This course will equip you with creative-content and production skills in the exciting field of children’s programming.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of what it is that children and young people want to watch, why they watch certain programmes, films and moving images, and how they view them. You will also learn how to apply your knowledge to the production of creative content for this age group.
Throughout your time with us, you will be encouraged to develop your own creative ideas to a professional standard. Being based in the heart of MediaCityUK, and next door to BBC Children’s, this course will provide you with many opportunities to learn alongside, and engage with, experienced industry producers and practitioners in children’s content production.
At the end of the course, you will have gained a thorough, practice-based knowledge of the media industry, with particular emphasis on children’s creative content production.
MA Media Production: Children's TV Production Course Leader Beth Hewitt on this unique and exciting course based at our MediaCityUK campus.
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.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/tradiational 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 your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
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.
This course is ideal if you are already working in media, you are an aspiring programme maker seeking to move into children’s television / media content production, or you are looking to advance your career, re-skill or build upon the studies you completed as an undergraduate.
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.
Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking.
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.
“I joined the University of Salford in 2008 to lead the MA in Documentary Production. I went onto develop the MA in Children’s Digital Media Production. My career began in the edit suites of Cosgrove Hall Productions and from there I moved to the BBC in Birmingham, before taking up a staff position at Granada ITV as an editor and then moving on to direct and produce documentaries. In 2000, I moved to the BBC where I worked in the Factual Entertainment department. Then, in 2004, I moved to the National Media Museum in Bradford, where I worked with young people developing filmmaking skills and techniques, while also producing programmes in the museum’s multi-camera studio. Subsequently, I came back across the Pennines to work at Urbis as the Media Content Producer, developing a media remit for the institution, plus workshops and summer schools focusing on media and film-making with young people. In 2006 / 2007 (while at Urbis), I produced two documentaries for Granada TV Regional Programming Department. I am a member of the RTS Northwest Committee and the Salford Media Festival committee.”
Beth Hewitt Programme Leader
Links with the BBC and other well-known and respected production companies could lead to work experience that will significantly enhance your CV. The course combines practical and theoretical elements that will appeal to a broad range of employers.
I studied a PG Dip in Children's TV Production at Salford in 2013. Since then I have had various roles within the BBC Childrens' department and now work as an Assistant Content Producer for CBeebies interactive. The contacts I made during my time at Salford, and the practical experience I gained while working on various projects have all been a massive help in developing my career with the BBC.
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:
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