Foundation Degree in Digital Media Practice
This exciting course is designed for those who want to develop their skills as digital media practitioners. The BRIT School has an unparalleled reputation for its high quality education and vocational training in the fields of performing arts, media, art and design and technology. This course capitalises on being based in such a creative environment by giving you the chance to develop your skills in moving image and practical production work. You will also benefit from the close links with the BU Media School and the input from its lecturers.
The course is a 16 hour per week course and is delivered across three days allowing for a balance between taught lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study time. You will be provided with your own MacBook Pro laptop with Final Cut Pro editing software and the full CS5 Creative Suite. The course is rigorous and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared to begin a professional media career, or you could progress to a further year of study at Bournemouth University in order to achieve a BA (hons) Global Media Practice.
Units studied - Year 1
Critical Studies - This unit introduces you to ways of thinking critically about media texts, authors and institutions as well as questions around representation and identity.
Storytelling and Narrative - This practical unit explores ways of telling stories using different media and you will produce narrative-based work to demonstrate your understanding.
Audiences, Users and Players - Here you will examine how people use and interact with different kinds of media texts – TV, film and the internet, for example. You’ll carry out some basic audience research in order to produce a series of practical pieces that meet the needs of a particular group of people.
Work Based Learning - This unit provides you with the first opportunity to learn professional skills and habits through a 20 day work placement.
Minor Project - At the end of your first year you will put everything you’ve learned into practice in this ‘minor project’. It’s a chance to discover your personal ‘voice’ as a media producer, as you will be able to negotiate the subject, form and style with your tutors. You will exhibit this work to an audience
Live Project - In this unit you will produce a media artefact for an external client, developing your professional skills by working to a brief set by them
Production Research - Research skills are essential in the media industries, and in this unit you will develop skills as a ‘production researcher’ as you gather and present information for your own ‘Major Project
Major Project - This is the final production unit of the course and culminates in a showcase of your work to an invited audience. You will negotiate a subject, form and style for your Major Project and it should represent the extent of your artistic, technical and professional development
Professional Orientation and Work Based Learning - This unit ensures that you are prepared for your next step into a media career, developing your skills of self-promotion and networking in the context of the contemporary market. You will devise a strategy for yourself which will involve using technology to create your profile, make contacts and publicise yourself and your work
Aims of the Programme
· To develop practical technical and transferable skills relevant to a range of different employments opportunities
· To prepare students to be able to solve problems as individuals and in group situations
· To develop an awareness and appreciation of the cultural importance of media
· To encourage students to critically evaluate a variety of media texts from an academic and applied perspective
· To enable students to critically engage with their own practice and the work of others
· To provide students with opportunity to generate, develop, articulate and execute ideas in an efficient and professional manner
· To develop students’ critical awareness of the new communications technologies and their impact on traditional media
· To provide students with the independent learning abilities requires for continuing professional development
240 tariff points from A-levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma.
This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* to C, including Maths and English, or appropriate Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent
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