The Foundation Year in Media is offered as an entry route to a media degree for those who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.
You enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto our three-year media degree courses listed below. The number of students who progress to degree study are very high - in fact some of these students have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.
The Foundation Year is for you if:
If you are interested in studying the media technologies foundation year you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information about how to apply including UCAS codes. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen media degree. We offer:
The Foundation Year in Media is taught in our excellent studios and facilities at our Hendon campus, by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses and you are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures.
The course will allow you to develop transferable skills in media, communication and problem-solving.
You will study four modules over the year. You study the first three modules at the same time, and then, in the last few weeks of the year, develop your Media Portfolio Project. The year is delivered through induction workshops, demonstrations, tutorials, lectures, critique sessions and portfolio review meetings. You also benefit from the visiting speaker programmes in the School of Media and Performing Arts, as well as visits to exhibitions, screenings and events.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
This module explores and develops written and oral communication skills required for media subjects, through a range of media disciplines. From journalism to games design, you will acquire the basic principles of critical thinking and analysis to support your creative work and project development.
This module is structured to cover a wide range of digital production tools and resources. Short project briefs will enable key learning to be applied in manageable projects, some individual, some in groups. With introductions into camera, sound, post-production, digital imagery, 3D modelling and scripting, you will see the possibilities of the various media disciplines at undergraduate level, and make choices as to which specialism might best suit you.
This module allows further development of writing, presentation and organisation skills. Having begun to experience the potential of the resources at hand, in this module you experiment with your ideas, develop story worlds, write stories and/or features, prepare scripts, treatments, and/or scenes to plan your creative project work across a range of disciplines. The module is workshop based and will feed into your preparation for the portfolio projects.
Having experienced a range of opportunities in media, you then propose and develop your portfolio projects in the final weeks of the programme. You prepare your work for progression onto undergraduate programmes in this module. The programme team will support students to identify their strengths and facilitate your progression onto the most appropriate degree programme.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.