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The state-of-the-art facilities at our David Puttnam Media Centre make Sunderland a compelling choice for media production. This course is for people who want a Masters with a focus on practical skills in media production. Read more
The state-of-the-art facilities at our David Puttnam Media Centre make Sunderland a compelling choice for media production.

Course overview

This course is for people who want a Masters with a focus on practical skills in media production. For a stronger emphasis on theory, please see MA Media and Cultural Studies.

If you want to improve your knowledge, build your resume and be involved in high-quality media content, with technical skills that are in demand across the TV and Film industries, then this Masters will give you an edge over people with an honours degree. You will cover areas of 360 commissioning, workflow, moving camera, advanced editing techniques and production management.

If your first degree is not directly related to media production, we may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course. This ensures that everyone on the course can fully participate in group projects.

‌‌‌‌Media Production (Film and Television) MA has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.‌

‌Sunderland’s Media Department has been recognised for producing some world-leading and internationally excellent research. The University hosts the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS). Our research expertise includes multi-platform production, music and moving image collaborations, independent production, and television aesthetics.

‌‌‌‌Students on this course are elgible to apply for a BAFTA scholarship. Find out more on the BAFTA website.

Sunderland is an accredited training provider for AVID software, which is the industry-leading editing system. We are also part of Avid’s worldwide network of Learning Partners, and as an MA student you will have an option to take an AVID certification that boosts your employability. ‌

For more information on the part time version of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/artsdesignandmedia/postgraduate/media-production-television-video-part-time/

Course content

The content of the course is shaped by your personal interests with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors. Modules on this course include:
Media Production 1 (60 Credits)
-Media Craft Skills – these include elements of scriptwriting, editing, camera and lighting and sound techniques
-Deconstruction and reconstruction of advertisements and music videos

Media Production 2 (60 Credits)
-Production Management
-Video for New Media
-Mini Practical Project

Media Production 3 (60 Credits)
-Major Media Project

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.

You will work on group production projects which will be supported by workshops, studio sessions, tutorials and seminars, as well as master classes led by industry professionals.

Facilities & location

Our David Puttnam Media Centre is a centre for excellence in training students, with continual investment in industry-standard equipment.

TV studios
We have two TV studios complete with green rooms and control rooms. Equipment includes multiple Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. We also have over 40 full HD tapeless field camera systems, comprising Blackmagic, Sony EX1 and EX3, with associated location DIT kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

Digital editing
There are 70 workstations Edit systems, including Avid Media Composer, Protools, Adobe Master Collection, four Colour Grading rooms running DaVinci Resolve. There is also a digital audio postproduction area running the Avid S6 desk with four voiceover booths.

Radio studios
We have five radio studios including a transmission suite for Spark FM, our student-run community radio station. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a target audience of 15-24 year olds.

Other media facilities
There is a 203-seat cinema with full HD projection, 7.1 surround sound facility. We have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus extensive footage archive/library.

University Library Services
We’ve got a wide range of books, journals and e-books on relevant topics, with many more available through the inter-library loan service. Useful resources for your studies include:
-Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
-British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles in production, media management, marketing, legal and media business.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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IN BRIEF. Connect and engage with children’s media producers, including BBC Children’s Television and the Children’s Media Conference. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Connect and engage with children’s media producers, including BBC Children’s Television and the Children’s Media Conference
  • Learn to use high specification production equipment at our campus in the heart of the thriving media hub that is MediaCityUK
  • Engage in industry collaborations through live media projects
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with creative-content and production skills in the exciting field of children’s programming.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of what it is that children and young people want to watch, why they watch certain programmes, films and moving images, and how they view them. You will also learn how to apply your knowledge to the production of creative content for this age group.

Throughout your time with us, you will be encouraged to develop your own creative ideas to a professional standard. Being based in the heart of MediaCityUK, and next door to BBC Children’s, this course will provide you with many opportunities to learn alongside, and engage with, experienced industry  producers and practitioners in children’s content production.

At the end of the course, you will have gained a thorough, practice-based knowledge of the media industry, with particular emphasis on children’s creative content production.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking.

