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Deconstruct and analyse the media and learn how it works to create your own projects in our brand new production suites.

Summary

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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About

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, a department that can boast that it is one of the top 10 centres for media research in the UK. 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.

Structure & content

In year one you will be introduced to key ideas in the study of media and popular culture as well as acquiring key skills training in all areas of media production like photography, photoimaging, video and sound.

In year two you will undertake professional projects and live briefs, often pitching your ideas to media professionals and panels. You also undertake a short placement in the media or a realted area and attend guest lectures by media professionals. This will be accompanied by more advanced and specialist study of key media theories.

In year three you will specialise further and complete a major media production project in a chosen area such as scriptwriting, film, documentary, radio or photography.Your work will be exhibited in the School's End of Year Show. You will also attend a series of lectures by media professionals to examine your future options.You also complete a written dissertation and more specialist theory modules in areas like British Cinema and Social Media.

Attendance

Three years full-time.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

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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A level

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The A Level requirement for this course is grades BBC∆-BBB∆ at A2.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC

A grade range is in operation for this course.

BTEC Extended Diploma

A minimum of:

DMM including a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

to

DDM award profile to include a minimum of 9 distinctions in level 3 units.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation (the award profile of D*D* including a minimum of 10 distinctions in level 3 units) or in combination with A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Where an applicant presents a profile of Diploma with an A level then we normally make an offer whereby the Diploma must satisfy the higher end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if our standard A level offer is BBC∆ then we normally ask for a Diploma at BB equivalent which is a Distinction, Merit award that includes 6 units at distinction, and the A level at the final grade of the standard A level grade profile, grade C∆ or B∆).

A*A* = Distinction*, Distinction* (plus 10 units at distinction)

BB= Distinction , Merit (plus 6 units at distinction)

BC = Distinction, Merit (plus 5 units at distinction)

CC = Merit, Merit (plus 10 units at merit)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - C or B) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA

The SubDip may be accepted in combination with A levels. A levels should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a SubDip and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the SubDip offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile, grade C).

A* = Distinction* (To include 5 units at distinction)

A = Distinction (To include 4 units at distinction)

B = Distinction (To include 3 units at distinction)

C = Merit (To include 5 units at merit).

Irish Leaving Certificate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

B2,B2,B3,B3,C1

to

B2,B2,B2,B2,B2 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

A grade range is in operation for this course

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades

BBCCC∆

to

BBBCC∆.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the above grade profiles by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard (equating to A-level grade C or B) as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades

CCD∆

to

CCC∆.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final stated grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level

to

26 points to include 13 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

A grade range is in operation for this course.

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is currently under review with UCAS for 2017 entry. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement

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

HND

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1. Those applicants holding a subject-related HND with an overall merit may be considered for entry to Year 2.

HNC

Applicants holding a HNC should achieve an overall distinction for entry to Year 1 only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50-55% in second year modules for Year 1 entry. Those applicants holding a subject-related Foundation Degree may be considered for entry to Year 2.

Experiential Learning

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) will be considered on an individual basis.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

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.

Apply

Applying online at www.ucas.com.

For all full-time higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, students must apply online at http://www.ucas.com/. There are three types of applicant.

Students at a school or college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications.

Advice is available from your teacher or a careers adviser at your school or college. You fill in an online application and submit it to a member of staff. After checking your details, and having added the academic reference, your school or college submits the completed application online to UCAS. You pay online using a credit card or debit card. You may also be able to pay through your school or college.

Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently.

It is likely that you are a mature applicant, who, unlike school and college students, cannot readily seek advice from your teacher, but can instead consult with various careers organisations (such as Connexions). You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)

Except for those whose school or college is registered with UCAS, individuals from the EU (excluding the UK), and worldwide, apply online independently.

Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.com to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called Applying Online, which can be downloaded fromwww.ucas.com.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

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.

Contact

For enquiries on your application only: arts@ulster.ac.uk

For all other enquiries: Sally Quinn, School of Media, Film & Journalism

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 3361
E: s.quinn@ulster.ac.uk