Learn cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies on our MediaCityUK campus
Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
Collaborate with the broadcast industry through live-industry briefs and media projects
This course will equip you with innovative creative skills in the exciting field of TV Drama Production.
During your time with us, you will learn specialist production crafts and gain a detailed knowledge of the fiction form.
You will receive informed, professional guidance throughout the course. To unlock your full creative potential, you will also collaborate with other students on production projects and team-up to form production teams.
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.
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.
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 relevant experience in the broadcast or communications industries. You should want to develop your skills in specialist areas of drama production.
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
Past students have gone on to senior producing and commissioning jobs within television, while others now work as researchers, directors, producers, camera operators, editors and sound designers. The course has strong links with leading media organisations, including ITV, Channel 4, the BBC and the independent production sector.
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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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.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in February 2017.
MA (one year full-time plus dissertation)
PgDip (nine months full-time)