School of Art and Media

BA (Hons) Media Arts

Are you passionate about video or photography? Do you wish to explore the worlds of sound and animation? Our Media Arts course gives you the power to create your own unique pathway – focus on one area or work across mediums. We prepare you for the ever-changing media and arts industries by empowering you with the skills and confidence to find your own creative voice and push boundaries. Embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future by learning with us today.

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3 years
Start date
September 2014
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Key features

  • Freedom to experiment – you can choose to focus on one medium, develop several or integrate across the range to find your own creative voice. You’ll have the opportunity to develop projects to suit your own creative and career ambitions.
  • Open doors to your future career by showcasing your work to the public in exhibitions, and developing a portfolio of work. You can enhance your professional profile further by engaging with our live briefs.
  • Advance your technical skills using our outstanding equipment and facilities including a fully equipped cinema, moving image studio with green screen, photographic and sound studios, computer labs, animation rostrums and much more.
  • Learn from award-winning tutors from industry, arts practice and academic research. 
  • Benefit from strong links with the industry such as the BBC, ITV and Royal Television Society along with regional arts and community groups, giving you the opportunity to develop and realise creative collaborations beyond the University.
  • This course is assessed by coursework only – there are no exams.
  • Support your studies with the student enhancement fund; providing equipment, free printing and an international trip.  

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, practical modules will focus on video, photography and sound. In your second term, you’ll select a medium to develop further in the form of a documentary, beginning to engage in work beyond the University setting. Your practical modules are accompanied by a critical module and a professional practice module.
    Core modules
    • MEDI166 Critical Dialogues 1

      This foundational module introduces students to some of the key theoretical debates that relate to media cultures.

    • MEDI169 Documentary

      The module introduces forms through which we (as subjects) construct (and are constructed by) representations of truth and reality. Students produce a substantial piece of practical documentary work. The choice of subject matter is open but the realisation should exist as an original document through gathering and analysis of primary (and sometimes source) material.

    • MEDI168 Film School

      This module is a concise introduction to the aesthetics of moving Image production. Students will also be introduced to various approaches for the generation and development of ideas through experimentation.

    • MEDI170 Photographic Narrative

      This module will introduce to students the creative possibilities of working photographically with ideas of narrative. This is a practice lead module which integrates appropriate references to photographic theory.

    • MEDI167 Professional Practice

      This module will introduce students to the requirements and responsibilities of working in a professional context and in showcasing their work to the public. It will support students in identifying their strengths and needs and in planning for the future.

    • MEDI171 Sound

      Students will be introduced to the material of sound and the way in which it moves and changes within spaces and is transformed using technology. Ideas and practices will be introduced involved in the recording and editing of sound in various contexts, including field/vocal recording, sound editing and the editing of sound with moving images.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will explore animation and digital media alongside advanced options for video, photography and sound. Creativity, experimentation and developing your own creative voice will be at the heart of this part of the course. You’ll undertake projects in collaboration with people outside of the programme and a module exploring media theory will enhance your academic skills. You’ll also develop a professional profile and online portfolio.
    Core modules
    • MEDI266 Critical Dialogues 2

      Critical Dialogues 2 mixes contemporary debates and media histories in a lively lecture/seminar programme. The module provides exposure to seminal media arts theory / practice and facilitates students to engage critically with their own work, situated in the context of established practitioners.

    • MEDI269 Media Arts: Collaborative Practice

      This module offers an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on projects that will develop and enhance their professional and creative skills in working towards a collective outcome. It places creativity at the core of collaboration alongside the facilitation of new ideas and practices.

    • MEDI268 Media Arts: Independent Practice

      This module provides a framework in which to research and develop one or more large-scale projects built on thematic interests (i.e. a sense of personal 'practice'), by means of practical experiments, underpinned by contextual research and ongoing reflection.

    • MEDI267 Professional Engagement

      This module will support students in working in professional contexts. It will strengthen understanding of promotion and audience address. It will require students to review their practice and develop appropriate plans for career progression.

    Optional modules
    • MEDI270 International Project

      This module provides a structured context for a period of study in another country other than the home one. As part of the module students will be expected to undertake appropriate study at a recognised institute. Additional project work will be approved prior to the commencement of the module and it is expected to reflect the exchange experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll complete two major self-directed projects in independent practice and collaborative practice. You’ll write a dissertation and prepare for your future career in the professional practice module. You’ll showcase your achievements in a substantial public exhibition and produce work within a professional context. Alternatively, you can specialise in online television for your final year, in a route delivered in association with leading television company Twofour.
    Core modules
    • MEDI369 Major Project: Collaborative Practice

      In this module you will undertake a collaborative project, emphasis will be placed on working processes and methodologies, group interaction, the planning and completion of the project within a defined context. This module provides an important critical context arising from issues relating to collaborative practice, working from a research and development stage through to realisation in order to contribute new objects or forms of cultural production.

    • MEDI368 Major Project: Independent Practice

      Drawing on a growing sense of practice, underpinned by tutorial support, students will develop a large scale project through an application of practical and critical skills.

    • MEDI370 Media Dissertation

      Students will research a subject area within Media Arts in considerable depth, developing their own methodologies in researching, collating and synthesising data and concepts in order to present arguments clearly and persuasively. The outcome will be a piece of written work with illustrations, bibliography, notes and appendices as appropriate.

    • MEDI367 Professional Futures

      This module will support students in their aspirations beyond graduation. Students will identify career/postgraduate aims and further develop their portfolios and professional profiles to effectively promote themselves and their practice in appropriate contexts.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff
A level/AS level: 280 points from a minimum of two A levels. 

International Baccalaureate
25 points 

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500
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Media Arts with Plymouth University

Media Arts supports its students to develop high level skills and expertise in a range of media practices. Our graduates are flexible, innovative, dynamic problem solvers with key transferable skills, able to adapt and thrive in a fluid and dynamic arena.

Phaedra Stancer, Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Media Arts

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Advance your creative practice and technical skills as you develop a portfolio and professional profile.

You’ll work with a local, national or international organisation or individual towards a shared creative outcome.

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Our graduates

I really loved my time on Media Arts and it genuinely helped prepare me for a lot of things when it came to work.

BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate Chris McLaughlin, producer of the Undateables, at the 2014 BAFTA ceremony after the show was nominated for an award.

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BA (Hons) Media Arts news highlights

Plymouth University Associate Lecturer in Media Arts, Amanda Bluglass, together with former graduates Vince Knight and Danny Cooke, won Best Film Award at the Media Innovation Awards 2013.

The film was directed by Amanda Bluglass and edited by Vince Knight.

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Industry partners

BA (Hons) Media Arts has strong links with industry partners.

Our graduates can be found working for companies such as the BBC, CBS News, Discovery Channel, TwoFour Productions and Digital Jigsaw.

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