Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

96%graduates in work or further study within 6 months of finishing degree**HESA 2016

In this practical course, you’ll produce a substantial portfolio of high quality media production work to impress potential employers. 

From exciting competitions to collaborative projects with industry, you’ll be challenged to come up with innovative solutions in a range of inter-related media. Our students work regularly with organisations such as Derby County FC, the Derby Telegraph and Film City Derby Jazz & the BBC. You’ll hone your skills in our professional TV & Radio media studios, supported by an enthusiastic teaching team with extensive experience in the broadcast and new media industries.

If you want to create compelling Digital Media be that TV, radio, print or online products, the possibilities are endless on our BA (Hons) Media Production. We’ll help you develop original, challenging and inspired work which will get you noticed in a fast-moving world where new media platforms are constantly evolving. This innovative programme has been designed to support you in developing professional skills in both media production and content creation.

The course will prepare you to take on a wide range of different roles within an ever changing media landscape and media industry, dealing with the development of digital content for both traditional and convergent media platforms. You will graduate from this course as a professional who not only understands the production processes, but who is also proficient in content creation and production. Graduates will be equipped to work with media and communications in a wide range of industries.

As a media graduate you will be ideally suited to work independently to create media artifacts in many small, medium and large organisations. However, the eclectic range of skills you will develop on this degree also puts you in a unique position to manage many other enterprise projects where your specialist area is combined with a wide range of other disciplines. Very few graduates will have both the breadth and depth of focus that you will develop on this course!

Take a look at the kind of things you could be doing in the video below...

See why in 2018 BA (Hons) Media Production achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS)


All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.

Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.

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Media and Film Studios

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Film festival screenings and even a move to LA could be on the cards for our award-winning Film and Media Production students.

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What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4MP511

Small Screen, Big Ambition

This module aims to introduce the student to the ideas surrounding Media Production and Content Creation for television. It will look at the ways in which audio and video is captured and edited, and the workflows around studio-based production.

The module will also explore many other necessary skills as part of the production process – Health & Safety, assessing locations, project preparation and many other forms of research.

It provides opportunities to acquire practical experience of relevant technical operations and some theoretical aspects of media recording & editing, as well as fundamental elements of technique for programme production.

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40 Credits

Code: 4MP512

Digital Symbiosis

It can be argued that the print industry has struggled to hold onto its readers due to the freedom that the internet offers people in terms of search, access and reading/viewing similar content online for free, but also that the print industry may have also mismanaged the way in which they themselves delivered online content during the explosion of digital online delivery, and have created digital delivery methods that have become parasitic to their flagship product.

This module will introduce you to the concept of cross platform design, content creation and asset management.

You will initially explore current professional productions and understand concepts such as audience registers, branding and visual identity. From this exploration and learning you will then create a magazine and sister website that work symbiotically.

Yet, in order to be able to confidently create such artefacts you will need to learn traditional layout skills and practices. These include graphic design theories, practices and techniques such as the use of colour, texture, typography, visual hierarchy and the use of the photographic image to convey/enforce meaning, as well as basic web coding.

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40 Credits

Code: 4MP513

Radio ID

This module provides an introduction to the defining characteristics of the medium of radio and an appreciation of the breadth of styles and forms available in this fast-changing digital industry. The students will develop practical radio production skills in recording and editing and produce creative audio work underpinned by an appreciation of audience.

The students will expand your understanding of the different radio genres and industry strands and through critical listening develop an appreciation of the evocative powers of sound. Interview, guest management and field recording skills will also be learned and developed.

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20 Credits

Code: 4MR510

Write This Way

The module will allow you to explore the craft of writing in the media and communications industry with a focus on entertainment. You will examine the structures and constraints imposed by various media, taking into account audience/readership, style and format, and legal and ethical issues. The module will be practical based, allowing the opportunity to hone writing abilities to a high standard, and giving you an excellent grounding for further study in specialist areas, such as journalism, scriptwriting, corporate communications and new media, including cross platform/multimedia.

This is a practical-based workshop module, which will give you a basic introduction to the art and craft of writing scenes or sequences suitable for media production. You will be introduced to key concepts, methods and techniques that are used to construct written work for media in its various forms. There will be a strong emphasis on dramatic writing which feeds into later media modules in Level 5 and 6.

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20 Credits

Code: 5MP511

Interfacing with the Truth

With the ever-growing ownership of ubiquitous mobile devices, smart TV’s, as well as wearable tech, the potential for creating new methods of communication and media consumption are enormous. This is in terms of how we may access digital based content for both digital and non-digital productions and has begun to challenge the traditional symbiotic relationship between legacy media and their traditional sister web products.

