Creative Development Projects
Editing and VFX for TV, Film and Digital Media
Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
In a nutshell
Skillful editing is at the core of any successful television production, but with this master’s in Editing and VFX for TV, Film and Digital Media, you’ll be gaining much more than the ability to effectively edit visual material. If you’re looking for the opportunity to develop your narrative, technical and collaborative skills in the context of television production, this is the course for you.
As part of this VFX and editing master’s degree, you’ll work collaboratively with your fellow students to gain the practical experience needed to launch a professional career in the media industry. Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll gain hands-on experience in pitching your ideas to both academic staff and industry practitioners, developing your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.
And what better place to study? Not only will you have access to state-of-the-art facilities on campus, you’ll also be close to a whole host of reputable media organisations across the cities of Salford and Greater Manchester. What’s more, you’ll be learning from academic staff who are leaders in their field, as well as industry experts with a wealth of real-world experience.
- Have access to our industry-standard TV production facilities as part of our MediaCityUK campus
- Develop your post-production skills to a professional standard
- Apply your knowledge to live briefs and industry placements, providing you with hands-on experience that will provide instant value to future employers
- Graduate with a strong portfolio of work that will evidence your ability to pursue employment opportunities or further study
You can also find helpful FAQs, learn more about student life at Salford or explore all our Film, TV and Radio courses. Continue reading to understand more about this MA in Editing and VFX for TV, Film and Digital Media.
This is for you if...
You want to build on your knowledge of post-production in the context of television.
You want to launch a professional career in the media industry.
You want to build a strong portfolio of work that can be used to enhance your employability.
All about the course
So, what does a Post-Production in Editing and VFX for Film, TV and Digital Media master’s degree involve? And is it the right choice for you?
With an MA post-production degree course from Salford, you can expect to gain the practical skills and creative insight needed to master modern media techniques. From editing visual material to pitching ideas to industry experts, you’ll spend your time working on live briefs that will give you a range of transferable skillsets designed to enhance your employability.
Is there an element of post-production that interests you most? If so, you’ll have the chance to choose either a dissertation or practice research project designed to demonstrate your advanced knowledge of creative and technical skills in your chosen specialism. This project will showcase your ability to work both independently and as part of a team to produce innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice – all while building a portfolio of work that can be used for employment or further study.
Interested? Learn more about what each module involves in our course breakdown below.
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 develop your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work. You may work in production teams.
Media Theory and Practice
A series of lectures aims to develop 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 set live briefs from real industry clients and broadcasters. You 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 creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.
Advanced Production Practices
A series of lectures, seminars and workshops aim to develop production craft specialisms in readiness for production in semester two and three if appropriate. The module will examine and enhance the practice and theory of media production advancing your creative and technical skills. Where appropriate this would provide opportunities to prepare you for your final Major Practice Research Module.
Choose one module from:
Major Project: Dissertation
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.
Major Project: Practice Research Project
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.
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.
What will I be doing?
Reflective writing and essays
Before your Post-Production VFX and Editing for Film, TV and Digital Media master’s degree begins, you’ll receive a breakdown of your scheduled lessons, including slots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Due to the variety of topics and skills you’ll be covering, the teaching of this course is varied, with a mixture 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.
Your classes will be based at our MediaCityUK campus where you’ll enjoy full access to our state-of-the-art studios and post-production facilities.
Assessment methods will depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking but is likely to include creative projects portfolios and productions, live briefs, critical reflections, presentations and essays.
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, giving you great practice to take forward into your career in post-production.
BE A PART OF A CREATIVE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY
All our Film, TV and Radio courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.
Each year - through the Create Student Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.
Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.
Our MediaCityUK facilities are industry-standard, so much so that they are used by our industry partners themselves.
When you study with us on this Masters in VFX and Post Production degree, you’ll learn from our experienced tutors and demonstrators, who’ll teach you how to use our facilities. These include:
TV studios - our TV studios have been used by the BBC for a variety of broadcasts, such as the Olympics and Christmas music concerts, and they’re equipped with the same audio-visual systems used by ITV and Sky too.
The studios have green screen facilities as well as basic props so you can design and build sets for a range of projects.
Green screen facilities - these allow you to create effects such as those you see on weather reports and incorporates a camera system and 3D graphics software.
