Creative Media degree – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Creative Media

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Creative Media
School/s
Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Campus or location
Newton Park and Locksbrook Campus
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WP93 or WP09
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Join the next generation of multi-platform content creators. Become critically aware and industry-ready with our Creative Media degree.

  • Taught by expert practitioners, industry professionals, media theorists. artists, filmmakers and guest speakers.
  • Work on exciting live briefs and access cutting-edge facilities for video and digital media production.
  • In your final year, join Artswork Media: a professional production company located in Bristol’s creative industries hub.

Become a critically engaged and socially aware, industry ready, multi-platform content creator and hone your individual voice as a creative media practitioner. Focus on the art and the business of creative media production, developing your content creation skills for a range of platforms and audiences. Prepare for success in the fast-growing content production sector. You’ll gain experience in digital and social media content production, moving image content production, post-production, experimental media making, sound design, podcasting, animation, graphic design, project management, pitching, user experience (UX) design, audience research and digital marketing.

Immerse yourself in the latest critical thinking and technologies to develop your identity as a professional content creator, and hone your individual voice. Create meaningful and experimental media for different audiences and platforms, making use of our purpose-built production and post-production facilities in Bath and Bristol.

Build a professional, industry-ready portfolio by working on live client briefs for a range of digital content and moving image projects.

In your final year you'll join our professional production company Artswork Media, located at Paintworks in Bristol, where you’ll work on a rich variety of projects producing multi-platform content for a range of exciting clients. Previous clients have included Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown Festival.

You’ll also get the chance to produce and exhibit your own distinct final project to highlight your particular voice as a practitioner. Past students have gone on to show their final projects at Cannes Film Festival, have produced animation work that secured them jobs at Aardman Animations, and won the Royal Television Society (RTS) West of England Student Award.

What you'll learn

Overview

Throughout the course, you’ll work with a range of digital and interactive media tools and platforms in our purpose-built production facilities at our Newton Park Campus in Bath and at Artswork Media in Bristol.

You’ll nurture and extend your creative thinking and digital making skills, to learn techniques such as image manipulation, sound and video production, non-linear audiovisual editing, digital storytelling, graphic design, social media content production and interaction design.

You’ll bring together your skills through a variety of projects involving the production of documentary and fiction-based video and sound, social media content, experimental and socially-engaged media making and site-specific interventions.

Course structure

Year one
Develop your skills, discover ways of evolving your creative practice and build your production and problem-solving abilities individually and in teams. You’ll be exposed to critical media practices that engage with key social, political and environmental issues. You’ll develop skills in digital storytelling, digital content production, image manipulation and moving image production. You’ll begin to develop your industry-standard production skills by working on a series of live client briefs for multi-platform content projects.

Year two
Begin to specialise. Hone your skills on larger scale creative content projects, learn post production and animation skills, work on experimental, socially engaged and critical media making projects and build your contextual skills. You’ll produce a range of creative projects including: multi-platform digital experiences, podcasts, animations, short films, interactive documentaries, remixed media and digital campaigns. You’ll learn about employment opportunities and start to think about yourself as a creative media professional.

Year three
Join Artswork Media, a student-led digital production agency supported by tutors, media practitioners and industry mentors. You’ll work on a variety of live client briefs, hone your individual creative practice on your own independent projects and develop your professional identity and portfolio. Artswork Media provides a unique opportunity to transition from being a Creative Media student to becoming an industry professional. Past clients include: Bristol Old Vic, The Royal Photographic Society; Glastonbury Festival, the NHS, Rough Trade, The Big Issue Foundation and Boomtown Festival.

How will I be assessed?

Creative Media Practice assessments are all based around coursework. Throughout your time studying with us, you’ll work on a variety of independent and brief-led projects across different media. You’ll produce digital and moving image artefacts, digital portfolios, reflective reports and research journals.

How will I be taught?

Your learning is supported in a variety of ways. To develop your skills and work on your media projects, you’ll take part in media production sessions making use of the purpose-built media facilities at Bath Spa University. You’ll plan and discuss work and reference points in seminars and workshops and will stage exhibitions and showcases of your work.

You’ll be supported by an experienced team of media professionals and technical support staff. The course makes use of speakers and mentors from the media industries to enrich your experience and connect you with contemporary production and the landscape of the creative sector.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Short Film Production: Drama
  • Short Film Production: Documentary
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Digital Practice
  • Storytelling for Content Creation
  • Your World, Your Media.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Everyday Media Making
  • Advanced Digital Practice
  • The Independent Magazine
  • Promotional Media
  • Participatory Media
  • Creative Industry Challenge
  • Visual Effects 1
  • Commissioning Content Creation
  • Visual Effects 2
  • Professional Placement Year.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Creative Media Enterprise
  • Creative Incubator
  • Professional Practice
  • The Commissioning Editor
  • Digital Innovation and Enterprise
  • Personal Project.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as:

  • The Royal Photographic Society
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • St. Paul’s Carnival’s Black History Month programme
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • Dickies
  • Minirigs
  • Rough Trade
  • Shangri-la
  • Somerset Football Association
  • Glastonbury Music Festival.

Careers

Bath Spa's Creative Media course is designed to help you bridge the gap and evolve from Media student to media professional.

Our graduates are employed in a range of roles including Digital Content Creator, Marketing Executive, Digital Agency Assistant, Social Media Manager, Editor, Director, Producer and Director of Photography.

Alumni have also gone to secure agents and have their work screened on broadcast channels such as Sky Arts, and on the big screen at Cannes Film Festival. They have also secured work on feature films including Guardians of the Galaxy and Stars Wars: The Force Awakens.

Creative Media graduates have gained employment in companies including Aardman Animations, BBC and Warner Bros. Some of our Creative Media graduates have gone on to further postgraduate studies in creative media, filmmaking and fine art.

Competitions, awards and prizes

We’ll encourage you to participate in media festivals and competitions. Our students have been nominated for and won awards such as the Royal Television Society Awards (RTS) West of England Student Awards.

Each year we award a prize to our students: the Artswork Media Student of the Year Prize

Course delivery in 2022/23

Our focus is on providing the best possible in-person experience for you and your peers whilst maintaining the most successful aspects of online delivery that we know will benefit your learning. Learn more by reading our programme delivery statement

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

Creative Media Practice students can make full use of Bath Spa University's purpose-built media production and post-production facilities at Newton Park and Paintworks.

Creative Media Practice students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment and resources from multi-camera TV studios through to digital cameras and field recorders.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
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2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

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Year 1 Published Jan 2024
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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

“I was able to work with clients in the media industry, producing high quality work on all aspects of media production that included scriptwriting, directing and editing.”

Tom Charnley, Creative Media Practice graduate

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for motivated and passionate students who want to make their mark on the contemporary media landscape. We value creativity and imagination as well as technical skills, so the abilities to develop new projects and identify new opportunities are important traits we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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 pages.

Course contact: Charlie Tweed
Email: c.tweed@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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