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MSc Film and Television

Course Description

Why take this course?

The course equips students with the technical, academic and professional skills required to pursue a career in film, television and associated industries.

It is project-based, allowing you to define the focus of your work, whilst building creative and technological expertise and gaining the hands-on experience of designing, creating and managing your own digital film or television programme.

The course encourages your exploring solutions for delivering product across media platforms – in an era of cross-platform convergence.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Film using the latest professional cameras, e.g. Arri Alexa
Edit using the professional software Avid Media Composer
Shoot on location or multi camera in the newly built New Theatre Royal facilities
Record on high-end location sound equipment, e.g. Tascan multitrack recorders
Have the option to engage in real-world client based research

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our course specialises in a multi-skilled approach, much favoured by the film and television industry. By the completion of your studies you will be a prepared, skilled and thoughtful practitioner with the expertise to fulfil a range of industry-related jobs. Students are encouraged to explore non-linear storytelling as well as high-end aesthetic and technological visualisation and sound technology. In an age where media content providers (in other words multi-media corporations) are looking for cross-platform solutions to moving image digital design and production, this places our graduates in a good position afterwards in relation to the market place.

Module Details

Here are the units you will study:

Professional, Academic and Research Development: This is a taught unit covering planning and managing development projects.
Project Context and Definition: A unit of self-directed study that will help you specify your project’s scope and plan.
Project Design and Development: This unit is a self-directed study covering a critical review of existing work.
Project Evaluation and Resolution: This unit covers the development and evaluation of your project artefact.

Programme Assessment

The course is research based, focusing on your own chosen project. Taught units are limited to the first semester, although there is ample opportunity for contact with the staff through regular tutorials and workshops.

Assessment is solely based on your research-based project – its proposal, the artefact itself and your evaluation and technical report.

Student Destinations

Two projects which crossed the desk of the MSc Film and Television Course Leader recently best exemplify what is happening in the Industry today, and is the logic behind the MSc in Film and Television.

Transive Limited (London) is exploring with the staff and students in Creative Technologies (particularly in film and television) cross media solutions to promote high end retail parks on TV, on the internet and on social media. The idea is to make short, sizzles for cross-media platform promotion.

The Guardian too has piloted a project called Interesting Stuff based in Cornwall and SW England which harnesses digital technologies to deliver combinations of film, arts and editorial content to audiences in social venues, on mobile phone devices and in the home.

At the heart of these two projects is exploring solutions for delivering film and ancillary content cross-platform. Graduates in MSc Film and Television are in an optimal position to be part of just such convergence projects, projects that can have regional and global dimensions.

Visit the MSc Film and Television page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject such as TV and Film Production, broadcasting, moving image, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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