BA (Hons) Media Production Top-up

University of Derby
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Derby

About this program

BA (Hons) Media Production Top-up

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, 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 this course. 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 Program 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.

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Admission requirements

BA (Hons)

You need to have either a HND, Foundation Degree, equivalent to an Advanced Diploma or a 3 Year Diploma in a relevant subject. When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the qualifications are compatible with the top-up Program.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

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Program content

Year 3

Dramatic Direction

This module explores dramatic production, specifically short-form drama production within the Media Production Program. 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.

‘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/comp

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.

Sounds Dramatic

This module forms part of the radio practice strand in the Media Production Program. 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 Program 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.

Advanced Documentary Production

This module forms part of the television practice strand in the Media Production Program 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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition Fees

Full time

  • UK - £9,250 per year
  • International - £14,045 per year

Career paths

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 Media Production graduate Yue Liu's Drama Documentary depicts the story of rural China and how new technology is aiding communication etween absent parents and their children in the school environment.

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