Why study Media Production with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?
- VISIT LAST YEAR'S LIVERPOOL SCREEN SCHOOL DEGREE SHOW
- 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
- Browse the course blog for more information about the course, student work, links with industry, almuni new and student achievements
- Based in the £38million Redmonds Building with industry-standard editing suites, studios and design software
About your course
While studying the BA (Hons) Media Production Foundation Year 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.
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.
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.
"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."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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.
The course has a history of success in film and media competitions with graduates winning coveted Royal Television Society Student Awards in Documentary (2013 and 2015), Drama (2016), and last year in the Comedy and entertainment category for The Trick in Trick or Treat, a comedy drama which three students produced 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.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
In this module you will be introduced to the vocabularies and conventions of the different media and creative subjects. You will practice the use of this vocabulary and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through the production of a blog, exercises for which will be set during the semester.
Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
This module provides you with the integrated skills required for academic success. You will develop your skills of creating posters, constructing bibliographies, and sourcing relevant materials. Alongside this you will learn to identify and understand academic writing and referencing techniques. The multi-disciplinary syllabus and assessment tasks will enable you to acquire the academic skills needed for successful transition into Level 4 and the completion of the degree.
Investigating the City
In this module you will explore historical and cultural aspects of Liverpool, including trips to develop knowledge. It enables you to develop skills to produce an academic piece of writing to prepare for Level 4.
In this module you will be introduced to academic staff in the Liverpool Screen School who will, each week, share personal passions and show how these have driven their research, writing and production profiles. You will be set smaller learning tasks driven by these specific interests in order to broaden knowledge and its practical applications. These tasks will form the content of the creative notebook. You will be encouraged to identify, consider and explore your own passions, potentially developing new enthusiasms as your experiences are widened.
In this module you will be introduced to local organisations and companies and will be equipped with a broad understanding of the media, creative industries and organisations allied to the subjects covered by the Foundation course. This module enables you to study one of these organisations in depth, considering its history and contemporary purpose. You will also develop basic research and report-writing skills.
This module enables you to develop subject specialist and collaborative creative practice through the opportunity to create a performance/media event in response to a given stimulus theme. You will also be provided vocabularies and strategies for reflection on, and evaluation of, individual creative practice.
Digital Media Tools
In this module you will explore the creative potential of digital software and apply techniques for image and video manipulation and audio production.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the conventions and techniques of single-camera video production. You will explore the creative aspects of the moving image in story telling in a group practical situation to gain a thorough grounding in the organisational procedures that surround documentary production practice.
Themes of Contemporary Media
This module will provide you with an understanding of the evolution of media and it will enable you to develop an ability to relate theory to contemporary issues/practice.
Introduction to the Media Industry
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the concept of the media as a multi million pound global industry and the opportunities this affords to the creative media sector.
This module introduces theories of narrative and provides a critical language with which to dissect and discuss a broad range of narrative experiences. This will allow you to appreciate how stories are told across diverse media platforms.
Digital Production Practice
This module aims to extend your understanding of creative production practice and to explore animation practice and camera techniques. During the first part of the module, you will develop examples of animation and motion graphic practice.
This module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a multi-platform team-based project to explore the theory and practice of engaging users across a range of platforms.
Compositing and Post Production
This module will introduce a variety of digital manipulation tools and techniques which will enable you to explore appropriate techniques to enhance the 'story'. The module serves as both a general introduction to the technical and creative solutions currently employed in compositing and as a more specific introduction to the use of Adobe After Effects as the ubiquitous and industry standard software package.
This module provides you with an opportunity to contribute creatively in groups for the adaptation, interpretation, research, performance, design and production of a short film drama.
Applying for Placements and Jobs
In this module you will develop an understanding of employment in the media and how media professionals obtain work to enhance CV writing skills and covering materials to improve chances of gaining placements/future employment.
Digital Media Ethics, Compliance and Copyright
This module enables you to understand why the issues of Digital Media Ethics, Compliance and Copyright are important for the media industry, and to understand the principles of Digital Media Ethics, Compliance and Copyright.
Digital Media Cultures
This module enables you to develop an understanding of the interactions and relationships between media products, producers and texts in the current context of Digital Media. The module will provide you with the critical tools necessary to explore media products in relation to cultural production, circulation, regulation and reception.
TV Studio Production
This module introduces you to the basic working practices, shooting conventions and camera scripting of multi-camera studio production. You will also learn about: production research, organisation, meeting deadlines, effective planning and communication, self-reliance and teamwork.
Interactive Multimedia Practice
The module enables you to explore the potential for developing immersive media content for public display to interpret, develop and reflect on multimedia practice.
The Dissertation module will enable you to work independently to plan, design and execute an extended analysis of a media subject that extends your specialist knowledge.
This module provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the origination, research, development and production of a media artefact as a culmination of the degree experience. It will provide an opportunity for you to produce work that reflects your skills and positions you in the job market, providing valuable practical experience and a portfolio piece of work.
Creative Media Practice
This module enables you to experiment with, and evaluate, creative media technologies to enhance your ability to develop, convey and implement creative media ideas.
This module will equip you with research skills in preparation for the Dissertation module. It enables you to identify and explore research sources in your chosen area of interest.
Work Based Learning
This module will facilitate you with experience of the real world media workplace. It provides you with an extended opportunity for supervised independent learning in an approved media professional environment, enabling you to develop your skills and direct knowledge of working practices in the media.
Media Business Report
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of media organisations in order to develop your own interests which can help focus preparation for employment.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars, online activities 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, Canvas.
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.
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).
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
WeZ joined LJMU as Programme Leader in 2020. His research explores the experiences of first generation students in higher media education. In particular, he is looking at students on the media technology degree pathways at Southampton Solent University in relation to Perspective Transformation (Mezirow 1978) and Transformative Learning (Mezirow 1991). Although WeZ uses the tools of his trade in his research, camera work, editing and script writing for instance, he has moved away from the terms Practice-Based and Practice-led (Candy 2006). He prefers to operate under a “Craft Enhanced Research” mind-set and promotes “Craft Informed Teaching”. WeZ has a broad production background ranging from corporate, children’s television and factual to live theatre AV, live studio and outside broadcasting. He also has seven years broadcast playout experience to senior level for Setanta Sports, Arqiva and Encompass handling clients like ESPN, Sony and Disney.
Media and creative industries education changed my life, and through it, we can change yours.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 72
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: DDD
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Assessment of suitability to the course will include reviewing a piece of media you have created yourself or contributed to and your answers to a set of questions. You will be asked to submit these after you apply.IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
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 this
Applicants should demonstrate their qualities as creative practitioners
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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