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Television and Radio

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Media

UCAS Code: W431

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,400 per year

In Brief:

  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK
  • Collaborate on live industry projects with on-site media companies
  • Learn cutting-edge production and technical skills from industry practitioners
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Due to the popularity of this programme, we have now closed student applications for the 2017 entry.

For further information and details about applying for September 2018 entry, please email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or call +44 (0)161 295 4545.

The digital revolution that has swept through the media industry over the past decade has made learning about television and radio production more exciting than ever before.

On this course you will learn how to find stories, research ideas and write scripts. You will learn how to find and produce contributors and content for TV, radio and other media platforms. You will undertake a series of skills workshops in camera and editing, radio recording and editing, TV and radio  studio  production and multi-platform online skills.  

You will produce your own films and radio packages in factual, fiction and entertainment formats and use these to create content for other media platforms. You can choose to specialise in either TV or radio production and will produce a series of documentary, drama and entertainment projects within  your chosen media. Alongside this, contemporary media theory modules help you explore the social and political impact of the changes in media production.

Our unique location at the heart of MediaCityUK means you will be perfectly placed to tap into a network of leading media companies ranging from the BBC and ITV to experimental start-up companies. You will have many opportunities to get involved with media industry live briefs and engage with professional  media  practitioners  across a number of initiatives, events and projects.

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Course Details

You will study three modules in each taught semester. In each semester you will do a Production module where you will create video and radio content, a Media Theory module where you will study the academic perspective of media, and a Creative Practice module where you will explore a particular aspect of media craft. This pattern is repeated through the three years, deepening and broadening your knowledge until the last taught semester of your final year, which is entirely devoted to your production of a piece of TV, radio or multi-platform content.

YEAR 1                    

Your first year will focus on the basics of both television and radio production and how to create content for other digital formats. You will learn how to find stories, research ideas and write scripts. You will learn how to find and produce contributors and content for TV, radio and other media platforms.      You      will      undertake a series of skills workshops in camera and editing, radio recording and editing, TV and radio studio production and multi-platform online skills. You will produce two films and two radio packages plus online content in practical seminar-based video and radio production modules. You      will      analyse      the social and cultural impact of digital media and explore the interdependent role of the audience and the text through lectures and interactive seminars in contemporary media theory.                    

The aim of this module is to develop your practical skills in camera, sound, editing and multi-platform delivery.  By producing your own short videos and rotating through a range of technical roles, you will gain a strong understanding of the key creative processes involved in video production.                        
This module will provide you with an overview of the range of broadcasters and key programme formats in radio and develop basic production processes and research and recording techniques used in the creation of a range of different radio programmes. You will put into practice the technical skills in        recording        and        editing        learnt        in two different radio projects: a short documentary and long magazine programme                        
This module develops your awareness of media content across a range of platforms and appropriate methods for analysing it. The module introduces the basic principles of narrative and its application across a variety of platforms. During the module students practice creative thinking strategies and are        enabled        to        generate an idea and take it through all the stages of development up to treatment writing and pitching.                        
This module develops your understanding of the key pre-production processes and practices required by television, radio and multi-platform projects. You will develop programme research skills in finding and assessing potential stories, contributors, and recording locations. The module will enable you        to        find,        assess, plan and schedule appropriate production content with consideration for relevant copyright, compliance and budgeting issues; and, your ability to conceive, research, plan and apply these skills to the physical production of content for a range of platforms.                        
Media Texts introduces the range of critical approaches used within Media Studies, such as media semiotics, genre analysis and approaches to media narrative and representation. The module provides students with a range of critically informed methodologies for the analysis of media texts, and critically        examines        the        ways that diverse audiences consume media. The module also seeks to understand the consequences for producers and consumers of the shift to digital media.                        
The module introduces students to critical approaches to media institutions, and presents histories of media institutions with a focus on those in the UK. The module examines the relations between media institutions and society, including the media representation of politics, the formation of news values        and        professional        codes and the role of the media in moral panics, and introduces students to key debates around public and private broadcasting. The module will also examine the impact of digital technologies on media institutions.                        

YEAR 2                    

In the second year you will continue to produce more of your own films and radio packages in factual, fiction and entertainment formats and use these to create content for other media platforms. You can choose to specialise in either TV or radio production and will produce a series of documentary, drama      and      entertainment      projects within your chosen media. These production modules are based around practical seminars and project supervision. Students choose either three practice based modules and two theory modules, or four practice based modules and one theory module, in their second year of study, and      all      students      complete a Professional Practice module.                    

