BA (Hons) Media Production with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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You will spend the majority of your time studying at our High Wycombe Campus to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to seamlessly transition from university into employment.  However, you may also have the opportunity to study at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios putting you right in the heart of this world famous creative hub.


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Why study this subject?

Whether it’s TV, film, video, journalism or social media content, the media industry has evolved with a focus on digital formats. Today media is expected to be 'on-demand' and media organisations need agile and flexible people with the expertise to produce high quality media content in a range of forms and across different platforms.

From podcasting to sound design, screenwriting to content creation – the on-going changes in technology, regulation and societal uses of media will mean that you will need to be equipped with the skills to turn your passion into a rewarding and successful career. On this course we aim to do just that.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Buckinghamshire New University is a great place to start. When you’re surrounded by so many creative students and lecturers, you can’t help but be inspired to dream big. You will get the chance to collaborate with other BNU courses that make up the team that sit behind creating media.

During your time with us you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting and sound, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.

During your time with us you’ll engage with our dynamic programme of visiting lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry.

Media organisations are increasingly reliant on higher education to produce graduates who are agile, flexible and resourceful. On this course you will gain the experience and expertise to produce high quality media content in a range of forms and across different platforms, responding to the on-going changes in technology, regulation and societal uses of media.

What facilities can I use?



Whilst studying with us you will create Film & TV content in our industry-standard studios where we use professional Panasonic and Canon cameras. Furthermore, in our private and communal editing suites, you will get the chance to become skilled with all our post-production software including:

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Adobe Creative Cloud.

You'll also learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios, from individual edit rooms up to large Pro Tools HD studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths.

  • Studios 1 and 2 boast Avid D-Command control surfaces and 24 channels of Focusrite ISA828 microphone preamps
  • Studios three and four (Edit 6) are based around Digidesign C|24 surfaces
  • The edit booths are equipped with microphone preamps from Digidesign (HD Omni).
  • Our microphone stock includes Sennheiser, Neumann, AKG, Shure, Rode and Electrovoice
  • Studio monitoring includes 5.1 systems by Genelec and stereo systems by KRK
  • All studios feature a full range of plug-ins including RX3, Ozone6, Komplete and Speakerphone.

You'll also have access to industry-standard photography facilities, to build your confidence in using professional equipment.

What will I study?

On our programme you will develop a range of media production techniques that can be used for online and offline media. We cover a broad range of media which you’ll combine theory and practice in.  Some of these areas include:

  • Recording techniques
  • Photography
  • Journalism
  • Sound design
  • Podcasting
  • Video
  • Screenwriting.

Your modules offer plenty of options, so you can begin to specialise in the areas which interest you most or which might prove valuable for your chosen career. Depending which modules you choose, you will also spend time studying at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, putting you right at the heart of the UK Film and TV industry.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

On our course the teaching will feature a variety of approaches and technology, blended together to engage your learning in class and beyond, and to encourage your full participation. The teaching and learning strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to independent learning as you progress through the levels of the programme. Guided independent study will include activities such as reading and research, planning for productions, and self-guided production activity on location.

A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

Assessment approaches include:

  • group and individual portfolios of written work and media content that will include research, pre-production, production and post-production work submissions
  • critical self-evaluation and role analysis in the form of individual reflective written evaluations
  • peer evaluation in the form of discussion of work in groups
  • opportunity for external placement and work-based learning reports that will enhance each student’s capacity to adopt professional working practices
  • tasks aimed at the assessment of specific production skills which will target each individual’s career aspirations.
  • Independent work at the culmination of the degree comprising a short media production.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) Media Production Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry and Research Skills

Introduction to Moving Image Production

Year 2 Modules

Tech Skills: Camera and editing

Writing for film and television: documentary

World of Journalism

Documentary Production

Writing for film and television: fiction

Introduction to recording

Technical skills: lighting and sound

An introduction to photography

Year 3 Modules

Advanced Camera & Lighting Techniques

Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Editorial

The Media Business (optional)

Music Video Production (optional)

Digital Marketing (optional)

Commercial Short Form Production (optional)

Advanced Screenwriting and Pitching (optional)

Client Production with Placement Plus

Sound Design for Moving Image (optional)

Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Campaign and Publicity (optional)

Art Film Production (optional)

Advanced Editing and Compositing

Directing for Film (optional)

Pre-Production and Fiction Production Management (optional)

Year 4 Modules

Podcasting: creation and production

Social media marketing

Filming on mobile phones

Professional Preparation 2

Industry Practice Research Project (optional)

Independent Script Project (optional)

Creative Portfolio Production (optional)

Placement Plus Work based project (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BA (Hons) Media Production with Foundation Year course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in areas such as:

  • TV
  • Film
  • Video
  • Journalism
  • Social Media
  • Podcasting
  • On-demand
  • Scriptwriting
  • Content creation.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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