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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
There’s never been a better time to get into content creation – we’re watching, listening, making and broadcasting more media than ever before. This course will give you the practical skills to join this expanding industry and make engaging content for TV, radio, podcasts, social and online.
Taught by experienced experts, using fantastic facilities, you’ll 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 and Wear, and various production companies as well as our very own internationally award-winning Spark Sunderland.
Graduate with a degree that shows off your specialism. In your final year you can choose from: BA (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Media Production (TV) or BA (Hons) Media Production (Radio).
You will be introduced to a range of traditional and digital skills in media production and will have opportunities to learn how to use the various resources based in the David Puttnam Media Centre. Alongside this, some of your teaching and learning will take place online.
A combination of online and face-to-face sessions will enable you to access the studio resources, editing facilities and equipment that will broaden your skills, as well as the specialist academics and technicians who will assist you as you learn. This flexible approach will enable you to stay safe, provide you with a rounded experience and enable you to join our community of learners.
This is a practical-based course with a 70/30 split. The majority of teaching and assessment is based on skills, coursework and content creation, often in groups. The rest may be presentations, essays, critical evaluations, self-review and reports.
The first year is all about building your skills. You’ll be introduced to the studios, the equipment, relevant software and the various roles within TV and radio. This prepares you to concentrate on content creation in the second year, while you explore roles and specialisms. By your final year, you’re ready to delve into the discipline you love, take on your preferred role, pitching and developing proposals and delivering a finished piece to professional standards.
Work experience is an integral part of the course, and throughout your time with us, you'll be encouraged to continuously liaise with the TV and radio industry about work experience placements and industry-ran masterclasses.
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 daytime and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
For Media Production (TV):
For Media Production (Radio):
You can also mix and match the modules listed above to suit your interests.
Our typical offer is
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
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.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
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.
Recent graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as the BBC, Radio 1, Channel 4, Sky TV, Capital North East, I Daniel Blake, MTV and professional production companies.
Gain relevant work experience while at university that will fit around your studies, and we will be there to guide and encourage you.
Undertake a number of practical assignments, which can include live briefs from clients outside the University and build up a portfolio of work, to show future employers.
Spend time with a media organisation such as the BBC, Tyne Tees Television or one of the region’s production companies with a compulsory work placement. We help you find a suitable placement.
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.
We frequently invite guest speakers to run workshops and masterclasses, allowing you to relate your learning to real-life experience. Recently this has included our visiting professors Dr Alex Connock, Fellow in Marketing at Oxford University; Emmy award winner David Quantick; and Nick Smith Executive Vice President at All3Media.
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 who will share their experience and encourage you to build your network.
Our staff and students consistently win big at the Royal Television Awards.
RTS winners 2020
RTS winners 2019
Creative Industries Week gives everyone in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries the opportunity to participate in a range of projects, workshops, talks, industry visits and career events. This exciting week encourages interdisciplinary working, broadens your experience to build your confidence and helps develop your career path.
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