Semester 1 / Semester 2                    

In semester one, students choose two practice based modules from the available module options and in semester two students choose one theory and two practice based option, or two theory and one practice option. All students complete a professional Practice core module in semester 1 alongside their option      choices.                    

This module will provide you with a greater understanding of how to produce documentaries and factual features based on a critical and practical appreciation of the form. The module considers a range of research methods, production processes, directing techniques and scripting skills appropriate for        documentary        formats        and, enables you to both work as part of a team and run a team in which you manage each stage of production from initial idea to multi-platform project delivery.                        

Practice based modules                    

To provide students with knowledge of and experience in the making of radio features and documentaries; the module will develop the creative, technical, and production skills required to record features and short documentaries and  the capacity to reflect critically on their application; Studentís        will        build        on        existing        recording and editing skills in aiming to deliver broadcast standard audio. The module will enhance the studentís knowledge of subject and contributor research, production planning, scripting and interviewing techniques in order to construct longer form speech based features        and        studentís        understanding        of        the history of radio features and documentaries and the current context in which they are commissioned and broadcast.                        
The aim of this module is to provide you with deeper knowledge and understanding of how to create fiction productions for video based on a critical and practical appreciation of the form on TV. You will develop the skills to produce, direct and edit your own fiction video productions that demonstrate        dramatic        insight        and        creative        flair. You will acquire the knowledge and hands-on experience to successfully manage each stage of the production process from script to final project delivery.                          
A critical and practical exploration of studio production; you will be encouraged to undertake a variety of studio roles throughout the module including vision mixer, floor manager, and sound supervisor, and collaborate on the production of a studio programme item.                        
Podcast and Radio Feature Production develops and critically reflects upon the creative, technical, and production skills required to record features and short documentaries. The module builds on the studentís existing recording and editing skills in aiming to deliver broadcast standard audio and enhances        the        studentís        knowledge        of subject and contributor research, production planning, scripting and interviewing techniques in order to construct longer form speech based features.                        
You will enhance your skills and understanding of the writing and production process specific to scripted radio drama and comedy in the development, from idea to finished production, of a multiple-character radio drama or comedy.                        
An introduction to, and experience of, a range of live on air radio situations and studio programmes, this module provides you with an opportunity to work across all programme-making roles, including producer, reporter, presenter and studio manager. You will develop knowledge of and an opportunityto        apply        the        creative,        production and technical skills required to make a variety of live radio including panel shows, music shows, quiz shows, specialist shows and magazine shows.                        
By studying a range of camera work from various genres and time periods, you will gain an understanding of how shooting styles can portray different themes and meaning. You will also further develop your own camera technique through hands-on workshops and demonstrations.                        
This module is intended to further develop your editing skills and increase your understanding of the technical and creative processes involved in video editing. You will learn how the creative selection of footage and the organization of shots impact the final programme.                        
Technical audio experiences both in and out of the radio studio and an opportunity for you to learn about station sound: creating a station identity using jingles, beds and other audio. You will develop skills in the use of a range of microphones and microphone techniques as well as a knowledge of the        theory        of        audio        capture in a range of internal and external recording situations whilst enhancing your editing skills to create audio soundscapes and also experimental audio pieces. You will also learn and apply techniques for creating audio pictures through use of commentary and actuality.                        
Scriptwriting module examines all fundamental aspects of fictional storytelling, including narrative structure, character development, character types, relation of character to plot, the use of subplots. The module fosters advanced practical skills in structure, plotting, character creation and dialogue        for        dramatic        scripts.                        
This module explores the role of the production manager. You will develop your production planning, organizational, and negotiating skills necessary for the role whilst considering issues surrounding creative ownership and rights and key production employment regulations. You will also consider the        range        of        production        jobs for different programming genres and how resources can be allocated, scheduled and budgeted.                        

Theory based modules          

The module explores the idea of genre as a key critical concept within television studies and enables students to identify the codes and conventions of key television genres such as news, sitcom, reality TV, Soap Operas, heritage TV and talk shows whilst gaining an understanding of genre in relationto        television        production        and        audiences.                        
Radio Cultures explores a range of critical theories, approaches and ideas within radio studies. The module enables students to compare and assess critical writing about a range of radio cultures, and examines issues of gender and ethnic representation on radio. The module provides students with an        awareness        of        key debates in radio studies in relation to public and private broadcasting, emergent on-line platforms, relationship to other media and the impact of digital technologies; and, imparts an understanding of key critical approaches to the production of radio content, distribution methods,        commercial        imperatives,        programming and audiences.                        
The module introduces students to a variety of social, cultural and historical contexts within which television drama has been produced within the USA.                        

