Media Production - FdA [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Digital Arts

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W6P3


Digital Video Production is an exciting commercial growth area. Our Foundation Degree course in Media Production gives you the opportunity to learn, develop and practice the skills they will need to be ‘commercially viable’ in the rapidly changing media industry.

The programme focuses on television, film and digital video production, underpinned by the study of theoretical concepts and professional business practice. Utilising our 4k TV studio, our range of specialist camera equipment and our video editing suite facilities, you will be generating media products from concept through to delivering final productions. At the course’s core is your ‘Personal and Professional Development’ that enables you to direct your own learning, improving your skills in the areas you need to become the complete Media Production graduate.

This course has been designed in consultation with professional practitioners and industry partners. It includes work based learning and projects, which are supported by academic study. Students from the FdA Media Production have won various awards in industry competitions and enter work into film festivals. Students build a showreel of their work across the course to show case themselves for employment.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will undertake a variety of industry linked projects and live briefs with employers giving you valuable experience of working as a practitioner within the media industries. You will learn about being an employee and about working freelance in the industry. Many students are able to start charging for their skills as they leave the foundation degree having developed their skills in Work Based Learning.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for individuals that have a passion for creative media and want to pursue a career within the sector. We are looking for motivated, interesting and informed applicants who embrace their subject and are willing to commit to a programme of study that will allow progression either into employment or Level 6 study.

Qualification Gained

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Media Production.

"The facilities allowed me to successfully develop my digital production skills."

Robert Halle
FdA Media Production

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Post-production Assistant - £14,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Producer - £30,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role

Head of Department - £60,000-£80,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Year 1
Personal Development
Develop your skills in the areas you need. Using online resources and tutorials to plan and execute and reflect on your own development.

Practice Enrichment
Learn and develop skills in camera sound and lighting

Work Related Learning
Further develop your skills working in teams to respond to client briefs

Academic Study Skills
Develop your academic skills to a degree standard

Contextual Studies 1
Research and build essays on topics that interest you

Digital Skills 1
Gain the latest software skills in editing and compositing

Introduction to Fictional Programmes
Learn to develop a story and produce a short film

Introduction to Factual Programmes
Research and develop a real story and produce a documentary

Year 2
Professional Development
Get yourself work ready by developing the skills you need for employment

Work-Based Learning
Work for real clients to produce video productions

Alternative Techniques
Work independently to produce a factual piece for an online magazine

Contextual Studies 2
Research in depth about a topic that interests you to build an academic essay

Optional modules include:
Drama Planning
Develop your scriptwriting skills

Drama Production
Produce a short film as part of a team

Documentary Planning
Develop your storytelling and research

Documentary Production
Produce a documentary as part of a team. 

Learning Methods

You will learn in a variety of ways including classroom delivery, practical project-based learning and e-learning. You will develop relevant practical skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to prepare you for a rapidly evolving industry across a variety of media production settings. Learning takes place in classrooms, in our digital production suite and in the TV Studio. You will also participate in practical sessions, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in presentation and increasing self-confidence.
You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including written practical assignments, presentations, peer work and independent study.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a variety of tools including written practical assignments, presentations, peer work and independent study.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through one of our one-year BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) degrees.

Career Opportunities

Employer input is continuously provided throughout the year by local, national and international companies and practitioners. Students completing this programme will be equipped to work in a range of roles in the TV, video and media production industry.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) . Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience. Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

There will be visits to cinemas and festivals that may incur small costs. It is expected that all students equip themselves with: A new hard drive, usb stick and class 10 SD card(s).

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.