facebook BA (Hons) Creative Media – Bath Spa University

Creative Media

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Creative Media
School/s
School of Creative Industries (School of Study)
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
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. Typical offers include A Level grades CCC or higher in Media, Art and English related courses.

View "typical offers" for more information.

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

  • Taught by expert practitioners, media theorists, industry mentors and speakers.
  • Work on exciting live briefs and access cutting-edge facilities for video and digital media production.
  • In your final year, you join Artswork Media: a professional production company and digital agency.

Focus on both the business and the art of multiplatform creative media production. Develop your content creation skills and prepare for success in the fast-growing content production sector. You’ll gain experience in project management, directing, cinematography, sound design, editing, user experience, app development, web design, animation, graphic design, marketing and photography.

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

Enrich your portfolio by working on real industry briefs. You’ll be given the opportunity to join Artswork Media’s production company at Paintworks in Bristol, where you’ll work on a rich variety of projects. Previous clients have included Bristol Old Vic, Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown Festival. 

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 the 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 recording, non-linear audiovisual editing and interaction design.

You’ll bring together your skills, working on a variety of projects involving the production of video and sound, web-based media, mobile apps, experimental and site-specific interventions, or physical computing.

Course structure

Year one
Develop your skills. You’ll be introduced to ways of nurturing your creative thinking and problem-solving skills individually and in teams. You’ll develop your skills in audiovisual editing, interaction design and image manipulation. In your core module, we introduce you to ways of thinking about media texts and forms, audiences, and the industries and institutions in the media and creative sector. Brief-led projects bring together and showcase your skills and knowledge.

Year two
Begin to specialise. Your core module introduces the practices and processes of commissioning work in the media industries. You’ll learn about employment opportunities and start to think about yourself as a budding media professional. Optional modules give you opportunities to explore specialisms including digital and interactive media production, experimental media and activism, short-form filmmaking, visual design, and media writing. All students work together to plan, budget and stage a media event.

Year three
Join Artswork Media. Supported by tutors and media practitioners, you’ll work on a variety of independent projects and develop your professional identity and portfolio. An important part of Artswork Media is working with clients on live projects. Past clients include: Bristol Old Vic, 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 project reports, research journals and diaries, essays and portfolios.

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 (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Sound and Camera I
  • Introduction to Sound and Camera II
  • Media Enterprise
  • Ideation and Creative Problem Solving
  • Digital Practice
  • Media Today II

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Global Media
  • Everyday Media Making
  • Digital Cultures
  • The Independent Magazine
  • Promotional Media
  • Participatory Media
  • Creative Industry Challenge
  • Digital Effects I
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

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

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Bristol Old Vic; Bath Film Festival; Dickies: global clothing workwear brand; Minirigs: a popular portable speaker company; Westbury Town Council; Shangri-la; Bath Life Awards and Cardiff Life Awards; Bookbarn; Circus City Festival; 5 x 15 Bristol: five 15 minutes talks from leading world thinkers; Bridport's ‘From Page to Screen’ Film Festival; 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 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 such as 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.

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.

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

Newton Park Campus

Commons


Newton Park Library

Paintworks

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

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

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 script writing, 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 CCC or higher accepted in Media, Art, English related courses.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to evidence of further experience or evidence of interest in Media.
  • 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.

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.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course contact: Suman Ghosh
Email: s.ghosh@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course

"Creative Media" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Creative Media Practice".

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