They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Links with the BBC and other well-known and respected production companies could lead to work experience that will significantly enhance your CV. The course combines practical and theoretical elements that will appeal to a broad range of employers.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • 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:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • 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


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IN BRIEF. Study cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies at MediaCityUK. Learn from lecturers with extensive, first-hand experience of the media industry. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Study cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies at MediaCityUK
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive, first-hand experience of the media industry
  • Gain first had experience of the broadcast industry through live-industry briefs and media projects
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

On this course, you will learn how to research and produce original television documentaries.

During your time with us, you will receive expert instruction and guidance on the concepts, techniques and processes key to the documentary form. And you will produce your own documentaries, collaborating with your fellow students in production teams.

With opportunities to engage closely with industry, the course develops the skills and techniques required to work in the media, while encouraging independent creative content production.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

In previous years, a large number of graduates from this course have moved into broadcasting jobs as camera operators, editors, sound assistants, researchers and assistant producers. Former students are currently employed at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and independent companies across the UK.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • 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:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • 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


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IN BRIEF. Make use of our industry standard TV production facilities at our campus based in the media hub that is MediaCityUK. Take your post-production skills to a professional standard. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Make use of our industry standard TV production facilities at our campus based in the media hub that is MediaCityUK
  • Take your post-production skills to a professional standard
  • Implement your knowledge through live briefs and opportunities for industry placements
  • Creative-Skillset accredited
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the specialist skills and advanced theory that apply to post-production practice.

During your time with us, you will tackle self-directed and team-orientated industry briefs. This will give you a practical understanding of the creative processes, production workflow and industry techniques looked for by employers.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is your route to careers across media. Roles could involve audio and video editing, special-effects work and audio dubbing. Past students have taken work placements with 360 Media, Granada, Sumners Post Production, Films @ 59, Flix Facilities and the BBC Natural History unit.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • 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:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • 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


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IN BRIEF. Learn cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies on our MediaCityUK campus. Combine elective modules to suit your specialism. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • 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
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

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.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

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.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • 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:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • 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


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Learn how to use your journalism, photography, digital or new media practices to feed the fashion industry's need for multi-skilled media creatives. Read more

Introduction

Learn how to use your journalism, photography, digital or new media practices to feed the fashion industry's need for multi-skilled media creatives.

Content

Characterised by a multi-disciplinary, holistic ethos, MA Fashion Media Production aims to stimulate and cultivate fashion communicators of the twenty first century. Reflecting a shift in the fashion industries demands for multi-skilled creatives, this course bridges a gap between primary disciplines such as journalism and photography as well as encompassing digital and new media practices to encourage reflective practice, fresh responses and innovative solutions within Fashion Media Production.

As future fashion podcasters, film-makers, web-site editors or creators, fashion forecasters, broadcasters, stylists or sound artists, you will work with a repertoire of communicative and interpretive tools including text, image, sound, film and digital technology to question industry conventions, processes and practices.

MA Fashion Media Production will be an industry facing course and aims to incorporate a range of professional practitioners within its units. You will be encouraged to combine your course with industry placements appropriate to your study.

Industry has been consulted on the development of this course. An industry consultation panel, consisted of e-journalists Hilary Alexander and Marianne Buckley.

Structure

15 months level 7 180 credits

Term One

Fashion Media Laboratory (40 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Digital Concept and Strategy (40 units)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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The MSc Digital Media Production will provide you with the skills and professional level expertise in the industry standard tools that are needed for the creation of contemporary media products. Read more
The MSc Digital Media Production will provide you with the skills and professional level expertise in the industry standard tools that are needed for the creation of contemporary media products. As a student with a first degree in a discipline other than a technically-based media subject, you will learn to operate digital equipment and manipulate data to produce finished products for the creative industries.

This course covers video and audio production, computer graphics and animation, and the making of interactive products for distribution via new media platforms, as well as the longer established media of television, video and audio. You will work on the award-winning Brookes TV, making and producing broadcasts. There are also opportunities to work on live projects for external clients, producing promotional materials, a fast expanding area of employment.

Why choose this course?

This course will enhance your career prospects and offer you the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to work in the media industry. We have excellent facilities to support your learning and use the latest industry standard tools, such as Avid, Maya, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve and ProTools.

