Media Foundation

Media Foundation

The UK is the home of many famous broadcasting and media outlets, as well some of the best films and breakthrough communication moments in recent years. This makes it a great place to study media or communications. This specialist course provides an in-depth education in all areas of communication and high-quality preparation for degrees in media and communications-related subjects. You will learn theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to succeed in your chosen degree. Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students and core modules for the Media Foundation. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills. 

Where will this Foundation take me?

Some of our recent students have gone on to study Practical Filmmaking at Central Film School London; Film Photography and Media at University of Leeds and Creative Advertising at Falmouth University.

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here

Key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October / November, January, April. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above, Maths B or above for Science or Engineering. IELTS 4.5, or IELTS 5.0 for a January start.
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees: Brighton: £7,120

Course modules

Film

Analyse films, understand film production, and produce either an analysis essay on a film of your choice, or a short film.

Advertising and Marketing

Analyse advertising campaigns and study the processes of advertising and marketing. You will also work on an advertising campaign using image-editing software.

Newspapers and Magazines

Looking at British media, study the influence of the media on society, and topics covering moral panics and bias. Learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher to create magazine layouts.

Multimedia Journalism

Learn the theory and practical skills needed to design and create content for a news website. Learn journalism skills and general design principles and apply these to evaluate the success of a practical project. Research audience and formulate specific objectives for a news website, and provide an interactive experience for a defined audience.

Applied Media Theory

Understand contemporary media debates, explore theories and evaluate media texts. Learn to appreciate the wider context in which media is produced, consumed and evaluated.

Media and Communications Research Project

Extend and integrate previous studies. Gain experience of an individual piece of extended research. Apply key research skills. Select texts for a critical investigation. Apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks and plan and implement a practical project based on a selected research area.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note- taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A levels or a Foundation pathway. Our GCSE Pathway programme offers students from the age of 13 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.

Foundation

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A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.