Media Production (Film and Television) MA - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This course is for people who want a Masters with a focus on practical skills in media production. For a stronger emphasis on theory, please see MA Media and Cultural Studies.

If you want to improve your knowledge, build your resume and be involved in high-quality media content, with technical skills that are in demand across the TV and Film industries, then this Masters will give you an edge over people with an honours degree. You will cover areas of 360 commissioning, workflow, moving camera, advanced editing techniques and production management.

If your first degree is not directly related to media production, we may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course. This ensures that everyone on the course can fully participate in group projects.

‌Media Production (Film and Television) MA has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

‌Sunderland’s Media Department has been recognised for producing some world-leading and internationally excellent research. The University hosts the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS).  Our research expertise includes multi-platform production, music and moving image collaborations, independent production, and television aesthetics.

‌‌‌Students on this course are elgible to apply for a BAFTA scholarship. Find out more on the BAFTA website

AVID logo‌Sunderland is an accredited training provider for AVID software, which is the industry-leading editing system. We are also part of Avid’s worldwide network of Learning Partners, and as an MA student you will have an option to take an AVID certification that boosts your employability. 

George talks about the experience of studying at the University of Sunderland and the facilities designed for students from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media:

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Media Production 1 (60 Credits)

  • Media Craft Skills – these include elements of scriptwriting, editing, camera and lighting and sound techniques
  • Deconstruction and reconstruction of advertisements and music videos

Media Production 2 (60 Credits)

  • Production Management
  • Video for New Media
  • Mini Practical Project

Media Production 3 (60 Credits)

  • Major Media Project

You will complete a supervised dissertation or major project on a topic of your choice. As the culmination of the course, it will build on all the skills and knowledge that you have gained up to this point.

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.

You will work on group production projects which will be supported by workshops, studio sessions, tutorials and seminars, as well as master classes led by industry professionals.

Assessment methods include your practical work with supporting reports that place the work in its academic context. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

TV studios

We have two TV studios complete with green rooms and control rooms. Equipment includes multiple Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. We also have over 40 full HD tapeless field camera systems, comprising Blackmagic, Sony EX1 and EX3, with associated location DIT kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

Digital editing

There are 70 workstations Edit systems, including  Avid Media Composer, Protools, Adobe Master Collection, four Colour Grading rooms running DaVinci Resolve. There is also a digital audio postproduction area running the Avid S6 desk with four voiceover booths.

Radio studios

We have five radio studios including a transmission suite for Spark FM, our student-run community radio station. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a target audience of 15-24 year olds.

Other media facilities

There is a 203-seat cinema with full HD projection, 7.1 surround sound facility. We have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus extensive footage archive/library.

University Library Services

We’ve got a wide range of books, journals and e-books on relevant topics, with many more available through the inter-library loan service. Useful resources for your studies include:

  • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
  • British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research


The David Puttnam Media Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's,
St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

You should have relevant experience and/or academic skills. We may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.


The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles in production, media management, marketing, legal and media business.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751

Student jobs, volunteering and paid projects (earn while you learn

Our Careers & Employability Service (CES) advertises a variety of opportunities to earn money while you study. It also advertises volunteer positions that enable you to help other people while learning about your strengths and what you can offer to future employers.

Benjamin a graduate from MA Digital Film Production talks about his experience studying at the University of Sunderland:


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet your Personal Tutor at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s equipment and software.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

“The University offers some of the best facilities I've seen in the eight years I've been working in the television industry."

Tom Chittenden Media Production case study

Tom Chittenden

Assistant Editor, Coronation Street

Tom Chittenden landed a dream job as an Assistant Editor on Coronation Street shortly after graduating from the University of Sunderland.

“I was already working for ITV and decided an MA would improve my media production skills, I was also eager to gain a qualification that would enhance my career.

“The University offers some of the best facilities I've seen in the eight years I've been working in the television industry. I was very impressed by the variety of professional industry-standard equipment offered and I was able to explore new methods of media production. Using a Steadicam for the first time was a lot of fun!

“I'd always wanted to make my own documentary and as part of the course, I produced, directed and edited a 20-minute documentary. The course also really boosted my confidence in my own ability and I was afforded hands-on experience with the equipment.

“After graduating, I was seconded to another ITV department to work on factual documentary Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green. This job came off the back of the documentary I made at Sunderland.

“Shortly after this, I landed a new role as an assistant editor on the UK's biggest serial drama, Coronation Street. Here, as part of the post-production team, I am the first point of contact for the editors. All the material shot in studios, on the street or out on location is ingested, processed and then distributed onwards via the team. I'm also lucky enough to be able to hone my skills as an editor as I'm regularly given the opportunity to create montages and promos for online and broadcast.

“This is a dream job and I feel incredibly lucky to be working alongside such talented individuals and I'm here, in part, thanks to completing my Masters degree at Sunderland.”

"Sunderland has some of the best and coolest equipment I’ve ever seen."

Brett Xie - MA Media Production case study

Bret Xie

MA Media Production graduate

“As my interests have always been in video and film making I decided whilst working in Beijing that I wanted to study a master’s course. I researched universities across the world and chose the University of Sunderland because it is a one year course and it has some of the best and coolest equipment I’ve ever seen.

“The course prepared me and built up my confidence. I was not only trained to use Steadicam and crane but also the theories on how to efficiently utilise filming.

“Alongside the course, the University also offers practical study and work experience opportunities. I joined the University radio station, 107 Spark FM, where I was able to practice my new skills. I also had the chance to witness the production of a BBC period drama which I found really beneficial.

“Studying abroad was a life-changing experience for me. After graduating, with a distinction, I relocated to Bangkok to work in architectural visualisation for property developer DIAKRIT.”

"The tutors were genuinely inspiring and I learned so much from bouncing ideas off them."

CS - Alexander Moore Film and Media Studies Graduate

Alexander Moore

Development Producer, CBBC

"I was really impressed with the course from the start as we were actively encouraged to develop our own creativity, which helped me to break away from my comfort zone and gain the confidence to explore new ideas.

"Whilst at university, we had to work up new ideas based on a fairly tight brief, and then pitch our proposals to a panel of relevant industry figures. Simulating that high-pressure environment was an amazing experience and the feedback we would get was really useful. The tutors were genuinely inspiring and I learned so much from bouncing ideas off them.

"I have even pitched game concepts to major studios in Los Angeles for brands like Pirates of the Caribbean and Lost, and although at the time I felt a bit out of my depth, my experience at Sunderland gave me the confidence to remain calm and present the ideas clearly.

"My time at the University of Sunderland has undoubtedly given me a wide range of experience which I've been able to use in my career and a very good base for some high-end jobs in the industry. Hopefully, I can continue to build on such a solid foundation."

Apply for this course

To apply for this course use the relevant link below.

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

For more information, contact the Programme Leader:

Gary Stubbs
Tel: 0191 515 2884

Read Gary Stubbs's research profile and learn more about some of the staff that would teach you on the Media Production (TV and Video) course.

For more general information, contact:

Tel: 0191 515 3000

Social media: To see what events we run and to ask a question about this course, contact the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media on Facebook and Twitter.

Programme Starts  
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The details

Course Name Media Production (Film and Television)
Classification MA
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 1 year
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 30 January 2017
26 January 2018
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

Honours degree in a relevant subject area

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