Television and Radio
BA (Hons)

Based at MediaCityUK
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Television and Radio at Salford

1.

Work in state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK

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Collaborate on live industry projects with on-site media companies

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Learn cutting-edge production and technical skills from industry practitioners

Course Summary

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
You will practice a number of creative thinking strategies with the aim of enhancing your ability to develop ideas from proposal through to final commission.  You will be taught how to write a treatment and how to present a pitch for multiplatform programme proposals.
Through hands-on activities and practical group work, you will gain relevant skills in key areas of the pre-production process such as planning, budgeting, scheduling and copyright clearance.  This module will also improve your research skills and your ability to find and assess potential stories, contributors and recording locations.
You will study a range of critical perspectives used within media studies including media semiotics, genre analysis and approaches to narrative and representation.  You will also examine the ways media is consumed by diverse audiences, and consider the consequences for both producers and consumers of the shift to digital media.
An introduction to approaches to media institutions; presenting histories of media institutions and examining 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.The module introduces students to key debates around public and private broadcasting and examines 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. You will also have the chance to specialise by choosing from modules which build your skills and interests in a particular area of media production, theory or technology. These range from web design to scriptwriting, to audio post production.and production management.

Semester 1/ Semester 2

You may choose one module from each area in each Semester, from the following modules:

Production

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.
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; Student’s will build on existing recording and editing skills in aiming to deliver broadcast standard audio. The module will enhance the student’s knowledge of subject and contributor research, production planning, scripting and interviewing techniques in order to construct longer form speech based features and student’s 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.
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 opportunity to 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.

Creative Practice

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.
You will explore a range of audio production techniques through a series of seminars and practical workshops.  This will cover everything from general sound theory to the creative application of state-of-the-art recording technologies.
This module will cover everything from server technology and mobile devices to video transcoding and web design tools.  You will learn how to produce video content for internet delivery as well as how to develop creative web based interfaces for streaming media.
In this module you will examine all fundamental aspects of fictional storytelling: narrative structure, character development, character types, relation of character to plot, the use of subplots. You will apply your understanding to the development of a story from initial idea to first draft script.
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.

Media Theory

In this module you will explore a wide range of critical approaches within television studies; critically examining issues of gender and ethnic representation on television. The module will provide you with and awareness of key debates in television studies in relation to public and private broadcasting, relations with other media and the impact of digital technologies.
In this module you will explore a wide range of critical approaches within radio studies; critically examining issues of gender and ethnic representation on radio. The module will provide you with and awareness of key debates in radio studies in relation to public and private broadcasting, relations with other media and the impact of digital technologies.
This module aims to investigate the evolving economic, social and cultural contexts of both mainstream and independent American cinema. You will also compare and contrast between the modes of production within Hollywood and the independent sector.
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 relation to television production and audiences.
The module considers diverse country specific characteristics in international radio systems and critically examines the relationships between social and economic issues and radio content.
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

Production Modules

A series of practical workshops and seminars will provide you with fundamental information about writing an effective CV, searching for career opportunities, interviewing skills and creating a professional portfolio. You will also be encouraged to undertake a work placement or live brief during the second half of the module.

Creative Practice

This module will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your learning from Year One and Two through the production of an industry standard radio feature or programme.  By focusing on more sophisticated techniques, you will enhance your experience in sound acquisition, pre-production processes and managing essential resources.
You will continue to expand on the skills acquired throughout Year One and Two by getting involved in the planning and pre-production of more advanced studio formats such as pre-scripted dramas and shows with live audiences. You will also gain additional experience in specific studio roles.
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.
You will consider and appraise theme and the use of image and action within television and film script forms; analyze structural models for linear narrative, plot progression, conflict and paradigmatic opposition in scripts; and, execute a script that uses character and narrative in a visual format.

Media Theory

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.
Covering a range of drama broadcast on British television, this module will focus on a number of core areas including form and innovation, realism and politics, and contemporary television.
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.

Semester 2

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.
UCAS tariff points 300-320 points
GCE A level BBB-ABB General studies not accepted
BTEC National Diploma DMM-DDM in media
BTEC Higher National Diploma Applicants with HND in Media Production (or other subjects with strong media production content) may be considered for second 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 300-320 points. Media Studies is highly desirable.
Irish Leaving Certificate 300-320 points. Media Studies is highly desirable.
International Baccalaureate 31 points, to include Media.

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.

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.

Teaching

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.

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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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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

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

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.

Financial support for this course

 

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.