A theoretical grounding in topics such as narrative and storytelling underpins technical training in the latest software and hardware, which will give you the tools to turn your ideas into reality. You will also be encouraged to develop critical perspectives on the changing media industry and to challenge current practice, developing the analytical skills required to reflect, learn and grow as a successful editor.
This course builds towards a final production project. This showreel will be your calling card for the industry; it will allow you to explore and develop ideas beyond industry expectations, and produce evidence of your editorial approach, style and storytelling. As an alternative, you can choose a research-based option to present at a final exhibition of work. Working in your own postgraduate base room, you will have your own cutting-edge technology at your fingertips.
You are required to have your own Apple laptop with Avid Media Composer 6.5 or above. The Faculty of Media & Communication provides further technical tools to aid your development, including extensive network support and two Avid Media Composer Finishing Suites, where you will build your realworld skills through role-play scenarios of industry practice. We’re also proud to announce our Learning Partnership with AVID, a collaboration that will ensure graduates of this course carry even greater relevance and credibility when it comes to finding employment.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject, or equivalent
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Graduates with an undergraduate degree (typically 2:1 or above) in any discipline who want to take their expertise and apply it within the media context
We particularly welcome applicants with an undergraduate degree in the area of media practice (e.g. television production, video production, interactive media production, scriptwriting, music design, journalism and advertising)
Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry
Approaches to Editing: Gain professional, industry-standard skills in planning and completing edits under different conditions and time restraints. By working on individual projects and collaborating with students on the MA Directing Film & Television course, you´ll develop creative skills. You´ll also complete the AVID Media Composer 101 Editing Essentials qualification.
Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a critical foundation for the effective realisation of production work. You´ll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
Developing Editing Principles & Practice: Develop industry-level thinking and practice as an editor through collaborative projects and a programme of negotiated independent practice-based research and experimentation. This unit is where you´ll find your voice as an editor and explore, challenge and extend the language of montage and the professional practice of creative collaboration. There will be group discussions, critiques, workshops and screenings.
Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries.
The Master´s Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry, showing your editorial approach, style and storytelling ability. You´ll develop a brief through negotiating with a tutor, and research an aspect of editing that links with narrative and produce edited material. This is about exploring and developing ideas beyond industrial expectations. Collaborating with MA Directing and Producing students is recommended as these courses, along with Editing, form a tight group of disciplines where collaboration benefits everyone.
The Master´s Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individually or collaboratively-written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts. Whichever option you choose, you´ll present your findings at a final exhibition.
This course will prepare you for the technical, challenging and creative world of video editing in an evolving digital marketplace. It has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.
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