Why study Media Production at Liverpool John Moores University?
- To turn your creativity and passions into a Content Creator career
- Designed with students in collaboration with practitioners and industry
- As well as the traditional media formats, explore the foundations and boundaries of Mixed Realities Production – enabling you to innovate and inspire using hands-on, active learning
- Build the toolkit and adaptable attitude to gain employment in the highly competitive and rewarding creative industries
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About your course
This BA (Hons) Media Production degree at Liverpool John Moores University is next generation focused.
The course is a creative industries training ground with an emphasis on both the traditional craft skills and studio models as well as the emerging crafts of mixed realities.
We are a hands-on, active learning programme. We show, then you do.
You will use various hardware and software solutions in response to the creative, theoretical, and critical challenges set. You will learn the traditional preproduction, production and postproduction skills of Moving Image and Audio Fiction and Non-fiction shorts. You will also explore Audio podcasting and live environments.
You have the option of a TV Studio project in your second year, culminating in a live broadcast of a show you develop from scratch with your team.
The newest strand of the design champions Digital Workflows and explores areas such as Immersive/Interactive storytelling, 360, VR and AR.
Virtual Production is moving fast, and we invite you to join us in exploring the foundations and new craft skills required to be successful in this field. In your final year, the Digital Disruption module invites you to take all the hardware and software craft skills you have developed and to break the rules - a ‘digital sandbox’ to innovate and inspire.
This is a programme carefully designed by our students in collaboration with the delivery team and industry professionals. There is a new storytelling, marketing, development, and distribution strand that will help you understand how to capitalise on your creativity and turn passions in to a living.
Students were quite passionate in the redesign asking, “How do we sell ourselves?”. This lead to the inclusion of the Digital Marketing, development and Distribution modules on the programme to strengthen the graduate toolkit.
Our industry strand ensures you graduate with the key tools to gain employment along with your degree. That being a CV, showreel and online presence.
This is an exciting, rewarding industry but it is hard work and requires you to show up and put the energy in. If you do this, it will be a transformative experience culminating in your final major project. A calling card to industry that we can all to be proud of. We look forward to helping you set out on your lifelong journey in the Creative Industries.
"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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Through a series of workshops blending theory and practice, practical sessions and targeted briefs you will gain an understanding of contemporary workflows within the creative industries. You will also gain theoretical and practical experience of creating and manipulating various forms of digital media with the purpose of conveying information and stories.
This module introduces you to the grammar of moving image production and allows you to acquire a range of technical and organisational skills. Through a series of workshops, you will acquire a basic competency in production techniques. In the group portfolio students will experience the development and production of both a non-fiction and a fictional film. In the Individual play piece students can express their individuality.
Lectures will provide introductions to narrative theories which will then be applied to group work and discussions in seminars. The workshop series will develop scholarship skills including Microsoft Office Tools, Harvard Referencing, using appendices and layout features. The tone of Essays, Reports and Reflective Essays will also be explored.
You will produce a portfolio of work, with accompanying reflection upon your learning, leading to the creation of an audio artefact demonstrating the various skills and knowledge. You will be encouraged to work within the parameters of student competitions or festivals where appropriate, to encourage an informed understanding of, and engagement with, industry. Through a series of blended workshops, seminars and tutorials students will gain an understanding of Audio practice and background including:
- Writing for radio and narration
- Casting for radio and narration
- Different mics and their uses
- Radio/Podcast Studios
- Editing in Adobe Audition
- Sound Design for Audio Fiction
- Sound Design for Audio non-fiction
- Skilful and sensitive interviewing of contributors
- Audio storytelling – informed by the intended audience
- Commissioning, competitions, and festivals.
Industries Portfolio 1
This module will introduce internal and industry guests to your lectures. Each two-hour seminar will require you to engage in tasks and blog about your experiences weekly. As part of your portfolio, you will also engage with future focus and career planning e-learning tools. The presentations give the group a chance to practice this important skill and to express their insights and learning journey.
Lectures will introduce current thinking and principals of project management. Seminars will involve team 'crits' and brainstorming sessions. Workshops will introduce project management tools. You will also be introduced to budgeting and costing projects against industry rates and standards. Working as creative teams the students will record all planning and development, presenting project progress to the tutors who will take the role of the client. This module aims to reproduce the working practices of industry. You will be introduced to collaborative tools such as: Miro, Slack, Airtable, InVision, you will be introduced to project management tools such as: Jira, Asana and Trello.