YEAR 3                    

In the final year you will consolidate your learning in media theory, and have the opportunity to deepen your creativity in a specific area of media practice. You will be expected to apply your production skills on an industry project either through a work placement or by collaboration with one of our      media      partners.      You      will be given the time and expert support to make a television or radio project, with an accompanying multi-platform offering, which will then act as your calling card to potential future employers.                    

Semester 1 / Semester 2                    

In semester one of the third year students choose two practice based modules and one theory module from the available module options. In the second semester of the third year all students complete a Final Year TV or Radio Project.                

Practice based modules                    

Building upon your learning from Year Two, this module will increase your knowledge of advanced camera functions and enhance your technical operating skills. You will also practice a range of techniques and solutions for specific shooting conditions which will improve your overall practice and problem        solving        skills.                        
This module is intended to expand on post-production technologies and software applications that were introduced in Year Two. Opportunities to work on live industry briefs will also enable you to further refine your editing techniques.                        
You will develop sound acquisition, mixing and manipulation skills to an advanced level in this module.                        
Advanced Creative Audio equips students with a sophisticated knowledge and experience of a range of technical audio applications, which mirror real world applications. The module develops students’ ability to create effective soundscapes for radio drama and encourages students to experiment with        creative        applications in the use of a range of microphones and microphone techniques, and to develop and innovatively apply knowledge of the theory of audio capture in a range of internal and external recording situations.            
Docs Without Rules provides students with opportunities to explore creative documentary production using real world media techniques, tools, processes and briefs. The module explores the language and grammar of documentary film and how and why the rules can be broken and engenders in students a risk        taking        and explorative attitude to the creative development of their work.                  
TV Studio Unleashed extends the student’s knowledge of and ability to practise specific TV studio production roles such as producer, director and PA as well as more technical roles such as lighting, vision mixing, sound, graphics and camera by hands-on training as well as meeting a range of current        industry        experts in TV studio roles. The module challenges students to move on from TV studio basics and create an original TV studio show where the content and vision is coherent, within a fully-functioning team, using all the resources at their disposal.Studio Unleashed engages students in the planning,        and        production of TV studio shows that could incorporate elements such as live audiences, outside sources, live links, VT inserts, Green screen, live music or whatever is appropriate, and develops collaborative, teamwork and leadership skills through practical projects.                  
Advanced Scriptwriting explores themes and the use of image and action within television and film script forms. The module analyses structural models for linear narrative, plot progression, conflict and paradigmatic opposition in scripts. Advanced scriptwriting equips students with the advanced knowledge        and        skills needed to execute a script that uses character and narrative in a visual format and enables students to build on their scriptwriting skills and to develop scripts for real world scenarios, using industry tools and processes.                  
Drama Unlimited provides students with opportunities to explore creative drama production using real world media techniques, tools, processes and briefs. The module explore contemporary industry practices in the capture, realisation and distribution of drama and engenders in students a risk taking and        explorative        attitude to the creative development of their work. Students have the opportunity to investigate and apply the creative potential of new technologies and techniques in the development of productions and develop reflective skills as a function of the creative process.                  
The module extends practical experience in Radio Production with reference to different programme forms within the broadcast radio field through a series of practical exercises. Radio Studio and Beyond enhances students’ general experience in sound acquisition for studio and location radio production        by        focussing on more sophisticated production techniques. The module encourages a sophisticated audio aesthetic with regard to the required quality and range of radio sound produced within specific audio environments, and develops students’ ability to critically assess the production strengths        and        processes in their own work and that of professional audio productions.                  
Radio Entrepreneurs equip students with a sophisticated understanding of how to plan, create and manage an online radio station. The module explores the world of online radio and the wide range of commercial and community radio stations that serve a defined audience, locally and globally, and encourages        entrepreneurship        to provide students with business skills required to set-up and fund an online community or commercial radio station. Radio Entrepreneurs equips students with advanced knowledge and foundational skills in website production and social media marketing, and develops students’ existing        skills        in audio/video editing, station sound, scheduling and multi-platform content creation.                  

