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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media and Digital Practice (Top-Up) (Awarded by University of Portsmouth, UK)

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Why Take This Couse?

New digital technologies bring about fundamental shifts in the way we produce, distribute and consume media. This degree combines practical digital media production skills with the critical study of new media forms. Essentially, you will develop creative and professional new media techniques associated with the contemporary, emerging and multi-platform digital media industry.

 

Programme Objectives

• To provide a challenging and stimulating study environment.
• To provide a framework allowing students to follow a coherent but varied programme of study.
• To develop skills of critical thinking.
• To encourage the development of sophisticated skills of research.
• To promote the student’s ability to make independent judgements of a wide range of texts, visual and written.
• To equip students with other transferable skills for flexibility in the context of changing labour markets.
• To foster knowledge and understanding of the media and related industries.
• To challenge individuals in a supportive environment to realise their potential as reflective thinkers, researchers and practitioners.
• To provide students with the skills and knowledge required to maximise career and postgraduate study opportunities.

 

Career Opportunities

On graduating, you’ll possess sharp communication and research skills as well as subject-specific knowledge and the transferable skills employers want. This course will ensure you have the versatility and employability to take on a range of job opportunities which include :
• production manager
• sound and vision engineer
• film/video producer
• advertising journalist
• assistant publicist
• PR and communications officer

University of Portsmouth, UK

The University of Portsmouth prides itself on its excellent reputation for quality teaching and sustained, high levels of student satisfaction.

The University of Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the south east to receive the highest 'Gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a Government scheme that recognises excellent teaching in UK universities.

The Gold-rating sees the University of Portsmouth ranked among the top 20% of the 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers that entered the Teaching Excellence Framework

The University of Portsmouth is in the top 40 of The Guardian’s University Guide 2018 and at subject level, the University performs strongly across a wide range of subjects including Sports Science, where we remain ranked first in England. Criminology and Social Work have both moved in to the top 10 in the UK, as have Design, and Fashion and Textiles.

The Guardian’s league table ranks universities according to: spending per student; student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey.

The University was ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education ranking of universities less than 50 years old.

The University has risen in The Complete University Guide, an independent ranking of excellence across 129 UK universities. It has climbed five places and are now ranked 56th in the UK, from 61st in 2017. This also means that the University of Portsmouth is now ninth in the south-east region.

The University is also ranked 36th this year in The Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey results for 2017, where students said the University offered inspiring experiences and activities across a range of areas including academic and societal experiences, facilities and industry connections.

Programme Structure

Full-time Programme:
Year 2 Entry : 16 months
Year 3 Entry :   8 months

Part-time Programme:
Year 2 Entry : 24 months
Year 3 Entry : 12 months
 

Module Descriptions

Year 2

Form and Function
This unit enables students to build a body of exploratory work - utilising applicable skills and critical analysis of technological and cultural coherence.  Students will respond to adaptations and shifts occurring within the entertainment industries.

Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
This unit aims to introduce students to the movement towards cross-platform multi-media content through transmedia world building strategies and storytelling narrative structures. The cross disciplinary nature of this unit also aims to introduce employability skills required by creative transmedia industries by giving students the chance to explore and develop practical approaches and team work - combined with theoretical underpinning - in order to develop their own transmedia franchise.

Digital Photography
This unit introduces the underlying principles of digital photography. Students will learn how digital cameras work and how to create digital images, appreciate experimental, abstract and traditional photographic techniques and learn how to display, compress and store photographs on a variety of platforms.

Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
This unit is concerned with how digital media such as the internet, social networking and ubiquitous and ambient media are profoundly shaped by human intervention at the points of both production and consumption. In Media Networks, we explore how communications media are taken up by groups and individuals and examine the claims made that the use of innovative communications and cross-media platforms inspire social networking, user generated content, and a digital culture; and can be said to create virtual communities, an information society, and a drive towards developing new and innovative technologies of engagement.

Social Issues in the Media
This unit will introduce students to the processes of analysing, critiquing and researching the mediation of a range of contentious and urgent social issues in a variety of media forms.

The Media and Propaganda
This unit provides students with knowledge of historical and contemporary functions of propaganda in mass-mediated society. Students will engage with a range of case studies from specific time periods to gain an understanding of various techniques employed in various countries to control the flow of information.

Year 3

Final Year Project*
Students will pursue an individual project rooted in the theory and/or practices of their degree in Creative Technologies. The unit will require students to develop, manage and evaluate the negotiated project, demonstrating skills in research and critical review. 

Film and Media Dissertation*
The dissertation gives students an opportunity to undertake an extensive and sustained scholarly project on a film or media related topic of their choice, significantly developing their research and writing skills in the process. They will receive one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff. However; they will be expected to carry out independent study in order to generate a resolution.

Cultures of Consumption
This unit aims to introduce debates about consumption practices and consumer cultures in society.  It will engage at a detailed level with an illustrative range of primary source media forms, including: television programmes, magazines, advertising, films, documentaries, internet websites, new media, books and newspapers. The unit will demonstrate the pervasiveness of consumption cultures and their significance in determining interior consciousness as well as external identity and lifestyle.  Aspects of intertextuality and media pervasiveness will be significant.

Interdisciplinary Group Project
Students work in small groups to produce a multimedia artefact working to a client brief. Students will be required to negotiate, develop, manage, analyse, evaluate and present the project.

