BA (Hons) Media Production (top-up)

If you’ve already completed a related Foundation Degree or HND, our BA (Hons) Media Production (Top-up) course offers you Honours-level skills and knowledge ready to boost your career opportunities in a wide range of creative roles across the media production industry, including films, video and digital.

BA (Hons) Media Production (top-up)

Course details

We’ll support you to enhance your existing Foundation Degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BA (Hons) Media Production (Top-up) graduate. You can study key aspects of media production and boost your employability across a range of roles.

You’ll be encouraged to research the defining characteristics of different sectors in media-related industries, which will help you understand the career opportunities available in the sector. Assignments are intended to help you develop a positive and realistic understanding of potential career paths. They’re designed to enhance your confidence and inform the way in which you approach the employment market or further study.

As well as attending lectures and presentations by successful professional practitioners, who’ll discuss their work and its influences, you’ll be expected to produce a major film/video project, such as a documentary, drama or something more experimental. This will form the basis for a bid for commission. To complete the course successfully, you’ll need to produce creative and original practical work and identify how that work is critically underpinned.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: P3C0
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have the chance to gain practical experience by working on live project briefs, commissioned by local companies, with fixed production deadlines.
  • You’ll be supported by teaching staff who have worked, and continue to work, in the media production sector.
  • We’ll focus on helping you learn to work in the kind of multi-platform environment that is transforming the modern media workplace.

Key features:

  • We offer high-specification production facilities for students.
  • The course is tailored to meet employers' needs – and you’ll get the chance to work on live briefs.
  • Over the course of the degree, we’ll support you to develop your knowledge and practical production skills.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: P3C0
  • Duration: 1 year

You’ll have successfully completed a recognised Media Production related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5; for example a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

This top-up course is designed to prepare you for creative positions in the moving image industry. Our graduates are prepared for employment in the emerging multi-platform media industries where concurrent, multiple channels, including broadcasting, games, print, mobile and online, are capable of carrying the same branded content.

During the course, we’ll support you to develop transferable skills such as creativity, critical analysis, research, team work, the ability to meet deadlines, commercial and cultural awareness and communication skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates may choose to go into the emerging multi-platform media industries such as broadcasting, games, print, mobile and online. Jobs are anticipated in the following areas of editing, camera and sound, production, runners in TV, film and radio and research. Graduates may also choose to set up their own companies or work collaboratively with small production companies. Others may choose to go on to make short films and feature films.

Following successful completion of the BA (Hons) Media Production degree, and with an appropriate portfolio, you may progress to a Master’s qualification. Postgraduate study can help you specialise in a certain area, such as editing, light engineering, sound engineering, distribution and production. Graduates can also go on to study related creative industries such as teaching, arts, administration, PR and publishing.

Alternative career options

  • Arts administration
  • Event organisation
  • Teaching and education
  • Local government
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • PR consultancy
  • Communications
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Sound engineering
  • Animation
  • 3D modelling
  • Computer games development
  • Market research

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £9,250-£9,250
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Research
  • Contextualising Theory
  • Production Project
  • Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
  • Major Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

As well as lectures from experienced tutors, we offer presentations by industry professionals who will discuss their work and influences.

You’ll be expected to study a range of modules covering research, contextualising theory and professional issues. You’ll also have the chance to undertake work-based learning and a major practical project in film/video production. This could be a documentary, drama or something more experimental.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Placement/study abroad (3%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (31%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Liza Ryan-Carter
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903343

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903