Theory based modules          

This module will explore the cultural impacts of sound recording and radio in terms of sonic cultures. The module will explore the variety of critical writing on sound; examine histories of sound recording and transmission; and, contextualise radio and sound recording within the broader context of sound        studies.        The        module        will introduce students to innovative and experimental uses of sound recording and transmission technologies.                        
This module introduces students to aspects of media, subculture and social movement theory, presenting a range of case studies of alternative media for critical evaluation.                        
Exploring the wide and varied history of drama on British television, the module will impart a sophisticated understanding of contemporary British TV fictions via their historical development; analyse the changing production contexts of British television drama; and, provide students with the advanced        skills        required        to        undertake close textual analysis of TV fictions. The module provides an opportunity for students to contextualise particular examples of TV drama in terms of production, format and audience.                        
The module explores the socio-cultural histories of transmedia franchises and their fictional storyworlds across TV, radio, films, comic books and videogames. Transmedia Storyworlds equips students with an advanced understanding of how industrial forces shape productions of storyworld content across        a        given transmedia franchise, and explores how adaptations of fictional storyworlds exploit the narrative affordances of a range of different media. The module equips students with an advanced understanding of transnational flows whereby cultures from around the world reimagine globally famous characters        and        storyworlds so as to establish locally specific meanings, and critically examine the ideological positions of transmedia franchises and their storyworlds.                  

Major Project        

Your Final Year project is a significant opportunity to create a substantial media project that showcases your skills and potential to future industry employers. This year long module will allow you to develop an original idea from proposal to final piece, demonstrating your understanding of and proficiency        in        the        role        of a producer and director.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
University of Salford International Foundation Year IFY applicants who wish to progress to this course on successful completion of the IFY will be considered. A portfolio of relevant work and/or evidence of relevant media-related experience is essential.
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.
GCSE English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 112 - 128 points
GCE A level BBC-ABB General studies not accepted
BTEC National Diploma DMM in media production
BTEC Higher National Diploma Media Production or Performance may be considered for 2nd Year entry. Overall Merit/Distinction profile required.
Foundation Degree If you have a relevant Foundation Degree, you can join the programme at year 2
Scottish Highers 112 - 128 points. Media Studies at grade B.
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 - 128 points. Media Studies at grade B.
International Baccalaureate 31-32 points, to include Media.
Access to HE Pass level 3 QAA approved Access Diploma. To include Media and Cultural Studies.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Interview

We consider applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the area of study; verbal and written communication skills and expression of ideas in group discussion and individually; group working and interpersonal and communication skills and creativity alongside the application.

Application and Personal Statement

An effective personal statement provides:

A strong indication of your motivations for the course of study, including for example, discussions of the kinds of programmes you enjoy and would like to make, and;

What you are looking for from a programme of study, including some thought as to why you feel further study will benefit you in terms of, but not exclusively to, employability, and personal development, which can also be related to you own appreciation of personal strengths and weaknesses;

Some evidence of an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, and personal attributes that make you a suitable candidate for the programme, and for further study;

Evidence of existing engagement in the area of study from current or prior learning and/ or work experience, and;

An indication of wider interests and experience including, for example, Duke of Edinburgh Awards; BFI summer schools; Sports or musical activities, other personal interests, activities and past-times and any part-time work.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Further costs associated with this course:

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

84% of students say staff are good at explaining thingsNational Student Survey 2010

Teaching is delivered through practical seminars, demonstration workshops, discussion seminars, large group lectures, small group supervision, personal tutorials, and online learning.

The tutors on this course are largely industry experienced or industry active or leaders in their field of academic theory.

Assessment

Assessment is through practical project work and formal written essays. There are no exams.

You will work to create your own individual television or radio productions, as well as collaborating with others on team projects.

Employability

Your skills in media production and opportunities for industry engagement will put you in a strong position to find work with a range of media employers.

Recent graduates have gone on to be producers, directors, presenters, reporters, camera crew and editors for a range of media companies including the BBC and ITV.

Graduates from this course should be well qualified to find work with television and radio production companies as well as other digital media organisations.

Your production and technical skills, across a range of media platforms, will be highly desirable to the growing digital economy as large corporations, public sector and charitable organisations, and new multimedia companies seek to enhance these areas of their business.

The range of transferable skills developed on this course also make you attractive to marketing, advertising, retailing and other service-led industries.

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Career Prospects

Links with Industry

Our location at the heart of MediaCityUK means that we are ideally placed to foster links with TV, radio and other media companies. You will have the opportunity to work on creative projects with media production companies, and may be offered work placements with our industry partners.

Further Study

Facilities

This course benefits from the brand new state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a 5-camera HD TV studio, a 3-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two radio studios, and 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, Audition v3 audio editing and Final Cut Pro and Avid software-enabled suites throughout the building.

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BA (Hons) Television and Radio student Anna on her final year film project being showcased at our MediaCityUK campus.

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