Media Fan Cultures
This unit explores a range of media texts that have attracted fan communities. It traces the historical and critical contexts in which media fan cultures have arisen and considers the theoretical and methodological development of audience research, taking into account ideas surrounding the active audience, cult film and television fans, fan practices and the collecting of media merchandising, community, and subcultural distinction. Additionally, the unit encourages students to apply these theories and methods in conducting their own primary fan research through web ethnography.

The Entertainment Industries
This unit gives students the opportunity to learn about the media entertainment industries, their relationships with audiences and participatory culture, producers, new technologies, and their evolution as a global cultural system for mass market entertainment. Using case studies, students will engage with various concepts, events and producers involved in the creation of the entertainment industries (e.g. celebrity, The Oscars, Disney) illustrative of the dynamic transformations in entertainment production and media convergence taking place across regional, national, and transnational contexts.

* Student can choose either the Final Year Project or Film and Media dissertation as their Core Module in Year 3.

 

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The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 40 (tutorial)

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Structure and Duration

Full-time Programmes
Year 2 Entry : 16 months
Year 3 Entry : 8 months

Commencement Date

Course Commencement Date
Year 2 Entry (Full-time) Nov 2018

 

Fees

Application fee    :        S$321.00 

Full-time Programmes
Year 2  Entry (16 months)
Tuition Fees          : S$ 24,610.00

Year 3  Entry (8 months)
Tuition Fees         : S$ 12,305.00

Note:
• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• Non-tuition fees are not included.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be age 17 and above and meet one of the following requirements:

For Year 2 entry^:

International Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS; or
Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*.

For Year 3 Entry^

Relevant polytechnic diplomas in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade*; or
Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education* ‘or
Higher National Diploma (HND) in media-and-communications-related disciplines*; or
Relevant PEI qualification in a media-and-communications-related discipline (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*. 

^ Note: Some applicants may need to take bridging modules within the programme and/or from International Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS to secure entry onto the programme.
* All applications are subject to University approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.


Language Proficiency

Applications must meet at least one of the following English Language requirements:

Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Level; or
IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5); or
TOEFL score of 550; or
Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in MDIS (PCIE); or
Equivalent.


 

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for student passes if they wish to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for more information.

 

 

 

Structure and Duration

Full-time Programmes
Year 2 Entry : 16 months
Year 3 Entry : 8 months

Part-time Programmes
Year 2 Entry : 24 months
Year 3 Entry : 12 months
 

Commencement Date

Course Commencement Date
Year 2 Entry (Full-time) Nov 2018


Fees

Application fee    :        S$32.10 

Full-time Programmes
Year 2  Entry (16 months)
Tuition Fees          : S$ 23,540.00
Non-tuition Fees   : S$      712.24
Total                       : S$ 24,252.24

Year 3  Entry (8 months)
Tuition Fees         : S$ 11,770.00
Non-tuition Fees  : S$      549.59
Total                     :  S$ 12,319.59

Part-time programmes
Year 2 Entry (24 months)  
Tuition Fees         : S$ 23,219.00
Non-tuition Fees  : S$      405.43
Total                      : S$ 23,624.43

Year 3 Entry (12 months)
Tuition Fees         : S$ 11,502.50
Non-tuition Fees  : S$      288.22
Total                      : S$ 11,790.72

Note:
• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
• Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
• The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be age 17 and above and meet one of the following requirements:

For Year 2 entry^:

International Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS; or
Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*

For Year 3 entry^:

Relevant polytechnic diplomas in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade*; or
Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in a media-and-communications-related discipline, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education*; or
Higher National Diploma (HND) in media-and-communications-related disciplines*; or
Relevant PEI qualification in a media-and-communications-related discipline (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Year 1 AND Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*. 

^ Note: Some applicants may need to take bridging modules within the programme and/or from International Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS to secure entry into the programme.
* All applications are subject to University's approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.


Language Proficiency

Applications must meet at least one of the following English Language requirements:

Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Levels; or
IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5); or
TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent; or 
Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in MDIS (PCIE); or
Equivalent. 


Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.

STUDY LOANS

Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700 www.tcc.org.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265 www.maybank2u.com.sg


0% CREDIT CARD INSTALMENT PLANS
For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Bank
Tel : 1800 747 7000 www.standardchartered.com.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666 www.posb.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265 www.maybank.com.sg
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121 www.uob.com.sg
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333 www.ocbc.com.sg
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg
Bank of China Tel : 1800 669 5566 www.bankofchina.com/sg

For Degree & Masters Programmes (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg

 

 

 

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION


Duration of Course:
Year 2
Full-time  : 16 months
Part-time : 24 months

Year 3
Full-time  : 8 months
Part-time : 12 months

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class intake for 2018

For Full-time Programme: 

Year 2 Entry : Nov 2018             

 

CONTACT DETAILS  

Local students Enquiries:
+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International Students Enquiries :
• Main Hotline: +65 6278 7660
• China: +65 8305 5107
• India: +65 9121 0277
• Vietnam:  +65 8858 4910
• Korea:  +65 9372 5853
• Myanmar: +65 8727 4147
• Thailand / Laos / Cambodia: +65 8858 4910
• Malaysia/Indonesia : +65 9137 2398
• Others: +65 9728 0695

 

Local Enquiries
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International Enquiries