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

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The MA by Research is an opportunity for students to develop their research skills and to examine a research question in detail over an extended period, which can be a very rewarding experience. Read more
The MA by Research is an opportunity for students to develop their research skills and to examine a research question in detail over an extended period, which can be a very rewarding experience. The focus of this award is empirically researching and writing a supervised 25,000-word dissertation on an agreed and approved topic in media, cultural and communication studies. Examples from the diverse topics recently examined by students include ‘Xenophilia in Mass Media; a Comparative Study of Mexican and British News Media’; ‘Promoting Hungarian Culture and Constructing Cultural Identity’; ‘Subtitling and Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired in Mainstream Cinema and Television Programmes’ and ‘Television Fandom and Social Media: the Case of Doctor Who Online’. We have expertise in a wide range of methods, including case studies, ethnography, textual analysis, archival analysis, political economy and interviews. For more information, visit our research pages: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/research

What You Will Study

Teaching and learning involves a combination of one-to-one supervision and seminars, with assessment methods that include essays, projects, a dissertation and an oral examination (viva voce). The limited but intensive contact hours during the course will give you maximum flexibility in your study patterns. In addition, you will be allocated two dissertation supervisors who are available to meet with you on a regular basis to provide further support for your studies.

Possible Career Options

Your research, communication and writing skills will be highly developed by the end of this process. Your work can be used to further your career prospects if your dissertation involves the extended study of media and cultural producers, audiences and/or texts in relevant areas.

This Masters provides training that is relevant for further qualitative research at MPhil and PhD level. It also develops high-level qualitative research skills that are relevant to research-based jobs in the creative industries.

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If you work freelance, in a media production company, or want to set up your own creative business, this film producing course will develop your skills and subject knowledge to the high level required to succeed in the film industry. Read more
If you work freelance, in a media production company, or want to set up your own creative business, this film producing course will develop your skills and subject knowledge to the high level required to succeed in the film industry.

The University of South Wales’ film producing course will give you the skills to set up your own production company and offers valuable assistance to enter the film, television and media industry.

You will consider the creative role of the producer throughout the production process, from working with the writer during development, the director and heads of department during pre-production, production and post-production, and the producer’s role as fund-raiser and financial manager of the entire production.

You can study full-time over one academic year or part-time over two years. There are two exit points before the full MA Film Producing award for extra flexibility. Successful completion of Stage One leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Film Producing and Business Management, and successful completion of Stage Two leads to a Postgraduate Diploma. You will need to complete a final project for the full Masters qualification.

If you do choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/141-ma-film-producing

What you will study

Selection of modules include:
- Understanding Producing
- Business Planning
- Understanding Film Finance
- Aspects of Film Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
- Media Entrepreneurship
- Research Methods (optional)
- Histories and Theories (optional)
- Masters Project

Common Modules:
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.

We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.

You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

- Research Paradigms
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.

Learning and teaching methods

Each module is delivered by lectures and seminars, and you need to spend a substantial amount of time reading and preparing for assessments.

The style of coursework, set at 6000 words or the equivalent, varies for each module, ranging from portfolios, presentations to research-style papers or essays.

The Masters involves overseeing an actual production project (a short film).

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

USW’s MA Film Producing degree will give you the skills to set up your own production company and offers valuable assistance to enter the film, television and media industry.

Assessment methods

Learning Through Employment:
Learning Through Employment is a University of South Wales framework that offers students who are already in employment the opportunity to gain credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

The programme is structured so that the majority of learning takes place through active and reflective engagement with your work activities, underpinned by the appropriate academic knowledge and skills. As such, it has been is designed for practising professionals to provide them with the tools to succeed in the workplace.

This truly flexible approach means that projects can be based on an agreed area of work, benefitting students and employers, and because the majority of the project is carried out in the workplace, it can potentially be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Facilities

Our purpose built ATRiuM Building at our Cardiff Campus features state-of-the-art facilities for audio and video production and editing, graphic design, studio recording and more. The building is an engine room for the next generation of media practitioners and thinkers.

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Our MA Graphic Communication is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills and interests by exploring the creative issues and technical aspects of graphic design today. Read more
Our MA Graphic Communication is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills and interests by exploring the creative issues and technical aspects of graphic design today. For designers working in industry, it offers a platform for career development by revising, developing and updating your skills.

The practical element of this masters degree in graphic communication is strengthened by an enhanced critical understanding of contemporary professional design debates, issues and trends, plus a greater understanding of research methodologies and how to apply them effectively.

