You will learn advanced practical production skills alongside developing an understanding of the technologies that underpin future digital media and the production process. After all, digital media technologies are not just a tool, they are also a driver for creativity in many industries. You will learn a set of specialist skills across a range of future media technologies, including audio applications, social technologies, post production practices, and distribution of digital content. You will have live briefs working with industry during the course through your project work.
This postgraduate course offers students, who already have a production technology background, an opportunity to develop high level knowledge, skills and understanding in audio and video technology. The course offers a mix of technological and production modules covering media technologies ranging from sound engineering and sound design to video post production, compositing and visual effects. The social technologies module provides a deeper understanding of audiences’ behaviour, online culture, spreadable media and digital identities. The production modules encourage creative skills in: television, audio engineering and video and audio post production.
This course has both full-time and part-time routes over two 12 week semesters (plus the third semester or summer period for your dissertation for MSc students)
The aim of the Master's Project is to carry out, under supervision, an extended individual study into a topic in audio, video, other digital media or acoustics. A number of topics will be offered to you to choose from or you could undertake a bespoke topic to be agreed between you and your supervisor. Your project will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding from different areas of the course and will encourage initiative and project management.
If the course is studied on a part-time basis, only one module per semester is undertaken.
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).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.
Graduates from a degree discipline that contains significant elements of media technology and production. We expect students to already have experience of recording studio practice and video production and post production techniques.
Varied formative and summative assessment strategies, which are aligned to a module's learning outcomes, are used on this programme. The vocational nature of the programme lends itself to coursework assessment. These would typically include the design and production of video, animation or audio products involving both technical and creative skills.
There is an expanding jobs market in new media. Graduates go on to production jobs in television, audio, digital media and emerging technologies. Possible career paths include:
Recent graduates from this course have found careers in broadcast, audio and video post-production, convergent technologies (audio, video and new media) and have been employed by companies such as Sky TV, Red Bee and MTV.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,012 per 30 credits|
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,035 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
This degree is based in MediaCityUK, the new home for the BBC, ITV, Coronation Street and parts of the University of Salford. MediaCityUK is located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester's historic ship canal. The University has the first four floors of a new, purpose built facility that looks over the water to The Lowry theatre, Imperial War Museum North and the new Coronation Street set. ITV occupy the floors above us, with the three BBC buildings on one side of us and Peel Media Studios on the other.
A number of BBC departments are based at MediaCityUK, having moved from London, including BBC Breakfast, BBC Children's, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Future Media and Technology, BBC Learning, BBC Sport and BBC Academy. All of the BBC Manchester operations have also moved to MediaCityUK, including BBC Religion and Ethics, Current Affairs and the BBC Philharmonic.
On the main campus, we also have a Pro Tools equipped studio recording complex consisting of four control rooms and recording areas. Please see this studios link for more detailed information.
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or 18 months part-time)
MSc (16 months full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (one year full-time or up to two years part-time)
94% of our postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.DLHE 2010