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Media Production Degrees and Courses

Media Production Degrees and Courses

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Please note that the general entry levels for this kind of course are lower than for Media Studies or Media Studies and Production Degrees. These courses emphasise the "skills" element of production. This tends to mean that the type of work that you enter into afterwards is lower paid than other work within the industry. With large numbers of media production courses coming on stream all the time you need to be questioning whther the jobs market will be flooded with Media Production Degrees. If it is then pay rates will probably be lower and the contracts less secure. As you will probably be taking on board debts to complete the course you must be convinced that you will be able to repay these in a reasonable lenght of time to make the course worth pursuing.

Göering the loutish Nazi commander of the Luftwaffe (German Airforce) once said "When I hear the word Culture I reach for my Pistol". I tend to think the same about the way "skills" are being pushed for almost everything. You are strongly advised to enquire very carefully about job prospects and ask for evidence of pay rates from typical jobs in the industry. There may well be a case for saying that the media industry is looking for technicians as fodder and avoiding paying for  training their employees. Remember as you are paying a lot for your training you are justified in asking what you are likely to get back in the longer term.  You may well be better off working for higher grades in your A levels so that you can get on a course which offers more flexibility. Having said that a lot of these courses look like great fun.

At the end of the day it depends what you are looking for and how much you are committed to the course. I have no doubt that there are sojme very well paid media production professionals out there. However ask yourself this: Why, if the field is so promising careerwise, are there people teaching this at relatively low salaries in universities?

The list below is not comprehensive and more will be added in due course. As much as anything this is to give you a flavour of what is going on in a range of course across the country.

Some Media Production Courses UK in Alphabetical Order

Anglia Ruskin University Multimedia Computing

Bath Spa University foundation Degree Media Production

Bournemouth University Media School

Liverpool John Moores University. Media Professional Studies with Television

London College of Communication Digital Media Production

Northampton University Digital Filmamking HND

Northumbria University Media Production

Sheffield Hallam. Film and Media Production.

Staffordshire University Media Production

Southampton Solent TV & Video Production

University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of Hertfordshire. Media, Design and Production (Foundation Degree)

University of Hull.Digital Media Studies.

University of Lincoln Media Production

University of Salford (HND) Media Production

University of West Scotland

What to Do With your Media Studies A Level

What to Do With your Media Studies A Level: Hub Page

This page gives you a range of links to different paths you can take using your media studies A Level. The links go to pages with university departments across several disciplinary areas including Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Communications Studies as well as Media Studies.

UCAS Tariff Points Table. This will help you work out what different course minumum requirements are.

To check out when Universities are holding their open days go to

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List of links to Film Studies Departments United Kingdom

Cultural Studies Degree Courses: How to Utilise Your Media Studies A Level

Media Studies Degree Courses Theory and Theory with Production

Media Studies Production Courses

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