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Media Skills BA(Hons) top-up

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
1 year full time P302 2018

Why choose this course?

If you have a foundation degree in Media Skills, you can fast-track to a BA(Hons) degree with this course. In one year you will develop advanced practical skills, explore theoretical concepts and understand their application to media texts.

The focus of this course is to prepare you for a career in the creative sector and media production. You will work on creative projects like creating social media strategies or video and website production for real world 'clients'. Recent examples include projects for charitable organisation SeeAbility and a stylist business Bowtique. However, you will also develop transferable skills (eg writing, presenting, researching) relevant to a wide range of careers.

What you will study

You can choose from a range of modules to suit your interests, including Art/Media Management and Production, Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture, and Writing Television Drama. You will also have the opportunity to present your dissertation and research with your fellow students at our annual student conference.

One of the strengths of our curriculum is that we offer modules that are designed to support employability. The @Work in the Media Industries module helps you understand what it is like to work in a professional environment. You will carry out work experience within a media organisation and gain practical hands-on experience. This will be supported in the classroom by evaluating your experience in relation to wider debates in the media industries and planning for your future employability. In other modules, you will demonstrate teamwork, practical skills, written and oral communication skills all of which are key workplace skills.

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.

Modules

  • 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. 

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  • This module seeks to synthesize and draw together your understanding of theoretical and contextual approaches to the interpretation of media and culture you have learnt about in the first two years of the degree and enable you to apply this in an analysis of contemporary issues, practices and debates. This heightened understanding of theory will, at the same time, enhance your analysis of the contemporary issues and concerns reviewed in the module.

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  • This special study examines art / media management and production in relation to opportunities and challenges posed in the current digital landscape. Students are able to familiarise themselves with how projects are managed; rights management issues, defining and understanding rights in the context of their own topical areas of interest; professional practice; and/or, production work. Looking at such rights as copyright, brand rights, image rights, privacy, freedom of expression and information, censorship, and regulation - students explore how these work in practice. They also develop knowledge and understanding of the use of agreements and of licensing, and relate these to art / media production and, professional practice. Students have a wide range of case studies to focus on: film, music, fashion, advertising, PR, publishing, and art; global media production and cultures of appropriation.

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  • This special study module is an introduction to political communication from the lens of hybrid media environments. It enables students to examine the new research agenda and the emerging practices in this field of study beyond the limits of the media effects approach applied to traditional or mass media. The topics covered on the module are partly linked with the research interests and projects of teaching staff and will enable students to benefit from research-informed teaching in their final year of study. Students will undertake extensive exploration of the new challenges facing political communication in multi-platform contexts, drawing on pertinent theoretical debates and current media stories. Students will deliver an assessed presentation, and produce an extended and focused practice-based or essay-based project on a particular topic negotiated with the module leader.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This module provides you with a broad exposure to television programme production and the technologies used in television broadcasting. It also provides you with an understanding of studio production, programme management, operational craft skills and studio equipment and technical broadcast standards. This is a portmanteau module with optional pathways in broadcast technology or television programme production.

    If you take the broadcast technology pathway of this module you will gain an understanding of the principles of modern broadcast technologies used in production including transmission and reception of television and an awareness of outside broadcasting technologies. 

    If you take the operational production pathway of this module you will gain an understanding of programme structure and format for studio programmes including editorial awareness.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate and comprehend the operational procedures used in television studio production.
    • Demonstrate and apply practical craft skills required for a television studio programme.
    • Compare current broadcast standards, formats and Digital Asset Management.
    • Assess programme structure and production requirements.
    • Analyse operational aspects of broadcast technologies for studio and location contributions.
    • Adopt a quantitative approach to solving technological based problems in broadcasting.

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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.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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