You will learn practical skills that will enhance your portfolio and improve your employment prospects. You have the opportunity to be part of the award-winning Brookes TV and learn the art of news production. You will benefit from being part of a large faculty with a variety of research interests and extensive industrial experience and connections.

This course is open to students from any academic background. Students join us from first studies in areas such as arts, literature, business, computing and engineering, among others.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period runs through until the end of September.

To qualify for a master’s degree you must pass all taught modules and the dissertation, together with the research and study methods module. The modules are as follows:
-Video Production
-Web Media
-Creating Character Models
-Creating Digital Animation and Visual Effects
-Newsroom Operation
-Professional Media Production
-Research and Study Methods
-The Dissertation

The course benefits from the rigorous validation and review processes at the University, and the external examiners are very positive about the course.

Please note, as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, presentations, seminars, and practical and project work.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 36 hours of staff contact, normally delivered through a weekly three-hour teaching block over a 12-week period.

Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, class tests, project work, design and oral presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.

Teaching and learning also draws on the diverse professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of academics and visiting lecturers from industry.

Careers and professional development

Students graduate from the course with a broad skill set that equips them to move into a career in film and television post production, the computer games industry or live television production. Our graduates may work as freelance movie producers, graphic or games designers, but also find successful careers in international companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Discovery Channel and the BBC.

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IN BRIEF. Study at our MediaCityUK campus in our custom built, industry standard animation suite. Combine elective modules to suit your specialism. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Study at our MediaCityUK campus in our custom built, industry standard animation suite
  • Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
  • Benefit from the expertise of industry practitioners who are directly involved in course delivery
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of animation production, 3D-animation systems and related technologies.

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by collaborating on projects with other MA students studying across related disciplines.

TEACHING

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.

ASSESSMENT

The vocational nature of the course lends itself to coursework assessment. This typically includes the design and production of animation or graphic products requiring technical and creative skills. Technical reports and case studies form the assessment of underpinning modules.

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking.

They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in animation production at companies including Framestore, London, and Weearemi, Manchester. The programme has strong links with industry leaders, including the BBC, ITV, and regional and national media companies.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • 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

Plus the following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • 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


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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. Create, challenge, move, and inform through art and expression in our.  MFA in Film and Media Art program. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

Create, challenge, move, and inform through art and expression in our MFA in Film and Media Art program. Here, you’ll work with image and sound, and traditional and emergent media forms. You'll develop an understanding of film, video, audio, and interactive media production—and you will channel this understanding into the creation of multimedia works. To ensure that creative, talented students at every stage of development find a place in our program, we give you the opportunity to apply into the three-phase curriculum at whichever level best matches your experience.  

In this program, you will:

  • Explore a variety of media production genres and develop expertise in the use of media technologies, criticism and theory, and media business
  • Learn from faculty members who are themselves working artists (and whose ranks include Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows) and build a network of creative partnerships that will inspire and support you in your artistic career
  • Use our state-of-the-art facilities and immerse yourself in your specific area of interest, producing an ongoing body of work within a collaborative, creative environment

Whether you want to explore film, documentary, fiction narrative, experimental media, animation, installation, interactive art, or sound design, we will give you the tools, skills, and experience you need. Cultivate your creative voice. Apply to our graduate program in Film and Media Art today.

Program Summary

The MFA in Film & Media Art program seeks talented and ambitious students at all levels offering three entry points.

Our unique program provides students of all levels with the opportunity to develop as engaged and versatile creative professionals and media artists. Students will work with image and sound to entertain, inform, persuade, and challenge, using both traditional and emergent media forms. They will develop an understanding of the disciplines of film, video, audio, and interactive media production, bringing this understanding to bear on traditional and convergent media works.

The MFA in Film and Media Art is a terminal degree for students who wish to pursue careers as media production professionals and artists, or who want to teach at the college or university level. Students are able to explore a variety of media production genres—computer animation, documentary, experimental media, fiction narrative, installation, interactive art, and sound design—with a degree program that provides foundational knowledge in the use of media technologies, theory, critical and historical context, and media business while offering a set of courses of advanced training and mentorship in their specific area of interest.

