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Lens-based Media Production

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course WWDF

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Lens-based Media Production
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Full-time: 1 year/3 days per week. Part-time: 2 years/2 days per week. Campus only.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: W47
Course Code: 248W
Campus Code: U

Entry requirements

Offers are typically made on the basis of applicants having a related Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent with an average grade portfolio of 50% or above.

Enhance your production skills in film, photography or media arts while also developing crucial commercial awareness.

  • Gain full Honours with this Top-up for those with a film or photography background.
  • Fantastic facilities and equipment, small class sizes and increased academic access.
  • Produce professional-standard work on location in the UK and abroad.

Students with a background in film, photography or the media arts can complete their degree with this Honours Top-up designed to equip participants with the practical, intellectual and business skills needed to develop their own professional practice or work within the wider creative industries.

Working across film or photography or a combination of the two, you’ll develop production competencies and also explore the mediums from cultural, historical and academic perspectives while working towards the production of a portfolio of creative work for public consumption.

What you'll learn

Overview

Honours Top-ups are Level 6 qualifications which enable the conversion of a Foundation Degree or equivalent into a full Bachelor’s Degree. They are popular with students because earning an extra qualification for a relatively short period of study makes sense in today’s competitive jobs market.

The course will enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of higher research and academic writing through the undertaking of a substantial project on a lens-based subject of interest, and will increase your employability through studies in marketing and promotion and other key business skills, and the opportunity to engage with briefs and project management.

You’ll exhibit your practical work at an end of year showcase, and are also encouraged to seek out additional exhibition opportunities and to enter your work in regional and national competitions.

Modules

Critical and contextual research (20 credits) – engage in research on a topic of interest before producing a substantive dissertation in the form of a written, video, photographic or illustrative essay.

Initial project in lens-based media (20 credits) – explore creative ideas, formulate potential project ideas and undertake initial practical experiments to develop your industry-specific knowledge and prepare for the major project.

Major project in lens-based media (40 credits) – create a lens-based media product, such as a film or portfolio of photography, and display it to an identified audience.

Professional development in context (40 credits) – Work both individually and collaboratively to develop your professional and commercial awareness in areas such as project management, market research and promotional strategies.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework. The assessment breakdown is 12.5% practical exams and 87.5% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.

 

How will I be taught?

This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, one-to-one tutorials, group work and specialist workshops. When not in scheduled lecturers, seminars and tutorials, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams.

This course has an average of 9.5 hours of scheduled teaching per week when undertaken on a full-time basis. At UCW, we understand that some students benefit from more contact time with lecturers than is the norm at a traditional university, so we do all we can to make sure academic staff are available for their students when they are needed.

Opportunities

Filming and photography on location

You’ll be invited to shoot on location in the UK and abroad and also attend optional visits to exhibitions and screenings.

Specialist staff

The lecturing team’s specialisms cover a range of lens-based areas – documentary and narrative filmmaking, artistic and music photography, media arts and post-production – as well as related disciplines such as design and post-production. They also have hands-on experience of making their own films and exhibiting creative work to the public, and have professional contacts in the still and moving image sectors in Bristol, Cardiff and elsewhere in the South West.

Progression

  • Master’s or other postgraduate studies

 

  • Careers in the film and television industries, studio and current affairs photography, varied media production positions, and digital advertising and marketing.

 

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Students on this course are based at our Loxton Campus, which has been purpose-built for creative arts students. UCW students also have exclusive access to our multimillion pound Winter Gardens redevelopment and can benefit from its dedicated higher education library, extended opening hours and bright and spacious teaching and learning facilities.

Resources

Students have ample access to top-of-the-range camera, lighting and sound equipment at no extra charge, as well as editing suites, professional studios and dark rooms.

Fees

Visit Lens-based Media (top-up), BA (Hons) on University Centre Weston's website for fee information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are typically made on the basis of applicants having a related Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent with an average grade portfolio of 50% or above.

Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of creative work.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Course leader: Richard Edkin
Email: richard.edkins@weston.ac.uk

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