We offer high-quality, small-group learning, most of which has a practical, workplace-oriented outcome. Our degrees are recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high-calibre, highly respected lecturers. Our visiting lectures are specialists in their fields and are often prominent figures in their branch of the media industry. They are only too happy to offer networking opportunities for students.
Teaching is carried out in a variety of ways – lectures, seminars and tutorials and production support. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups. Classes are delivered by academic staff who are experts in their respective fields. The friendly, approachable academics are available to students outside of class and pride themselves on being helpful and accessible.
Students have access to the TV and Radio studio and technical support from our studio manager. There is also 24-hour access to our dedicated computer lab. Producing a weekly news bulletin, podcasts and articles really makes it feel like the working world. Students stretch their creativity with design and multimedia assignments that are truly relevant to the current media industry.
Students learn how to use industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects), Final Cut Pro, DaVinci, Tableau, and Audacity, as well as DV cameras, photo cameras, audio recorders, broadcasting and live-streaming equipment (TV and radio) and much more!
A lot of the practical work revolves around Buckingham News – our own student-run multi-platform news outlet that serves the university and local community. From their second week at university, students will find themselves reporting, editing, scripting and presenting. These are real stories too – like the discovery of an unexploded grenade or reporting on the King’s Coronation.
The modules provide plenty of opportunities for students to build a credible portfolio to showcase their creative talent and present to potential employers.
Assessment is usually by coursework or practical projects, supported by critical analysis. Check the module information for more details.