Postgraduate MA/PgDip

Media Production: TV Documentary Production

School of Arts and Media

Attendance

Full-time

Course

One year

Nine month

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

On this course, you will learn how to research and produce original television documentaries.

During your time with us, you will receive expert instruction and guidance on the concepts, techniques and processes key to the documentary form. You will produce your own documentaries, collaborating with your fellow students in production teams.

With opportunities to engage closely with industry, the course develops the skills and techniques required to work in the media, while encouraging independent creative content production.

You will:
  • learn cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies at MediaCityUK
  • be taught by lecturers with extensive, first-hand experience of the media industry
  • gain first hand experience of the broadcast industry through live-industry briefs and media projects
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

you want to develop your critical understanding and creative skills in the field

2.

your aim is to pursue a career in documentary film-making or creative-media production

Course details

All about the course

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of creative and technical skills in your chosen specialism of media production.

Core modules

Creative Development Projects

The Creative Development Projects (CDP) module offers you a chance to develop skills appropriate to your programme of study within an atmosphere and philosophy of innovation and experimentation. The module is built around programmes of lecture/seminars and workshops in which you develop your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work. You may work in production teams.

Media Theory and Practice

A series of lectures aims to develop your appreciation and engagement with critical approaches to contextualising and informing your practical creative work. The lectures examine the theory and practice of media production and contextualise the contemporary broadcasting and film environment.

Collaborative Projects

Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials that aim to develop your specialisms, the module will examine the practice and theory of media production readying you for pitching your ideas to a panel of academics and industry practitioners, and developing creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.

Advanced Production Practices

A series of lectures, seminars and workshops aim to develop production craft specialisms in readiness for production in semester two and three if appropriate. The module will examine and enhance the practice and theory of media production advancing your creative and technical skills. Where appropriate this would provide opportunities to prepare you for your final Major Practice Research Module.

Choose one module from:

Major Project: Practice Research Project

This is an opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative, technical and critical skills through self-directed practice and research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

Major Project: Dissertation

This is an opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative and critical skills through self-directed research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The teaching of this course is comprised of seminars, workshops in storytelling and production practice, study of broadcast and editorial guidelines, independent research, collaborative project work and film screenings.

The aim is to support your learning with an effective blend of theory and creative practice and to encourage ownership of your learning through self-directed projects.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

Each module has its own assessment package and this is structured appropriately to reflect the module content. Practical-based modules are assessed by project and a reflective critical evaluation.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.

Facilties

This course benefits from our fantastic facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a five-camera HD TV studio, a three-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two radio/audio recording studios, and 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, with Foley Booth. Audition v3 audio editing and Final Cut Pro and Avid software-enabled suites are throughout the building.

Teacher Profile

"I have been a lecturer at the University of Salford since 1993 and am currently programme leader for all the MA Media Production courses at MediaCityUK. I studied Drama at Manchester University, where I formed the alternative comedy company '20th Century Coyote' which included Rik Mayall. I have been a professional actor, writer and director for 36 years and have worked with many leading writers and directors, including Mike Leigh, Alan Bleasedale (twice), Ken Russell, Michael Wearing and Philip Saville. My writing work includes commissions for the BBC series 'Doctors' and many Radio 4 drama productions, which form the basis of my PhD research."

Lloyd Peters, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

In previous years, a large number of graduates from this course have moved into broadcasting jobs as camera operators, editors, sound assistants, researchers and assistant producers. Former students are currently employed at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and independent companies across the UK.

Career Links

To develop your skills and employability, there are opportunities on our media production courses to work on live briefs and gain valuable work experience. Previous students have worked with:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC Natural History Unit
  • Nine Lives Media production company
  • Sumners Post Production Facility House
  • BBC Fast Train, BBC Academy, BBC Red Nose Day and BBC Turn Up the Talent
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, Salford Media Festival, One World Media Festival

The following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Childrens)
  • Steve Hewlett (Media commentator / Guardian Columnist)
  • Tony Palmer (Documentary filmmaker)
  • Jackie Priddle (Aardman Animation Producer)
  • BBC Stepping Out and Audience Research Team
Requirements

What you need to know

Applicants are expected to be graduates with an Honours degree or with relevant experience in the broadcast/communications industries.

  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Which qualifications do I need?

For the MA programmes in media production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field to support your application. A brief written synopsis (max. 500 words) of your ideas would also be required. Please note that this would be for discussion purposes at the interview only.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above, with an appropriate amount of media production, technology and design experience.

For the MA programmes in media production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field to support your application

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,310per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020