Audio production - we’ve got all the hardware and software you need to make sure you’ll know just how to create, edit, mix and master audio for film and television. Our main studios feature Avid S6 consoles – a similar set up to those at our MediaCityUK neighbours, such as Dock10 and ITV.
MakerSpace - bring your designs to life using 3D scanners and printers, power tools and a range of art and craft materials.
Stop-frame studio – we have animation booths equipped with industry-standard lighting, grip, software and cameras and learn just what it takes to make your ideas and storyboards a reality.
Computer Suites and Editing Studios – our computer suites are equipped with the latest industry-standard software. You’ll learn from our experienced demonstrators, who’ll teach you the skills needed to turn your concepts into a reality.
Equipment stores - cameras, lighting kits and mics – they’re all essential to media production. But don’t worry, you won’t need to spend thousands of pounds to get the set-up you need – we have a fully equipped equipment store available for you to use and take out industry-standard kit.
“My background is primarily in post-production and I have worked for the University since 1993 in a variety of roles, from technical support to academic leadership. I have been a key member of a number of teams within the School of Arts & Media that have seen the transition from analogue to digital media production. Since our move to MediaCityUK, I have worked with a number of broadcast and post-production companies to bring industry expertise and knowledge to the students on the course through a series of guest lectures and workshops. I helped in the initial development of both the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production and the MA in Media Production: Post-Production, and I was successful in gaining Skillset accreditation for both courses. I have also taught internationally at the International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba and delivered and wrote a number of short courses and workshops for the school, between 2000 and 2010. These included CPD’s school staff and students, including a short three-week course in wildlife-film-production techniques.”
Fraser Durie Programme Leader.
What about after uni?
With an ever-growing demand for high-quality television programmes, along with the growing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there’s never been a more exciting time to study post-production for TV.
Graduating with technical and creative skills in video editing, sound editing, animation and visual effects, our previous students have secured professional roles across a variety of media environments. Working for a range of reputable companies, including 360 Media, GranadaDock10, Flix Facilities, the Farm Group Manchester and the BBC Natural History unit, our recent graduates have launched successful careers in editing, camerawork, VFX, sound engineering and teaching.
Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further academic research path through our doctoral (PhD) programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.
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:
- BBC Writersroom
- BBC Natural History Unit
- Nine Lives Media production company
- Dock10 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:
- 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
What you need to know
Are you passionate about producing high-quality programmes for television audiences? Are you hoping to develop your technical and creative skills to a professional standard, with the freedom to experiment in state-of-the-art facilities? Do you see yourself launching a career as a TV media professional?
If so, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for committed media graduates who are eager to take their abilities to the next level. You’ll need some experience of post-production, whether it’s in the professional field or through undergraduate study.
In addition, you should have some understanding of the world of television and how it relates to post-production. Ideally, you’ll want to explore this further in the form of producing short films and nurturing your editing skills.
The application process
To apply for this master’s in Media Production: Post Production for TV course, you’ll need to prepare a personal statement. We’ll want to understand:
- what motivates you and what current experiences do you have in terms of film and media creation; whether that’s scriptwriting, filming cameras, and editing for example?
- how have you been involved and what did you do?
- Are you a creative thinker and how do you develop ideas?
- do you have any knowledge of the film production industry or film sector; are there any projects that inspire you?
- why do you want to work in the film and TV sector?
- and why this degree at the University of Salford is the right choice for your future goals.
For some applicants, you’ll be asked to provide us with a portfolio of work.
At the moment though, we’re reducing the number of people we have on our campus. We understand that due to current circumstances you may not have access to your entire collection of work. If this is the case, please provide us with any pieces of work you do have, and they will be taken into consideration as part of your application. Once you’ve made your application to study with us, we’ll contact you and let you know the next steps.
Standard entry requirements
To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above, with an appropriate amount of media production, technology and design experience.
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.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have 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 parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£8,100per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£15,030per year|
|Part-time||2021/22||£1,350 for home and £2,505 for interntional for 30 credits|
|Full-time home||2022/23||£8,280per year|
|Full-time international||2022/23||£15450per year|
|Part-time||2022/23||£1,380 for home and £2,557.5 for interntional for 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.
We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.
See the full range of our International Scholarships.