MA/MSc Broadcast Futures aims to provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to operate at a high level and innovate in new and emerging areas of the broadcasting industry. Digital broadcast media lie at the heart of the course that aims to investigate, to understand and test contemporary theory and practice in the media industry.
MA/MSc Broadcast Futures pathway is a unique course that seeks out cutting-edge broadcast technology and innovation - collaborating with leading media technology companies and broadcasters – and defines broadcasting in its widest industrial, creative, cultural and commercial sense. The course will explore the application of new technologies, new platforms, new methodologies, and new business models and the opportunities that they offer the broadcast professional.
You will develop and challenge your understanding of key processes and will expand and push at the extreme edges of current knowledge in analogue and digital media, linear and non-linear broadcast, media content, production and intellectual property. You will also explore the impact of emerging technologies such as: S3D; ultra high definition (UHD) 4K; super high definition (SHD) 8K; pre-production; production and post-production workflows; global distribution; media acquisition; storage and archiving; meta-data, and changing broadcast paradigms.
You will be able to individualise your learning and develop, manage and realise an individual project, which will have a professional and industrial rationale, developed in your chosen area of study.
You will develop, through practice, strong management/project management skills, a range of key business skills (business planning, high level budgeting, schedule development, marketing, audience development, etc.) and how to implement them, and an understanding of the issues of entrepreneurship.
- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project
Within the Technology Issues unit, you will engage with three project cycles that will allow you to explore the technologies most relevant to your discipline area. Typical past projects have included an industry collaboration project with a camera technology support company (such as digital motion capture in a ‘live’ 3D environment); an individual project in which each student explained a ‘digital broadcast’ model (such as a short film or media-share environment); and a cross- disciplinary project with visual effects students.
In the Business Innovation unit, you will develop an understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries.
The Research Process unit will provide the grounding for research and development skills needed for your individual project.
The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to further develop your skills to take a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in broadcast futures and research and develop (investigate, challenge and test) the concept.
The Major Project represents the culmination of your investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.
All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne
provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:
- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;
- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;
- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;
- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;
- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.
First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area. With an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area. In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.