• Media Production FdSc
    Media Production FdSc
    The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the North West with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative.
  • Media Production FdSc
    Media Production FdSc
    The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the North West with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative.
  • Media Production FdSc
    Media Production FdSc
    The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the North West with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative.
  • Media Production FdSc
    Media Production FdSc
    The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the North West with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative.

Overview

The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the North West with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative. Our employer and industry contacts span locally, regionally and internationally, with students engaging in audio and video projects spanning from local radio to working with Hollywood movie production companies.

With a focus on content production, underpinned by theoretical and research based modules, the Media Production course gives a solid foundation within the creative industries.

Interactive Media Production
This module provides an introduction to the World Wide Web and interactive media production using current industry standard software. Students will develop multidisciplinary skills and edit a range of media types including digital imagery and audio for use in multimedia projects. Research into the application of animation and scripted interactivity will underpin the practical responses to design problems with an emphasis on user-centred functionality.

Graphics
Providing an introduction to the application of graphics within media production, this module introduces the fundamental skills for computer graphics principles, systems and methods, while encouraging the development of the student’s visual communication skills, graphic vocabulary and critical awareness. Professional working practices and standards ensure the production of work in alignment to industry standards.

Creative and Technical Development
Introducing the philosophy of the creative thought process and visual literacy, this module explores a series of projects which engage the student in the creative pipeline from idea generation and development, through to a completed product. Exploration of a variety of design techniques allow the expression and development of ideas and concepts in solving design problems.

Video Production
Covering the basic knowledge of video editing practices and techniques, the Video Production module covers the processes involved in single-camera filmmaking, alongside the creative skills required to produce short programmes for a variety of media outlets. The importance of programme structure and legal constraints underpin the practical work of media management using non-linear video editing software in both individual and team focused projects.

Basic Media Production
Introducing the terminology and concepts associated with audio signals and equipment, this module develops the practical skills of audio production while adhering to and understanding the underlying health and safety issues associated with the media/multimedia workplace. The introduction of audio equipment for use in both the studio and for live events gives a foundation for application across a multitude of digital outlets.

Video and Production Technology
Extending upon the technical knowledge and understanding of digital equipment and production systems, this module introduces the exploration and application of full manual control of the video camera. The implementation of extended non-linear editing and lighting techniques, alongside production budgeting and management skills, allows for the exploration and analysis of programme styles and broadcast delivery methods.

Professional Practice
Enhancing employability through the completion of work based activities, the student will engage with industry professionals and established practitioners. Embedding a context of learning in what an individual continually develops in everyday working practice, the planning and structuring of activities allow the process of self-managed learning to enhance employability skills.

Audio 2
The exploration and understanding of audio file formats and codecs underpins the development of skills in studio recording, mixing techniques and synthesising acoustic environments. The mixing of audio in both a studio desk and a digital audio workstation allows for experimentation in mixing techniques, which can then be employed within future projects.

Post Production Techniques
Focusing on the application and implementation of advanced post production techniques, this module introduces compositing principles and theories which allow for the experimentation in colour correction and synchronising audio. Creating motion with stills and moving images, the use of paths and layers will be explored.

Radio Production
Developing an understanding of and application of radio production making and broadcasting, this module allows exploration within programme structures, genres, and writing & interviewing skills for effective radio production. The preparation and scripting of links and cues underpins the operational roles and associated responsibilities within radio programming.

UCO has strong links worldwide within the creative industries whereby students will have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals via video Skype sessions and also Q&A sessions within the classroom. Previous talks have included Robert Chapin (Star Wars, X-Men) and local production company Cosmic Joke. Previous students have also filmed for Hollywood projects and the strong links built with production companies worldwide ensure an experience that gives an international experience.

Audio experience in radio, where UCO alumni have been given their own radio show for broadcast worldwide, is partnered with podcasting opportunities where Course Leader Dave Robinson has built an audience across 139 countries.

Residential trips allow the student to experience first-hand what it is like within the working environment of a video production company.

All aspects of pre-production, production and post-production within the audio and video industries, including cameraman, editor, sound assistant and director. The student will also have acquired the skills necessary to begin a freelance career in either filmmaking or audio production.

A variety of practical based assessment designed to equip you for the industry will be used throughout the course. These will include a personal and professional development portfolio, record logs, presentations and pitches to "clients", short essays/written records, group and individual projects, and a variety of product creation and production. The formal assessments are designed to provide valid opportunities to engage with practical industry standard and related production projects that will help to develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for work in the sector.

PC’s equipped with the Adobe CS6 suite of digital software. 2 dedicated audio recording rooms. 1 green screen filming room. HD video cameras and digital portable audio recorders.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
P310
Duration:
2 years
Course type:
Full Time
Fees per year:
£7500
Additional costs per year:
2TB external HDD recommended (approx. £60) Residential industry trip (approx. £160)
WIS:
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Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points, normally GCSE English Grade C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualification (i.e. Key Skills or Functional Skills.

Mature students who do not fall into one of the above categories will be invited to attend an informal interview at which their previous learning, industrial experience, needs and aspirations can be thoroughly explored.

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