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Lincoln graduates have worked on blockbuster films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spectre, and Ready Player One. They have also worked on TV programmes including Gogglebox and Blue Planet II.

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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.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Media Production

Media Production at Lincoln is focused on the creative foundations and technical skills needed to thrive as a professional in a rapidly changing media landscape.

The course is designed to empower our students to become imaginative, creative, and culturally aware twenty-first century media practitioners with a thorough understanding of the creative industries and with the intellectual ability to analyse and challenge media conventions.

Lincoln's industry-focused course offers students a comprehensive experience across the many platforms of today's creative sector. This includes TV and screen, design and new emergent media, radio, and sound. Students can find their creative voice and develop a set of specialist skills, taught by experienced industry and research-active tutors.

Students can gain hands-on experience through innovative project briefs, expert teaching and a wide range of high-end facilities. Students are based in the Alfred Tennyson Building which houses our two high-definition television studios, post production suites, recording studios, screening facilities, design and digital labs, and other creative spaces. The Media Archive for Central England (MACE) is also housed in the same building.

Practical and theoretical aspects of the subject are woven together to inform understanding of media production. Practice modules explore technique and craft in a multitude of areas. These include film production, digital media and innovative design, sound, multi-camera studio production, image creation, social media outputs, podcasting, games, script, and screenwriting, as well as rapidly developing emergent forms of media such as augmented and virtual reality.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Media Production

Media Production at Lincoln is focused on the creative foundations and technical skills needed to thrive as a professional in a rapidly changing media landscape.

The course is designed to empower our students to become imaginative, creative, and culturally aware twenty-first century media practitioners with a thorough understanding of the creative industries and with the intellectual ability to analyse and challenge media conventions.

Lincoln's industry-focused course offers students a comprehensive experience across the many platforms of today's creative sector. This includes TV and screen, design and new emergent media, radio, and sound. Students can find their creative voice and develop a set of specialist skills, taught by experienced industry and research-active tutors.

Students can gain hands-on experience through innovative project briefs, expert teaching and a wide range of high-end facilities. Students are based in the Alfred Tennyson Building which houses our two high-definition television studios, post production suites, recording studios, screening facilities, design and digital labs, and other creative spaces. The Media Archive for Central England (MACE) is also housed in the same building.

Practical and theoretical aspects of the subject are woven together to inform understanding of media production. Practice modules explore technique and craft in a multitude of areas. These include film production, digital media and innovative design, sound, multi-camera studio production, image creation, social media outputs, podcasting, games, script, and screenwriting, as well as rapidly developing emergent forms of media such as augmented and virtual reality.

How You Study

During the first year of study on Lincoln's BA (Hons) Media Production degree, all students study the same core modules. The first term offers an introduction to notions of storytelling and audience (across multiple platforms and outputs), key terminology, ways of thinking creatively, and the fundamental modes of communication.

In the second semester of the first year all students are expected to study two major modules which introduce two focused areas of Media Production covering key areas of industry practice and methods of working. Television and radio studio production is introduced here, exploring both traditional formats and conventions, together with the more experimental and cutting-edge aspects. Alongside this, there is an introduction to Digital Media and Innovative Design, which primarily focuses on screen-based post-production, including compositing, motion graphics, and visual identity. Through these modules students will work both individually and as collaborative team members in roles mirroring the creative industries.

In their second year, students have the option of following one of the two established pathways further (Studio Production or Digital Media and Innovative Design) where a complete suite of distinct and focused modules exist for each route. Its here where students have the opportunity to explore these areas of production in depth and to become considered thinkers in the interconnected theory that runs throughout. Both routes introduce additional technology, resources and opportunities for students to experiment and develop specialist skills in these industry-recognised areas of production.

In the third and final year, students from both of these routes are brought back together to collaborate on practical project outputs that can be pitched across the whole spectrum of the media landscape, alongside writing their independent study dissertation. There are also modules available which focus on fostering community engagement and establishing industry connections for future employment.

