Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Media Technology

School of Arts & Media

Full-time

Attendance

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

The Media Technology programme has full accreditation by Creative Skillset, giving industry and academic recognition to the programme and its contribution to the sector.

The rapid growth in communications, High Definition 4K and UHDTV, the internet and mobile technologies has created a demand for graduates with broad technical skills, specifically in operational areas, systems design, broadcast engineering and networked media technology. This course will enable you  to  learn the theory behind video, audio, IT and IP practices which lay the foundation for a variety of technical industries including broadcast and cinema, radio, TV and internet-delivered media.

This course combines engineering theory with production know-how. You will learn about the principles and functions of video, audio and multimedia systems while gaining core skills and knowledge in electronics, design systems and the technical characteristics of Digital Cinema, standard definition and  High  Definition  and Ultra High definition Television. You will also learn about the requirements for radio and TV broadcasting in Britain and Europe by completing a project on a technology area of your choice.

The course has an impressive employment record in broadcast technical operations, broadcast engineering and systems design. Students gain work as broadcast engineers in transmission and distribution companies or in systems design companies as proposals engineers, technical sales, engineering or project  management. There are multiple generations of our graduates working with and for each other in a number of leading broadcast companies including the BBC, SIS, TSL, Blackmagic design, MTV Networks, Newtek, ITV.

You will:
  • combine engineering theory with production know-how.
  • learn about the principles and functions of video, audio and multimedia systems while gaining core skills.
  • learn the theory behind video, audio, IT and IP practices.
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

you want a good grounding in all areas of television engineering.

2.

you want opportunities to learn cutting-edge technologies from industry practitioners and to work on industry live briefs.

3.

you are interested in how media reaches an audience.

Course details

All about the course

Year one

Audio Theory and Practice

Video Electronics: Theory and Practice

Studio Practice and Design

Web Design and Internet Technology

Media Technologies Evolution and Implementation

Communications and Maths for Engineers

Year two

Studio Operations

Transmission and Signals Theory

Media Workflows for Broadcast and Cinema

Acquisitions and Tapeless Workflows

Studio Operations and Production Techniques

Introduction to Systems Design

Year three

Major Project

Systems Integration

High Definition in Cinema and Outside Broadcast Production

Sound Design for Broadcast and Cinema

Streaming Edit Workflows for Broadcast and Cinema

What will I be doing?

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical operational skills workshops.

The course uses a combination of exam, assignment and project-based assessments.

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.

This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.

Facilities

You will be taught in a state-of-the-art engineering lab/lecture space and make broadcast standard programme material in our High Definition studios at MediaCityUK.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

The Media Technology Degree has an impressive employment record in broadcast technical operations, broadcast engineering and systems design.

Media Technology graduates tend to go into four core areas of the industry:

  • Broadcast technical operations
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Systems design
  • Network and broadcast workflow

Students gain work as broadcast engineers in transmission and distribution companies or in systems design companies as proposals engineers, technical sales, engineering or project management. In a number of leading broadcast companies like the BBC, SIS, TSL and MTV Networks there are multiple generations of our graduates working with and for each other.

Recent graduates of this course:

  • David Fairhurst - Trainee Broadcast Engineer - MTV Networks London
  • Raphael Williams - Sound Engineer - OBs Freelance
  • Andrew Holden - Trainee Satellite and Transmission Engineer - Triffield Productions London
  • Darren Gosney - Product Engineer/Camera Operator - Blackmagic
  • Jack Bredbury - Transmission Network Engineer - Aqiva London
  • Mike Kerry - Transmission Engineer Ideal World 
  • Paul Busby - Junior Project Engineer - TSL
  • Tony Pinder - Junior Project Engineer - TSL
  • Ryan Walsh - Trainee Broadcast Engineer MTV Networks London
  • Ross Elliot - Transmission Network Engineer - Aqiva London
  • Jo Curtis - Master Control Room Engineer - SIS Milton Keynes
  • Dan Burton - Junior Proposals Engineer - DB Associates

Career Links

The course has links with the BBC, SIS, Aqiva, Granada, TSL, and Megahertz UK.

Requirements

What you need to know

A Media Technology student is someone who knows how to use a camera but also wants to know how the camera works. You should be up to date with all the new technologies on the market and have an appreciation of the role of computing in modern society.  

Preferred background subjects are media and IT, sciences, electronics, CDT and physics.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal/traditional entry requirements but with relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. If you have a relevant HND, you may be able to join the course in year 2.

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Media, IT, Double Science at grade C or above; English and Maths GCSE grade C

UCAS tariff points

88-104 points

GCE A level

CCD-BCC. Media, IT, Physics, Maths, electronics preferred. General studies is not accepted

BTEC National Diploma

MMM. Media, IT, Maths or physics bias

Scottish Highers

88-104 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

88-104 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics

International Baccalaureate

28 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics

Access to HE

88-104 UCAS Tariff points from Level 3 QAA approved Access programme. To include Media/Maths/Physics

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £12,660per 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

UCAS information

Course ID HW64

Institution S03