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Jon Rowlands and Graham Cooper - Programme Leaders
Jon Rowlands and Graham Cooper are joint programme leaders of BA (Hons) Media Production. Jon specialises in multi-camera studio production and is also a published writer, having previously worked in regional short film production. Graham specialises in digital media practice and theory. He is a founding member of the co_LAB research group, focusing on collaborative pedagogy and knowledge exchange, both nationally and internationally.School Staff List
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Letter from Head of School of Film and Media
We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.
We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.
As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.
Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and studio sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.
This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.
Your programme will follow an on-campus, blended-learning model. This will involve a range of different learning styles where you will be able to engage with your tutors and peers in physical and virtual environments.
We are planning the majority of your teaching to be delivered face to face. This means that you will be on campus for sessions like seminars, tutorials, workshops, and studio classes. We will also be using the benefits of online learning and teaching, particularly for large lectures, which may be delivered as live sessions in which you can interact with others, and/or recorded sessions that you can access whenever you want.
Our efforts to develop your employability within and outside of the curriculum will remain a key focus during your time at Lincoln. As your course progresses, you will be assessed in various ways, including coursework and examinations which may be online. Any group assessments taking place in studios will be run safely within government guidance.
The spaces on campus where your teaching will take place (e.g. software suites, studios and workshop spaces) will be managed in ways that maximise your learning experience while also safeguarding your health and wellbeing in line with the latest Government guidance. If you are carrying out work off-campus then this will go ahead in line with government guidance.
Should a change in Government guidance require a return to lockdown, we are ready to move fully online for the required period. We did this twice last year and managed to successfully deliver our curriculum and maintain our sense of community. Any changes of this kind will be communicated by email from myself and/or the university.
To complete your assignments, you will need a laptop or desktop computer capable of running certain software, details of which will be provided by your programme team as part of your Welcome Pack. For programmes that require it, we will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud license so that you can access this software at the start of your studies. All students will be provided with full access to Microsoft Office 365.
To support you in your studies, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will meet with them regularly in person and/or online. It is important to remember that independent learning is an essential aspect of your programme. Guided reading and other independent engagement remain key to performing well in your studies.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in October for your induction events and supporting you as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life.
We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.
The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.
To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.
We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.
Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.
To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.
Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.
Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.
The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.
We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Karen Savage
Head of the School of Film and Media
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
There is the opportunity to take part in exchange programmes in the USA and with several EU partners. Tuition fees for the exchange opportunity are included in the course but travel, accommodation, and general living costs are the responsibility of the student. Please see the Fees tab for further information. Places are allocated on a competitive basis.
This course has a significant emphasis on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship, helping you to shape your own path as a media producer. There are opportunities, through the Lincoln School of Film and Media Academy and our social enterprise New Media Lincs, to get involved with real-world projects outside of the course. This could range from collaborations within the College of Arts, international institutions, the bi-annual Frequency Festival, our annual showcase, joining our co_LAB innovation group, or working on paid professional commissions.
Students on the course are based in the Alfred Tennyson Building, which provides a specialist production environment for media production. Alongside the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), it boasts an impressive range of facilities including two multi-camera television studios; three radio studios; a multi-track audio suite; a sound dubbing and foley theatre; video editing suites (featuring Avid Media Composer, Da Vinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere); audio editing suites (featuring ProTools, Ableton Live, Sibelius and Adobe Creative Cloud); digital-imaging, design and multi-media suites; a photography studio; and a high-end post-production/finishing suite called The Parlour (featuring Autodesk Flame). Students are able to access a range of professional media equipment from our Media Loans department, enabling them to film and record on location. Find out more about the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).
All Media Production students currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies via our media and design labs.
Students also have access to Siren Radio (Lincoln's community radio station) and Brayford Radio (our online student station).
Students are encouraged to enter their work in local, national and international competitions and award schemes. We have a history of success in the regional and national Royal Television Society Student film awards, most recently in 2019 when our students won three awards for camera, editing, and production design. For the last two years a selection of student and staff work has been showcased at Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York.
Our graduates have gone on to work in television and radio broadcasting, advertising and social media, filmmaking, visual effects, editing and post-production, photography, multi-media production, web design, and research. Projects have involved James Bond and Jason Bourne films, as well as BAFTA award- winning TV programmes such as Wolf Hall, Blue Peter, Gogglebox, and Blue Planet II. Media skills can prepare students to work in other areas, such as advertising, public relations, marketing, education, events management, and online publishing.
Graduates from the course live across the the globe from the Antarctic to the US to the Pacific Islands, working in television and radio broadcasting, filmmaking, editing, photography, multi-media production, web-design and research. Organisations our graduates are employed at include Sky, BBC News 24, Channel 4, Pinewood Studios, Microsoft, and Talkback. Some have set up their own companies with the support of the University’s business incubation centre Sparkhouse. Others, such as TomSka and Jack Howard, are popular on YouTube.
Many of our graduates keep in touch with us and take part in an annual alumni event where current students can meet with, and get advice from, past students. Some also publish blogs, articles and come in to lecture or teach on modules.
The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.Book Your Place
Film and television inform, entertain, reflect, and also shape society. Examine the power behind these key mediums.
Examine the transformative role of 21st Century media in today’s digital society, and develop advanced critical and creative skills.
Strong industry links, accreditation, and opportunities to gain extensive practical experience in the exciting fields of sound and music production.