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

  • HE

The Foundation Degree in Media Production focuses on video production as well as transferable skills. You will gain practical experience from working in the college's own facilities and on work-related projects. You will also have access to the University's facilities and resources. The course will enable you to focus on your ideas and creativity and teaches you the technical expertise to enable you to realise your ideas.

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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:

Level 4 units (1st Year)

  • Create a Production
  • Ways of Seeing
  • Film Studies
  • Skills Development

Level 5 units (2nd Year)

  • Drama Adaptation
  • Media Employment
  • Film and TV Documentary
  • Writing to Direct

    Assessment methods

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


    Foundation Degree in Media Production
    Further study and career options

    Course progression: Level 6 BA Hons Top Up at Bedford College or Level 6 at another University,

    Career progression: TV production, film production, advertising / marketing, documentary filmmaker, film editor, camera operator, sound recordist cinematography and teaching.

    Additional information

    Trips will be arranged during the year to events, galleries, and festivals. Work experience is part of the course under Level 5 Media Employment and Level 4 Create a Production. Companies outside organisations often contact us and offer opportunities for students to become involved with commercial productions.

    We would advise you to make sure you have a hard drive 1TB. Access to Adobe Suite via the Adobe Cloud (approx. £16 per month with educational discount).

    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 27/09/2021 £6165 Cauldwell Street BBL515


    Additional Learning Support
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    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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