BA (Hons) Lens-Based Media Production (Top-up) – Bath Spa University

Lens-based Media Production

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Lens-based Media Production
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: UCW - W47
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.

  • Take advantage of your film, photography or media arts background and complete your degree with this Honours top-up.
  • Get the academic support you need thanks to small class sizes, and access to UCW's fantastic facilities and equipment.
  • Produce professional-standard work on location in the UK and abroad to enhance your portfolio.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

If you have a background in film, photography or the media arts, this Honours Top-up is designed to enable you to complete your degree, and to equip you with the practical, intellectual and business skills you'll need to develop your 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


Lens-Based Media is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of higher research and academic writing. You'll undertake a substantial project on a lens-based subject of interest, and will enhance your employability through studies in marketing, promotion and other key business skills. You'll also be given the opportunity to engage with briefs and experience 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 enter your work in regional and national competitions.

Honours Top-ups are Level 6 qualifications that enable the conversion of a Foundation degree or equivalent into a full Honours degree.

Course structure

Critical and contextual research
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
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
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
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?

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, one-to-one tutorials, group work and specialist workshops.


Field trips

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.


The course is designed to prepare you for a career in the film and television industries, studio and current affairs photography, varied media production positions, and digital advertising and marketing. On completion, you'll also be better prepared to continue to Master’s or other postgraduate study.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be based at our Loxton Campus, which has been purpose-built for creative arts students. UCW students also have access to the 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.


You'll 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.


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

Course leader: Richard Edkin

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