Business and Media Production FD

2 years full-time


"Employer involvement in the delivery and assessment of the programme and the monitoring of students, both in the creative practice courses and in the workplace, is also commended."
External Examiner

Taught in partnership with Halesowen College, the Business and Media Production Foundation Degree is an exciting qualification for those students who wish to attend a university programme whilst still retaining access to the resources and support of a college.

It is ideal for those wanting to facilitate their progression within the ICT, Media and Business subject areas. You will gain an understanding of economic, technological and cultural issues affecting creative industries. The Foundation Degree in Business and Media Production will teach you what it takes in today’s current market to become a successful entrepreneur, and how to apply these skills to your current, or future role.

The course has flexible delivery and assessment and will include study within virtual and class-based learning environments, group projects and creative performances.

Special Features

One of the main innovations of this course will be the creation of a business enterprise known as the ‘Production Company’ to enhance employability skills within the business, media and digital sectors. The skills gained on this course will not be limited to digital culture but will enable students to apply knowledge and understanding to real-life situations in ways that will be accessible, stimulating and relevant to employers.

Students will gain a thorough understanding of practical and theoretical issues associated with the creation and running of a creative business enterprise. This is a highly flexible course with a strong emphasis on student development and all workshops will be tailored to the requirements of the group.

Students will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications in Coaching and Mentoring, Business Start up and First line Management (through the Chartered Management Institute) alongside their foundation degree. All students will be required to undertake a period of work placement during the second year of the course.


In the first year the course will run on one day each week at Coombs Wood, Halesowen and a morning or afternoon at Newman. In the second year this will be a morning or afternoon at Halesowen and a full day at Newman.


Flexible delivery and assessment will include study within virtual and class-based learning environments, group projects and creative performances. Assessment is likely to be in the form of individual and group presentations, projects, portfolios and journals. There are no examinations on this course.

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification such as Creative & Media Diploma, BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or A-level in media, ICT or Business. Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered.



2015/16: £7,400 per year

2015/16: International Students £10,000 per year

From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Course structure

Business and Media Production

Core topics include:

Year 1
Preparing for Success
Business Start up
Production Company Planning
Preparing for Placement
Website Design and Management
Production Company on Camera

Year 2
Coaching and Mentoring
Production Company Film Planning
Running a Business Start up
Work Placement & Career Planning
Developing Multimedia Applications
Production Company on Location

These modules are subject to change.

There will be a programme of workshops running alongside the assessed modules where you will learn crucial business skills such as finance and budgeting, project management and senior-level decision making. The workshops are designed to support students in their roles. Topics for the programmes will include the following (but are not limited to):

  • Interviewing and Selecting Staff
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health & Safety at Work
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Marketing
  • Advertising Strategies
  • Public Relations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Second Life
  • Using Mahara
  • Photography
  • Set Dressing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Communications
  • Audio Recording Techniques
  • Moodle (e-learning software)
  • Presentation Skills.

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