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BA (Hons) Media Production

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If you see yourself as a storyteller, content producer and future leader of media consumption, then this course can help you develop the tools you’ll need. It focuses on helping you gain the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to become a media professional in a challenging and ever-changing industry.

Media Production is an industry-focused course with its core disciplines being film, audio production and digital media design, underpinned by scriptwriting. Students engage with each of these in their first year. The second year allows you to build on this as you learn to work across media forms and platforms in ways that reflect many of the changes that media industries are currently undergoing. By the third year you can specialise, and much of the focus is on your Graduate Production Project, a piece of work developed and made in whatever media form (or forms) you choose to work. This will give you a calling card on graduation to aid your success in this challenging but rewarding industry.

What’s more, the course is designed in dialogue with industry partners and aims to equip future media workers who are:

  • Able to tell stories and communicate effectively through multiple media, and combinations of media, in a range of virtual and physical spaces
  • Professionally competent, particularly in the creative uses of digital film, audio, and networked media
  • Flexible and versatile, and are able to respond to the challenges and opportunities of structural and regulatory changes, new technologies, new convergences, and the shifting demands of clients and audiences
  • Confident in exercising their moral agency as informed, critical and reflective practitioners.

The entire degree is assessed by coursework and you’ll receive regular feedback on your work to ensure you’re progressing appropriately. You'll have 24/7 access to production facilities and by the time you finish the course you’ll have the tools to position yourself as a rounded graduate on a career pathway of your choosing. To aid this journey you’ll develop a critical understanding of moving image production and digital media development, as well as audio and radio production.

91% of our final year students said they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course  – join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years (including a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time


International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2019 and September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 454kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For BA (Hons) Media Production, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for media production (particularly in relation to digital film, radio, and/or networked media)
  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Display an interest in, and intelligence about, the media industry
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Entry requirements


This course has been designed to develop the storytellers, content creators and media producers of the future and you’ll be well-equipped to enter the fast-paced media environment once you complete your degree. Our alumni work in the radio, television and interactive media industries, giving you plenty of career options once you graduate.

The placement you undertake as part of your course will give you the opportunity to network and make valuable connections in the industry that can help you find a job once you complete your studies.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Fleur N'Doye

I didn't know what path I wanted to take in the future and I felt that the media production course would allow me to explore more options - I felt that by the end of the course I would have the grounds to enter any job that took my interest.

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Richard Wallis

The course prepares students for fast-changing media industries where traditional boundaries between different media are shifting.