Foundation Degree (FdA) Creative and Broadcast Media

Key Details

  • Available at
  • Level
  • Study Mode
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Programme Area
    Media, TV and Film
  • Course Length

    Full-time: 2 years OR Part-time: 4 years.

  • Course Type
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • UCAS Codes
  • Awarding Body
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual

Course Description

The Foundation Degree in Creative and Broadcast media is a predominantly practically led degree, focusing on relevant and required industry skills. The three-core broadcast skillsets of camera, lighting and sound are explored as theory then explored practically in our studio and gallery facilities. The creative media elements include animation, screenwriting and graphic design. Other broadcast skills such as video editing, audio editing, filmmaking and visual effects are taught using industry standard software. This course is ideal for multimedia content producers, those interested in sound/lighting for live events and those who wish to work in the creative industries.

Additional information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.


Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • materials for independent study
  • external visits such as to museums or exhibitions
  • software to be able to work from home
  • access to materials for evaluation and analysis

Start date


Entry Criteria

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Academic requirements:

  • a minimum of 70 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, usually gaining a pass in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; or NVQ Level 3; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level. For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable
  • Portfolio to be an option as a supplement

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to a satisfactory interview.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Video essays

Learning is participative, informal and full of opportunities for individual exploration and creativity. Industrial placement may also form part of the course.


  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 days per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)


Chris Bainbridge (Programme Leader):

Diane Roberts (Administration):


The course is assessed through coursework. There are no examinations.


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


Opportunities include progression to the BA (Hons) in Creative and Broadcast Media, Masters degrees and teacher training.

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

The Foundation Degree in Creative and Broadcast media is a predominantly practically led degree, focusing on relevant and required industry skills. This course is ideal for those interested in working in the media industry.

Unit information

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

The course consists of the following modules:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Essential Technical Skills (10 credits, core)

This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of the basic equipment setup and calibration principles and theories. The learners will also gain an understanding of working within a professional environment. (Practical Assessment 100%)

Contextual Studies (10 credits, compulsory)

This unit aims to enable students to understand how media has evolved, to demonstrate an understanding of how theories relating to media work in practice and to explain how media production works in practice. (Presentation 40%, Practical Assessment 60%)

Professional Broadcast Techniques (20 credits, compulsory)

The module will enable the learners to gain an understanding of the concepts involved in pre-production, production and post-production. Students will learn how to capture audio and video materials from a range of digital sources, understand and use audio and video compression techniques and store material efficiently. In addition, students will develop an understanding of how audio and video sequences communicate ideas and information. (Portfolio 100%)

Animation and Visual Studies (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to impart knowledge of basic visual techniques to enable the learners to design and create a physical or digital animation. It will cover the graphic design and animation principles, giving learners the ability to match self-generated creative ideas to specific techniques, processes and practices. (Written Assessment 10%, Practical Assessment 60%, Portfolio 30%)

Research and Study Skills (10 credits, core) This module aims to develop the study skills of the students, enabling the production of sound academic writing, the introduction of critical thought and basic research skills. It will enable students to develop skills in academic writing, the use of academic conventions, information research, reflection and the management and organisation of their work. (Written Assessment 100%)

Employability-based Learning 1 (20 credits, compulsory) This module aims to enable learners to carry out a number of employment related tasks, negotiated jointly with employers/industry representatives and Grŵp-based staff. (Written Assessment 100%)

Multi-Camera Production (10 credits, compulsory)

This module will enable the students to develop knowledge and skills in multi-camera operations and productions, to work to plan and produce a multi-camera production to a specified brief and to reflect on their own performance and that of other members of the production team as well as the finished product. (Written Assessment 20%, Practical Assessment 80%)

Creative Media (10 credits, compulsory)

This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of the principles of storytelling, character development and narrative structure. The learners will also gain an understanding of storyboarding and screenplay formats. (Portfolio 100%)

Audio Production (10 credits, compulsory)

This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of the basic principles and theories of audio production. The learners will also gain an understanding of digital recording principles, how to capture, edit and broadcast their output within the framework of a media production. (Written Assessment 20%, Practical Assessment 60%, Portfolio 20%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Research Methods and Study Skills (20 credits, core)

The module aims to consolidate, further develop and extend the student’s capacity to apply a range of academic skills appropriately within a chosen discipline. It will enable students to enhance their skills in academic writing and information research, introduce and apply a range of research methodologies and instruments and argue convincingly. (Written Assessment 100%)

Major Video Project (20 credits, core)

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to plan and manage a media project. It will seek to provide students with enhanced skills relating to the specialist production area including the ability to combine skills from different areas to produce a single coherent project. In addition, students will learn how to devise and comply with self-imposed schedules (negotiated with project supervisor), manage their own learning and present a practical approach to a project brief. (Presentation 20%, Written Assessment 10%, Practical Assessment 70%)

Entrepreneurship and Self-promotion (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to analyse how people working in media, market and promote themselves, to write business documentation such as business proposals and business plans, to identify a range of financial considerations and to enable students to develop their own marketing and self-promotion skills. (Practical Assessment 40%, Portfolio 60%)

Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to impart knowledge of how computer-generated images and photorealistic images are created and how they are then composited seamlessly into a scene. How 2D and 3D assets can be created and then digitally animated. In addition, it will aim to develop practical ability in the creation of digital content for compositing and improving on animation techniques. Enabling students to reflect on their own production and post-production work. (Presentation 40%, Written Assessment 10%, Practical Assessment 50%)

Television Studies (10 credits, compulsory)

The unit aims to develop the student’s approach to present the results of research in an appropriate form and consider the implications of the chosen form in terms of style, structure and the relevant presentational conventions. (Presentation 30%, Practical Assessment 70%)

Working to a Professional Brief (10 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to consolidate previously developed knowledge and skills in order to encourage the development of original, critical and independent thinking applicable to a range of workplace practices appropriate to the discipline. This module enables a student to undertake a set industry brief that is relevant to their potential career direction which also contributes to the fulfilment of the course aims and objectives and the programme learning outcomes. (Written Assessment 40%, Portfolio 60%)

Employability Learning 2: Professional Reflection and Personal Development (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to provide learners with the opportunity to analyse the value of their learning within vocational and work-specific contexts. In so doing, it will require learners to reflect upon their learning experience in terms of how it has enhanced their academic and vocational knowledge and skills, self-esteem and current and future employability. This will enable learners to link their increased effectiveness in a range of work-based tasks and contexts to their extended and enhanced knowledge and skills sets.

In addition, the module will focus upon the creation of a comprehensive and vocationally-relevant personal and professional development plan, arising from forward reflection. The plan will identify a range of future academic and vocational developmental needs, specific to and within a range of work-based and employability contexts, which result in the identification of attainable goals. The plan will also identify and establish how progress towards stated goals may be measured. (Individual portfolio 40%, Personal and professional development plan 20%, Reflective journal 40%)

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