University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The Contemporary Media Practice course is part of the University of Westminster's School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our state'of'the'art Harrow Campus ' a cutting'edge creative hub, and one of the leading media, arts and design educational facilities in Europe. Our reputation for professional and practice'based education is matched by a distinguished record in academic teaching and scholarly research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) was recognised as the UK's leading media research centre. This unique degree has a long tradition of practical and theoretical cross'media teaching, and remains flexible in adapting to change in the media industries. We have a philosophy of enabling students to become professionally competent in a range of practical and theoretical areas of study, and we continue to break new ground in creative media practice.

Course Modules

Year 1: Approaches to media; creative media development; creative media production; experimental film and video; exploring photography; interactive animation; research and critical practice; space/place: text/context. Year 2: Animation; convergent media; critical theory 1 and 2; exhibition and presentation; film'related theory; innovation; new media'related theory; photo'related theory; professional practice; scriptwriting for media; sound studies. Year 3: Dissertation; major project; minor project; professional launch pad; research and pre'production.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BCC-BB
  • SQA Higher CCCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCCC
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • Portfolio
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMM
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) M1
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) P1
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma

Key Course Information

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81% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 72%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 97%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

35% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 97%

Total Practical: 3%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation