Media Production: TV Documentary Production
MA/PgDip

Based at MediaCityUK
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Media Production: TV Documentary Production at Salford

1.

Study cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies at MediaCityUK

2.

Learn from lecturers with extensive, first-hand experience of the media industry

3.

Gain first had experience of the broadcast industry through live-industry briefs and media projects

Course Summary

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.

Download the guidelines to apply for this course here.

Watch our video

Senior Lecturer Beth Hewitt talks about the MA Television Documentary Production. The course is based at our MediaCityUK campus.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

Full-time study option

The Creative Development Projects (CDP) module offers you a chance to develop skills appropriate to your programme of study within an atmosphere and philosophy of innovation and experimentation. The module is built around programmes of lecture/ seminars and workshops in which you will develop their creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work. Your may work in production teams.
A series of lectures aims to develop the your appreciation and engagement with critical approaches to contextualising and informing your practical creative work. The lectures examine the theory and practice of media production and contextualise the contemporary broadcasting and film environment.
Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials that aim to develop your specialisms, the module will examine the practice and theory of media production readying you for pitching your ideas to a panel of academics and industry practitioners, and developing your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.
A series of lectures, seminars and workshops aim to develop production craft specialisms in readiness for production in Semester 2 and 3 if appropriate. The module will examine and enhance the practice and theory of media production, enhancing your creative and technical skills. Where appropriate this would provide opportunities to prepare you for your final Major Practice Research Module (Semester 3).
This is an opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative, technical and critical skills through self-directed practice and research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

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This is an opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative and critical skills through self-directed research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

Entry Requirements

For the MA programmes in Media Production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field, to support your application. A brief written synopsis (max. 500 words) of your ideas would also be required. Please note that this would be for discussion purposes at the interview only.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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).

English Language Requirements

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.

Suitable For

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.

Applicant profile

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

"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

Employability

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

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’

Links with Industry

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC Natural History Unit
  • Nine Lives Media production company
  • Sumners Post Production Facility House
  • BBC Fast Train, BBC Academy, BBC Red Nose Day and BBC Turn Up the Talent
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, Salford Media Festival, One World Media Festival

The following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Childrens)
  • Steve Hewlett (Media commentator / Guardian Columnist)
  • Tony Palmer (Documentary filmmaker)
  • Jackie Priddle (Aardman Animation Producer)
  • BBC Stepping Out and Audience Research Team

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,100
Full-time International£12,500
Full-time PgDip£4,736

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Facilities

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