The production element of this module will allow you to be able to explore, create and deliver functional and useable ‘mobile’ based interfaces. In addition to this, students will be creating a magazine-based production that will employ new technologies to directly access associated external digital content e.g. augmented reality.

While researching, designing, and creating the digital artifacts for the project brief(s), you will also begin to contextualise your own practice and begin to be critically aware of both your own and your peers’ productions within a more professional framework.

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40 Credits

Code: 5MP513

Focusing on The Facts

This module forms part of the television practice strand in the Media Production programme and will allow the student to further expand and develop their skills in television production beyond those displayed at level 4. This module introduces the student to the art of producing as well as building upon their awareness of media ethics and issues in media production.

This module will also allow the student to learn on how to identify key issues in TV production, as the module will consider expanding upon the theories of audience, markets, media ethics & law, practical skills, funding and media research.

Practical Documentary production will enable the student to explore the constraints of the television industry, develop technical skills and to be creative with factual narratives.

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40 Credits

Code: 5MP514

Voice of Reason

This module continues the radio practice strand in the Media Production programme. Students will be expected to further develop their editorial and technical skills in radio production using a variety of techniques: location recordings, crafted packages, live interviews and in-studio production skills.

The module encourages students to be imaginative and creative within the constraints of factual broadcast, considering issues of form, content and audience and refining their understanding of the specific characteristics of working with ideas in sound.

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20 Credits

Code: 5MP512

From Premise to Page

In this module students have the opportunity to acquire techniques and methodologies in screenwriting. Screenplays developed in this module may be selected to be produced in the TV3 module at Level 6. Techniques of structuring and developing narrative for the screen are explored and theoretical models are applied to case studies and students’ own work.

The student will work to develop an original short film script to a brief, and suitable for production by media students at Level 6 within the available resources.

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20 Credits

Code: 5MR514

Researching the Audience

How do we know what audiences do with the media they consume? What do they like and why do they like it? These questions are important both to the academic study of audiences and media consumption and to the media industries that rely on reaching and keeping those audiences.

This module will develop your skills and understanding of critical concepts surrounding audiences and practical methods of audience research. You will gain understanding of the value of qualitative and quantitative methods of research and the value of this research to critical thinking, creative decisions in media production and to media industries.

You will explore the way that audiences have been understood from various critical perspectives, including both academic and popular notions of media ‘effects’. This critical understanding will be combined with practical methods as you explore the methods of audience research used in Media and Cultural studies such as Uses and Gratifications research and ethnographic research and its various applications such as netnography, autoethnography, participant observer research and qualitative methods.

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20 Credits

Code: 6MP515

New Horizons

This module will allow the student to build upon the skills, learning and experiences from the previous two years of study, and allow the student to focus and further develop their independent practice, and theoretical understanding of their chosen subject matter.

Through the creation and delivery of a negotiated project, the student will truly begin to define themselves as a professional creative media practitioner within their chosen area of media.

The culmination of this module will be a body of work that will become the core of their graduate portfolio for applications to future positions within the creative media industries.

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40 Credits

Code: 6MP511

Dramatic Direction

This module explores dramatic production, specifically short-form drama production within the Media Production programme. The student will expand upon previous TV production and technical skills and refocus this understanding and skillset in terms of creating a short, stand-alone, non-episodic, dramatic production.

Working in production groups, the student will explore the skills and experiences of filming on location and on set, while being creative and innovative and working to a professional industry standard.

It will encourage the student to be expressive and contemporary within the broad spectrum of short screen drama, whilst considering issues of short-form drama, technical production skills and workflow as well as content creation and audience reception.

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40 Credits

Code: 6MP512

‘Appification’ of TV

With the continual rise and uptake of ‘connected’ TV’s in the home, it is now evident that we are quickly moving beyond the point in which a traditional linear broadcast model of television content creation, delivery and ‘passive’ consumption is desirable as a futureproof model. Therefore TV and all of its aspects need to evolve, as we are now within the realms of a more personalised interactive streaming ‘experience’.

By making televisions ‘behave’ more like an oversized tablet/computer screen, we can develop the traditional ‘channel’ as packages or apps. This allows us to offer the viewer, not only streaming content as and when they desire to access it, but a whole new form of programme gathering, package creation, programme interaction. Furthermore, the audience has access to a raft of other new forms and methods of connecting the viewer to the channel/package/show.

Through exploring these new, ever-changing, methods of delivery & consumption of TV content, the student will be able to look to the future and challenge what TV now is and could be.

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40 Credits

Code: 6MP513

Levels of Persuasion

Drama is about emotions, captivating the audience and holding them for a period of time so you are able to deliver an effective narrative. During this print-based module, the student will not only further develop their print-based design skills, the student will also explore how print-based promotional material can also be used to capture a viewer’s imagination and create emotional responses to draw them in and hold them, and ultimately influence them.