We are constantly evolving our Media Production programme to take into account the latest developments in the creative economy, technology, and creative thinking. Lecturers are experienced specialists in their chosen field, from those with diverse research-based interests, to award-winning industry professionals. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars, lectures or online forums and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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How You Study

During the first year of study on Lincoln's BA (Hons) Media Production degree, all students study the same core modules. The first term offers an introduction to notions of storytelling and audience (across multiple platforms and outputs), key terminology, ways of thinking creatively, and the fundamental modes of communication.

In the second semester of the first year all students are expected to study two major modules which introduce two focused areas of Media Production covering key areas of industry practice and methods of working. Television and radio studio production is introduced here, exploring both traditional formats and conventions, together with the more experimental and cutting-edge aspects. Alongside this, there is an introduction to Digital Media and Innovative Design, which primarily focuses on screen-based post-production, including compositing, motion graphics, and visual identity. Through these modules students will work both individually and as collaborative team members in roles mirroring the creative industries.

In their second year, students have the option of following one of the two established pathways further (Studio Production or Digital Media and Innovative Design) where a complete suite of distinct and focused modules exist for each route. Its here where students have the opportunity to explore these areas of production in depth and to become considered thinkers in the interconnected theory that runs throughout. Both routes introduce additional technology, resources and opportunities for students to experiment and develop specialist skills in these industry-recognised areas of production.

In the third and final year, students from both of these routes are brought back together to collaborate on practical project outputs that can be pitched across the whole spectrum of the media landscape, alongside writing their independent study dissertation. There are also modules available which focus on fostering community engagement and establishing industry connections for future employment.

We are constantly evolving our Media Production programme to take into account the latest developments in the creative economy, technology, and creative thinking. Lecturers are experienced specialists in their chosen field, from those with diverse research-based interests, to award-winning industry professionals. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars, lectures or online forums and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

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.

Teaching and Learning

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.  

The University Campus

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.

Student Wellbeing and Support

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.

Students’ Union

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.

Student Accommodation

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 ksavage@lincoln.ac.uk.

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.

Introduction to Digital Media and Innovative Design 2022-23MED1272MLevel 42022-23This practice-based module aims to develop introductory levels of expertise in digital media production and innovative design practices via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. The module is designed to provide a platform for students to work with techniques and processes that will meet a brief and also establish transferable skills that can be utilised across all media pathways. This module will form a basis for continued study and exploration in the second year, by defining the practice pathway and establishing a studio-based, collaborative philosophy to support creative problem-solving and professional practice.CoreIntroduction to Studio Production 2022-23MED1273MLevel 42022-23This module introduces students to the conventions of the broadcast media world, specifically live television and radio production, before looking at ways to extend and augment these long-standing platforms with new and emerging media outputs, such as visual radio, online/mobile content, and podcasting. The module aims to foster a creative approach to content creation, exploring a wide range of ways to communicate information to an audience. The topic driven nature of this module also allows for exploration of representation and identity within the themes.CoreMedia Fundamentals 2022-23MED1274MLevel 42022-23This module introduces students to fundamental critical, reflective, and practical skills required to adapt to both studying at university and to thrive on the programme. The module will provide a framework for students to research, produce, and critique and reflect on more complex written and practical work in future modules.CorePrinciples of Design Thinking 2022-23MED1275MLevel 42022-23Drawing from key debates within media theory, this module aims to support students critical, historical, and practical understanding of principles of design, visual communication, and aesthetics. Students are introduced to the basic skills and competences necessary for the modules to follow in second term through three core themes of how, why, and for whom. Students can begin to learn how to cultivate ideas and how to communicate a message to a given audience through the skilful use of imagery, typography, layout, and colour through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, and short, intensive assignments.CoreStorytelling, Narrative and Audience 2022-23MED1276MLevel 42022-23This module introduces students to writing and storytelling for media production. Students can develop their creative writing techniques, informed by critical concepts of storytelling, in a variety of formats including short screenplay writing and factual storytelling. Students can engage with critical concepts of audience, looking at mainstream and marginalised audiences and issues of representation. Students have the opportunity to develop and create a short film for a specified audience.CoreCultivating Ideas 2023-24MED2275MLevel 52023-24This module focuses on research methods that enable the development of ideas both for third year Collaborative Project, Graduation Project, and the Media Independent Study. This includes how to manage research projects, and how to design, outline, and communicate coherent and detailed research proposals.CoreCritical Making 2023-24MED2274MLevel 52023-24This module aims to bridge the divide between theory and practice by positioning research-informed media production as a mode of critical inquiry. Students will be encouraged to engage with contemporary issues in society, orienting their critical and creative practice around a shared theme, event, or provocation. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively across a range of media, with the direction of their research and practice emerging in response to these themes. Students can reflect on their experiences and shared knowledge of contemporary media, providing an opportunity to situate relevant scholarly debates in the development and conceptualisation of their media-art projects.OptionalDigital Media Practice 2023-24MED2276MLevel 52023-24This practice-based module builds upon the skills introduced in the first year and complements the advanced design skills developed in the second year module Innovative Design Practice. Students can continue to develop expertise in digital media production areas to a more advanced level via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. A series of short, intensive assignments encourage exploratory and creative practice fostering exploration and application of new and emerging tools and technology. Such tools are at the heart of the interconnected areas of film, animation, games, and VFX. The module aims to provide a framework for students to critique and research evolving techniques and practices, linking academic disciplines with professional fields. The aim is to enable students to be smart, adaptable, self-facilitating media practitioners who can put their varied practice into the context of real-world parameters, and can then produce relevant and creative responses, with a holistic multi-platform/multifaceted mindset.OptionalFaces and Voices: Identity in UK Radio and TV Drama 2023-24MED2277MLevel 52023-24Taking the genre of drama, this module focuses on not only what is represented on the screen, regarding class, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity and the politics of location, but also on authorship, agency, and creativity as identity in the changing production environment. Additionally, the module investigates how the formats, spaces, and places of drama in an increasingly curatorial viewing ecology offer opportunities for new forms of work as well as re-versioned and established material.OptionalIndependent Project 2023-24MED2278MLevel 52023-24Core attributes in an effective media production professional are adaptability, autonomy, and knowledge sharing. This module encourages the development and application of core personal project management skills and allows students to explore a suitable media production process or tool. At the same time as demonstrating newly acquired knowledge in their chosen field, students can share their experience and knowledge with the wider media community via some form of public-facing dissemination or output.OptionalInnovations in Television Studio Practice 2023-24MED2279MLevel 52023-24This module will introduce students to advanced studio practice, by providing a dynamic and creative environment for students to explore the innovative capacity of the studio space, whilst also drawing on key critical and theoretical concepts that help to expand their understanding and appreciation of what makes such innovative studio production tick. The module aims to challenge convention and find new ways of storytelling within the creative laboratory of the television studio.OptionalInnovative Design Practice 2023-24MED2280MLevel 52023-24This practice-based module runs alongside and is effectively a partner to Digital Media Practice. It builds upon the skills introduced at Level 1 in the modules entitled Principles of Design Thinking and Introduction to DMID. Here, students will begin to develop expertise in innovative design and visual communication via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. Supported by this process, they will also produce three pieces of work in each semester for inclusion in an assessed portfolio, including, for example, branding, editorial and information design, and a reflective blog. They will learn to recognise the appropriate method of delivery for each piece of communication, whether digital or print.OptionalMedia Study Period Abroad 2023-24MED2016MLevel 52023-24The Minnesota State University Moorhead USA Exchange Programme is an optional module. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of the first term of the second year at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, USA. During the term abroad, students share classes and modules with local students. Not only can students live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they may also have an opportunity to examine US media industry practice through optional internships for exchange students. The Moorhead-Fargo twin cities may also offer practical opportunities for students to engage with USA production companies including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Prairie Public TV, all of whom have local bases.OptionalSound Craft and Radio Studio Production 2023-24MED2282MLevel 52023-24This module offers students the opportunity to produce and present a live radio show and gain a professional industry credit. Students can work in small collaborative teams to pitch a programme commission for a nominated radio station/online radio platform. They will be expected to research and specialise in one programme-making role and can develop technical, creative, and production skills. The module also allows students to develop a range of advanced skills to produce specialist, high-quality audio artefacts. Stories can be produced in audio drama, factual, and podcast formats, with high production values for an identified audience or platform. Students can work in small collaborative teams to develop ambitious and innovative ideas for a client commission and will be supported by experienced tutors and industry professionals to develop advanced skills in editing, recording, and audio production techniques. Critical studies content will be delivered via linked seminars throughout the year, to ensure practice and theory are underpinning each other. This will include exploring issues of audience, diversity, law, and ethics.OptionalTechnical Workflows 2023-24MED2281MLevel 52023-24At the heart of all high-end media content creation, experimentation and problem-solving is a technical pipeline or workflow. This module aims to develop students' understanding of technical workflows that will underpin content creation from this point onward. This module allows students to experience, test, and experiment with various technical pipelines and methodologies to build a tool kit that they can utilise, develop, and expand upon throughout the rest of their degree work and beyond into their professional careers.OptionalWorking in a Mainstream Context 2023-24MED2283MLevel 52023-24This module provides the opportunity to pitch and produce mainstream content using current industry practices and responding to the demands of contemporary television and radio audiences. This will involve pitching an idea for a regular radio programme, a production block of television shows, radio advertising campaign, or magazine programme. The aim is to give students a set of directly transferable skills they can employ in live television or radio studio production, covering the design of a format, through to delivery of broadcast ready content.OptionalCollaborative Project 2024-25MED3289MLevel 62024-25Students can collaborate on a group project, building on proposals written in the earlier module Cultivating Ideas. The idea will be developed and executed with the support of a tutor. Students will be encouraged to work in interdisciplinary teams from both pathways of the degree, sharing their experience and expertise in order to create innovative media artefacts. For example, digital media students might work on the titles, credits, and associated materials on a TV studio production; design students might create publicity materials for a podcast.CoreCommunity Impact and Engagement 2024-25MED3290MLevel 62024-25This module offers students the opportunity to use their skills to help a public, private, or school community to solve a problem, fulfil a need, or create educational materials. Students are introduced to the range of skills required when working with such an organisation. They can work directly with the community, with the support of a tutor, to identify a specific need or problem. Students are then expected to use their skills to propose a creative project or educational materials as a solution, while also ensuring that they comply with the laws and regulations governing the community. They can then mentor the community as it creates the project or materials. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively and to produce media for contemporary platforms.CoreGraduation Project 2024-25MED3291MLevel 62024-25This module is the culmination of the practice element of the undergraduate programme and aims to prepare students for working in the media industries. Building on one of the proposals developed in the second year module Cultivating Ideas, students can create a portfolio of work or a single project with the aim of showcasing their knowledge, skills, and professionalism to future employers, clients, or agencies. Students are expected to identify their own strengths, research target employers, clients or agencies, and produce audience-specific work, for example a showreel or website. They may work collaboratively or individually.CoreMedia Independent Study 2024-25MED3292MLevel 62024-25The Media Independent Study dissertation is the culmination of students' undergraduate investigation into the structures and debates surrounding cultural production and takes the form of an extended essay, with a poster/online visual representation, to be presented to an audience, which summarises the studys key debates and argument.CoreProfessional Practice 2024-25MED3293MLevel 62024-25This module supports students with development of professional practice skills, including time management, negotiation, appropriate address and application of creative skills in a real-world context, as they work to a client or self-directed brief. Students can use their specialist creative skills to work to a specific time-limited brief. A range of commissions will be offered to students in a round of online pitches early in the term. These might be current projects or previously commissioned briefs.Core

