Media Production - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Media Production

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: P300

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

While studying the BA (Hons) Media Production at Liverpool John Moores University, you will have access to industry-standard facilities in our Screen School plus excellent placement opportunities with leading media companies.

  • Creative Skillset Tick accredited degree course demonstrates that it provides the most up-to-date and relevant industry training and education
  • Work placements with local and national media companies such as Lime Pictures/Lime Digital, BBC Merseyside and Liverpool Film Office
  • Liverpool Screen School is recognised by BBC North as a centre of excellence in media education and training
  • Teaching from experienced industry practitioners
  • Based in the £38million Redmonds Building with industry-standard editing suites, studios and design software

A brilliant hands-on course with the freedom to learn specific skills in a wide range of media areas. The course enables you to realise where your strengths lie and how to improve your weaknesses. I enjoyed every minute of my time at the Liverpool Screen School, meeting fantastic lecturers and making friends for life.

Stevie Lennon, recent graduate

LJMU Media Production students proved invaluable to us. Our oral storytelling website Peoples-Stories.com was in need of streamlining and as a small indie we didn't have time to analyse what the next stage in its evolution should be. Thanks to the LJMU team we got a clear and well thought through appraisal.

Sol Papadopoulos, Hurricane Films

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Work-based learning is a vital element of this degree programme and gives you a taste of what it’s really like to work in the media industry. You will not only get to practise skills you have learnt on the course, but you will also be able to add the experience to your CV, giving you a head start when it comes to finding your first job in this very competitive industry.

In fact many of our graduates have been offered a full-time position by their placement employer on the strength of successful work experience.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

We believe that one-to-one support during your studies is vital, and for this reason you will be assigned a personal tutor from the minute you enrol at LJMU. He or she may teach some of your sessions, but you are also encouraged to arrange meetings with them to discuss course-related issues and ideas in a more informal setting. You will also receive support in finding and securing a work placement.

Course details

It’s all about making media, using cameras, lights, editing and software to tell stories both fact and fiction to be consumed on the internet, televisions, mobiles, tablets and big screens.

Liverpool, close to MediaCity in Salford, is the largest media hub outside London and the most filmed city outside of the capital, making it the perfect location to study Media Production. This course will prepare you for a career in the media as a flexible practitioner able to rise to the challenges of a continually evolving media landscape.

The course will build your experience of media production tools and techniques, professional practice, creativity, narrative skills, digital media technology and contemporary media theory. As well as making media products you will study academic modules and graduate with a range of transferrable skills valued in many career paths.

The course runs a dedicated blog which highlights student work, study visits and alumni success.

You will be part of the Liverpool Screen School, based in the Redmonds Building, working with industry standard equipment, including a state of the art HD Broadcast-ready TV Studio.

The Liverpool Screen School is a 'preferred Higher Education Partner' for BBC North. Our dedicated staff have great connections with many local and national media companies such as BBC, Lime Pictures, Lime Digital, LA Productions, ITV and ITV Shiver, Hurricane Films, Mocha, Envy, FACT and Liverpool Film Office. As well as providing guest lectures and master classes these links have proved invaluable in securing students work placements and employment.

Work-based learning is a vital part of this degree and gives you a taste of what it’s really like to work in the creative media sector. You will not only get to practice skills you have developed on the course, but you will be able to add the experience to your CV, giving you a head start when it comes to finding your first job in this very competitive industry.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4
  • Introduction to the Media Industry
  • Production Practice
  • Digital Media Tools
  • Digital Production Practice
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Themes of Contemporary Media   
Level 5
  • Digital Media Cultures
  • Digital Media Ethics, Compliance and Copyright
  • Compositing and Post Production
  • Drama
  • Multiplatform Production
  • Applying for Placements and Jobs

The following options are typically offered:   

  • TV Studio Production
  •  Interactive Multimedia Practice

Level 6
  • Production Project
  • Creative Media Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Dissertation

The following options are typically offered:

  • Work-based Learning
  • Independent Study

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Private study, individual and group production work as well as academic writing and research is an important aspect of degree-level study and so you will be expected to spend about 40% of your time working independently, when producing media, preparing essays, reports or presentations.

Plus you will be expected to complete independent study and group work and participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are all experienced industry practitioners whose solid connections with the local and national media will prove invaluable when the time comes to find yourself a work placement. Their contacts also ensure that they keep abreast of the latest advances in the media and update the programme accordingly.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: written work (essays, etc), presentations (group/individual), practical assessments (individual and team projects), producing web content, video productions both factual and fiction, studio and location, interactive products and portfolios (including e-portfolios).

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

104

Application and selection

​The essential skills that should be included on your application form are:

Applicants should display an enthusiasm and aptitude for studying this area

Applicants should show evidence of extracurricular activities in this field of study

Applicants must be team players and their applications must reflect thisApplicants should demonstrate their qualities as creative practitioners

Further information about the interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject required if no other Level 3 qualification taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
We welcome applications from International applicants who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements and will be interviewed via Skype.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

You will be encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of work experience available via the School’s Production Unit. This unique aspect of the course offers you the opportunity to undertake paid and unpaid work for professional clients, helping you build up a genuine CV of media work experience to present to potential employers.

Graduates from Media Production have an excellent employment record, particularly in professional broadcast media, ranging from television researchers and assistant producers, camera assistants, designers, press officers, technical directors, producers of new media and online content.

Two recent Media Production graduates, Josie Webster and Ian Gardner, won a prestigious Royal Television Society Student Award in the factual category in February 2015 for One Eye Open, a documentary about a partially sighted climber, which they made for their final production project.

Some students also go on to set up their own production companies making music videos, corporate and short films as well as web design and new media production. Progression onto postgraduate study is also a route for Media Production graduates.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

BA (Hons) Media Production is a Creative Skillset Tick accredited degree course, in recognition that the programme provides the most up-to-date and relevant industry training and education.

The Creative Skillset Tick is a quality mark indicating the courses best suited to prepare you for a career in the creative industries. Liverpool Screen School is recognised by BBC North as a centre of excellence in media education and training.

Creative Skillset Tick

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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