Our program has three distinct entry points and varies in length from 2-3 years depending on which phase of the program you begin in. This approach allows us to welcome creative students at any stage of development. Once you are admitted to the program, the Graduate Program Director will work with you to create a custom curriculum based on your unique needs.

We have a place for all creative film and media artist­­s - whether you are new to the field and need to build a strong foundation before beginning your thesis project, or you are ready to dive right into thesis production. Take the next step and apply today! 

Curriculum Overview

There are 3 distinct phases to the program to help students acquire the specialized skills and creative resources required for the collaborative nature of production work. Students in the Film and Media Art program study the history and critical theories that provide the foundation for their work, so as to understand the context of their creative output and to be able to evaluate its effectiveness.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for advanced standing during the admissions process. Advanced standing will allow a student to begin the program in either Phase II or Phase III.

Phase I – Foundational (6 semesters; 64 credits)

Most students will begin the program in this phase. It builds a solid foundation in the first semester in theory and history and an intensive introduction to writing and production skills in a variety of media platforms.

Phase II – Intermediate Practitioner (5 semesters; 52 credits)

After meeting with the Graduate Program Director, students will develop a customized plan of study that allows for artistic exploration while developing the technical proficiency to undertake their thesis project.

Students will begin to focus in one or more areas of media production, computer animation, documentary, experimental media, fiction narrative, installation, interactive art, and sound design or an individualized hybrid form.

For example, a student pursuing professional and artistic development as a documentary filmmaker could take the History of Documentary seminar and the Documentary Workshop and Advanced Documentary courses. Electives and directed study in advanced production (e.g. cinematography, producing, editing and interactive media) are also available, so the aspiring documentarian could also opt to take courses in interactive media and computer animation.

Phase III - Advanced practitioner (4 semesters; 40 credits) 

Students in Phase III come ready to begin working on their thesis project. Students meet with their program advisor to select courses that support their thesis work as well as their specific learning needs. In addition, students concentrate on developing their artistic vision through the thesis proposal process while building new skills and learning advanced production techniques. The MFA Production Workshop is a key component to the program and provides students with support in producing an ongoing body of work within a collaborative, creative community. In the MFA Production Workshop, students present works-in-progress to their peers and faculty for critiques.

Once you have completed your thesis project, all students take part in a public screening of MFA works for the year. This is the last MFA requirement and a celebration of student achievements.



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This course builds your design, technological, management and business knowledge, and develops the research and communication skills you will need to work in a web or digital media organisation. Read more

This course builds your design, technological, management and business knowledge, and develops the research and communication skills you will need to work in a web or digital media organisation.

This MSc qualification was developed in partnership with local industry, which identified a need for people who can communicate with customers, designers and developers in order to manage projects.

The city of Brighton & Hove is one of Europe's most vibrant creative, digital and IT (CDIT) clusters and this innovative environment is complemented by our teaching style. Invitations to industry conferences form part of our course's induction and industry leaders are often asked to speak with our students.

The course has been developed with regard to the Skillset (Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries) National Occupational Standards for Interactive Media.

Course structure

This flexible course can be studied either full-time or part-time.

Modules involve approximately 20 per cent classroom teaching and 80 per cent individual or group work.

The course ends with a major project. This may take the form of an internship at a digital media company, an individually directed development project (which might entail creating your own brand/business) or carrying out a substantial piece of research.

Syllabus

You will study seven core modules and two optional modules. The option modules allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Modules

  • Web Development
  • Creative Design Lab
  • Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
  • Interface and Information Design
  • Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Major project

Options:

  • Marketing for Interactive Technologies
  • Interactive Technologies Business Context
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • New Media Application Development
  • Individual project and research options

Employability

Graduates of the course have gone on to work in a number of roles in digital media including:

  • Digital Media Project Manager
  • Digital Content Executive
  • UI Designer
  • VP Strategic Content Marketing

Brighton is acknowledged as a major digital media cluster. There are plenty of opportunities to network with companies and organisations in the sector. Many of these will be made available to you through the course itself.



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This full-time one-year MSc course is for people with science, technology or medicine backgrounds, or graduates from other backgrounds with substantial experience in a scientific environment, who want to develop careers communicating science in broadcast media, probably in documentary or other factual programming. Read more
This full-time one-year MSc course is for people with science, technology or medicine backgrounds, or graduates from other backgrounds with substantial experience in a scientific environment, who want to develop careers communicating science in broadcast media, probably in documentary or other factual programming.

