Become a critically-informed, industry-ready media practitioner with this innovative course.
- Taught by expert practitioners, media theorists, industry mentors and speakers.
- Cutting-edge facilities and resources for video and digital media production.
- In your final year, you join Artswork Media: a professional production company and digital agency.
This Creative Media Practice course is for individuals who are passionate about making media, who want to become media professionals. Fulfil your creative potential; you'll have opportunities to develop your production skills across different digital and interactive media. We'll help you understand the contemporary media business landscape and develop your identity as a media professional.
In your final year, you'll join Artswork Media, a professional production company and digital agency. Based at Paintworks, in Bristol's creative quarter, the Bath Spa University-led company is run by students and media professionals.
"Creative Media" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Creative Media Practice".
'I was able to work with clients in the media industry, producing high quality work that involved all aspects of media production that included script writing, directing and editing.'
Tom Charnley, Creative Media Practice graduate
What you'll learn
Throughout the course, you'll work with a range of digital and interactive media tools and platforms in our purpose-built production facilities at the Newton Park Campus in Bath and at Artswork Media in Bristol. You'll nurture and extend your creative thinking and digital making skills, learning techniques such as image manipulation, sound and video recording, non-linear audiovisual editing, and interaction design.
You'll bring together your skills, working on a variety of projects involving the production of video and sound, web-based media, mobile apps, experimental and site-specific interventions, or physical computing.
Develop your skills. You'll be introduced to ways of nurturing your creative thinking and problem-solving skills individually and in teams. You'll develop your skills in audiovisual editing, interaction design and image manipulation. In your core module, we introduce you to ways of thinking about media texts and forms, audiences, and the industries and institutions in the media and creative sector. Brief-led projects bring together and showcase your skills and knowledge.
Begin to specialise. Your core module introduces the practices and processes of commissioning work in the media industries. You'll learn about employment opportunities and start to think about yourself as a budding media professional. Optional modules give you opportunities to explore specialisms including digital and interactive media production, experimental media and activism, short-form filmmaking, visual design, and media writing. All students work together to plan, budget and stage a media event.
Join Artswork Media. Supported by tutors and media practitioners, you'll work on a variety of independent projects and develop your professional identity and portfolio. An important part of Artswork Media is working with clients on live projects. In 2015-16, clients included: Bristol Old Vic; Bath Film Festival; Dickies; Bridport 'From Page to Screen' Film Festival; Somerset Football Association; and Glastonbury Music Festival.
How will I be assessed?
Creative Media Practice assessments are all based around coursework. Throughout your time studying with us, you'll work on a variety of independent and brief-led projects across different media. You'll produce project reports, research journals and diaries, essays and portfolios.
How will I be taught?
Your learning is supported in a variety of ways. To develop your skills and work on your media projects, you'll take part in media production sessions making use of the purpose-built media facilities at Bath Spa University. You'll plan and discuss work and reference points in seminars and workshops and will stage exhibitions and showcases of your work.
You'll be supported by an experienced team of media professionals and technical support staff. The course makes use of speakers and mentors from the media industries to enrich your experience and connect you with contemporary production and the landscape of the creative sector.
Work placements, industry links and internships
Our students have worked with clients such as Bristol Old Vic; Bath Film Festival; Dickies: global clothing workwear brand; Minirigs: a popular portable speaker company; Westbury Town Council; Shangri-la; Bath Life Awards and Cardiff Life Awards; Bookbarn; Circus City Festival; 5 x 15 Bristol: five 15 minutes talks from leading world thinkers; Bridport's 'From Page to Screen' Film Festival; Somerset Football Association; Glastonbury Music Festival.
Creative Media Practice graduates have a range of professions including Production Assistant, Freelance Camera Operator, Director of Photography. Graduates have been employed by companies including Aardman, The Farm Group and ESPN.
Competitions, awards and prizes
We'll encourage you to participate in media festivals and competitions. Our students have been nominated for and won awards such as the Royal Television Society Awards (RTS) West of England Student Awards.
Each year we award a prize to our students. This is the Artswork Media Student of the Year Prize.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
Newton Park Campus
Newton Park Library
Creative Media Practice students can make full use of Bath Spa University's purpose-built media production and post-production facilities at Newton Park and Paintworks. Creative Media Practice students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University's free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment and resources from multi-camera TV studios through to digital cameras and field recorders.