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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Creative Media Practice at Bath Spa University

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

Overview

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.

Course structure

Year 1
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.

Year 2
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.

Year 3
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.

Opportunities

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.

Careers

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

Commons


Newton Park Library

Paintworks

Resources

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

"Overall my experience at Artswork has given me more, I believe, than almost any other degree can offer. Every project, essay or meeting has been conducted in a professional, real life office environment. We dealt with real people who wanted a real product, some were even willing to pay for the privilege."

Ed Whicher, Creative Media Practice graduate

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for motivated and passionate students who want to make their mark on the contemporary media landscape. We value creativity and imagination as well as technical skills, so the abilities to develop new projects and identify new opportunities are important traits we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC or higher accepted in Media, Art, English related courses.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to evidence of further experience or evidence of interest in Media.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).  

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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