Media and Communication with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
P30F
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

Do you love making film, TV or digital media? Do you have ambitions for a career in the media, but don’t meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degree programmes? If so, this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course is ideal.

On this media Foundation course, you'll put theory into practice. You’ll get a grounding in media and communication skills during the Foundation year that are vital for studying at degree level. You’ll then develop your creative talent by studying visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, audience profiling, script writing, and editing.

The international media industry is expanding, making it one of the fastest growing graduate specialisms. When you complete this course successfully, you'll be ready for a career in this area in jobs such as PR and communications officer, social media assistant, visual media co-ordinator, or TV researcher.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course you'll:

  • Benefit from our strong industry connections with film, TV and journalism in a city that's becoming synonymous with the creative industry
  • Learn skills in key areas such as audience profiling, visual storytelling, advertising, journalism, editing and script writing
  • Be taught by teaching staff with experience in the media industry
  • Take a Foundation year to focus on the skills you’ll need to get started on the degree level in year 2
  • Choose your preferred route in your second year by selecting optional modules
  • Attend guest lectures by professionals at the top of their game in skill areas such as directing, scriptwriting, marketing, journalism, and broadcasting

You can also:

  • Achieve Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Avid certification, which means employers will recognise your skills
  • Collaborate with students from other areas including illustration, fashion and music technology, mimicking what you'll experience in your career
  • Do a fully supported placement year to enhance your career opportunities

You'll have access to professional-standard facilities, including:

  • A fully stocked camera, sound and lenses supply comparable with a modern TV or film shoot
  • Film and TV studios that can be black curtained, green screened or audio dampened
  • A Mo-Cap studio – the motion capture software market is expanding rapidly right now
  • A TV news gallery for advancing your directing skills
  • Drama studios for rehearsals

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What can you do with a Media and Communication degree?

When you complete this course successfully, you'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • post-production
  • film and TV directing
  • scriptwriting
  • marketing
  • advertising
  • journalism

What jobs can you do with a Media and Communication degree?

Job roles you'll be suitable for include:

  • journalist
  • PR and communications officer
  • social media assistant
  • assistant editor
  • visual media co-ordinator
  • TV researcher
  • camera assistant
  • director
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • stills photographer
  • production manager

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

  • Media in Context
  • Introduction to Practical Skills
  • Introduction to Film-making

There are no optional units in this year.

  • E-Portfolio for Film and Broadcasting
  • Film Craft
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Editing for film and video
  • Creative Storytelling

There are no optional units in this year.

Core modules in this year are:

  • Script Writing
  • Exploring Digital Culture
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Film Production Practices

Options to choose from in this year:

  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Film-making
  • Creative Music and FX for TV
  • External Live Brief

After your third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

The Creative Careers team is here to help you find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with access to a database of placement vacancies, support you with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and give you support throughout your placement, if you need it.

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.

Common placement destinations include:

  • Edit suites
  • Kit rooms
  • Writers' rooms
  • Film sets
  • TV galleries
  • Production offices (TV and film)

Common roles on placement include:

  • Kit room supervisor
  • Editing assistant
  • Researcher
  • Visual media assistant
  • Film runner
  • Content creator

 

Core modules in this year are:

  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Independent Research Project
  • Self-promotion
  • Placement
  • Practical Video Project

There are no optional units in this year.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate from your media degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Teaching

Teaching activities on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • guest lectures

How you're assessed

You'll be supported practically and academically throughout each module that you take.

Your practical work will be based on, and assessed, using a concept, research, development and resolution approach. Film and TV practice is reinforced by a project report and peer assessment sheets. This work will support your development in all areas of pre-production, production and post-production.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your media and communication degree. In your Foundation year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, guest lectures, seminars, and tutorials for about 21 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 40-48 points to include 1 A Level, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as vocational A Levels (AVCE), BTEC’s and Access courses will also be considered.
  • Year 1 entry: 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What skills and qualities do I need for this BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year degree course?

In addition to meeting the entry requirements, you'll need to be self-motivated and ambitious, and be able to show us a portfolio of your work.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300.

Additional course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P30F
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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