† 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.

Introduction to Digital Media and Innovative Design 2021-22MED1272MLevel 42021-22This practice-based module aims to develop introductory levels of expertise in digital media production and innovative design practices via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. The module is designed to provide a platform for students to work with techniques and processes that will meet a brief and also establish transferable skills that can be utilised across all media pathways. This module will form a basis for continued study and exploration in the second year, by defining the practice pathway and establishing a studio-based, collaborative philosophy to support creative problem-solving and professional practice.CoreIntroduction to Studio Production 2021-22MED1273MLevel 42021-22This module introduces students to the conventions of the broadcast media world, specifically live television and radio production, before looking at ways to extend and augment these long-standing platforms with new and emerging media outputs, such as visual radio, online/mobile content, and podcasting. The module aims to foster a creative approach to content creation, exploring a wide range of ways to communicate information to an audience. The topic driven nature of this module also allows for exploration of representation and identity within the themes.CoreMedia Fundamentals 2021-22MED1274MLevel 42021-22This module introduces students to fundamental critical, reflective, and practical skills required to adapt to both studying at university and to thrive on the programme. The module will provide a framework for students to research, produce, and critique and reflect on more complex written and practical work in future modules.CorePrinciples of Design Thinking 2021-22MED1275MLevel 42021-22Drawing from key debates within media theory, this module aims to support students critical, historical, and practical understanding of principles of design, visual communication, and aesthetics. Students are introduced to the basic skills and competences necessary for the modules to follow in second term through three core themes of how, why, and for whom. Students can begin to learn how to cultivate ideas and how to communicate a message to a given audience through the skilful use of imagery, typography, layout, and colour through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, and short, intensive assignments.CoreStorytelling, Narrative and Audience 2021-22MED1276MLevel 42021-22This module introduces students to writing and storytelling for media production. Students can develop their creative writing techniques, informed by critical concepts of storytelling, in a variety of formats including short screenplay writing and factual storytelling. Students can engage with critical concepts of audience, looking at mainstream and marginalised audiences and issues of representation. Students have the opportunity to develop and create a short film for a specified audience.CoreCultivating Ideas 2022-23MED2275MLevel 52022-23This module focuses on research methods that enable the development of ideas both for third year Collaborative Project, Graduation Project, and the Media Independent Study. This includes how to manage research projects, and how to design, outline, and communicate coherent and detailed research proposals.CoreCritical Making 2022-23MED2274MLevel 52022-23This module aims to bridge the divide between theory and practice by positioning research-informed media production as a mode of critical inquiry. Students will be encouraged to engage with contemporary issues in society, orienting their critical and creative practice around a shared theme, event, or provocation. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively across a range of media, with the direction of their research and practice emerging in response to these themes. Students can reflect on their experiences and shared knowledge of contemporary media, providing an opportunity to situate relevant scholarly debates in the development and conceptualisation of their media-art projects.OptionalDigital Media Practice 2022-23MED2276MLevel 52022-23This practice-based module builds upon the skills introduced in the first year and complements the advanced design skills developed in the second year module Innovative Design Practice. Students can continue to develop expertise in digital media production areas to a more advanced level via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. A series of short, intensive assignments encourage exploratory and creative practice fostering exploration and application of new and emerging tools and technology. Such tools are at the heart of the interconnected areas of film, animation, games, and VFX. The module aims to provide a framework for students to critique and research evolving techniques and practices, linking academic disciplines with professional fields. The aim is to enable students to be smart, adaptable, self-facilitating media practitioners who can put their varied practice into the context of real-world parameters, and can then produce relevant and creative responses, with a holistic multi-platform/multifaceted mindset.OptionalFaces and Voices: Identity in UK Radio and TV Drama 2022-23MED2277MLevel 52022-23Taking the genre of drama, this module focuses on not only what is represented on the screen, regarding class, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity and the politics of location, but also on authorship, agency, and creativity as identity in the changing production environment. Additionally, the module investigates how the formats, spaces, and places of drama in an increasingly curatorial viewing ecology offer opportunities for new forms of work as well as re-versioned and established material.OptionalIndependent Project 2022-23MED2278MLevel 52022-23Core attributes in an effective media production professional are adaptability, autonomy, and knowledge sharing. This module encourages the development and application of core personal project management skills and allows students to explore a suitable media production process or tool. At the same time as demonstrating newly acquired knowledge in their chosen field, students can share their experience and knowledge with the wider media community via some form of public-facing dissemination or output.OptionalInnovations in Television Studio Practice 2022-23MED2279MLevel 52022-23This module will introduce students to advanced studio practice, by providing a dynamic and creative environment for students to explore the innovative capacity of the studio space, whilst also drawing on key critical and theoretical concepts that help to expand their understanding and appreciation of what makes such innovative studio production tick. The module aims to challenge convention and find new ways of storytelling within the creative laboratory of the television studio.OptionalInnovative Design Practice 2022-23MED2280MLevel 52022-23This practice-based module runs alongside and is effectively a partner to Digital Media Practice. It builds upon the skills introduced at Level 1 in the modules entitled Principles of Design Thinking and Introduction to DMID. Here, students will begin to develop expertise in innovative design and visual communication via a series of short and intensive assignments that encourage exploratory and creative practice. Supported by this process, they will also produce three pieces of work in each semester for inclusion in an assessed portfolio, including, for example, branding, editorial and information design, and a reflective blog. They will learn to recognise the appropriate method of delivery for each piece of communication, whether digital or print.OptionalMedia Study Period Abroad 2022-23MED2016MLevel 52022-23The Minnesota State University Moorhead USA Exchange Programme is an optional module. