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Media Production Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (full-time)

  • HE

This course will provide you with a range of practical skills in media production, increasing your understanding of issues concerned with the media industry and encouraging your personal and professional development. You will be able to undertake work placements and use our onsite production and training environment to give you realistic training and experience to help with your studies. During the course you will also have the opportunity to work on live projects with real clients.

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I am a Freelance Director currently working in factual television at the BBC on consumer programmes such as Watchdog and Your Money Their Tricks.  After my course I worked at BBC Three Counties Radio as a Broadcast Assistant which helped me to build up my journalism experience.  During this time I did a total of nine weeks of unpaid work experience with BBC television, eventually being offered a researcher contract on Escape to The Country.

At the moment I’m working on Watchdog as a Director which involves directing short five minute films that will run within the main programme. I'm given the stories by the producers then have to come up with some creative ideas about how to tell the story, interview experts and also make sure that the piece was legally viable.  We’ve been filming for the last week, but when we actually film with the presenter we will only have one day and one camera man, so we won’t have any room for mistakes as it’s straight to edit the next day.  Editing is actually my favourite part of the whole process.

The Media course at Bedford College enabled me to develop many of the skills that I still use today.  It was practical and we gained hands-on experience with cameras and editing software. We also created a mini feature film where everyone in the whole class had different roles which gave me insight into what’s expected of you in the workplace.  We were also given the responsibility to create our own individual pieces and were encouraged to be as creative as possible. There’s no doubt that my time at Bedford College was a brilliant experience.  

Amy (Alumni) - Media Production Foundation Degree


Entry requirements

You will need:

    • 32-48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
    • 32-48 UCAS points from Media or Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
    • Equivalent Level 3 qualification.

    We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.

    Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype/telephone. Practical examples will need to be sent before the interview and this should be arranged with the interviewer. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing practical artefacts, e.g. short films, music videos, adverts

Course content

During the course you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Creating A Production (MED100-1) Compulsory
  • Film Studies (MED102-1) Compulsory
  • Skills Development And Media In Context (MED103-1) Compulsory
  • Ways Of Seeing (MED101-1) Compulsory
  • Drama/Adaptation (MED050-2) Compulsory
  • Film & Television Documentary (MED202-2) Compulsory
  • Media Employment (MED201-2) Compulsory
  • Writing To Direct (MED203-2) Compulsory

    Assessment methods

    You will be assessed through completing project brief-based assignments.

    Further study and career options

    You can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Media Production degree. This course will also give you the skills you need to start a career in short film, documentary or television production.

    Additional information

    You are advised to buy a hard drive to store your work on (at the cost of approximately £40. There will also be travel costs for client projects.

    On this course, you will also be able to establish links with Media Junction which is run by the University of Bedfordshire and aims to enhance the student experience by creating opportunities for students to network with each other, across degree pathways in order to make films and create media content. The initiative is designed to allow students to better understand how freelance work and networking is a staple of the creative industries.

    To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code P310. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

    Course Information & How to Apply

    You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

    LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
    2 years 21/09/2020 £6165 Cauldwell Street L515


    Additional Learning Support
    If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

    Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
    At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

    We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

    Additional formats
    Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
    01234 291000 to order your copy.
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