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Media BA (Hons) Top Up 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
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Study options:

1 year



Coventry University


September 2017



Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


If you’d like to complete your media skills training and bump yourself up to degree level, our Media Top-Up course is the way to do it!

The media landscape is constantly changing and, now, anyone with a smartphone can be a media-maker. So, this exciting top-up degree develops your skills within photography, television, film and visual communications in a professional environment enabling you to produce an innovative portfolio of work that will give you the edge in an increasingly competitive graduate market.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

With this course, you can develop your media skills across a range of platforms, including photography, television, film and visual communications.

This final year course involves working with your peers as well as individually, to build up your portfolio, and working to produce a final project. To work towards becoming an all-round practitioner, you’ll also have the chance to learn how to manage creative projects.Once completed, you should have the skills and demonstrative ability to succeed in the job market and real world environments – which is the fundamental aim of the course.

In more detail...

  • dedicated and flexible creative learning environments designed for the future
  • access to industry-standard professional equipment via our Media Loan Shop
  • the course’s dedicated media spaces, edit suites and industry-focused radio, photography and television studios
  • links with a wide variety of employers, some established by our own graduates who now work in the media and cultural industries
  • help applying for professional experience, placement opportunities and live professional projects: e.g. Regional BBC, Creative City, Rolls-Royce, BBC3
  • teaching staff who are all practitioners or researchers with active profiles in established and emerging ways of working and leading scholarship in their fields

This is a third year top-up course so you will be developing your existing skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to produce a professional portfolio that represents who you are as a creative media practitioner.

You will produce a number of pieces of work and one final major project which brings these skills together, thus developing a portfolio of work that you can use when looking for work after graduation. 

The course is, naturally, very practical and is taught through workshops, seminars, and lectures. In addition, your Academic Personal Tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 20% 
  • Practical or project work: 70%
  • Presentations, posters etc: 10% 

A compulsory ‘Add+vantage’ module must also be completed each year.

70% assessed by practical or project work

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week.

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 20+ hours of studying and revising in your own time each week.

You will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of projects that will require you to undertake short visits and field trips both in the UK and abroad.

We run numerous trips each year and select the places on an annual basis. Recent field trips have included: Cyprus, Hangzhou, Kenya, Los Angeles, New York, Norway, Paris, Prague, Sierra Leone, Tenerife. On all trips, you will be engaging in production projects that will become part of your professional portfolio.

The University offers help, both practical and financial, through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) for all international experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

£14,104 (per year)

Career prospects

You will be treated as a professional from the moment that you arrive on the course.

During the course you will learn and develop the creative, technical and transferable skills you will need to thrive as a professional when you graduate. These include creative skills and knowledge, entrepreneurial and management skills, critical skills, presentation and writing skills, as well as interpersonal and management skills.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates pursue careers in established roles within the media industries (camera operators, editors, etc.) or become freelance media producers. Others undertake the appropriate qualifications to become teachers in schools and colleges and others go on to work with community arts organisations or as arts administrators.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.