Through both academic and practical taught modules, the course allows a greater focus on broadcast media than the more general MSc in Science Communication.

Instead of an academic dissertation, you will undertake an independent production project.

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The Media and Development MA is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. Read more

The Media and Development MA is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. The course will provide you with a unique blend of theory and practice teaching, aimed at deepening your knowledge of the history of communications within the development process of emerging economies. It will critically evaluate the impact of international and regional institutions from a critical political economic perspective. Teaching by academic staff, guest lecturers and other carefully selected staff from development organisations will provide you with an overview of the policies, actions and impact of state and non-state institutions within the area of communication media and development.

A distinctive feature is its emphasis on the practical role of communication media in development. You will participate in media production workshops and take part in our internship programme, offered in partnership with media and development organisations in London. As part of the work experience module, students participate in an extensive NGOs and media seminar series featuring experts and panel discussions. The work placement programme is in line with the University of Westminster’s strategy of nurturing of the critical practitioner.

The course team is led by Dr Winston Mano and includes Professor Daya Thussu, Professor Christian Fuchs, Professor David Gauntlett, Professor Naomi Sakr, Dr Anthony McNicholas, Dr Xin Xin, Dr Anastasia Kavada, Dr Maria Michalis, Dr Roza Tsagarousianou, Dr Tarik Sabry, Paul Majendie, Geoffrey Davies and Michaela O’Brien. Visiting Lecturers include Jackie Davies, founder and Director of the Communication and Development Network (C4D) (http://www.c4d.org), a community of professionals working in communication for development. As a peer network the C4D Network is aimed at communication for development practitioners plus allied development workers, donors, academics and communication experts from the BBC, UN and major development organisations. The joining criterion is an engagement in communication for development - either professionally or through academia. Students on the Media and Development MA have the option to join the C4D network and each can do a fellowship/internship with the network during the course.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

One Semester One module from the below:

Semester 1 (option modules)

One Semester Two module from the below:

Semester 2 (option modules)

Industry links

We have strongly developed links with media and development organisations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, C4D, BBC Media Action, Internews Commonwealth Public Media Alliance.

Our large network of alumni keep our name and reputation alive in the industry.

Career path

Graduates apply for posts in development organisations based in London such as OneWorld, Oxfam, Save the Children, Red Cross, ActionAid, Panos, DfiD, Intermedia, BBC, Institute of War and Peace, Christian Aid and War on Want. Some students were able to build on knowledge, skills and their background in working for governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (in Romania, Pakistan and India) and a range of international business organisations, including the BBC. The course also prepares students for further studies and for a higher degree, e.g., a PhD. Some students apply for PhD Scholarships advertised by the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design and they were all encouraged to join the Communication for Development Network (C4D) which meets once a month in London.

We are aware that the range of skills needed is exceptionally diffuse, and that students on the course hope to develop careers in a variety of fields in many different countries. We are also aware that we are preparing you for careers in a rapidly changing job market and the structure of the course allows you take advantage of change, and not to be its victim. It, therefore, would be misleading and unhelpful to place too much emphasis on acquiring a precise set of skills drawn from one part of the media and development sector. Finally, with a view to your professional development planning, the course is designed to give you a wide-ranging and critical knowledge of the development industry that you plan to enter.



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The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA is an innovative programme that stays responsive to key developments in contemporary digital media, culture and society. Read more

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA is an innovative programme that stays responsive to key developments in contemporary digital media, culture and society.

It engages with some of the most exciting and pressing cultural and social issues of our time, such as activism, big data, the cultural and creative economy, everyday life, future cities, social wellbeing and identity.

It covers key theoretical debates in media and cultural studies and draws from local, national and global contexts to help you develop the critical and methodological skills that are necessary for researching the role of digital technologies in culture and society. 

You will be taught by leading academics in visual communication, social media, smart technologies and media production for social change. Our knowledge-exchange activities engage us with diverse businesses, communities and policy actors including media, publishers, digital companies, community groups and NGOs, which will allow you to make professional contacts during your studies.

