Media Production BA (Hons)

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Get practical training in TV and radio. Pitch to industry professionals and go on air on award-winning radio. Join a Creative Skillset Tick awarded course which best prepares you for a career in the industry.

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Overview

Discover your specialism, or become a master of all trades. On this practical based course, you’ll undertake a series of projects, making full use of the University’s TV studios, radio studios, editing suites and other facilities to discover your specialism. Work alongside BBC Newcastle journalists, take a placement with Made in Tyne & Wear or volunteer on internationally award-winning Spark; all based in our dedicated Media Centre.

Supported by our experienced experts, you’ll connect with industry, develop and pitch ideas to industry practitioners and undertake placements to build your network. Our students have taken advantage of our relationships with BBC, Capital FM, Sunderland AFC, Tyne Tees Television, Made in Tyne & Wear and various production companies.

In your final year, you’ll produce a major piece of work in your chosen medium. This involves pitching and developing proposals and delivering a finished piece to professional standards. You’ll also choose one of three routes which will lead to your final degree title – so you can show off your specialism.  Choose from:

BA (Hons) Media Production
BA (Hons) Media Production (TV)
BA (Hons) Media Production (Radio)

Come and find out why we were awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, and how we will prepare you for a career in the industry.

 

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Why us?

  • Film Production and Photography courses at Sunderland are 15th in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
  • All students studying on-campus undergraduate media courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement
  • 96.7% of our BA (Hons) Media Production graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Get involved with our internationally award-winning community radio station Spark, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Study in our purpose built media centre, a base for Made in Tyne & Wear and BBC Newcastle

Course structure

Teaching and assessment

Our teaching methods develop subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that enhance employability. These include skills in communication, analysis, research, teamwork, writing and presentation.

You will undertake small group work, one-on-one tutorials, workshops, lectures, computer-based learning and independent learning. An ongoing personal development planning tool will help you reflect on your learning and make the most of your educational experiences.

In the second year of the course we encourage you to take a work placement module. Developing relevant experience of work is an integral part of the course, and throughout your time at Sunderland, you will be encouraged to continuously liaise with the TV and Radio industry with work experience placements and industry-run master classes.

Assessment methods include portfolios of practical work, essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations and self-evaluation.

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (20 credits)

Get an introduction to key concepts in Media and Cultural Studies consisting of three units: Language Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Studies.

  • Formats and Storytelling (20 credits)

Look at the concepts and techniques used to develop a format for TV, radio or the internet.

  • Introduction to Audio and Radio Production (20 credits)

Learn the key techniques of audio production in a multiplatform environment.

  • Introduction to Television and Radio Broadcasting (20 credits)

Learn practical skills to produce live programmes for both TV and radio, working in teams in our industry standard studios.

  • Media Production Skills (20 credits)

Explore and consider multi-platform content and post-production techniques required to produce edited video content ready for distribution.

  • Starting Your Media Career (20 credits)

Prepare yourself for studying and working in the media industry. Create a personal portfolio website to showcase your work to future employers.

 

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

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Media Studies 1 (20 credits)

Develop the concepts and approaches introduced in MAC101 through an analysis of non-fictional television texts and discussion of a range of perspectives on media consumption.

  • Shoot, Edit, Share: Self-shooting online video (20 credits)
  • Developing Your Media Career (20 credits)

Learn a range of skills needed to create and manage content across digital platforms, including using social media, websites, online video and podcasts.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Radio Production (20 credits)
  • Live Radio and Commercial Production (20 credits)

Further optional modules (choose up to two):

  • The Moving Camera (20 credits)
  • Experimental Digital Film Practice (20 credits)
  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)
  • Video Documentary (20 credits)
  • Digital Video Effects (20 credits)
  • Digital Fictional Film 2 (20 credits)
  • Television Studio: Production Development (20 credits)
  • Podcasting (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Media Project (40 credits)

Produce a major piece of work in the genre of your choice working in a team or on your own.

For Media Production (TV):

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Television (20 credits)
  • Documentary Production 2 (20 credits)
  • Moving Camera 2 (20 credits)
  • Television Studio Format Factory (20 credits)

For Media Production (Radio):

  • Popular Music Cultures (20 credits)
  • Radio Drama (20 credits)
  • Radio Documentary and Feature Production (20 credits)
  • Radio Broadcasting (20 credits)

Alternative optional modules for Media Production:

  • Media Studies 2 (20 credits)
  • Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 2 (20 credits)
  • Body and Culture: Ethnographic Approaches (20 credits)
  • Media, Place and Mobility (20 credits)
  • Film, Horror and the Body (20 credits)
  • Hitchcock (20 credits)
  • Film & Feeling: Music, Performance, Genre (20 credits)
  • Screenwriting for TV and Film 2 (20 credits)
  • Advanced Digital Post Production (20 credits)
  • Digital Fictional Film 3 (20 credits)

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.

  • 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.

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 here. Volunteer with award winning radio station Spark, 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

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement


If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at admissions@sunderland.ac.uk for further advice.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

If successful you will be required to attend an applicant day where you will have a short informal interview with an academic member of staff.

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 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

This degree prepares you for careers in TV, radio, video and new media industries. Your training in communication, teamwork and creativity will be highly relevant to roles in many different businesses and in the public sector.

Career destinations

Recent graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as the BBC, Channel 4, Sky TV, Capital North East, I Daniel Blake, MTV and professional production companies.

You could also choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree at the University of Sunderland, such as MA Radio, MA Media Production (Film and Television) or MA Participatory Arts and Media.

Work experience

We actively encourage students to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you will be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies

You will also undertake a number of practical assignments, which can include live briefs from clients outside the University. You will build up a portfolio of work, to show future employers.

In your second year, there is a compulsory work placement that involves spending time with a media organisation such as the BBC, Tyne Tees Television or one of the region’s production companies. We help you find a suitable placement.

All students studying on-campus undergraduate media courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.

External links

We frequently invite guest speakers to run workshops and master classes, allowing you to relate your learning to real-life experience.

We encourage you to take part in competitions; our students have won awards from organisations such as the Royal Television Society.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be guided and supported by our experts. All of whom are working or researching in media. You’ll study alongside scriptwriters, film makers, radio producers, presenters and independent film producers.  All who will share their experience and encourage you to build your network.

Award-winning Radio

You have the opportunity to be actively involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the campus Media Centre.

Spark has won many awards including:

  • Finalist Certificate for Best Student Radio Station category in the 2017 New York Radio Awards
  • Silver award for Best Student Radio Station in the 2016 New York Radio Awards
  • Bronze award for Best Student Documentary in the 2016 New York Radio Awards
  • Bronze award in the Best Student Radio Station category in the 2015 New York Radio Awards
  • Gold award for Best Student Radio Drama in the 2015 New York Radio Awards
  • Bronze award in the Best Student Radio Station category in the 2015 Student Radio Awards

We also have links with Community Media Association, Community Radio and The Royal Television Society.

  • I got a lot out of my course and I'm still enjoying the benefits now.
    Adam Ferrari, Broadcast Media Production graduate

    Adam Ferrari

  • The tutors are genuinely inspiring.
    Alexander moore course

    Alexander Moore

  • Since leaving I've worked on a range of productions from The Bill to Top Gear to Where the Heart Is.
    Nick-Payne, Broadcast Media Production graduate

    Nick Payne

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