Are you looking to kick-start your career in broadcasting or scholarly research?
Do you want to develop a broad range of skills that will be directly applicable within the film and television industries?
MA Film and Television: Research and Production is a uniquely constructed taught MA that places employability at the heart of the programme. Utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on technical training, this MA gives you the chance to work with a dynamic and innovative department. It combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing programmes. It also includes a work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry.
Applicants should have excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course we ask for IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band or PTE 67 in all four skills
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will complete the following taught modules:
Development and Production Processes for Film and Television
This module is delivered through a combination of small project assignments, masterclasses from industry experts, and group seminar work. It provides you with a realistic overview of the challenges and processes of research, development and commissioning for film and television.
This module acquaints you with critical concepts in documentary filmmaking, recognisable across histories, genres, nationalities and media. Weekly seminars cover a range of styles and tones of documentary film from early cinema to reality television, providing you with a strong appreciation of the technical and editorial complexities of documentary filmmaking, and an understanding of the relationship between intention and form.
Research Skills in Film and Television
This module helps you to decide on a topic and plan for your audio-visual or written dissertation. It guides you through using research resources such as academic journals and online databases, and it shows you how to plan your final piece of work.
Guided Editing/Guided Reading
This module trains you in the technical skills necessary to film, capture and edit digital film and video projects. You will produce a five-minute film on a subject of your choice. Alternatively, those who plan to submit a written dissertation complete a 5,000 word guided reading essay.
In addition, you will complete a placement and a dissertation:
After the first semester, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in the production and broadcast industries, lasting up to 12 weeks. You might want to work in a well-known company or gain experience at a specialist or newer production house. We have strong links with local companies and there is also a possibility of working in London, other cities in the UK or even abroad, and many students split their placement experience across more than one organisation. We will work with you to identify and target the right company or companies - helping you to become proactive about networking and learn to seek out your own opportunities in a freelance career path. During the placement you can build on your skills and contacts in a highly competitive industry.
You have the option of submitting either a written or an audio-visual dissertation (which must be a factual piece). Most students take this opportunity to build their production skills further, creating a 20-25 minute documentary film for their showreel or portfolio, that showcases their filmmaking skills and their ability to produce content that has both intellectual and aesthetic integrity. Your film will be underpinned by independent research and academic supervision. If you choose to do an audio-visual dissertation you will also submit a 4,000-word evaluation. If you choose to do a written dissertation, its length will be 15,000 words.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
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