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BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Overview

(Please note this programme was previously called BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice)

Our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production degree is a dynamic, outward-facing programme engaging in a range of moving image and audio production – provoking new and cutting-edge digital content.

Music videos, commercials, vlogs, scripted programmes, films and more are all supported through our extensive range of production facilities, including a Black Magic portable TV studio which allows you to explore live events and streaming.

'A Better Future', a still from a fashion film by Corey Vosper, BA (Hons) Digital Media Production.

UK film, TV and online media makers are recognised around the world for their craft, originality and creativity. This programme primes a new generation of digital media creatives to meet the growing need for innovative moving-image content.

You’ll cover everything from storytelling and idea generation to production techniques, including camera, sound, light and post-production. Our diverse and practical approach will prepare you to carve out a successful and sustainable career in an internationally growing industry, where a smartphone alone can enable your ideas to reach a global audience.

Working across a wide range of communication media, you will be involved in professional briefs and independent projects, supported by taught sessions, practical workshops and seminars from our team and from a great range of external moving image professionals.

We encourage experimentation, risk-taking and innovative responses to emerging problems. You’ll be part of a collaborative community focusing design and making skills – including graphics, 3D, sound and performance – into your moving image productions.

You will regularly work across departments in this unique independent art college environment. You will also develop professional skills such as branding, marketing and entrepreneurship, gaining skills in pitching ideas to companies and commissioners for a variety of media formats.

You'll have full access to our extensive resources, including our edit and sound suites, equipment resource centre, FabLab and our range of media studios .

This unique degree will equip you with the creative skills and practical training necessary to create innovative, multi-platform content suitable for use in everything from advertising and television broadcasting to feature film or even transmedia projects – growing you into a multi- skilled media maker.

What will I achieve?

This programme is rooted in the belief that hands-on learning is the most effective way to acquire skills and gain insights. Through practical assignments from the outset, you’ll become a highly versatile and innovative media creative, equipped to work in a wide range of production contexts.

You’ll develop a portfolio of creative and technical skills – from cinematography and writing for a wide range of applications and audiences, to directing, designing, researching and producing – enabling you to take on external projects, work placements and live briefs.

Year one will develop a wide-ranging overview of the moving image and media industries. Looking at a range of formats from traditional broadcasting to digital media, you will develop your technical, creative and practical skills including designing and making, production and post-production.

Year two will provide greater opportunities to hone your skills on a range of tutor-led and self-directed projects that push themes of factual programming and creative exploration. This will provide opportunities to explore areas such as advertising, live broadcasting, factual programming and scripted entertainment across broadcast and online platforms.

The third year allows you to advance in the skills you feel most passionately about, through innovative projects that embed professional practice and independent enquiry. You will focus on industry networking and situating your creative practice, in readiness to continue your career after graduation.

The UK’s independent television production sector is stronger than ever, creating content and formats that are coveted by buyers the world over. The TV exports business is worth more than £1.28 billion, with no country exporting more TV formats than the UK.

 

Highlights – BA (Hons) Digital Media Production:

  • Make compelling audiovisual content for creative professional assignments.
  • Build an innovative portfolio/showreel to enter into the industry.
  • Develop new ideas and productions using digital media.
  • Expand your audiovisual creativity.
  • Prepare yourself to work across the media industries.
  • Communicate as a producer, director or designer.
  • Focus on creative film, new television and commercial media.
  • Nurture interdisciplinary practice.
  • Develop an international context for your professional creative practice.

Have a question for our team? Email: DIGITALMEDIA@pca.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Modules

Year one

Audiovisual creativity, video art and new television

Year one covers interdisciplinary studies, audiovisual creativity, screenwriting, producing, and photography. The focus is on video art and television in the context of contemporary media. The first semester develops research/planning through crew-based practice and technical training in aspects such as camera, sound and lighting. The second semester deals with broadcast and new television, including documenting social and environmental issues.

Students will learn post-production techniques and how editing alters perception and can manipulate emotions. They will also work on practical tasks to learn how to work efficiently with crews and clients, and explore professional aspects of media production  – financial, commercial and legal.

Year two

Creative filmmaking through interdisciplinary practice

Year two focuses on documentary and creative filmmaking, including directing, cinematography, and postproduction. The first semester revolves around non-fiction and the second on fiction, with an emphasis on multiculturalism and new media as a means for global communication.

As a professional and final-product oriented programme, participants are expected to undertake a period of commercial practice building a structured career plan and marketing strategy, including an online portfolio. With a grounding in the independent art school ethos at Plymouth College of Art, students are encouraged to expand their voices in other countries including the Erasmus program.

Year three

Merging media, arts and technology in times of cyberspace

Year three focuses on innovation projects that prepare students for a successful professional career, including industry networking and the opportunity to specialise in the field they feel most passionately about.

Considering audiences, end-users and relevant markets, students create compelling audiovisual content that can evolve through different media, whether they choose to specialise in film, television, creative media, cross-media or transmedia – anything from virtual reality, augmented reality, interactive media or international projects to build the skills and contacts necessary to start a career in the new world of media.

