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Course summary

The MA Media Production course gives you the opportunity to kick start or further your career in the television and radio industries. The course offers a clear progression pathway for students who have already completed undergraduate studies in television or radio. For those who already have industry experience, or are looking to change career path, the course provides the chance to learn additional skills and apply professional media practice to your existing resume. What's covered in the course? While this is largely a practical course that will give you the professional skills you’ll need to work in a fast-paced, real world television or radio environment, you’ll also study production theory. You’ll develop a detailed knowledge of how both mediums work today and how they are constantly evolving. Professional practice is embedded into the course which will prepare you for a career in either the television or radio industries. You’ll also use your academic thinking to evaluate the current state of digital media, giving you the opportunity to reflect critically on your own performance. Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by academic staff that have vast amounts of experience in television and radio production, such as award-winning producer Caroline Officer, radio documentary producer Sam Coley and community radio researcher Siobhan Stevenson. If you have an interest in television production you will develop a detailed knowledge of how production processes work and will be encouraged to explore online content development and distribution. The specialist television modules mirror industry approaches and therefore you will operate as a production team to complete assignments in both modules. This approach has allowed a number of recent MA students to progress seamlessly into professional production roles. If your ambitions lie in setting yourself up as a freelancer with a focus on technical skills we will encourage you to develop your entrepreneurial and networking skills and engagement with social media platforms to establish a robust foundation to launch your professional career. Students who follow the radio pathway will cover traditional AM/FM broadcasting, as well as digital distribution. You’ll also develop your entrepreneurial skills, engage with social media platforms, and look at how radio is used for social and economic development.

Modules

The following modules are common core modules shared by all students on the Media Production course: Narrative: From Media to Interactive Multimedia; Media Law and Regulation; Research In Practice; Project/Dissertation. You will also choose between one of the following two modules in order to complete your degree: Entrepreneurship in Practice; Work Placement.


Entry requirements

You should have or expect to gain at least an upper second-class bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area. You should be able to demonstrate prior experience of work in television, media production or other media related areas. Your achievements should clearly demonstrate a keen interest in the television sector. You are advised to read around the subject of media and to explore examples. Your application should demonstrate your ability to generate and develop ideas, as judged by the MA team. If your first language is not English, you must have achieved an IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). We welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with substantial professional or production experience. It may also be possible to award module credits via APL/APEL if you can provide evidence of prior learning.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Media Production at Birmingham City University - UCAS