Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This unique course is built on our long tradition of teaching interdisciplinary media practice, working across moving image, photography and interactive media. Our approach combines the creative exploration of art school traditions with academic and professional excellence. We have extensive industry-level facilities and equipment, and to develop your skills and knowledge we use a variety of assessment methods, including practical projects, presentations, written work, research tasks and portfolios.

The course sets high standards for professional achievement in specific media industry roles and prepares you for the challenge of a multi-skilled portfolio career. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Graduates have a high employment rate across the media industries, including broadcast television; commercial photography and photojournalism; curating and film programming; film direction, production, editing and visual effects; fine art practice; and new media. Our graduates include Anand Tucker (director/producer), Aaqil Ahmed (commissioning editor, BBC), Ori Gersht (artist, filmmaker and photographer), Rafi Pitts (director), Martha Fiennes (director and artist), Zed Nelson (photographer) and many others.

This course will enable you to develop your creative media production skills across a range of disciplines, and give you the ability to adapt to the creative opportunities of new media forms and hybrids. It will enhance your ability to participate in contemporary cultural debates, and develop your awareness of the political, ethical and aesthetic implications of your work.

The course is part of the University of Westminster's School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus – a cutting-edge creative hub, and one of the leading media, arts and design educational facilities in Europe.

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, group and individual tutorials, and workshops, supporting the development of your skills across media to a level equivalent to single-discipline courses.

Assessment methods include submitted work and research material, crits, seminar presentations, visual essays and online study tasks.

Course structure

Your first year is concerned with establishing core media production skills, and supporting your transition into higher education with skills in research and analysis of media culture. Alongside technical workshops in all course media (moving image, interactive media and photography) you will develop practical projects around given themes. These projects introduce key skills in conceptual development and encourage your creative abilities. Subjects of study include:

  • Skills in the core media for Contemporary Media Practice: moving image; photography; digital and interactive media; studios and equipment; editing and post-production; professional working with actors, locations and media content.
  • Practical projects; creative working and developing ideas; pitching; group and solo working.
  • Media Explorations: experimental practices, exploring the traditions and futures of the core media.
  • Introduction to Contemporary Media Theory: the core theory essential to an understanding of contemporary media, culture and arts.
  • Media Representations: theories and practices of representation in the arts and media.

Credit Level 4

The second year opens out the range of possibilities available to you in both practice and theory. We ask you to develop skills and knowledge of specific media in depth, but also to engage with the frontiers of interdisciplinary media practice. This allows you to begin to develop your distinctive interests through a selection of media, themes and production methods. We also require all students to undertake work experience in the second year. Subjects of study include:

  • Media Frontiers: practical work that explores and tests the boundaries of current media, choosing from moving image, photographic and interactive media.
  • Convergent Media: responding to the varieties of convergence in producing and consuming media through a practical project.
  • Live Projects: work experience, commissions, curating and live events.
  • Critical Perspectives on Media: advanced approaches to the analysis of media, leading to a focus on a chosen media tradition.
  • Research and Synthesis: developing your own interests in theory and analysis, leading to defining a subject for your final year dissertation or extended research essay.

With options available that include:

  • Transmedia Practices – exploring related practices and traditions, such as animation, sound design, software art, and motion graphics.
  • Scriptwriting for Media: writing for film, television and emerging formats.
  • Art/Science Collaboration: projects developed with students from disciplines such as Psychology, Biosciences and Computing.
  • Creative Encounters: working with students from other Media, Arts and Design disciplines.

Credit Level 5

By your third year you are sufficiently experienced and skilled to determine your own themes, and sustain substantial and high-level work over a longer period. Your Final Project and Dissertation are the culmination of your studies; typically our students create short narrative films, documentaries, interactive projects, photographs, installations, and many other hybrid forms. This work is then given a public exhibition/screening. Subjects of study include:

  • Exploration and Pre-Production: you conceive a large scale final year project, and take that through pre-production planning.
  • Major Project: your culminating practical work on the course.
  • Dissertation or Extended Research Essay: where you apply theory and critical approaches to a subject of your choice, with rigour and in depth.
  • Professional Launchpad: professional networking, mentoring, planning a career and preparing to promote yourself.

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BB/BCC
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSEs.

Applicants should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (minimum)

Applicants should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

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Careers

Graduates from Contemporary Media Practice have a high employment rate in many aspects of the media industries. Recent graduates have gone on to work in film direction, production and editing, BBC production and education departments, Channel 4 programming, internet design and start-up companies, commercial photography and photojournalism and several others exhibit internationally as photographic, video and media artists.

In recent years 60% of our alumni are in graduate level jobs within 6 months of completing the course, many of those in the creative industries.

Each year our students win prizes, have their work shown in major festivals and gain employment in the field of their choice. We also have a strong record in preparing graduates for postgraduate study across a range of both practical and theoretical disciplines, as well as postgraduate teacher training.

Graduate employment and opportunities in the media industries have notably shifted over the past few years, and graduates from this course have demonstrated their responsiveness to these changes. We regularly monitor graduate career destinations, using this information to review the course curriculum.

To support your career development we offer mentoring opportunities with established employers and industry professionals. This allows you to gain support and advice appropriate to your career ambitions.

Many students successfully enter competitions and submit work to festivals. In recent years this has included nominations for Exposures Film Festival, screenings at Cannes Film Festival and other international festivals, photographic awards and residencies.

We require all students to undertake work experience in the second year. Recently students have been placed with companies and organisations as diverse as:

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Company Pictures
  • Endemol
  • Framestore
  • IPC Media
  • Mentorn Media
  • Miramax
  • Molinare
  • N.O.W.Here
  • Pinewood Studios
  • Rankin Photography
  • Resonance FM
  • Talkback Thames
  • The Light Surgeons
  • The Mill
  • Tiger Aspect
  • Tim Bret-Day Photography
  • Unruly Media
  • Vertigo Films
  • Warp Films
  • Working Title

Students are often offered further work, or on occasion permanent employment after completing successful work experience.

Many students also undertake a very diverse range of work experience at other stages of the course, often at a high professional level. Our students are often invited to participate in productions and events by outside companies, so widening their experience of professional life.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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