 

Module details listed above are indicative content only.

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Staff

Andrew James, Joint Programme Leader

Andrew James is a successful filmmaker, performer and artist with over twenty years experience working freelance both in the UK and internationally. His practice combines choreography, shooting film, installations and working with sonic artists, with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration. He has extensive experience working in the art departments for TV, adverts, animation and theatre.

Andrew studied for a BA (Hons) in Photography, Film and Video at London College of Communication and also has an MA in Contemporary Film Practice from the University of Plymouth. Andrew has written for The International Journal of Screendance and has been lecturing in film since 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education that awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers.

In his role as a lecturer, Andrew has developed a range of skills and approaches to supporting students’ creative development, including innovative practical workshops where the creative, technical and conceptual aspects of the art form can be experienced, comprehended and applied.

Alongside being actively involved in performance art projects such as Claudia Kappenberg’s ‘Slow Race’, Andrew’s professional experience includes shooting commercials for some of the biggest brands in the world, including directing the drone unit for an Oakley advert, featuring the brand’s world class surfers riding waves on location in Costa Rica.   

Chris Bailey, Joint Programme Leader

Chris Bailey is a filmmaker, creative entrepreneur and lecturer. After studying for a BA (Hons) in Writing For the Media at Exeter University, he went on to do an MA in Film at the University of Reading, with a focus on collaborative arts and participatory video. Alongside his strong academic background, Chris has a great deal of experience in the commercial side of the industry, as he runs his own production business, OPENhand Creative. He has been lecturing in FE and HE since 2014. His experience covers practical filmmaking, script writing, writing copy, PR and promotional activity.

With a passion for all things film and TV, Chris is a committee member of the Royal Television Society (SW) and has had one of his short films selected as part of a BAFTA showcase. Chris is also a founding member of Imperfect Orchestra, which works with emerging film and video artist filmmakers, as well as with established films, to create 'live soundtrack events'. Chris also works with Plymouth Music Education Hub and has run a host of community film and video workshops over the years.

James Caddick, Lecturer

James completed his MA in Art and Design at The Royal College of Art and began directing upon graduation. Since then, he has produced award-winning work including television commercials, music videos, short films, and broadcast documentaries. His work has been shown at festivals throughout the world including London, Edinburgh, Milan and Cannes.

Passionate about telling stories through film in fresh, inspiring and engaging ways, he has experience writing, directing, producing, editing and shooting. Previous clients include The BBC, Channel 4, Kellogg’s, Honda, Universal, Polydor and many more.

James' recent feature documentary, Elephant Days, was commissioned by Fiction records and premiered at the BFI London Film festival. 

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Student Work

THE STEPMOTHER - 2ND YEAR DMP COLLABORATION

FINDING THE WAY – ALICE SPOSITO

TAXI DRIVER – CHANNEL HOP EXERCISE

CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO - BETSHY SANCHEZ MARRUGO

BEN HOBBY-OSMAN – SPONGE PROMO

INSOMNIA - Alice Sposito

CHANNEL HOP – FMM 01

BETSHY SANCHEZ – MARRUGO – FEMINISM A FASHION STORY

ALICE SPOSITO – SPONGE PROMO

CHANNEL HOP – FMM 02

ZOE WALTON – SWIFTA HIPPIES

ZOE WALTON MELDING THE MULTIVERSE

BEN HOBBY-OSMAN – REGAINING CONTROL DOC

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Students Say

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Careers & Alumni

The academic and technical team are all experienced industry professionals, having worked with clients such as Honda, Oakley, Channel 4 and the BBC.

You will be expected to undertake professional development work across a wide range of commissions for external and internal clients, gaining vital exposure to media in the real world.

Through practical training you will build contacts, create innovative content for your showreel and professional portfolio, and contribute new ideas to the media industry.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Graduates go on to work in:

  • New media
  • Multimedia, crossmedia, transmedia
  • Film
  • Television
  • Visual and digital art
  • Advertising and corporate media

Graduates become:

  • Filmmakers
  • Multimedia Artists
  • Transmedia Storytellers
  • Broadcasters
  • Vloggers
  • Documentary Makers
  • Citizen Journalists
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Production Designers
  • Art Directors
  • Sound Designers
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors / Post-Production
  • Visual Effects (VFX) Artists

Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Resources

You will have access to the latest in media production technologies to support your work.

We boast industry-standard tools – including an infinity cove to create seamless backdrops, green screen, sound and editing facilities, along with the 6,000 pieces of kit in our Equipment Resource Centre – enabling you to realise your talents and ideas. Plymouth College of Art also encourages you to access the resources and specialist technicians across our range of art and design programmes, greatly enhancing your projects and opportunities for collaboration.

Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to keep in contact and help support you through the first two years of your career.

Facilities at the college include:


Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fine Art Printmaking Studios

A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, an historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.

Create your own film poster in our fully-equipped printmaking studios.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

The Print Lab and Equipment Resource Centre

The Print Lab offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. And our highly experienced Equipment Resource staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best printed textile workshops in the UK.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Our FabLab.

Our Photographic cove.

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production — Interview

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