Media Production with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This industry facing course will help provide you with an in depth skill base in media production, incorporating a wide range of disciplines and practices. You’ll use state-of-the-art industry standard facilities and be taught by media professionals as you create and produce content across a range of platforms, from video and audio to photography and online. You will spend the majority of your time studying at our High Wycombe Campus to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to seamlessly transition from university into employment. However, you may also have the opportunity to study at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, putting you right in the heart of this world famous creative hub. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study at BNU? During your time with us you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting and sound, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role. You’ll engage with our dynamic programme of visiting lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll also benefit from our expert lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. On this course you will gain the experience and expertise to produce high quality media content in a range of forms and across different platforms, responding to the on-going changes in technology, regulation and societal uses of media. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What facilities can I use? Whilst studying with us you will create Film & TV content in our industry-standard studios where we use professional Panasonic and Canon cameras. Furthermore, in our private and communal editing suites, you will get the chance to become skilled with all our post-production software. You'll also learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios, from individual edit rooms up to large Pro Tools HD studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths. What will I study? You'll develop a range of techniques that can be used for online and offline media, covering a broad range of media such as recording techniques, photography, journalism, sound design, podcasting, video and screenwriting. Technical skills include film and television production, sound design, photography and podcasting. You’ll also gain an understanding of the creative and editorial process in creating content for different platforms. Optional modules allow you to explore the latest technologies, such as Virtual Production. Your modules offer plenty of options, so you can begin to specialise in the areas which interest you most or which might prove valuable for your chosen career. Depending which modules you choose, you will also spend time studying at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, putting you right at the heart of the UK Film and TV industry. What are my career prospects? This course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in areas such as:

  • TV
  • Film
  • Video
  • Journalism
  • Social Media
  • Podcasting
  • On-demand
  • Scriptwriting
  • Content creation
  • Screenwriting.


Foundation Year Core Introduction to Technical Skills Introduction to Moving Image Location Filming Production Skills Professional Skills Review Final Project Year one Core Production Skills with Analysis Sound Design for Moving Image Filmmaking 1 Filmmaking 2 Filmmaking 3 Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Advanced Technical and Production Skills Introduction to Photography Genre Studies for Film and TV Optional Art Film and Music Video Sound Design Projects Advanced Screenwriting and Pitching Location Sound and Audio Post-Production Virtual Film Production Live Events Project Live Performance Technology Factual Storytelling Broadcast News and Current Affairs Year three Core Podcasting: Creation and Production AND Independent Production Project OR Independent Script Project OR Industry Practice Research Project Optional Individual Microfilm and Creative Group Production Digital Marketing Non-Fiction and Factual Storytelling Sound Design Final Portfolio New Media and Innovation News and Current Affairs Creative Skills with Applied Multicamera Production

Assessment method

On our course the teaching will feature a variety of approaches and technology, blended together to engage your learning in class and beyond, and to encourage your full participation. The teaching and learning strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to independent learning as you progress through the levels of the programme. Guided independent study will include activities such as reading and research, planning for productions, and self-guided production activity on location. A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process. Assessment approaches include: group and individual portfolios of written work and media content that will include research, pre-production, production and post-production work submissions critical self-evaluation and role analysis in the form of individual reflective written evaluations peer evaluation in the form of discussion of work in groups opportunity for external placement and work-based learning reports that will enhance each student’s capacity to adopt professional working practices tasks aimed at the assessment of specific production skills which will target each individual’s career aspirations. Independent work at the culmination of the degree comprising a short media production.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Media Production with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS