BA

Creating Media

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Please note that this is a Welsh-medium degree that does not have an equivalent in English. The information that follows is a translation of the Welsh course profile.

By choosing the BA Creating Media in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies in Aberystwyth University you will get an unrivalled creative and stimulating experience. You will study in a modern building that offers excellent facilities, and enthusiastic staff who will inspire you. You will engage with out partners such as the BBC, S4C, Boom, Fiction Factory, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch and many others.

The course is designed to ensure a balance between critical and creative experience, and you will have the opportunity to develop your intellectual, creative and technical skills.

Course Overview

Why study Creating Media at Aberystwyth?

  • A dynamic and creative department where drama and theatre, film and the media, and scenography and theatre design come together.
  • A unique combination of creative and critical methods of approaching the subject.
  • Excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and creating media professionally.
  • Connections with key partners in the industry, such as the BBC, S4C, BAFTA Cymru, Tribeca Film Festival (New York), Fiction Factory, Tinopolis, Edinburgh International Film Festival, the National Library of Wales Screen & Sound Archive, and Avid.
  • Excellent facilities and resources for practical work: three practice studios, each with versatile technical resources; two large studios with professional standard equipment and digital lighting rigs that are operated through ETC Congo and Strand Lighting management panels, Yamaha and Soundcraft PA equipment, Sanyo audiovisual and Strand lighting systems, and two NXAMP; as well as costume and wardrobe facilities.
  • Close ties with the Arts Centre on the campus - one of the largest arts centres in Wales which puts on national and international theatre and dance performance regularly.
  • Lively Aberystwyth University student drama societies.
  • A unique geographical location.

Exciting European and International exchange opportunities. If you're keen to have an experience beyond Aberystwyth, you can take advantage of the opportunity to take part in a study placement abroad with one of our partner universities across the world, through our International Exchange Programme.

Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Careers

What can I do with a degree in Creating Media?

Many of our graduates have found work in the following areas:

  • researching, editing, floor management, camera work, designing and directing for film and television companies
  • working as a freelance in the media
  • scripting
  • teaching and education
  • arts administration
  • marketing and public relations
  • advertising
  • scheduling and programming holidays.

Which skills will I learn on the course?

Employability is an integral part of all our activities.

As a student on the Creating Media course, you will learn valuable skills that are in demand by employers. These include:

  • working effectively in a group to develop, practise and produce media material and live events
  • using creative, inventive and problem solving skills in various situations
  • researching, evaluating and organising information
  • constructing and expressing ideas effectively in various situation and in a variety of ways
  • working independently with others
  • organising your time and using your skills effectively
  • listening to critical advice and acting on it
  • motivating yourself and practising self-discipline
  • using a variety of IT skills and resources
  • demonstrating entrepreneurship when producing cultural projects.

Will I have opportunities to gain work experience while I study?

We have strong partnerships and connections with many organisations by whom our students have been offered work placements. Some examples of these are the BBC, Tinopolis and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Course Content

What will I learn?

The summary below gives you an indication of what you may study during this three-year degree scheme.

In your first year, you will discover:

  • the principles and skills of all parts of the production process: writing scripts, shooting, directing and editing
  • contemporary methods of producing film and video, as well as live multi-media pieces
  • contemporary work conditions and challenges for the creative industries in Wales and beyond
  • how to create a creative company for presenting ensemble work
  • key developments in the history, theory and analysis of film and television.

In your second year, you will explore:

  • contemporary methods of creating and presenting video essays
  • production work on a full scale under the supervision of members of staff
  • production, documentary film-making and writing for film and television techniques
  • aspects of the history of film, television and the creative industries in Wales and across the world
  • aspects of the relationship between the media and contemporary society.

In your final year, you will have an opportunity to:

  • create independent creative work
  • complete a large research project and higher theoretical studies
  • refine your skills in individual and group production projects
  • produce entrepreneurship skills through exploring the contemporary conditions of the creative industries
  • script for full media and multi-media productions
  • prepare and plan for a creative career.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work

Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through traversing the boundaries of disciplines.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through:

  • individual and group film and video projects
  • your contribution to live multi-media productions
  • production diaries and scriptwriting
  • contemplative journals and blogs
  • video essays and traditional critical writing
  • seminar presentations.

You will be able to use all these materials to produce a working portfolio to present to prospective employers.

Further information

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. As a Welsh-medium student, you have the right to a Welsh-speaking personal tutor. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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