Media Production Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)
This course will provide you with a range of practical skills in media production, increasing your understanding of issues concerned with the media industry and encouraging your personal and professional development. You will be able to undertake work placements and use our onsite production and training environment to give you realistic training and experience to help with your studies. During the course you will also have the opportunity to work on live projects with real clients.
I did apply to some universities but one of the key things that attracted me to this course at Bedford College was the opportunities for work experience with media companies. In addition, there was a cost saving when compared to studying at a university and I felt that being taught in smaller groups at college was more suited to my learning style.
The facilities at the College, and in particular the TV studios, are brilliant. In fact there is more equipment than you would ever need. I’ve done work experience at professional studios and you realise that real production companies are working with less equipment than we have at College!
I learnt a lot from the lecturers who have all worked in media production. You often have the opportunity to get paid work experience on one of their industry projects. For example, I was a production assistant with London based Bertie Films and helped them film adverts for Sony and Bosch.
I’ve also really enjoyed managing my own professional projects and working with clients. When we did our major project, which was a costume drama, we had to approach actors and location owners and negotiate with them to see if they wanted to take part. This is exactly what I would have to do if I was working for myself or a production company, so it was excellent experience.
The network of industry contacts that I’ve managed to build up during my time at Bedford College has been amazing. Next year I’m planning to top-up my degree at the University of Bedfordshire and then set myself up as a freelancer.
Michael - Media Production Foundation Degree
You will need:
- 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
- 48 UCAS points from Media or Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
- Equivalent Level 3 qualification.
We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.
Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype/telephone. Practical examples will need to be sent before the interview and this should be arranged with the interviewer. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing practical artefacts, e.g. short films, music videos, adverts.
During the course you will study the following units:
Level 4 (Year 1)
- Create a production (video production and editing)
- Film studies (film theory and practical video production)
- Skills development (academic skills)
- Ways of seeing (visual language deconstruction)
Level 5 (Year 2)
- Media employment (exploring career paths).
- Production design (practical film, prop, costume making)
- TV and film documentary (practical video production)
- Write to direct (scriptwriting).
The part-time version of this course will range over three years – units will be discussed at interview.
You will be assessed through completing project brief-based assignments.
Further study and career options
On this course, you will also be able to establish links with Media Junction which is run by the University of Bedfordshire and aims to enhance the student experience by creating opportunities for students to network with each other, across degree pathways in order to make films and create media content. The initiative is designed to allow students to better understand how freelance work and networking is a staple of the creative industries.
You can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Media Production degree. This course will also give you the skills you need to start a career in short film, documentary or television production.
You are advised to buy a hard drive to store your work on (at the cost of approximately £40. There will also be travel costs for client projects.