School of Art and Media

BA (Hons) Media Arts

Are you passionate about video or photography? Do you wish to explore the worlds of sound and animation? Our BA (Hons) Media Arts course gives you the power to create your own unique pathway – focus on one area or work across media. We prepare you for the ever-changing media and arts industries by empowering you with the skills and confidence to find your own creative voice and push boundaries. Embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future by learning with us today.

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3 years
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Key features

  • Freedom to experiment – you can choose to focus on one medium, develop several or integrate across the range to find your own creative voice. You’ll have the opportunity to develop projects to suit your own creative and career ambitions.
  • Open doors to your future career by showcasing your work to the public in exhibitions, and developing a portfolio of work. You can enhance your professional profile further by engaging with our live briefs.
  • Advance your technical skills using our outstanding equipment and facilities including a fully equipped cinema, moving image studio with green screen, photographic and sound studios, computer labs, animation rostrums and much more.
  • Learn from award-winning tutors from industry, arts practice and academic research. 
  • Benefit from strong links with the industry such as the BBC, ITV and Royal Television Society along with regional arts and community groups, giving you the opportunity to develop and realise creative collaborations beyond the University.
  • This course is assessed by coursework only – there are no exams.
  • Support your studies with the student enhancement fund; providing equipment, free printing and an international trip.  

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, practical modules will focus on video, photography and sound. In your second term, you’ll select a medium to develop further in the form of a documentary, beginning to engage in work beyond the University setting. Your practical modules are accompanied by a critical module and a professional practice module.
    Core modules
    • MEDI405 Documentary

    • MEDI402 Film School

    • MEDI401 Media Arts Practice

    • MEDI403 Photographic Narratives

    • MEDI406 Situating Practice

    Optional modules
    • MEDI404PP Sound

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will explore animation and digital media alongside advanced options for video, photography and sound. Creativity, experimentation and developing your own creative voice will be at the heart of this part of the course. You’ll undertake projects in collaboration with people outside of the course and a module exploring media theory will enhance your academic skills. You’ll also develop a professional profile and online portfolio.
    Core modules
    • MEDI501 Critical Dialogues

    • MEDI502 Independent Practice

    Optional modules
    • MEDI505 International Project

    • MEDI504 Media Arts: Collaborative Practice

    • MEDI503 Professional Engagement

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll complete two major self-directed projects in independent practice and collaborative practice. You’ll write a dissertation and prepare for your future career in the professional practice module. You’ll showcase your achievements in a substantial public exhibition and produce work within a professional context. Alternatively, you can specialise in online television for your final year, in a route delivered in association with leading television company Twofour.
    Core modules
    • MEDI603 Major Project-Independent Practice

    • MEDI602 Media Dissertation

    Optional modules
    • MEDI605 Interactive Television

    • MEDI601 Major Project: Collaborative Practice

    • MEDI604 Professional Futures

    • MEDI606 The Channel

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff
A level/AS level: 280 points from a minimum of two A levels. 

International Baccalaureate
25 points. 

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Fees & funding

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages.

How to apply

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A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

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Media Arts with Plymouth University

Media Arts supports its students to develop high level skills and expertise in a range of media practices. Our graduates are flexible, innovative, dynamic problem solvers with key transferable skills, able to adapt and thrive in a fluid and dynamic arena.

Phaedra Stancer, Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Media Arts

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Advance your creative practice and technical skills as you develop a portfolio and professional profile.

You’ll work with a local, national or international organisation or individual towards a shared creative outcome.

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Our graduates

I really loved my time on Media Arts and it genuinely helped prepare me for a lot of things when it came to work.

BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate Chris McLaughlin, producer of the Undateables, at the 2014 BAFTA ceremony after the show was nominated for an award.

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BA (Hons) Media Arts news highlights

Danny Cooke, Media Arts Associate Lecturer and graduate filmed the haunting video 'Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl', while working on a '60 Minutes' segment for CBS News about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Released on November 23rd 2014, the video had 7 Million Plays on Vimeo in the first week.

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Industry partners

BA (Hons) Media Arts has strong links with industry partners.

Our graduates can be found working for companies such as the BBC, CBS News, Discovery Channel, TwoFour Productions and Digital Jigsaw.

Find out more about our industry partners.

Applicant buddies

Are you an applicant or thinking of applying to university? Do you want to speak to a current student about their experiences? We know that thinking about coming to university can seem a bit daunting, so we have a scheme to help - applicant buddies.

Dr Steve Butts, Associate Dean: Teaching and Learning

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