Deconstruct and analyse the media and learn how it works to create your own projects in our brand new production suites.
Study Media Studies and Production at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
Media Studies and Production offers an exciting intellectual environment within which to both study the media and engage in bold, imaginative and innovative approaches to industry standard media production.
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About this course
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In this course you will study the expanding world of media and popular culture in ways that will inspire your own media productions. You will be a student in one of the most highly respected and longest standing Media departments in the UK and Ireland. Our high academic standing is complimented by our television and radio studios, digital media production studios, professional editing suites and large range of outdoor recording equipment. In addition to the use of these outstanding facilities you will have the opportunity to take up work placements in the media industries, enter competitions and publicly exhibit your work.
Three years full-time.
- September 2016
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of BBC∆ at A2.
∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.
Overall BTEC Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points with DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units.
The Diploma may be accepted in isolation or in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a B at A level with the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points - see further below).
280 = Distinction*, Distinction* (To include 10 distinctions)
260 = Distinction, Distinction* (To include 9 distinctions)
240 = Distinction, Distinction (To include 8 distinctions)
200 = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)
180 = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)
160 = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)
BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA
The Subsidiary Diploma may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points - see further below).
140 = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions)
120 = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions)
100 = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions)
80 = Merit (To include 5 merits)
Irish Leaving Certificate
The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate minimum profile BBBCC at higher level.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of AAAA∆.
∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (A grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum BBC∆.
∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points to include 12 at higher level - 280 UCAS tariff points.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is as follows:
Overall average of 65-69% - 70-71% (280-300 UCAS tariff points).
For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:
Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants holding a HND should achieve 120 credits at level 5 including a minimum of:
2 distinctions, 2 merits and 4 passes (for entry to Year 1).
Applicants holding a HNC will be considered on an individual basis for year 1 entry.
Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50% in second year modules for Year 1 entry.
The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.
Exemptions and transferability
The University will consider applications for entry with advanced standing on the basis of experiential learning, prior certificated learning and where articulation arrangements exist (i.e. on the basis of the Northern Ireland Media Academy agreement).
Careers & opportunities
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The course has an excellent track record of producing multi-skilled graduates who are attractive to a range of employers. In common with all other Arts degree courses, this offers the learner very real opportunities for personal growth and self development. Where these opportunities are taken with enthusiasm and determination, you will undoubtedly enhance your long term employability. More immediately, this particular course will equip you to seek employment in a wide range of occupations where effective communication and an understanding of contemporary culture are valued, including many public sector jobs, jobs in customer-focused businesses, information-based enterprises, the leisure industries, community organisations, NGOs, and, of course, employment in the creative media industries themselves. You will also be well equipped to enter one of the many postgraduate courses with a more specialist focus, such as journalism, marketing, communications, Film and TV management, photography or documentary practice.
For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs
Work placement / study abroad
Study USA, Erasmus scheme, International Student Exchange Programme.
Students from the programme can study a year in a number of different countries
including China, America and across Europe. It is advised that students undertake
this between years 2 and 3 of the programme.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.