & Colour Grading
  • Motion Capture
  • TV News Operation 2 (double)
  • Media Technology Project (double)
  • Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Physical Special Effects Technology

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.

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

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

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

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890 2018/19: £13,150

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840 2018/19: £3,920

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

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

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

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

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

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

Graduates from the course have gone into successful careers with organisations such as:

  • BBC
  • Channel 5
  •  Dolby
  • Technicolour
  • Google
  •  Framestore
  • Al Jazeera 
  • Landmark Films
  • Audiomotion

and have worked on major TV productions, Adverts and feature films in roles such as:

  • Steadycam
  • Colour Grading
  • Visual Effects and CGI
  • Motion Capture
  • Post Production

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.