On this course, you will learn how to research and produce original television documentaries.
During your time with us, you will receive expert instruction and guidance on the concepts, techniques and processes key to the documentary form. And you will produce your own documentaries, collaborating with your fellow students in production teams.
With opportunities to engage closely with industry, the course develops the skills and techniques required to work in the media, while encouraging independent creative content production.
Senior Lecturer Beth Hewitt talks about the MA Television Documentary Production. The course is 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 meet 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 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.
Graduates with an Honours degree or applicants with relevant experience in the broadcast / communications industries. You should want to develop your critical understanding and creative skills in the field. And your aim will be to pursue a career in documentary film-making or creative-media production.
Degree Grade: 2:1 and above.
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. They include:
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 have been a Lecturer at the University of Salford since 1993 and am currently Programme Leader for all the MA Media Production courses at MediaCityUK. I studied Drama at Manchester University, where I formed the alternative comedy company '20th Century Coyote' which included Rik Mayall. I have been a professional actor, writer and director for 36 years and have worked with many leading writers and directors, including Mike Leigh, Alan Bleasedale (twice), Ken Russell, Michael Wearing and Philip Saville. My writing work includes commissions for the BBC series 'Doctors' and many Radio 4 drama productions, which form the basis of my PhD research."Lloyd Peters Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer
In previous years, a large number of graduates from this course have moved into broadcasting jobs as camera operators, editors, sound assistants, researchers and assistant producers. Former students are currently employed at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and independent companies across the UK.
Claire Judge graduated in 2009 and has now established a successful career in the television industry, working as an Assistant Producer at Nine Lives Media and, more recently, for the BBC’s Dragons’ Den. In 2013, Claire was also named a Hotshot by Broadcast magazine, in recognition of her outstanding production skills.
Claire Judge Assistant Producer ‘Dragons’ Den’
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:
The following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:
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