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Media Skills BA(Hons) top-up

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
1 year full time P302 2017

Why choose this course?

Have you already completed a Foundation Degree in Media Skills? If you'd like to fast-track to a BA(Hons) degree, our top-up programme is just right for you.

What you will study

This programme is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge you've already acquired on a foundation degree through:

  • focusing upon developing advanced practical skills;
  • deepening your understanding of theoretical concepts and their application to the study of media texts; and
  • developing independent research, presentation and learning skills.

You will choose from a wide range of exciting modules, depending on your academic and career interests, including Media Rights and Mashups; Branding the Self: Celebrity, Identity and David Bowie; Screaming Out Loud: International Horror Television and Film; Big Ideas for the Small Screen and Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture.

There is also an end-of-year film and TV conference for students, in which you can present your dissertations and discuss your research.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 modules to be confirmed

Year 2 modules to be confirmed

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • This module gives final year students the opportunity to work on a major piece of independent work, which consolidates and further develops the skills and knowledge they have acquired across the whole of their degree, in an area of applied practice; workplace problem solving, or dissertation research.  Students will organize an end of year exhibition and symposium event specifically to showcase their work. In doing so, they will develop their critical analytical and transferable employability skills.  Students will focus on one of the following: a Dissertation; a Final Major Project (FMP) or, an Applied Research Problem Brief (ARPB).  The main feature of the module is that work carried out in one of these three areas will lead to real and specific outputs.  Where students choose to write a Dissertation they will present their main findings at the symposium; students choosing a FMP will be able showcase their work online and at exhibition; students choosing an ARPB will implement their solutions in the field and have the potential to develop consultancy skills.  Students will enter into learning contracts and will work independently under the guidance of a supervisor. 

  • The module offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it is like to work within the media industries. Students will arrange and carryout a period of work experience within a media organisation working in a professional environment. The placement will typically be for two weeks, and usually completed over the summer period, although students who show initiative in negotiating more substantial work experience will be able to extend this. This practical hands-on experience will be supported in the classroom where students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience, evaluate their skills and plan for future in relation to graduate employability. Students will also locate and evaluate their experience in relation to wider debates and issues relating to work in the media industries, changing production contexts and new professional identities.

  • This special study examines media rights and mashups in relation to the opportunities and challenges they pose to making, distributing and consuming media in the current digital landscape.  Starting by defining and understanding such rights as copyright, brand rights, image rights, privacy, freedom of expression and information, we explore how these have been disrupted in professional creative industry contexts. In MAKING Media, students have a wide range of case studies to draw from in e.g. film, music, fashion, advertising, PR, publishing, and art. They study the notion of ‘digital disruption’, the advent of free / open / democratic media and analyse how making media is affected by the inevitability and integration of share culture, remix and mashups. In DISTRIBUTING Media, students explore those issues pertaining to distribution, the rights affecting distribution, and how these are challenged and disrupted or mashed up by download culture, appropriation, transborder flows, social media convergence and spreadability. The significance of grey and hybrid economy is also explored.  Finally, in CONSUMING Media, students explore privacy, the right to be forgotten, libel and image rights as they relate to the consequences of social media use, cyber bullying and reputation management.

    Students write an extended essay OR engage in production or practice-based projects.  Past work includes documentary production on e.g. censorship; explicit content in music video; copyright in art & photography; remix culture; fashion and cultural appropriation; audio & video mashups; website installations and extended essays on e.g. censorship; copyright; surveillance; hip-hop; transmedia; and, erasure of content in social media.

    There is a substantial opportunity to transfer employability skills and knowledge acquired in the module to a range of professional contexts.

  • This is the module that can make you rich! Television is allegedly the second highest paid industry in the country (working in oil is more lucrative - but very uncomfortable). A reliable route to creative success and untold wealth in television now is the drama series. Mainstay of both terrestrial and digital channels, the returning series is TV’s holy grail – pulling audiences back for episode after episode, season after season, box set after box set. It can be a goldmine.

    Taught by two highly experienced TV professionals, this module will consider how a returning drama series is conceived and constructed. Students are introduced to concepts of dramatic structure and story-lining, using case studies of successful US and British models, together with practical exercises on serialisation and script writing. Working from concept to storyline to script, students develop their own original drama series (or comedy), and undertake research into the current broadcasting landscape – its channels, schedules and market imperatives.  The final assessment is an industry-standard pitch accompanied by a short script sample, aimed at UK television. Students demonstrate their research and a knowledge of social and commercial context in a supplementary market evaluation.

    This module isn’t just for would-be writers: it’s for anyone keen to understand contemporary broadcasting, refine their communication skills, and learn how to present their work and themselves in a professional context. At the end of this stimulating and entertaining course, students will have created their own drama series and (potentially) their own industry calling card. .


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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