If you want a career in the media industries, this hands-on Media Production degree offers the skills and opportunities you need. The course concentrates on the three most important aspects of media production – TV, radio and new media. You’ll begin studying all areas of production, gaining practical skills to produce content across different platforms and media. You can then specialise in TV, radio or new media, with awareness of how they intersect in the modern world.
Students studying the Media Production degree at our Cardiff campus benefit from an expert teaching team, many of whom have professional media industry experience and excellent industry contacts. With Cardiff at the centre of one of the UK's most dynamic media industries, it's the perfect place to launch your career.
Our Media Production graduates have gone on to positions in the BBC, ITV, S4C, Made in Wales TV, Boomerang, Indus, Media Wales, Sky Sports and Sky News, alongside many other media outlets and PR companies. USW's Media Production degree is also part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
USW is ranked Top in Wales for career prospects in Film Production and Photography - Guardian League Table 2022
See student work on the Media Production blog
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The first year of the Media Production degree includes practical production modules focused on concept development and an introduction to script-writing, video, audio / sound design and interactive design and construction, balanced with a theory module to help develop your understanding of the industry. The focus of the first year is to explore and develop your creativity and identify your chosen area of interest within the industry.
During the second year you will begin to specialise further within production teams by developing your skills within your preferred production roles on factual and fiction shorts, commercials, promos and within interactive story-telling. You will also develop your professional practices through working on ‘live’ external client briefs.
In between the second and third years of the Media Production degree, there is an opportunity for students to undertake a year’s work placement, and gain valuable work experience to enhance future employment prospects.
The final year will provide an opportunity for you to set up production teams to complete your Major Projects; your role in a Major Project will be focused on your specific area of interest. The Major Project will be supported by your personal research project, which will provide the basis for your approach and involvement.
The media production degree is taught through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops that reflect the mixture of hands-on work and the thinking that informs the course.
You will have timetabled lectures for three days. However, you are required to undertake self-directed, independent study for the majority of the rest of your week, outside of timetabled sessions.
You will also develop a professional portfolio, show-reel and a social media presence through targeted workshops, along with learning essential skills to prepare you for freelance working in the media industry.
Not forgetting that you would be studying in Cardiff, one of the UK’s major Television and media industry centres, from where dramas such as Sherlock, Dr Who, Casualty, Stella, Gavin & Stacey, Born to Kill, Safe House, Journeys End, Decline and Fall have been produced.
And not only are there the major Bad Wolf, Pinewood, BBC and ITV studios in Cardiff, there is now an independent TV production industry of over 600 firms.
Your practical work will be assessed through coursework and assignments, including a mix of group work and individual projects.
Working to ‘live’ briefs with external clients, under the supervision of your tutors, is built into a number of your modules across the three years of your course, in order to fully prepare you for working independently, professionally, and intuitively, with clients.
There are also a number of work experience opportunities that are offered to our department by Media Industry employers, and external clients, throughout each year, which we pass on to our students.
These have included working on Dr Who, Sex Education, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, The Big Question, X Ray, Crime watch, TedX; at studios like Bad Wolf and Pinewood, for major production companies such as the BBC, Netflix and Channel Four and independent productions for Rhod Gilbert, VOX, Amplified Business Content, Jolene Films, and more.
Live Multi-Camera Television Studio
Broadcast standard TV Studio with 4 Pedestal Cameras, Auto Cue, Gallery Control Room, full complement Lighting Gantry, Green-Screen, Talk-Back, Tracking Dollies, Crane Arms and associated equipment.
The TV Studio is used not only in timetabled sessions but is also a bookable facility for students to produce their own TV content which they can stream on their own sites on a regular basis.
Media Production (Course-Specific) Mac Edit Suites
90 x Apple Mac Edit machines in 3 x dedicated Media Production rooms.
Every machine runs: Adobe Creative Suite (inc. Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Muse, Audition, InDesign); AVID Editing and EP Movie Magic (Industry standard Scheduling and Budgeting software).
Live Radio and Sound Recording Suites
3 x Live Streaming radio studios. Foley recording and Voice-Over facilities.
All that you require to develop the skills and confidence to record and mix sound for Live and Pre-Recorded Radio broadcast, Location and Studio sound for Factual and Drama productions including Audio Books, Animation; TV Studio sound sound and foley for Screen Drama, Documentaries, Gameplay and Interactives.
Professional Standard Location Cameras, Lighting, Grip and Sound Recording Equipment
Subject to your level of study and completion of specialist training workshops, you will have access to:
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Applicants in the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.
Applicants outside the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:
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Portable hard drive 2TB
International field trip
|Additional assessment or memberships: Exhibition Presentation||£200||
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Two SD cards (32GB each minimum)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
Graduates from our Media Production degree have pursued successful careers in film, TV and radio production and presentation, press and public relations, web design and journalism.
Dependent upon their chosen field, our students will graduate with the ability to implement professional working practice, in at least one of the following, at industry required entry level, as –
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.