International Year Zero - Media

This course introduces you to a wide spectrum of topics. From politics to production, you will study everything you need to get a solid foundation in media and progress to your media-related degree.

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Course Overview

Whether you aspire to a career in the high-pressure world of journalism, want to create films or need the skills to develop, design or operate the latest broadcasting technology systems, the International Year Zero (IYZ): Media is the perfect start.

Media covers a huge range of subjects, from the highly practical to the theoretical. The IYZ gives you an excellent grounding in all aspects of Media and Communications study before you continue at DMU’s Leicester Media School, one of the UK’s leading centres for the creative industries.

You’ll build your own digital portfolio working on industry-standard equipment at DMU and gain a solid understanding of how the technology underpinning media production and broadcast works.

As well as the technical knowledge you will develop transferable skills such as project management, team working and problem solving. You can further develop your media experience by joining DMU’s award-winning student media team, DEMON Media which is open to all students.

Topics covered:

  • Create a digital portfolio to showcase your own work and ideas
  • Learn on industry-standard equipment
  • Develop new skills such as basic computing, animation and photography

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 6-weeks – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 12-weeks – IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0)

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Modules you will study

This module aims to introduce you to the key concepts in print and web-based media including; newspapers (both online and traditional), advertising, magazines, music (videos, CD/Covers, advertising), social media, online gaming and film advertising or promotion. You will explore through textual analysis and evaluation how the media functions in the world today and how media affects people on both a local and global scale. You will also write a case study in an area that relates to your specific continuation route in media.

This module aims to show you both the theoretical and practical aspects of film making. You will learn critical theoretical aspects including: the theory of film, key concepts in film, media production techniques such as camera angles, cinematography, camera functions, script writing and film analysis. You will also apply these skills to create a film where you will be taught how to storyboard, present a script with camera direction, direct actors, use locations, use different camera angles and techniques and edit the film on digital software to present your film for assessment.

This module helps you to develop an ongoing critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences to inspire and inform your own practice. You will also use this module to reflect and inform your choice of degree and continuation on to the next stage of your undergraduate degree programme. You will study other artists’, designers’ and media producers’ work and examine contextual links to your own work which will form the major element in assessing the module.

This module helps you to develop an on-going critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences in which to inspire and inform your own practice. You also use this module to reflect and inform your choice of degree and continuation onto the next stage of your undergraduate degree programme. You will study other artists’, designers’ and media producers’ work and examine contextual links to your own work which will form the major element in assessing the module.

You will learn new skills by creating a project at a basic level using visual, audio or written work to reflect your chosen continuation degree in art, design or media. The project could become part of a larger portfolio appropriate for continuation to an undergraduate level degree programme. You will be taught a structured approach to completing a project, and this module will give you more academic independence. You will be taught by the module tutor and by a specialist tutor in a relevant discipline.

This module is designed to build upon the skills acquired in Art, Design & Media Project I. You create a project of lower intermediate level visual, audio or written work that reflects your continuation route in art, design or media which could contribute towards a larger portfolio appropriate for continuation to a degree programme at undergraduate level. As you will have previously experienced a structured approach to completing a project, this module allows you more academic independence. You will again be taught by a module tutor and by a specialist tutor in your subject area. You will develop your basic skills in one of the following areas; drawing, painting, photography, digital arts, music technology or production, journalism, creative writing, 3D installations and sculptures. Self-reflection and evaluation is encouraged and the final work will be presented either as a digital or a printbased portfolio.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses

BSc (Hons)
Music Production
If you dream of a career in music production, audio engineering, programming, mastering or mixing, DMU’s course in Music Production is designed specifically for you.
BA (Hons)
English Literature with Mandarin
Study an exciting range of English literature from writers across the globe and from different eras or movements, such as Victorian literature and Romanticism, as well as classic and renowned authors including William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout the course of history. You’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics and experts who will encourage and support you to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair.  We produce world-leading research in areas ranging from medieval to contemporary literature, language, creative writing and digital humanities.
BA (Hons)
On this course, you’ll discover the full breath of the field of photography. Explore areas such as the history of photographic images, moving image, contextual studies and digital media, with professional practice at the heart of your learning.
BSc (Hons)
Media Production
Gain and develop the technical foundations and practical skills needed for a role in digital broadcasting or social media production across a range of video, image-making, photography, audio and web formats.
BA (Hons)
Music Technology
Carefully designed to expand your creative vision and develop a deep technical understanding by blending half of your modules from arts-oriented BA options and half from technology and science-oriented BSc options, to hone your expertise in the full spectrum of Music Technology.
BSc (Hons)
Visual Effects
A highly industry-focused course that will provide you with the skills needed to gain a leading role in visual effects for video and film.
BA (Hons)
Creative Music Technology

Carefully designed for imaginative, innovative students who want to focus on music composition and production and explore the extraordinary musical possibilities offered by new technologies.

BA (Hons)
Performing Arts
Mostly practical, this carefully designed course immerses you in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary practice, preparing you to enter the 21st-century performing arts industry.
BA (Hons)
Media and Communication with Modern Languages
Gain knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a successful career in media with key practical research and critical perspectives combined with the study of a language. Taught by DMU's experts in media, television and cultural studies as well as experienced practitioners in the field of public relations and new media.
BA (Hons)
Media and Communication
Dynamically and carefully designed course that will provide you with practical research skills and critical perspectives in media, television and cultural studies to set you up for a career in the industry.
BA (Hons)
Film Studies
Gain the skills to become a professional film-maker, critic, event organiser, writer or industry analyst through the academic study of cinema, and prepare yourself for a career in the creative industries.
BA (Hons)
English Literature
DMU English Literature course combines classic and contemporary literature, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to 21st century fiction and film adaptations
BA (Hons)
English Language with TESOL

(TESOL) is an English Language with Teaching English to Speakers of Others course. It is a stimulating, thought-provoking course designed to make you think about how language functions in the world today.

BA (Hons)
English Language with Mandarin
English is now of the most spoken languages worldwide. This programme will enrich your understanding of the form, culture and function of today’s use of the English language, alongside teaching you a second language of Mandarin.
BA (Hons)
Creative Writing
DMU's innovative creative writing course will challenge you to write using new forms and ideas in a wide range of genres, while being pushed to experiment with new creative outlets.
BA (Hons)
Gain the chance to engage creatively and critically with drama, theatre, acting and performance and adopt contemporary methods, develop collaborative skills and be supported to find your own artistic vision.
BA (Hons)
English Language
Learn and imbue yourself in the form, culture and analysis of a global language rich in history by exploring writing styles, linguistics, acquisition, and even learn an additional language.
BA (Hons)
Fashion Buying with Merchandising
Choosing to specialise in Fashion Buying with Merchandising will teach you how these specialisms work together and prepare you to enter the dynamic world of fashion retail
BA (Hons)
Fashion Buying with Marketing
This versatile degree course, with its emphasis on buying, business and marketing, prepares studnets for a range of careers in the fast-paced fashion industry.
BA (Hons)
Arts and Festivals Management
A visionary and contemporary course designed to prepare students for employment in the quickly expanding and dynamic markets of the cultural industries.

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