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of the first term of the second year at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, USA. During the term abroad, students share classes and modules with local students. Not only can students live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they may also have an opportunity to examine US media industry practice through optional internships for exchange students. The Moorhead-Fargo twin cities may also offer practical opportunities for students to engage with USA production companies including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Prairie Public TV, all of whom have local bases.OptionalSound Craft and Radio Studio Production 2022-23MED2282MLevel 52022-23This module offers students the opportunity to produce and present a live radio show and gain a professional industry credit. Students can work in small collaborative teams to pitch a programme commission for a nominated radio station/online radio platform. They will be expected to research and specialise in one programme-making role and can develop technical, creative, and production skills. The module also allows students to develop a range of advanced skills to produce specialist, high-quality audio artefacts. Stories can be produced in audio drama, factual, and podcast formats, with high production values for an identified audience or platform. Students can work in small collaborative teams to develop ambitious and innovative ideas for a client commission and will be supported by experienced tutors and industry professionals to develop advanced skills in editing, recording, and audio production techniques. Critical studies content will be delivered via linked seminars throughout the year, to ensure practice and theory are underpinning each other. This will include exploring issues of audience, diversity, law, and ethics.OptionalTechnical Workflows 2022-23MED2281MLevel 52022-23At the heart of all high-end media content creation, experimentation and problem-solving is a technical pipeline or workflow. This module aims to develop students' understanding of technical workflows that will underpin content creation from this point onward. This module allows students to experience, test, and experiment with various technical pipelines and methodologies to build a tool kit that they can utilise, develop, and expand upon throughout the rest of their degree work and beyond into their professional careers.OptionalWorking in a Mainstream Context 2022-23MED2283MLevel 52022-23This module provides the opportunity to pitch and produce mainstream content using current industry practices and responding to the demands of contemporary television and radio audiences. This will involve pitching an idea for a regular radio programme, a production block of television shows, radio advertising campaign, or magazine programme. The aim is to give students a set of directly transferable skills they can employ in live television or radio studio production, covering the design of a format, through to delivery of broadcast ready content.OptionalCollaborative Project 2023-24MED3289MLevel 62023-24Students can collaborate on a group project, building on proposals written in the earlier module Cultivating Ideas. The idea will be developed and executed with the support of a tutor. Students will be encouraged to work in interdisciplinary teams from both pathways of the degree, sharing their experience and expertise in order to create innovative media artefacts. For example, digital media students might work on the titles, credits, and associated materials on a TV studio production; design students might create publicity materials for a podcast.CoreCommunity Impact and Engagement 2023-24MED3290MLevel 62023-24This module offers students the opportunity to use their skills to help a public, private, or school community to solve a problem, fulfil a need, or create educational materials. Students are introduced to the range of skills required when working with such an organisation. They can work directly with the community, with the support of a tutor, to identify a specific need or problem. Students are then expected to use their skills to propose a creative project or educational materials as a solution, while also ensuring that they comply with the laws and regulations governing the community. They can then mentor the community as it creates the project or materials. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively and to produce media for contemporary platforms.CoreGraduation Project 2023-24MED3291MLevel 62023-24This module is the culmination of the practice element of the undergraduate programme and aims to prepare students for working in the media industries. Building on one of the proposals developed in the second year module Cultivating Ideas, students can create a portfolio of work or a single project with the aim of showcasing their knowledge, skills, and professionalism to future employers, clients, or agencies. Students are expected to identify their own strengths, research target employers, clients or agencies, and produce audience-specific work, for example a showreel or website. They may work collaboratively or individually.CoreMedia Independent Study 2023-24MED3292MLevel 62023-24The Media Independent Study dissertation is the culmination of students' undergraduate investigation into the structures and debates surrounding cultural production and takes the form of an extended essay, with a poster/online visual representation, to be presented to an audience, which summarises the studys key debates and argument.CoreProfessional Practice 2023-24MED3293MLevel 62023-24This module supports students with development of professional practice skills, including time management, negotiation, appropriate address and application of creative skills in a real-world context, as they work to a client or self-directed brief. Students can use their specialist creative skills to work to a specific time-limited brief. A range of commissions will be offered to students in a round of online pitches early in the term. These might be current projects or previously commissioned briefs.Core

