Postgraduate MA

Production Management for TV, Film and Digital Media

School of Arts and Media

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This programme is designed for students who want to work in the field of Production Management within TV, Film and DigitalMedia.  You will gain practical industry experience of the planning, organization, execution and delivery of TV production in the genres of documentary, studio and drama.  

You will gain hands-on experience of analysing and managing production workflows and develop key skillsets including creative problem solving and people management.

Located in the heart of MCUK, you will have the opportunity to network with industry production managers in seminars, masterclasses, tuition and industry-aligned projects. This programme has strong links with BBC, ITV, True North, Dock 10 and many other high-profile production companies across the UK.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with industry projects and apply for work experience with the media industry.

You will:
  • Be based in MediaCityUK and surrounded by a wide range of TV and media production companies
  • Receive bespoke guidance from current broadcast and media production managers across a wide range of genres
  • Develop your networking skills through engagement with media professionals
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

This course embraces a range of diverse teaching, learning assessment methods and aims to:

  • Provide you with a range of skills, attributes and competencies – personal, creative and business-oriented – required by production and post-production industries.
  • Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies appropriate to Masters level and informed by current industry practice.
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional, contextual and collaborative frameworks and equip you with creative problem solving and team leadership skills

The programme structure consists of four taught modules, followed by a practice-based research project or dissertation.

Semester one

Production Management for Factual Programming

This module focuses on the understanding and application of production management for single camera productions.This includes factual television, factual entertainment and other location filming as well as archive shows. You will learn how to create and manage a budget and schedule and provide cost reporting throughout. 

With real-world scenarios for both UK and foreign filming, you will gain an in-depth understanding of compliance, copyright, time management and legal requirements of programme production and delivery.

Line Producing for Drama

This module develops your production management skills for drama. With an emphasis on script analysis and working on movie magic, students will learn the mechanics of managing a large team filming in varied and more complex locations. Working closely with BAFTA and Sustainability, you will use the BAFTA carbon calculator to predict and manage the carbon footprint of your production.

Semester two

Production Management for Studio

With an emphasis on workflow, this module allows you to flex your production management skills in a studio context. It will cover how to produce magazine programme content using different filming formats. You will gain experience in negotiation with facilities and dealing with talent.

Creative Entrepreneurial Practice

Through the creative entrepreneurial practice module, you will gain an in-depth understanding of people management and leadership strategies.  You will work in an authentic industry environment to undertake live briefs from industry. You will be responsible for putting together teams to deliver these projects and ensure the smooth running of the production.

Semester three

Major Project: Practice Research Project or Dissertation

This research-led module is an opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical skills gained over the course of the programme. This 60-credit module has the aim of allowing students to demonstrate their creative, technical and critical skills through self-directed practice and 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?

This programme uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (e.g. ‘live’ projects) and independent and online learning.

Our goal is to create an environment that allows students to progressively take ownership and direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent, life-long learners.

The process of Masters level study is one of intense critical self-reflection; this is achieved by including self-directed projects where students have the opportunity to negotiate their learning and assessment requirements.

Indicative to the course are:

  • formal lectures

  • seminar presentations

  • workshops

  • critical analysis and independent learning.

Programme-specific learning activities include exercises from industry; team and peer-based learning, site visits, guest lectures from visiting professionals, work placements, online activities, working with industry mentors.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around 42 hours of independent study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone and Lynda.com.

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.

Facilities

This course benefits from the brand new state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a 5-camera HD TV studio, a 3-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two radio studios, and 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, Audition v3 audio editing and Final Cut Pro and Avid software-enabled suites throughout the building.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Students with previous TV experience as a Production Coordinator can expect to apply for jobs as Production Managers across a range of TV genres.

Students with no previous TV experience can expect to apply for jobs as production coordinators with the expectation that, with the skillset you acquire, you will be fast-tracked to becoming a Production Manager.

Some of our students succeed through related professions in events management, education, community development or enterprise.

A taste of what you could become

A Production Manager

A Director

A Line Producer

And more...

Career Links

All of the lecturers teaching on the MA in Production Management for TV, Film and Digital Media have extensive industry experience working in the production of drama, documentary and studio. The course has strong links with ITV, BBC, True North, Nine Lives, Blakeway North.  

External speakers from the above companies will work with the students through guest lectures, live briefs and seminars. 

Production Executives, Production Managers and Line Producers at ITV and True North and the BBC have expressed their desire to work with graduates from the MA in Production Management.  They have collaborated with the university to ensure that students taking this course acquire the appropriate skillset needed to work in this field.
 

Requirements

What you need to know

English language requirements

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

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

A good honours degree (2:1 or above).

Alternative entry requirements

Alternative entry requirements

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
Part-time 2019/20 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14670per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,320 per 30 credit module
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

January 2020

September 2020