Our top-up programme recognises and enhances the practical nature of media skills (or equivalent) courses.
For example, our practical screenwriting module Big Ideas for the Small Screen offers a choice of an analytical approach to TV drama and practical experience of creating a piece of dramatic writing for TV.
The Television Programme Production and Broadcasting module is based around studio production and taught in combination with students on other media degrees, with the opportunity to produce inserts for a studio-based TV programmes.
Alongside these modules, you will also have the opportunity to study a wide range of key theoretical aspects of media, through the Special Study Modules, which will further develop your critical thinking, writing and practical skills. In these modules the small group and individual tutorial-based teaching structure offers both engagement with a small group cohort from a range of backgrounds and disciplines and also one-to-one supervision which will help develop your individual research skills.
Special Study Modules are also designed to develop employability skills, through the emphasis upon an oral presentations, which augments the skills of independence, organisation, research and expression also covered on the modules. Employability skills are further developed through the media@work option, which provide an opportunity for you to gain firsthand experience of the realities of work in a media profession through a short period of work experience in a media organisation.
Finally, all top-up students must take the Media Research Project module. This module gives you the opportunity to focus on a major piece of practical independent work through the production of a piece of applied practice or workplace problem solving.
On this course you will also organise an end-of-year exhibition to showcase your work. In doing so, you develop your critical analytical and transferable employability skills.
As a top-up student you will be assigned a personal tutor to support the transition to our programme, and a diagnostic essay will be set in September and marked by the personal tutor to establish areas of strength and areas for development.
The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (eg time spent with your core course team) and independent learning hours (eg time spent on research with or without technical support).
Coursework is designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and is appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.