Digital and Screen Media
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Years of Entry
Main Campus (Horsforth)
Study abroad
Study Mode
Full-time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you excited by the world of television production, content creation and the exciting and constantly evolving world of creative digital media? 

Do you want a career working for streaming platforms, broadcasters, brands, television, and digital media production companies? 

The Digital Media Production degree is developed with industry experts, to help you build your understanding of Digital Media Production and develop the creative and technical skills you’ll need to thrive in the creative industries. 

Previous graduates in the School of Digital Screen Media have gone on to work in roles such as Story Researcher – Hollyoaks, Channel Editor – YouTube, Production Assistant – Netflix, Podcast Content Producer - The Digital Type, Production Coordinator – Premier League Productions, Schedule Executive – ITV, Casting Researcher – BBC, Assistant Producer – Air TV, and Runner – Emmerdale. 

This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

The Student Contract

About this course

During your degree you’ll get practical, hands-on experience in, camera operation, producing, directing, scriptwriting, editing, digital design, podcasting and presenting using our fully equipped TV Studio, podcast suites and streaming facilities. 

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the practical and technical fundamentals of digital media production. In your second and third years, you’ll work closely with employers in the creative media industry in a real-world professional environment through professional work placements and working on live industry briefs. 

You’ll be able to select option modules that will let you specialise in your preferred areas of interest and refine the skills you need for specific job roles or industries. 

You will meet numerous professionals from a wide range of creative industry backgrounds throughout the course, during workshops, seminars, TV and Film Studio visits and whilst working on industry productions. 

We are part of Connected Campus - Screen Yorkshire and you’ll benefit from our established employer networks and industry links. You’ll also be able to get involved in our annual Journalism and Media Week - Leeds Trinity University, where top broadcasters, digital content creators, programme makers and media experts give talks and run masterclasses. 

By the time you graduate you’ll have a wealth of experience, a host of employer connections and the skills necessary to find employment in a wide range of digital media-related roles including; television and film production and post-production, digital content creation, digital design, videography, social media, or for freelance work or self-employment. 

Why study with us?

  • Study a practical and exciting, digital media production degree, with course content developed with employers to meet industry needs and fill industry skills gaps.  
  • Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are award-winning digital media producers with extensive industry experience.  
  • Learn with the latest industry-standard equipment in our fully equipped and purpose-built Media Centre.  
  • Build up an impressive portfolio of digital content creation skills as you become a versatile, multi-skilled digital content creator. 
  • Make employer contacts and prepare for a career in the digital media production industry, through professional work placements and by working on live industry briefs that form part of your studies. 

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to industry-standard spaces and equipment including production rooms, Mac and PC editing suites and TV, radio, podcast, photography and digital design studios. These specialist facilities will enable you to develop your practical and technical skills, produce a portfolio of professional work across different media platforms and prepare you for your graduate career in the industry. 

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Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study four core modules.

Professional Development (Core)

You'll develop teamworking skills through creative challenges, taught sessions, profiling and self-understanding.

You'll work on team presentation and develop a professional persona through attitude, commitment and effective communication.

In the second semester, you'll look at enterprise and sector analysis.

You'll develop your solo presentation and pitching skills.

We'll cover the creativity and skills needed to start, maintain and grow your production streams as independent creators.

We'll help you develop the skills valued by the creative industries to help you become a professional with an industry-relevant work ethic.

Fundamentals: Camera, Lighting, Sound (Core) Fundamentals: Post-Production (Core) Digital Storytelling: Fact and Fiction (Core)

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study three core modules and will be required to choose one option module.

Professional Placement (Core)

Develop your professional skills to help with your CV, interviews, networking, self-marketing, and industry-specific employability skills.

You'll have talks from external speakers and industry contacts as well as internal expertise, preparing you for your first external placement.

Develop your skills in creative problem-solving, idea generation, project management and enterprise through creative productions.

This will also develop freelancing skills and equip you to be flexible and professional in the creative industry, whether self-employed or as an employee or employer.

