Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
- Media Cultures 1 (20 credits):
factual television programme
You’ll participate in the making of two factual television programmes to an editorial brief, as part of an intensive practical introduction to production techniques.
You’ll learn about studio practice and discipline in our multi-cam television studio and shooting for location inserts for your studio presentations. You will write an analysis and evaluation of the production context, process and outcome.
Spring, Term 2
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
You will identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners or briefs, both collegiate and external.
You’ll learn about the concept of talent, produce a treatment and proof of concept, draft a budget and production schedule, and make a competitive pitch to industry standards.
You’ll build an assessed portfolio of work which demonstrates your research and development of collaborative partnerships and reflects critically on the process.
- Media Cultures 2 (20 credits)
The focus of this unit is factual television programmes as commercial products; how they are branded, who they’re aimed at and what production value means in practice.
You’ll learn about industry commissioning and pitching practice, the concept of “flow”, audience research and the importance of scheduling. You’ll write a case study of a television programme or series from a practical, industry focused perspective.
Summer, Term 3
- Research (20 credits)
In this unit you’ll prepare a coherent pitch, a budget reflecting intended production values, a treatment or script and proof of concept in preparation for your final Major Project pitch to a selected panel.
You’ll write a programme proposal including numerical data which will set out the narrative, the target audience, and your intended platform. You’ll demonstrate your business case and the research underpinning the programme proposal.
- Major Project – Commencement (60 credits)
You will form teams to begin pre-production and the production of your group studio-based show and/or location based programme Major Project.
Autumn, Term 4
- Major Project – Completion
Major Projects will be completed in post-production and in the delivery of a television pilot or programme. You’ll submit your collaborative group programme, a proposal and business plan that you will be able to take to market.