You will collaboratively explore hardware and software that can engage an audience in mixed, merged, augmented, extended, and virtual realities; for utility and/or entertainment. Platforms for delivery might include any screen based technology and you will explore terms and realms such as; AR; MR; XR; VR; web. To develop a range of possible narrative worlds that might be; location-based; participatory; playful; and informed by UX and UI considerations. Students, in small teams will negotiate and then implement a mixed reality artefact. Seminar Crit will provide a space for peer to peer project development feedback and discussion. You will individually evaluate the research that informed, and the outcomes of, your group project.
Through a series of lectures and practical workshops you will learn the various ways in which post-production techniques can be used to enhance narrative and add depth to moving image material. You will follow typical industry workflows in the development of personal projects; experimenting with concepts and techniques whilst ensuring that creative decisions are justified and fit the requirements of the brief.
This module will equip you with the skills and understanding necessary to explore the creative process in building successful online brands. You will analyse the relationship between enterprises and advertising agencies and discover how to create innovative concepts that are appropriate for a given creative brief. The lecture series will introduce key concepts including:
- STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning)
- 7 p's of marketing
- Performance tracking – platform engagement, mobile vs web click through etc
- Analytics – using media data sets to inform strategy
- The Seminar Crit will encourage peer to peer learning and feedback on campaign plans. Workshops will support technical needs.
In this module students work in teams to produce a short film drama following a series of lectures, master classes, workshops and tutorials. Pre-production, casting, rehearsals, research, filming and editing will be undertaken as independent study. You will choose either the Moving Image or Audio output in the first session, then be grouped accordingly.
Industries Portfolio 2
This module will introduce guest experts and agency members. The workshops are a blend of seminar and practical to support portfolio generation. You will be invited to creatively respond to the brief in groups, then you will choose one area of industry from the syllabus to highlight. You may create a single, self-contained Moving Image or Audio output, alternatively you may create an interactive experience online, or a "pack" containing many short, but related artefacts. You will be invited to present your plan formatively for feedback and approval.
You will choose either the Moving Image or Audio output in the first session, then be grouped accordingly. There will be a formative presentation of non-fiction ideas for peer feedback and Tutor "greenlight" approval. Lectures will introduce key thinkers in the field and highlight career pathways to industry. The workshops will be a practical, hands-on application of the topics learned in the lecture (i.e. conduct an interview in a workshop applying the different approaches learned in the theory session).
Non-Fiction TV Studio
The module will introduce the basic working practices, shooting conventions and camera scripting of multi-camera studio production.
The aim is to advance the capacity for: editorial decision making and production research, organisation, meeting deadlines, effective planning and communication, self-reliance and teamwork, to enhance creative thinking and problem solving as a team in a live setting.
Development and Distribution
The aim of the module is to develop and critically analyse an original concept for a media production. This module prepares you for your final independent production module in semester two. The media project you design and pitch in this module will be produced as your final independent project.
Weekly lectures will expose you to new industry trends and innovations through guest speakers and new technology demonstrations. This will encourage exploration and disruption in terms of using familiar process in new ways and impacting society. In the workshops, you will identify areas to focus your disruptive response to the brief with peer input and testing. You will present project progress weekly while workshops also offer technical support.
In week one of the module, you will identify areas for development in your chosen skillset and plan for key milestones. Weekly workshops will support hardware or software progression in your chosen specialism. Then, every two weeks, you will present progress and confirm further development stages with your tutor in seminars. If you fall behind or move ahead of milestones, the learning plan will be negotiated accordingly with tutor approval.
The module provides a concentrated opportunity to contribute to the origination, research, development, and production of a media artefact as a culmination of your degree experience. This module will provide an opportunity for you to produce work that reflects your skills and positions you in the job market, providing you with valuable practical experience and a portfolio piece of work.
Industries Portfolio 3
This module is designed to facilitate students entering the workplace after graduation, providing further professional development by engaging with professionals in your chosen fields. You will design a real career action plan with realistic next steps. Your weekly lectures will introduce guests and internal specialists working in creative industries recruitment. This will support you on your final trajectory to employment. Five two-hour workshops, delivered in the second half of the module, will blend as tutorial and feedback sessions on portfolio elements towards your final submission.
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's joined LJMU as Programme Leader on Media Production 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”.
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: 104
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
- Welsh GCSE in Maths
- Welsh GCSE in Numeracy
- 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: BCC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- T Level requirements: 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
- 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: D*D from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National 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: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 104 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: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to 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.
Reduced Offer Scheme
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.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 your application 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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