How you are assessed

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include submitting film projects or digital media artefacts, coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations. Normally there are no formal timed examinations, though live assessments are sometimes conducted. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include submitting film projects or digital media artefacts, coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations. Normally there are no formal timed examinations, though live assessments are sometimes conducted. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Study Abroad

Opportunities within the EU

Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at a partner institution within Europe as part of this course. Additional information, including costs relating to this opportunity, which is optional, can be found here: http://bit.ly/uolerasmus

The University of Lincoln is committed to continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, however, participation in future years is dependent on the nature of the UKs withdrawal from the European Union. More information can be found at www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update.

Outside of Europe

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university. Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves, including travel, accommodation, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students going on exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If your time away is a mandatory part of your degree programme, you may be entitled to extra funding. You should ask your funding body about this.

You may also be able to apply to your Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses - contact them to enquire.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Study Abroad

Opportunities within the EU

Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at a partner institution within Europe as part of this course. Additional information, including costs relating to this opportunity, which is optional, can be found here: http://bit.ly/uolerasmus

The University of Lincoln is committed to continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, however, participation in future years is dependent on the nature of the UKs withdrawal from the European Union. More information can be found at www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update.

Outside of Europe

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university. Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves, including travel, accommodation, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students going on exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If your time away is a mandatory part of your degree programme, you may be entitled to extra funding. You should ask your funding body about this.

You may also be able to apply to your Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses - contact them to enquire.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/st.../entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/st...ort/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/st.../entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/st...ort/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Exchange Programmes

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.

Collaborative Working

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.

Specialist Facilities

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).

Competitions

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.

Careers

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.

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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.

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