Digital Content Creation (Core) Live Industry Project (Core) Advanced Production Skills (Option)
Radio and Podcasting (Option)

You'll learn interview skills, how to write for radio and podcasts, how to edit audio, and the skills needed to compile, write and deliver a news bulletin and podcast.

You'll get an understanding of radio and podcasting and the context in which they operate, including OFCOM regulation, marketplaces and audiences.

Year 3

During your final year, you'll study two core modules and will be required to choose at least four option modules.

Professional Project (Core)

You'll take on a work-based project or intervention, or an alternative professional development project.

You'll negotiate a project with your employer or placement provider that meets their needs as well as the university.

You'll have a series of seminars to outline the challenge, followed by tutorial support to chart progress and help you towards your assessment.

As a negotiated, self-managed module, you'll receive initial support to establish the learning outcomes and appropriate assessment methods.

You'll engage in online support and arrange tutorials with your academic supervisor.

Live Industry Project 2 (Core)
Transmedia Production (Option)

Find out about writing, pitching and producing media for multi-platform transmedia story-telling.

We'll cover audience interaction, gated content, gamification, multiple points of view and entry points and world-building.

Using examples from brand narratives and entertainment, you'll explore the main transmedia formats and understand the difference between canon and fan-generated content.

Explore examples of experiential marketing and how real-life elements let audiences cross the fourth wall into the narrative.

Find out how this can create a deeper emotional connection with the story, and how this ties in with using alternate reality games to raise awareness of societal, political and environmental issues.

TV Studio (Option) Pitching for Industry (Option) Creative Media Project (Option) Editing (Option) Crowdfunding (Option)
Advanced Audio Production (Option)

During the module, you'll contribute to a live radio show broadcast on BCB Radio and produce a three-minute radio news package.

You'll edit audio using Adobe Audition's multi-track editor, and learn about radio programme production and advanced storytelling using audio.

You'll get a deeper understanding of radio and podcast production.

Cinematography (Option) Audio Drama (Option)
Digital Studio (Option)

Get a collaborative digital studio experience of the creative production workflow for film, TV and creative visual effects production.

In a studio environment, you'll produce a digital visual effects sequence using practical effects, motion graphics, visualisation and computer-generated digital effects.

You'll have weekly technical production meetings to direct and delegate the development and progress of the digital studio activities.

You'll produce media artefacts within the available workflow, budgets, skillsets, production time, facilities and location.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

Professional work placements and live industry briefs are embedded into your degree, allowing you the opportunity to gain valuable real-world industry experience, build industry connections and increase your understanding of content creation and digital media production. 

Your professional work placements will give you the chance to gain practical experience with some of the top media companies across the UK and develop your employability skills and industry connections.  

Previous Digital Screen Media students have completed their placements working with channels and streaming platforms such as YouTube, ITV, BBC and Channel 4, and on successful shows such as Emmerdale, Pointless, The Yorkshire Vet, HelicopterER, and New Life in the Sun. 

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Adam Bennett, Director and Founder at post-production company Sticks & Glass, shares his perspective as an employer providing a placement opportunity to our student

Listen to Trayvon, a Digital and Screen Media student, talk about his professional work placement experience

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
UCAS tariff112-144
GCSE requirementsGCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required

Fees and finance


UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our webpage for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a personal statement guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

This degree is ideal preparation for a career in the digital media industry in roles including: digital content creator, production assistant / runner (Film & TV), social media management, television researcher, editor, camera operator, graphic and motion designer, and videographer. 

Previous graduates from the School of Digital Media are now working as:  

  • Story Researcher, Hollyoaks  
  • Production Assistant, Netflix (Queen Charlotte - Drama Series)  
  • Channel Editor, YouTube   
  • Production Assistant, The Premier League Productions  
  • Podcast Content Producer, The Digital Type  
  • Casting Researcher, “My Mum Your Dad”  
  • Runner, Emmerdale 
  • Camera Operator & Editor, Story Film 
  • Production Assistant, Bright Spark Films  
  • Runner, Pointless - BBC One   
  • Assistant Producer, Air TV  
  • Schedule Executive, ITV   
  • Production Coordinator, Daisybeck Studios  

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

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