FdSc Media Production

St Helens College
In St Helens

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Typology Foundation degree
Location St helens
Duration 2 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Foundation degree
  • St helens
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

The Digital and Creative Industries have been identified as a key growth sector for the national economy by the UK Government, specifically within the Northwest with the Northern Powerhouse Initiative and the resurgence of media opportunities with the development of MediaCityUK in Manchester, with many major networks relocating to the North.

Our foundation degree in Media Production will enable you to learn theory of media and the practical know how of production technology. The course includes industry development with professional experience, to combine academic progress with practice and experience. You will gain an insight into the media and broadcasting industries to develop skills such as: camera operation, event management, radio broadcasting, sound recording and video editing. What will I study?


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St Helens
St Helens College Water Street St Helens, WA10 1PP, Merseyside, England
Starts Different dates available
St Helens
St Helens College Water Street St Helens, WA10 1PP, Merseyside, England

Frequent Asked Questions

· Who is it intended for?

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you will have developed skills to a professional standard for whole host of career opportunities in pre-production, production and post-production within the audio and video industries, including cameraman, editor, sound assistant and director. You will also have acquired the skills necessary to begin a freelance career in either filmmaking or audio production.

· Requirements

For 2017 entry you will need UCAS tariff score of 96.


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What you'll learn on the course

Sound Recording
Video Production
Communication Training
Sound Recording

Course programme

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year provides a solid introduction into media production, including the terminology and concepts associated with audio signals and equipment for use in both the studio and for live events for application across a multitude of digital outlets. You will also be introduced to the application of graphics within media production and the philosophy of the creative thought process and visual literacy, exploring a series of projects which engage in the creative pipeline from idea generation and development, through to a completed product. In addition, you will develop multidisciplinary skills and edit a range of media types including digital imagery and audio for use in multimedia projects. Video production and editing skills and practises are also covered with the processes involved in single-camera filmmaking, alongside the creative skills required to produce short programmes for a variety of media outlets.

Year 2

The second year extends and builds on your technical knowledge and understanding of digital equipment and production systems. Your employability will also be enhanced through the completion of work-based activities. Additionally, the exploration and understanding of audio file formats and codecs underpins the development of skills in studio recording, mixing techniques and synthesising acoustic environments. The application and implementation of advanced postproduction techniques will introduce you to compositing principles and theories that allow for the experimentation in colour correction and synchronising audio. You will gain an understanding of the application of radio production making and broadcasting by exploring programme structures, genres, writing and interviewing skills for effective radio production.

Year 1

TE1002 Interactive Media Production (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the World Wide Web and interactive media production using HTML and CSS to standards set by the W3C. Students will source and edit a range of media types including digital image and audio for use in multimedia development applying animation and scripted interactivity where appropriate. Developments will be informed by user research employing techniques including User Needs Analysis, personas and user journeys.

TE1003 Computer Graphics (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the applied use of graphics in the context of media production. It includes an overview of the principles of graphic communication and practical approaches to the production of graphics, the use of type and the use of image. Practical work will focus on digital media development and students will apply many of the methods and techniques in future work, for example in web design, making presentations, TV/Video graphics and design for print.

TE1010 Basic Media Production (20 credits)

  • To introduce terminology and concepts associated with video signals and equipment
  • To develop a basic understanding of software used in media production
  • To develop practical skills and experience of audio creation, processing and reproduction
  • To introduce an awareness and understanding of health and safety issues associated with the media/multimedia work place

TE1072 Video Production (20 credits)

  • To introduce a basic knowledge of editing practices and techniques
  • To introduce a basic knowledge of the technical, operational and creative techniques and processes involved in single-camera video production.
  • To explore the technical roles in production and develop multi skilling approaches to production work.
  • To introduce basic concepts of programme structure and legal constraints
  • To develop practical and creative skills related to producing short programmes suitable for a variety of media.

TE1005 Creative and Technical Development (20 credits)

  • To introduce the philosophy of creative thinking and visual literacy
  • To enable students to follow a design process from visual research through to an appropriate conclusion.
  • To explore a variety of techniques in order to formulate, express and develop ideas and concepts in solving design problems.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop their theoretical knowledge; skills and understanding within a design process.

Year 2

TE2000 Professional Practice (20 credits)

  • To develop a good understanding of the personal and professional attributes required in the creative industries
  • To promote critical self-reflection and self-esteem for self-promotion
  • To develop skills in research and self-management for career planning and employability.

TE2076 Radio Production (20 credits)

  • To develop an understanding of and application of production methods associated with radio programme making and broadcasting.
  • To develop a working knowledge of radio techniques, processes and equipment.
  • To develop writing and interviewing skills for effective radio production
  • To develop recording and mixing techniques associated with radio production.

TE2079 Video Production and Technology (20 credits)

  • Extend technical knowledge and understanding of digital equipment and production systems
  • Develop operational skills and practices in editing and media output.
  • Develop and apply creative camera, sound recording, lighting and editing skills for effective programme production
  • Develop and apply complex programme making skills for video
  • To introduce production budgeting and management skills.

TE2771 Sound Design and Production (20 credits)

  • To develop skills in designing sound treatments for media production.
  • To develop skills in studio recording and mixing.
  • To develop skills in applying audio production techniques to other media.
  • To extend practical skills in recording, processing reproducing and generating sound.

TE2775 Video Post- Production (20 credits)

  • To develop and apply skills in video post-production and compositing.
  • To develop skills and knowledge in the technical assessment of video signals and images for the purposes of adjustment and correction.
  • To develop skills in planning, producing and synthesising and enhancing audio-visual sequences.

TE2803 Graphic Communication (20 credits)

  • To equip students with the skills to apply industry-level graphic techniques for the purpose of visual communication.
  • To support students in developing the critical skills necessary to recognise the salient aspects of effective graphic communication.
  • To encourage students to build an individual portfolio of computer graphics work showing a consistent and developed personal style.

Additional information

A variety of practical based assessment designed to equip you for the industry will be used throughout the course. These will include a personal and professional development portfolio, record logs, presentations and pitches to "clients", short essays/written records, group and individual projects, and a variety of product creation and production. The formal assessments are designed to provide valid opportunities to engage with practical industry standard and related production projects that will help to develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for work in the sector.

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