Integral to our courses is the belief that people improve their professional practice by taking time out to reflect on and assess what they currently do in the workplace and by sharing their real life experiences with other like-minded professionals. As a result, each course is unique and geared to the experiences of the individuals that are participating, which may result in the course content altering slightly from course to course.
This short course will examine topics such as:
- The nature of brands, branding and brand management: historical development; current and future trends
- Brand planning: brand architecture, the relationships between corporate and product brands, marketing plans and organisational objectives
- Brand equity and brand valuation: frameworks, models and diagnostic tools for determining brand value
- Branding and competitive advantage: creating sustainable sources of brand advantage and value
- Brand strategies: brand extensions, brand revitalisation, new brand development and naming; branding and new media
- Brand management: organisation of brand teams; role of in-house and external agencies
- Implementation issues and performance measurement
- Contemporary marketing issues in brand management: challenges and opportunities in digital and global markets.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
View the programme specification for Build Your Own MA (BYOMA) – Media Short Course Framework (pdf 440kb).
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
How you study
Designed to be flexible to the needs of working professionals, this course minimises your time away from the workplace. You just need to join us for a two day creative retreat, typically a Friday and Saturday in Bournemouth, which kick starts the course and gives you a chance to meet your fellow students and engage with the academic team. It will be an intensive two days but a valuable learning experience, giving you the opportunity to share ideas with like-minded professionals.
The retreat provides a firm foundation for the following seven weeks during which you will further develop your knowledge and explore the concepts in more detail - using our online learning environment and discussion forums. The supported online study helps to prepare you for the academic assignment (equivalent to 5000 words), the specific subject matter and content of which is determined by your interests and professional context. On successful completion of this assignment you will be awarded 20 academic credits (level 7 - Masters/Postgraduate level) which you can use to build your own tailored postgraduate qualification by undertaking other Build Your Own MA (BYOMA) media short courses.
With BYOMA courses available in the areas media management, creative media, journalism, computer animation, marketing communications and creative education, you can mix and match courses to suit your own needs and interests. Complete three of these courses (60 level 7 credits) to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, six courses (120 level 7 credits) for a Postgraduate Diploma or go on to take the Masters Project (40 level 7 credits) and Exhibition (20 level 7 credits) for a full Masters (180 level 7 credits).