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University of Salford, Full Time MA Degrees in Communication & Media Studies

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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. Read more
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.

Key benefits:

• Learn cutting-edge production techniques using the latest technologies at MediaCityUK
• Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
• Collaborate with the broadcast industry through live-industry briefs and media projects.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-production-tv-documentary-production

Suitable for

Graduates with an Honours degree or applicants with relevant experience in the broadcast / communications industries. You should want to develop your critical understanding and creative skills in the field. And your aim will be to pursue a career in documentary film-making or creative-media production.

Programme details

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.

Format

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.

Module titles

• Creative Development Projects
• Media Theory and Practice
• Collaborative Projects
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
Or
• Major Project: Dissertation

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 potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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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. Read more
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.

Key benefits:

• 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.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-production-tv-drama-production

Suitable for

Graduates with an Honours degree or relevant experience in the broadcast or communications industries. You should want to develop your skills in specialist areas of drama production.

Programme details

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.

Format

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.

Module titles

• Creative Development Projects
• Media Theory and Practice
• Collaborative Projects
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
Or
• Major Project: Dissertation

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 potential

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

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course has been designed to help you find challenging and rewarding work in journalism. During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive and thoughtful journalist. Read more
This course has been designed to help you find challenging and rewarding work in journalism. During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive and thoughtful journalist. As well as a general professional grounding in journalism, you will also be able to specialise in your second semester in print and online journalism, broadcast journalism or sports journalism, depending on which pathway you choose.

Upon graduation, you will receive a degree and NCTJ Diploma, both of which are essential if you want to find work in the UK news industry.

Key benefits:

• Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV
• Learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake industry placements
• Receive a diploma from the National Council for Training of Journalists.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/journalism-news-broadcast-sport

Programme details

This is a highly intensive course and only for you if you are fully committed to becoming a working journalist, particularly in the UK. You will study modules closely aligned with the NCTJ syllabus so that you are also able to pass seven components of the NCTJ Diploma, such as Media Law and Reporting. During semester 1, you will study the basic skills of writing news in print, broadcast and online formats. These key skills are supported by study of media law and also ethical practice to encourage you to become a highly aware journalist. Intrinsic to this course are daily sessions of shorthand, a traditional skill still valued by the modern news industry, including broadcast organisations.

Format

The majority of the course is delivered largely through workshops and students are assessed mainly by coursework and projects, with some formal examinations.

Semester 1

• Law and Government for Journalists
• News and Ethics

Semester 2

• Multi-platform Journalism
• Sports Reporting
• Broadcast Journalism
• Community project

Semester 3

• Major Project (Print, Broadcast, Sport or Online)

Assessment

80% Workshops and 20% Lectures.

You will be able to sit NCTJ examinations at the end of semester 1 and also complete the NCTJ Portfolio during semester 2, when you will be encouraged to sit the NCTJ's shorthand exam and pass at 100 words per minute.

Career potential

Thanks to our strong links with the BBC, many of our graduates are now employed by the British public service broadcaster, working for news and sports output across radio, TV and online. Several of our students have secured the very competitive BBC news traineeships in recent years. Others have gone on to get positions with regional newspapers and news agencies, while some have entered public relations, where companies value the core journalistic qualification offered by the course.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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

Key benefits:

• Study at state-of-the-art facilities on our MediaCityUK campus
• Take your post-production skills to a professional standard
• Implement your knowledge through live briefs and opportunities for industry placements – this course is Creative-Skillset accredited.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-production-post-production-for-tv

Suitable for

Media practitioners and students. You’ll find the course particularly valuable if you want to build on your knowledge of post-production and current media practice. The course also provides a direct pathway for progression from a number of our undergraduate courses.

Programme details

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.

Format

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.

Module titles

• Creative Development Projects
• Media Theory and Practice
• Collaborative Projects
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
Or
• Major Project: Dissertation

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 potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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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. Read more
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.

Key benefits:

• Connect and engage with children’s media producers, including BBC Children’s Television and the Children’s Media Conference
• Study at our state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of MediaCityUK
• Industry collaborations through live media projects.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-production-childrens-tv-production

Suitable for

This course is ideal if you are already working in media, you are an aspiring programme maker seeking to move into children’s television / media content production, or you are looking to advance your career, re-skill or build upon the studies you completed as an undergraduate.

Programme details

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.

Format

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.

Module titles

• Creative Development Projects
• Media Theory and Practice
• Collaborative Projects
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
or
• Major Project: Dissertation

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 potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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

Key benefits:

• Study at our MediaCityUK campus in state-of-the-art facilities
• Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
• Benefit from the expertise of industry practitioners who are directly involved in course delivery.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-production-animation

Suitable for

If you’re a graduate or professional with animation experience, the course will equip you with a deeper understanding of animation technology and the production process.

Programme details

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.

Format

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.

Module titles

• Creative Development Projects
• Media Theory and Practice
• Collaborative Projects
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
or
• Major Project: Dissertation

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 potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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Our course explores in both theoretical and practical terms current issues in journalism in the context of the digital revolution and media convergence. Read more
Our course explores in both theoretical and practical terms current issues in journalism in the context of the digital revolution and media convergence.

