Media Production (Film and Television) MA

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Focus on practical skills in media production. Improve your knowledge and build your CV. 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. Students on this course are eligible to apply for a BAFTA scholarship. Find out more on the BAFTA website.

Upcoming start dates
28 January 2019
25 January 2020

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Media Studies, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick and students are eligible to apply for a BAFTA scholarship
  • Gain relevant industry skills from experienced staff in an Avid accredited training centre. Avid is the film and television industry’s leading post-production editing system and students
  • Take an Avid certification to boost your employability included in their course fee
  • First-class support from dedicated staff, specialist technicians and access to industry standard equipment and facilities
  • Take advantage of the University's industry contacts including The Royal Television Society, ITV, BBC and independent television production companies
  • We specialise in SteadiCam and moving camera stabilisation techniques
  • Step up to MA study with our bridging programme for students who don’t have an undergraduate degree in the media area 

Course structure

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.

  • 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
  • The mediaHUB is a bustling multimedia newsroom on the top floor of our David Puttnam Media Centre where you will get a real taste of life as a working journalist.

    BBC Newcastle have a team of journalists based here, and they are joined by visiting journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).

    The mediaHUB runs websites covering sport, news, entertainments and fashion, provides the content for news bulletins on our award-winning radio station Spark, and is responsible for writing and editing Spark magazine.

    The ground-breaking workspace is designed to be a professional environment and even has a cloud filled sky line, funky colour scheme and a shed for a meeting room. It includes plenty of workstations each with industry-standard software including NewsCutter, Burli and ENPS, and a Sky feed with two 40” plasma screens. The whole space is managed by an ex-Sky Journalist, who is on hand, with her team to point you in the right direction.

    The mediaHUB
  • Map and directions

Facilities

The David Puttnam Media Centre is a thriving place to study and experience media. 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

2018/19 fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,200 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £12,600 if you are an international student

2019/20 fees

The annual fee for this course will be:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,000 if you are an international student

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.


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