Media Production (Film and Television) MA

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Focus on practical skills in media production. Improve your knowledge and build your resume. Get involved with high-quality media content, with technical skills that are in demand across the TV and Film industries.

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Overview

The 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.

You will cover areas of 360 commissioning, workflow, moving camera, advanced editing techniques and production management. This part-time course offers the same opportunities as our full-time Media Production MA. It is spread over two years, which allows you to combine it with flexible paid work and other commitments.

Students on this course are eligible to apply for a BAFTA scholarship. Find out more on the BAFTA website. (Please state on your BAFTA application that you are studying part-time).

Why us?

  • Research in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies at Sunderland has been described as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick
  • Explore your creativity with the full support of Sunderland's experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Take advantage of the University's industry contacts including Community Media Association and The Royal Television Society

Course structure

All modules are taught during the daytime and you will be studying alongside full-time students. 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.

Media Production 1 (60 credits):

  • Craft Skills – includes elements of scriptwriting, editing, camera and lighting and sound techniques


Media Production 2 (60 credits):

  • Production Management and Online Content Creation
  • Mini Practical Project


Media Production 3 (60 credits):

  • Major Practical 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.

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

The David Puttnam Media Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.911899,-1.372815

  • The David Puttnam Media Centre has a 203-seat cinema with 7.1 surround sound facility.

    We also have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus an extensive footage archive/library.

    The cinema is used for film screenings, critique, lectures, live broadcast screenings and student film nights.

    Cinema
  • Develop your skills in one of our 70 workstations with state-of-the-art HD Edit systems, including Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Premier Pro. You'll also use DaVinci Resolve for colour correction.

    You’ll also access our digital audio postproduction area with voiceover booths.

    Digital editing
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for Journalism and Media studies include:

    • Lexis, which provides full-text newspaper articles as well as access to legal information
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • 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
    • Screen Online (BFI), which is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive
    Library Services - journalism and media
  • Go on-air in one of five radio studios, including a larger radio drama studio and a transmission suite for Spark our award winning student-run community radio station. Spark has a target audience of 15 to 24 year-olds and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Get hands-on in our two broadcast-quality production studios complete with green room and changing facilities.

    You’ll access four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. Our field camera systems, comprises Blackmagic Ursa, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro, Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with associated location kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

    Get experience with Made in Tyne & Wear, based in the Media Centre providing placements to students and jobs to several of our graduates.

    TV studios

Facilities

The David Puttnam Media Centre is a thriving place to study and experience media. We are the is the only university in the North of England with a full-time community radio licence. Spark Sunderland broadcasts from our purpose-built studios. Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle and Made in Tyne & Wear, who are both based in the building. Volunteer with award winning Spark Sunderland, write for one of our suite of websites or edit Spark Magazine in our MediaHUB. Get hands on in TV and Radio Studios, Journalism and Digital editing suites. Learn from experts in this centre of excellence for training.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree in a related discipline. 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.

Fees and finance

The part-time fee for this course is £344 per 10 credits.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night

Employment

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.

Employability

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

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