• It combines solid foundations of journalism practice with the latest developments in multimedia techniques, digital journalism and social media
• It puts students through the fast-paced newsroom environment experience and offers opportunities to get engaged in specialisms such as foreign affairs correspondent, health and science reporter, business and finance writer or data journalist
• It builds students’ professional portfolios, launches live brief media and journalism projects and embeds students in community programmes on work experience.

Key benefits:

• Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus, alongside students from around the world
• Strengthen your CV with work experience opportunities in the UK or abroad
• Explore potential solutions to international multimedia journalistic issues.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/international-journalism-for-digital-media

Suitable for

Students progressing from an undergraduate journalism course or media professionals looking for a cutting-edge journalism postgraduate course. You should want to explore concepts, trends and challenges in journalism and related fields of communication. And you should have an interest in the impact of social media on journalism.

Programme details

With guest lecturers from the BBC and other media organisations, practical workshops and newsdays in industry standard radio and TV studios, the syllabus is as close to real life in the world of digital media as one can get. The theory informs the practice to produce critical and autonomous professionals capable of working with confidence in any global media environment.

Format

For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award you will take two core 30-credit modules in Semester 1, one 30-credit core and one elective module in Semester 2, and you will complete your final major project in Semester 3 either as an academic dissertation or a journalistic project. For overseas students this project may be completed in your home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.

This course will be taught through lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops aimed at developing your understanding of the theory and practice of international and online journalism. There will be a number of visiting speakers and guest lecturers, and full use will be made of the growing links between our courses and the BBC and ITV through our base at MediaCityUK to facilitate joint projects and enable students to attend and participate in industry events.

Student-led independent research, independent study, and project work such as newsdays, will be used alongside ‘problem-based’ and ‘task-based’ teaching, learning and assessment strategies. These will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students’ reflective self-assessments and learning plans. You will also undertake a period of work placement within the journalism community of practice, which will be supported by your module tutors. In certain cases, international students may be able to undertake this work placement in their home country.

Semester 1

• Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism
• Core Module: Digital Journalism

Semester 2

Core Module:

• Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

One of the following optional modules:

• Specialist Journalism Practice
• Sports Journalism
• Community Project

Semester 3

• Major Project

Assessment

Assessment methods will include:

• production exercises and portfolios of work
• practical media projects
• peer reviewing
• essays
• oral presentations by students
• work-based learning diaries and reports
• a dissertation or major project supported by substantial self-reflection.

Career potential

Graduates can enter careers in various forms of journalism (print, broadcast or online) either in reporting or management roles, public relations, researchers, media analysts and advisers all either working in this country or abroad. Journalists could work as UK-based foreign correspondents travelling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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On this course you will learn the research, scriptwriting and production skills that you will need to produce polished, professional wildlife documentaries. Read more
On this course you will learn the research, scriptwriting and production skills that you will need to produce polished, professional wildlife documentaries.

Key benefits:

• Work towards a fulfilling career in an exciting field with the potential for travel
• Learn from respected filmmakers via a series of masterclasses
• Develop the creative and technical skills you will need to produce striking and informative wildlife documentaries – this is a Skillset-accredited course.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/wildlife-documentary-production

Suitable for

Graduates who have a passion for using video documentary techniques to communicate scientific knowledge about wildlife and the environment. The programme will provide students with a unique interdisciplinary interaction between sciences and creative arts.

Programme details

During your time with us, you will learn specialist wildlife-production techniques, including long-lens and time-lapse photography and close-up sound recording. There is a strong emphasis on professional practice, and your projects will be expected to measure up to scientific scrutiny, as well as exhibition and broadcast standards.

Format

As well as lectures and seminars, you will attend masterclasses given by expert practitioners with links to the television industry. Plus you will take field trips to a range of animal habitats, where you will work on individual and group projects.

The course will employ a range of teaching and learning strategies in order to meet learning outcomes. These will include:

• Lectures
• Seminars
• Camera, sound and editing skills practice and assessment
• Analysis of case studies
• Student-led independent research
• Student-led project work and field trips.

This strategy will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students' reflective self-assessments and learning plans. Assessment methods will include production exercises and portfolios, projects, critical essays and a dissertation project.

Module titles

• Wildlife Biology, Ecology and Behaviour
• Media Theory and Practice
• Wildlife Research Skills
• Wildlife Research Skills
• Advanced Production Practices
• Major Project: Practice Research Project
or
• Major Project: Dissertation

Assessment

Each module within the course uses and combines a number of different assessment criteria. The following styles are used within the course modules:

• Reports
• Presentations
• Essay
• Practical project
• Research Portfolio

Career potential

The course is ideal for those wishing to pursue careers in all aspects of wildlife documentary production, including directing, producing, script-writing, photography, sound recording and editing. A number of graduates are now working within the TV industry both in the UK and abroad, including several independent companies and ITV, all within wildlife documentary.

The majority of past students have found jobs in the television industry. Examples include:

• Ex-students are working for the BBC Natural History Unit as researchers and assistant producers.
• Ex-students are working for ITV, producing short films from their wildlife images catalogue
• A student is working as an assistant cameraman for a leading wildlife independent company
• One student is working as a producer for Portuguese TV
• Other graduates have jobs as field assistants (currently working in the arctic on a major wildlife film), runners and film librarians
• A student is making web-based programmes for Cornwall TV
• All are connected with wildlife and nature film-making

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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