If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/130-ma-graphic-communication

What you will study

The MA Graphic Communication includes the following modules:
- Graphic Communication Principles
- Design Research Methods
- Design Masters Project
- Professional Design Practice
- Graphic Communication Major Project
- Graphic Communication Independent Study

Additionally, international students can choose a Design History and Context module to engage with historic and contemporary global design issues.

Common Modules:
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.

We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.

You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

- Research Paradigms
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.

Learning and teaching methods

At the University of South Wales, we pride ourselves on providing a creative, friendly and professional environment. Our well-equipped studios include state-of-the art Macintosh computers and PC facilities with industry-standard software packages. Studio and workshop tutorials are supplemented by lectures, seminars, integrated case-study analysis, discussion groups and multimedia presentations. Staff are active in research and/or consultancy, and are often joined by a range of visiting designers and practitioners.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

During the MA Graphic Communication course, you will develop the practical, analytical, technological and problem-solving skills needed to meet the complex and changing role of the graphic designer.

Assessment methods

Learning Through Employment:
Learning Through Employment is a University of South Wales framework that offers students who are already in employment the opportunity to gain credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

The programme is structured so that the majority of learning takes place through active and reflective engagement with your work activities, underpinned by the appropriate academic knowledge and skills.

All postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries offer students the opportunity to undertake a 60 credit Learning Through Employment Research Project as an alternative to a traditional final dissertation, major project or production.

The focus of the project is an individual, organisational problem solving, knowledge-based approach.

As such, it has been is designed for practising professionals to provide them with the tools to succeed in the workplace.

This truly flexible approach means that projects can be based on an agreed area of work, benefitting students and employers, and because the majority of the project is carried out in the workplace, it can potentially be undertaken anywhere in the world.

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The MA Songwriting and Production course is delivered in the context of a dynamic contemporary music and cultural scene in Wales. Read more
The MA Songwriting and Production course is delivered in the context of a dynamic contemporary music and cultural scene in Wales. You will study close to a range of music venues, recording, radio, TV and film studios, as well as many music organisations, and with access to high profile, successful musicians and other industry professionals.

This innovative degree will enable you to make connections and collaborations within the world of both professional songwriting, and the wider music culture. Designed for those interested in lyrics, music and studio production, you’ll learn a range of creative techniques, as well as the history of popular song and the world of music publishing. For your final project, you will create an original portfolio of work to be showcased at the state-of-the art ATRiuM Building, situated in Cardiff – the vibrant capital city of Wales, a thriving international hub for music and the creative industries.

On completion, graduates will have the expertise and experience to work professionally within a range of different contexts. Taught by practising songwriters, producers, and published academics, the course is also delivered through a series of master classes from industry professionals.

If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1558-ma-songwriting-and-production

What you will study

Selection of Modules include:
- Songwriting 1: Skills and Strategies
- Digital Music Production
- History, Analysis, Repertoire and Theory
- Research Paradigms
- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
- Songwriting 2: Creative Co-writing
- Recording
- Performance: Practice and Presentation
- Major Project Portfolio OR Research Project (Learning Through Employment)

Research methods, business practice, publishing and promotion are embedded in all modules.

Common Modules:
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.

We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.

You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

- Research Paradigms
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.

PLEASE NOTE: Modules are subject to change.

Learning and teaching methods

The course incorporates desktop and studio-based production processes, with key business skills such as publishing, promotion, distribution and session planning.

Emphasis is on practical activities and encouraging you to find your own voice when developing material. Teaching sessions take place in a supportive environment, where students provide feedback on each others work. Practical sessions are underpinned by skills development and an understanding of theories about best practice in songwriting and production.

The course embraces singer/performer songwriters, as well as those who do not wish to perform their own material; solo and group outputs; creative collaboration; and material produced in studio/digital environments. The degree can also be studied by distance learning; UK and international students may choose to study using their own studio base and equipment.

“In an ever-changing industry where listening formats, recording processes and budgets are constantly evolving, songwriting and production are still a good way for a musician to have a long, fulfilling and successful career. It is hugely encouraging to see the University of South Wales offering [songwriting and production] to masters degree level. Creative areas can often be solitary places, so the opportunity to learn from others and share ideas in a creative environment such as the ATRiuM should prove an invaluable experience.”
Greg Haver, Record Producer – The Manic Street Preachers

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

In addition to working professionally as a songwriter or in song production, potential careers for graduates of this course could include working as facilitators in community and arts outreach activities, as educators in formal teaching settings, and as practitioners
such as performers, producers and writers.

