Creative Development Projects
Media Production: TV Drama Production
Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
In a nutshell
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.
To complete the full MA of the course takes one year, a PGDip can be completed in nine months.
- learn cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies on our MediaCityUK campus
- be able to develop technical, production and creative skills to suit your specialism
- collaborate with the external partners through live briefs and media projects
You can also find helpful FAQs, learn more about student life at Salford or explore all our Film, TV and Media courses. Continue reading to understand more about this MA/PgDip Media Production: TV Drama Production course.
This is for you if...
you want to develop your skills in specialist areas of drama production
All about the course
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.
This module is about perfecting the core skills to take an idea from concept to screen. You will learn to find your own voice as documentary filmmaker. Telling good stories is at the heart of all programme-making. You may work in teams and individually and will develop a playful approach to creating innovative content.
Media Theory and Practice
Through a series of lectures and workshops, this module provide you with an advanced understanding of the mechanics and language of visual storytelling. You will practice different techniques and discover new ways to engage your audiences with exciting stories. You will work in teams to make content each week and through peer reflection, you will learn to critique your own work as well as the work of established documentary film-makers.
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 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: 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.
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.
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?
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:
- Creative projects portfolios and productions
- Live briefs
- Critical reflections
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.
SALFORD SCHOOL OF ARTS, MEDIA AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
All our Film, TV and Media courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology.
Our School and University have strong and long-lasting relationships with local and national industry.
Once you graduate with us, you’ll join a thriving alumni community in Greater Manchester and beyond.
This course benefits from our fantastic facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a five-camera HD TV studio, a three-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two radio/audio recording studios, and 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, with Foley Booth. Audition v3 audio editing and Final Cut Pro and Avid software-enabled suites are throughout the building.
I have been a lecturer at Salford since 2014 and am currently Programme Leader for all the MA Media Production courses at MCUK. Before joining the world of academia, I worked as a Producer / Director in Factual Programmes working with a variety of broadcasters including ITV, BBC, Channel 4, FIVE, National Geographic Channel, Discovery The History Channel and CCTV 9 making specialist factual documentaries, archive show, educational documentaries and factual entertainment programmes. We have an excellent teaching team here at Salford and bring our contacts from industry here at Media City into the classroom.
Maire Tracey, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer
What about after uni?
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:
- 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:
- 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
Applicants are expected to be graduates with an Honours degree or relevant experience in the broadcast or communications industries.
- Based at MediaCityUK
- International students can apply
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.
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|
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.