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UCAS Code
P31P
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

Are you fascinated by the way we produce, distribute and consume content?

On this BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice degree course, you'll learn the theory and practical know-how you need to thrive in the world of modern media. By the end of the course, you'll be able to confidently craft your own media and offer expert critical assessment of the content others create.

With the skills you'll learn on this course, you’ll be ready for a career in many different fields, both practical and theoretical.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by specialist staff whose research interests include television, the Internet and interactive digital content
  • Use professional technology and facilities including Wacom drawing touch screens, a 3D screen, and video recording gear
  • Learn skills in areas such as web design and music technology
  • Get to take advantage of our links with some of the biggest names in media and digital practice, such as Sky, the BBC and Avid
More about BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service will help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Media and Digital Practice degree?

Previous students have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Areas you could go into with this degree include:

  • media research
  • social media development
  • film or television
  • digital specialism
  • contemporary publishing
  • new media
  • content management
  • web design

What jobs can you do with a Media and Digital Practice degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

Previous students have also continued their studies at postgraduate level and set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you’ll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

The course itself covered many different aspects within media as well as the involvement of practical work. My favourite thing about the course is how all of the lecturers are so passionate and involved with their specialist subjects.

Amy Weston, BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice degree

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Contemporary Media Events
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Researching the Media
  • Sound for Moving Image
  • Understanding Film Production

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Form and Function
  • Screen Media
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Digital Photography
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Laptop Music Performance
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Film-Making
  • Professional Experience
  • Sound Design and Music for Games
  • Student Enterprise

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • A choice between Practical Video Project or Film and Media Dissertation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Documentary Film-Making
  • Future Technologies
  • Key Issues in Contemporary Music Studies
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • News, War and Peace
  • Sound Application
  • TV Talk Shows



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.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry and build links with employers. You’ll have access to Creative Careers; a team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and support throughout your placement, should you need it.

Previous students have completed work placements at well-known companies including Sky, BBC, and Disney.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, 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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical performance sessions
  • simulations

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is 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

Most 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.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • programme proposal
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 37% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by practical exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

​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 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional 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.

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20–£30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

Apply

How to apply

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

  • the UCAS course code – P31P
  • 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.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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