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BA Honours

  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

The media, in its many and various forms, is a continually evolving sector in the global economy and one that touches all of our lives. The media landscape is continually changing and this degree helps you map it out, understand its complexity and impact, and gain vital practical, professional and creative skills for employment and life.

Our Media degree is distinctive in its professional orientation, with all of our students undertaking two professional placements. These placements will either be out in industry or with our own production company - Trinity Vision - which runs a variety of projects, many of them for commercial clients.

Why study with us

Strong practical element to the course, linked to contemporary media practices and employment in the industry.

High quality teaching by current practitioners, research-informed academics and by guest lecturers from the media industries.

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We are the top University in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction and employability.

(National Student Survey 2017)

No.1

We are the top University in Yorkshire for student satisfaction with learning opportunities.

(National Student Survey 2017)

97%

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016)

90%

of our students are satisfied with their course​.

(National Student Survey 2017)

Course Information

About this course >

We will equip you with the tools to become a skilled researcher and analyst of media and culture. You will develop the skills to become a proficient media producer across a range of platforms, and a confident presenter of your own ideas and abilities. In your final year, you will apply these skills in two major projects - a research project and a production project - both of which give you the freedom to pursue ideas which are of interest to you and which showcase your creative, practical and academic abilities.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA MarketingMA Creative Writing and MA Journalismwhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

​Year 1

You will study a range of cores modules that will cover a combination of practical and theoretical subjects. These will include Analysing Media and Culture, which will explore subjects such as advertising, news and identity via a range of theoretical concepts. Mapping the Media Landscape, on which you will explore various media in order to understand your past, present and possible future. Radio and Podcast production introduces the basic concepts and practical skills required to produce an audio product which could be packaged for radio broadcast or for podcast delivery. ​​Image Creation provides an introduction to the terminology of digital imaging, DTP, website and mobile design and an examination of software and hardware used in the industry. Online Storytelling introduces the practical skills and knowledge required to put media online, and an overview of the online platforms and applications needed to facilitate that process. Television Production is taught via a series of interactive workshops which introduces you to the TV studio environment, the different roles and the practical skills involved. You will finish your year off with a Professional work placement​.

Year 2

You will study a range of modules to create your own pathway by exploring some of the subjects from year one in further detail. Core modules include: Researching Media, Film and Culture, which introduces you to a range of approaches to research in the fields of media, film and culture, and to the processes involved in formulating a research proposal. Media, Culture and Society examines the theoretical and empirical aspects of media, culture and society. It focuses on each term separately and identifies their points of connection through the analysis of politics, gender, race, identity, celebrity and surveillance.

Some of the option modules include but are not limited to Script to Screen, Digital Effects, Radio and Podcast Production, Television Genres, Digital Narratives and Myths, Meaning and Movies.

Year 3

You will study one core Media module - Media, Film and Culture - Research A. You will apply specific research skills to an extended piece of independent work. The topic of which will reflect your personal interests. You will have a greater choice of option modules in year three, which will include the following: Media Production Portfolio A, Advanced Documentary and Advanced Short Film Production, Contemporary Cult TV, Contemporary Cultural Issues, Film and Television Adaptation, Science Fiction, PR Management, Specialist Magazine Writing, Entrepreneurship and Creativity, Professional Learning Through Work and a Negotiated Study module.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • MFC4012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • MFC4022 - Analysing Media and Culture
  • MFC4042 - Mapping the Media Landscape 1
  • MFC4141 - Radio and Podcast Production
  • MFC4151 - Television Production
  • MFC4342 - Image Creation
  • MFC4362 - Online Storytelling

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU5152 - Magazine and Feature Writing
  • JOU5992 - PR in Practice
  • MFC5012 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5052 - Radio and Podcast Production
  • MFC5062 - Digital Effects
  • MFC5112 - Understanding Disney
  • MFC5132 - Television Genres
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives
  • MFC5582 - Online Community Management
  • MFC5632 - Negotiated Study Module

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • JOU6002 - Advanced Radio Production
  • JOU6942 - Specialist Magazine Writing
  • JOU6992 - PR Management
  • MFC6014 - Media Production Portfolio A
  • MFC6044 - Advanced Documentary Production
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • MFC6112 - European Cinema
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6202 - Contemporary Cult Television
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research A
  • MFC6242 - Negotiated Media Project
  • MFC6322 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production

Learning and Teaching >

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 16.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 251 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 999 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 2 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 216 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 914 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 8.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 105 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,095 hours of independent teaching

The modules on this course are delivered in a variety of ways: some through a combination of lectures and small group seminars; some through workshops; some through practical hands-on production sessions; and some, particularly at Level 6, through initial lectures and then individual research or production supervision sessions.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the summer term. These are supported by periods of preparation and upskilling before the placements and reflection and future personal development goal setting after them. We believe the placement experience to be vital for students wanting to work in and/or properly understand the media.

At Level 6 all students undertake both a 40-credit Media Research module and a 40-credit Media Production module. These provide extended opportunities to display the knowledge and skills developed on the course in terms of both thinking, researching and writing about the media and also producing a high-quality piece of media production work. The ability of our students to be successful in both areas is what we believe to be both distinctive about and fundamental to the educational impact of the course.
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At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. 

This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

All students are encouraged to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree and offered the opportunity to get involved with production projects which can be campus-based or involve liaising with external clients. This allows students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace. Students also have the opportunity throughout the course to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials both on and off campus.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 - 100% coursework

Assessments tailored to this course include group oral presentations, production portfolios, research proposals, research literature reviews, reports, essays, portfolios of analyses, etc.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessments.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

We have strong links with a number of key employers in the region and further afield. These include the BBC and YTV, independent production companies working in film, television and new media, Marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Leeds International Film Festival, and Media departments in schools and colleges.

We also boast our very own in-house professional production company, Trinity Vision. Trinity Vision works with local businesses and community organisations to develop video and media content, including promotional videos and idents. Clients of Trinity Vision include: The NHS, FisherKing Publications, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds City Council, Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de France, Made In Leeds TV, Fettle Animation/BBC4 and Leeds Bradford Airport.

As a student at Leeds Trinity, you can apply for a professional work placement at Trinity Vision and gain experience in camera skills, editing and new media. It's a great way to get noticed by potential employers and many of our placement students have gone on to work for Trinity Vision and its external clients after graduation.

Graduate Opportunities

You will leave with a range of skills that enable our graduates to succeed in a variety of careers including working in television, film, radio, advertising, marketing and education. Graduates go on to set up their own businesses and to work for a wide range of companies, such as the BBC, Sky, and ITV.

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