The student will also explore how these products can be used to persuade or dissuade audiences, sway opinion, or even how promotional material could be used to purposefully misinform the audience.

The student will also explore and develop associated interrelated digital assets that can be delivered through the use of ubiquitous mobile devices such as augmented/mixed reality platforms.

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40 Credits

Code: 6MP514

Sounds Dramatic

This module forms part of the radio practice strand in the Media Production programme. You will be expected to refine your creative, editorial and technical skills in radio production to a professional standard, whether in documentary, experimental soundscape, magazine programme or drama. The module will involve critical listening, live production and will explore a range of radio genres and emerging forms across different platforms and strands of the industry including podcasting.

Students will develop their ability to respond to commissioning briefs and design audio programmes with online links and social media presence for wider audiences.

The student will be expected to take a reflexive approach to their practice, using the issues raised in lectures and the theoretical modules to inform their production work and wider appreciation of what - both editorially and technically - makes a compelling work in sound. Each student will individually produce live and pre-produced audio.

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40 Credits

Code: 6MP516

Advanced Documentary Production

This module forms part of the television practice strand in the Media Production programme and will allow the student to further expand and develop your skills in Documentary production beyond those in level 5. This module will help you develop more advanced techniques in the art of producing documentary as well as building upon the awareness of media ethics and issues in media production.

The student will further expand on key issues in factual production, as the module will really start to interrogate audience registers, markets, media ethics & law, practical skills, funding and vocational research.

Additionally, this module will also provide the student with a very focused opportunity to relate their academic knowledge and vocational skills to a specific form of professional work.

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40 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

There are a variety of assessments which play to a number of strengths. You will get the opportunity to succeed in digital publishing, radio and television production work, written work, oral presentations, group work, work based learning and independent study. Whilst some assessments are designed to demonstrate cumulative understandings and key skills, for example critical essays, presentations or production work, others require reflection on the creative production or learning process such as the completion of digital journals, research reports and formal cogent presentations. Feedback is always constructive and encouraging whilst adhering to rigorous assessment criteria. Requirements for assessments progress each year, and assessments are designed to facilitate the meeting of the learning outcomes.

Learning and assessment 

The BA (Hons) Media Production course incorporates lectures, research exercises, screenings, self-directed study, seminars, studio work, tutorials, work experience opportunities and visits to venues such as BBC Broadcasting studios. There is the chance to specialise in the aspects of media production which most interest you, while developing broader transferable skills in areas such as research and management. 

Our focus is on providing you with exciting hands-on experience of designing and creating media texts. This includes professional live briefs set by a variety of organisations to give you a real insight into the rewards and pressures of media industry careers. Our students, for instance, produce digital content for both Derby County FC and the Derby Telegraph on a regular basis. 

You’ll hone your skills by recording major events, both at the University and in the wider community. Recent examples include Derby Caribbean Carnival and the Nature Connections Festival:

Filmed by students from Media Production, The Nature Connections Festival at the University of Derby in September 2015.
Find out what special guest Chris Packham thought about the festival

One team of students produced such impressive work while capturing the Royal Shrovetide Football game in Ashbourne that it featured on BBC East Midlands Today.

Other intriguing projects have seen our students shooting music videos and conducting interviews with artists for the launch of digital channel Shaanti’s Eastern Electronic Music TV Show which they were nominated for in the Best Entertainment Catagorie at the Midland Royal Television Society Awards and helping The Boparan Charitable Trust to develop a new website and social media content to support its work for children in need.  

Our continuing success in The Royal Television Society Awards is testimony of the high levels of work produced her at derby by our students:- 

Best Factual & Best Camera Work  Girls Story 

Best Camera Work – Life for Tea 

Best Drama – Writers Block  

Assessment is based entirely on your coursework: there are no examinations.  

People you will meet 

This Media Production course is taught by active researchers and practitioners who will inspire, challenge and help you get the most out of your studies. Practical elements are delivered and supported by tutors with first-hand experience of working in the media industries while theoretical modules are taught by research-active staff who publish on a regular basis. 

Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Philip Basi

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Yes - Digital portfolio

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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You’ll be equipped for a career in the broad world of media production, with the key practical skills and knowledge you need to work as a self-starter or as part of a production team. There are wide-ranging opportunities to specialise in areas such as TV, radio, and online media.

Our graduates now work in fields such as TV studio production, public relations and online content production across radio and web.

University of Derby third year Media Production student, Yue Liu's Drama Documentary depicts the story of rural China and how new technology is aiding communication between absent parents and their children in the school environment.

Watch how Media Production student, Yue Liu's Documentary depicts the story of rural China and how new technology is aiding communication between absent parents and their children.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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