The course offers flexible modes of study through online distance or campus learning – full-time or part-time – with entry points in September and February. There are also opportunities to complete shorter programmes at both certificate and diploma level.

What is the difference between this course and the Digital Media Arts MA?

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA has a broader syllabus and is particularly suitable for mid-career professionals who would benefit from flexible modes of study. The Digital Media Arts MA has more of a focus on media technology, with many graduates now working in digital development and design.

Course structure 

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA is structured as follows:

Core modules

  • Practising Media Research (MA and PGDip)
  • Professional Media Practice: Industries and Cultures (MA and PGDip)
  • Dissertation/Project (MA)

Options

  • Big Data, Culture and Society
  • Collaborative Documentary Media Production*
  • Digital Cities
  • Locative Media
  • Social and Digital Media Activism 
  • Sonic Media
  • Media Access in a Networked Society
  • Participatory Media Production for Social Change*
  • Digital Media and Web Technologies (Shared option from the Digital Media Arts MA)*
  • Cultural Theory (Shared option from the Cultural and Critical Theory MA)*

(*On-campus-only mode)

It is possible to complete shorter programmes in Digital Media, Culture and Society at postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma level.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

During your studies, you'll be granted flexibility in content, form and delivery. This flexibility is increased through the availability of online distance education modules. Not only is it possible to switch modes from on-campus to Distance Learning, you may also choose to complete the entire degree through Distance Learning.

Distance learning

Students can complete the Digital Media, Culture and Society MA in online distance mode, either through part-time of full-time study. Distance learners follow the same weekly syllabus as on-campus students and engage online on a continuous basis with the teaching staff and their peers.

Each module has a guide that contains detailed information about the module content, readings and assessments, as well as clear instructions on how to engage with it. The University of Brighton’s student intranet system, studentcentral, is used to teach and deliver the modules.

If you are a distance learner, each module sees you: reading the module guide and collected readings to grasp the shape, content and pathway through the teaching material; participating in asynchronous online discussion boards to engage with the weekly topics; and conducting independent research and background reading to support all parts of your module study in preparation for the assessment.

Module tutors facilitate discussion and offer guidance throughout.

Provisions

  • Seminar discussions are facilitated in a number of ways to enable distance learners to participate. These include live video conferencing, online chat rooms and discussion forums.
  • Masterclasses, lectures and on-campus seminars are video or audio recorded and uploaded for students to access online on studentcentral within 48 hours of the class. A range of seminars will also be streamed live online.
  • All weekly readings are electronically accessible online via the studentcentral reading list.
  • All assignments are submitted electronically via studentcentral (with the exception of physical artefacts, which are submitted via postal system).
  • One-to-one tutorials are conducted either online either using video conferencing or via a telephone conversation.

Careers and employability

Creative media is both a description of what we do and an instruction for future practice. We take the best elements of media education, creative industries, communication/media studies and literacy theory and offer students a suite of modules that can be customised to fit career goals, family and working patterns, and personal interests. 

Graduates of the MA will be able to:

  • demonstrate a range of analytical, critical, collaborative practice and professional skills relevant to the digital media sector.
  • understand how cultural, social and economic differences operate in mediated environments, and how they are changing with new media technologies.
  • use a range of research methods and work within diverse disciplinary and professional paradigms. 

Previous students include PhD candidates at Salford and Brighton, a lecturer at the University of Sussex, a journalist and presenter at the Chongqing Broadcasting Group, an employee in the public diplomacy division at NATO, the founder of Australia's Swarn Conference, a project manager at Agile Impact Group, and a creative producer at the International Symposium of Electronic Art.



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Over the past few years, career opportunities in the digital media sector have increased dramatically. The interactive media industry is reaching maturity and needs qualified professionals able to offer a diverse range of expertise. Read more
Over the past few years, career opportunities in the digital media sector have increased dramatically. The interactive media industry is reaching maturity and needs qualified professionals able to offer a diverse range of expertise. This course addresses those needs and is designed to provide you with skills in interactive media content creation, interactive design, digital media production,social media management, digital media project and account management. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

This professionally-oriented course will appeal to graduates with an interest in digital media, experienced professionals from the design, media, public relations and marketing sector wishing to retrain for a career change or promotion, and those wishing to progress towards research and PhD studies. The Masters in Digital Media addresses issues in interactive design, interactive media, the internet and its applications, digital solutions for the industry and the public sector, usability design, effective digital media project management, digital audiences and audience research, social media management, digital media strategy, digital interactive television, mobile communications, and new media ownership. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software.

