Learning Environment and Assessment
A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.
Your studies will include a mixture of lectures & production workshops delivered by tutors & industry practitioners. There are no traditional exams and assessment is in the form of written assignments and programme & content production.
Visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities are arranged. The course leader actively encourages work experience across your degree which feeds into the teaching and will help to strengthen your employment chances.
Most modules will contain a mixture of practical and theoretical assignment work which may be in the form of written reports, critical essays, group work, seminar presentations, or exams.
The modules are designed to develop your technical vocabulary and knowledge, and for you to apply this knowledge to production problems both within the TV studio and outside. Working individually and in teams, you will plan and produce media artefacts for different purposes and different clients. You will be graded on your technical knowledge, your craft skills, your problem-solving, and your ability to observe professional working practices.
The assessment methods are quite eclectic: mostly product-based course-work, often accompanied by a written commentary or report, but at times, you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by presenting, or by taking computer-based tests.
The course has a wide range of visiting lecturers from the industry, some of them alumni of the course. There are links with a number of industrial organisations such as Sony, the BBC and Granada, along with more local companies such as the ADI group.
Close links to broadcast and production companies in the North West ensure you’ll have the chance to gain industry experience, and we offer visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities as part of the course.
English Regions Skills Review 2015
UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:
The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).
At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.
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This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.
The course is part of the new JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) at UCLan, which is one of only three in the country. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Degree transcripts from this course will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making our graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. More information is available on JAMES official website.
Directing, producing, scriptwriting, sound recording, editing, post-production, vision mixing and floor management are just a few of the areas this course could lead to. Our students have graduated and gone to work on the likes of Dragons Den, Strictly Come Dancing, Jeremy Kyle and other Granada shows.
Grab the opportunity to work abroad : you could visit Europe, USA, Canada or further afield. Funded travel bursaries give you the chance to practice your skills abroad in locations ranging from the arctic to the Far East.
View Beth Bennett's vlog about her Year 3 study trip to Krakow.
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:
- Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
- The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
- Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
- The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.
In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.
You’ll be using our state-of-the-art facilities in the Media Factory, which include a TV studio with autocue equipped studio cameras and production gallery, an outside broadcast unit and the latest specification equipment and 3D production facilities.
As well as a fully equipped television studio & four-camera HD Outside Broadcast unit, the Media Factory has an extensive technical stores with a range of the very latest camera, sound lighting & grips equipment. With a university activated swipe card you’ll have access to the Media factory’s facilities 24/7.
You’ll have the opportunity to use cutting edge broadcast technology such as the Phantom high speed camera and a range of high definition 3D production rigs.
The University has a wide range of lecture theatres and open-access teaching rooms many equipped with individual PC and Mac workstations for multimedia teaching and production. UCLan also has the largest 3D lecture theatre in Europe with seating for over 400.
The production gallery contains a full complement of broadcast-standard digital vision processing including video effects, tapeless recording and a 24 channel audio mixer with a range of digital sound processing.
Recorded programmes and the live studio output can be multicast across the university via a bespoke video server.