There are also opportunities as researchers, administrators/managers of organisations, festivals and music events, or within music journalism and publishing, A & R, radio, freelance production, music promotion, or as part of other media production teams such as advertising, event management and games.

Assessment methods

Learning activities focus on the needs of individual students and are designed to accommodate students with a range of ambitions in relation to different kinds of approaches to songwriting and song production. Emphasis is placed on practical activities and on encouraging students to find their own voice when developing their material.

Teaching sessions take place in a supportive environment, where students provide feedback on each others work. Practical sessions are underpinned by skills development and an understanding of theories about/best practices in songwriting and song production.

‘I’d like to support the MA Songwriting course. It being the only course of its kind in Wales it will be a hugely valuable addition to the ATRiuM choice of courses. The teaching staff’s experience with writing and the music industry will also be a valuable asset to the course … I often meet students who study at the Atrium and the breadth of courses, and the skills they are developing and injecting back into Welsh music should be applauded. I look forward to hearing more output from this course, and the songwriters of the future coming from it onto our airwaves.’
Bethan Elfyn, DJ BBC Radio Wales

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This course will allow you to explore your own individual visual style by helping you to articulate the relationship between text and sub-text as you work on productions. Read more
This course will allow you to explore your own individual visual style by helping you to articulate the relationship between text and sub-text as you work on productions. Involving yourself with understanding and dissecting a story, you will be able to engage creatively with actors and have the opportunity to hone your audio-visual story-telling instincts, by investigating the relationship between cinematography, sound design, acting and story.

Our cinematic approach organises, disciplines and channels your directional instincts by putting more emphasis on a creative exploration of working with actors, pre-production planning and rehearsals. This means not only developing your abilities as a director but also helping you to direct within time and budget constraints, thus making you highly respected and employable in the creative industries.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1245-ma-film

What you will study

This course is highly practical, with all modules designed to help you explore your own film-making style and abilities.

Course Content
- Film Theory and Research 1
- Film Screenwriting 2
- Production 2
- Film Screenwriting 1
- Film Theory and Research 2
- Final Major Project
- Critical Text

Learning and teaching methods

There is a tendency for aspiring filmmakers to shoot lots now and sort it out in the edit later. That’s not what we teach at here at the Film School, where the craft of the filmmaker is a state of mind affecting your entire approach to film production no matter what format you are filming on. The University’s cinematic approach organises, disciplines and channels your creativity and knowledge, putting more emphasis on rigorous script development, pre-production planning and rehearsal. This means not only producing a better film, but also makes you highly employable in the Industry with the ability to deliver creative projects consistently, on time and on budget, building your professional reputation, trust and respect.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Based on the quality of your work, and the professional contacts you’ve made during your studies, you’re now ready to compete professionally for work in film or television anywhere in the world, or pursue further study at MPhil/PHD level, or to pursue a career in teaching.
Recent graduates work for BBC Wales, Cyfle industry traineeships, we have alumni on the set of Dr Who, at Working Title Films, or working as 2nd assistant directors. Recent student productions have won awards at the Ffresh Film Festival and Celtic Film & TV Festival, BAFTA Cymru, and have been selected at festivals in North America and Europe

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed on your coursework.

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If you have a desire to create television and media projects that you can take to a world market, and can see how the same formats come up time and again, whether you are in the UK, America, India, China or Brazil, and you would like to make real money from your media projects, our new Masters in TV and Media Production is the course for you. Read more
If you have a desire to create television and media projects that you can take to a world market, and can see how the same formats come up time and again, whether you are in the UK, America, India, China or Brazil, and you would like to make real money from your media projects, our new Masters in TV and Media Production is the course for you. This course takes a ‘real-life’ approach to media content creation, production and distribution. You will learn how ideas are generated, how they are commissioned, what rights you can hold onto and how you can sell your ideas across the world.

The course is aimed at those who want to be working and playing in the context of a global, international media network where what you know, who you know and how the industry works is all important.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1560-ma-media-production

What you will study

A particular specialised feature of the course is the opportunity to develop and pitch individual project ideas to global market players by attending at least one international festival. You will, of course, also be shooting pilots and creating other content for your project ideas.

The course is taught and delivered by a combination of people who work in the industry (e.g, BBC and S4C) and academics who are active content producers.

Learning and teaching methods

The course will be delivered through a blend of methods including seminars, lectures and sessions with guest speakers. Our excellent links with industry mean you will also be able to take advantage of networking opportunities, workshops and collaboration with students from similar programmes as well as practising professionals.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

As a graduate from this course you will be in an excellent position to develop your career in filmmaking whether that be as a freelancer or working for a production company.

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