You will learn how to:
-Assess and select the appropriate tools to produce a digital media project
-Produce digital media projects using the appropriate software applications
-Research and analyse the current issues and future developments in digital media, social media, media communications and e-solutions
-Manage digital media projects and production teams
-Produce digital media and social media strategies
-Appreciate the complexity of the international digital media and creative industries and communicate effectively in a media professional environment
-Apply research, design and management skills to the production of new media projects

Assessment methods include interactive projects, design portfolios, presentations, essays, examinations and reports.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Digital Media Project Management (core, 20 credits)
-Principles of Digital Media (core, 20 credits)
-Digital Media Dissertation (alternative core, 60 credits)
-Digital Project (alternative core, 60 credits)
-Accredited Work-Based Learning in the School of MCC (option, 20 credits)
-Advanced English for Masters Studies (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Media Strategy and Consultancy (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Storytelling (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Video Production (option, 20 credits)
-Globalisation (option, 20 credits)
-Interaction Design (option, 20 credits)
-Multimedia Journalism (option, 20 credits)
-Web Design (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The course is particularly suited to students looking to work in: web design; UX design, interactive media production; digital video production; new media project management and account handling; consultancy and policy advice in the area of digital media and communication technology; social media management; digital media strategy, training and research in related fields; electronic publishing; online journalism and broadcasting; administration, management and research in digital media, digital advertising and marketing and digital information industries.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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This programme aims to provide suitably qualified you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the field of media and communication at theoretical and practical levels. Read more
This programme aims to provide suitably qualified you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the field of media and communication at theoretical and practical levels. The programme is intended for graduates from the fields of media and communication, the social sciences, advertising and public relations, for individuals already working in the media and trying to gain a more profound understanding of their field, and for others who want to develop and extend the range of their theoretical and professional media skills. It is also a stepping stone for any individual wanting to pursue a PhD in the media and communication field.
You will graduate with a critical and theoretical knowledge of the contexts of communication studies in combination with the opportunity for developing practical skills in digital media production. These, combined with the strong English language skills that studying at XJTLU gives, produces students who will be very attractive employees for Chinese and international companies in an increasingly globalised workplace.

The programme will:

• give you an advanced critical understanding of key issues, concepts and theories and the relationship between theory and practice in the fields of media and communication
• instil in you a sound knowledge and understanding of media language and its iterations on different media platforms
• encourage your exploration of the implications of media analysis for work purposes
• help you develop an understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in media and communication practices
• encourage you to engage with theories underlying current views on communicative practices, including the importance of global and local media manifestations
• engage with and critically appreciate the connections made between theory and practice in the field of media and communication
• foster your research skills and techniques
• provide hands-on expertise through practical modules and a work placement

In addition, the programme provides an overview of the contemporary theoretical, methodological, practical and ethical principles that underpin research in the field of media and communication and develops your skills, knowledge and understanding further in the theory and practice of applied media work.

Modules

Students in this programme will study the following modules:
• Global Media Cultures
• Contemporary Media Theory
• Digital Ethics
• Social Media Management
• Contemporary Chinese Media Environment
• Research Methods in Communication
• Interactive and Emerging Technologies
• Advanced Public Relations and Advertising
• Gaming
• Practical Skills Development (audio/video, web design, print media)

Students will graduate with a combination of critical and theoretical knowledge of the contexts of communication studies in combination with the opportunity for developing practical skills in digital media production. These, combined with the strong English language skills that studying at XJTLU gives, produces students who will be very attractive employees in an increasingly globalised workplace, for Chinese and international companies.

Facilities

The department has a digital media laboratory, featuring Apple iMac computers, Final Cut Pro X editing software and the Adobe suite of professional digital media production software, in addition to Sony high definition digital video production kits for short film-making, digital media and documentary production.

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