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University of Salford

Media Production (Top Up Taught at Salford City College)

UCAS Code: P311

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A GCE A-Level Profile prior to taking the FdA or HND/DipHE

Level 3 Profile prior to taking the FdA or HND/DipHE

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English - Grade C/4 Maths – Grade C/4

A BTEC Level 3 Profile prior to taking the FdA or HND/DipHE

Level 3 Profile prior to taking the FdA or HND/DipHE

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Media production

Taught at the University Centre at Salford City College alongside Media City. You will be taught by Media industry and academic specialists with access to industry standard resources.

This course is designed to offer students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or equivalent, the opportunity to further develop and obtain the award of an Honours Degree. It has been designed through incorporating advice and guidance from industry experts, students and academics.

Unlike degrees specialising in an area such TV, Radio or VFX, this top up degree aims to equip students with advanced skills to compete in a range of mediums but notably areas of popular employment such as in research, screenwriting, freelance or commercial production roles (needing confident filming, video and audio editing skills) and in marketing and corporate promotions.

Opportunities to engage and work alongside Industry experts will enhance your engagement, skillsets and provide you with currency.
You will also be supported to pursue an independent production project and develop your academic research and writing completing a dissertation.
You will be party to new facilities in our Media Hub where students have a high spec edit suite, the latest Industry software and professional grade camera, lighting and sound equipment. Alongside you will have use of a fully equipped TV studio with gallery, digital learning zone and photography studio for your projects.

Modules

• Directing for Film (20 Credits)

This module is intended to provide you with knowledge and understanding of directing for film, which you can put into practice. It is designed so that you develop appreciation for film as an art form and can develop your own creativity and leadership skills. Through a range of delivery from lecture to workshops, you will be challenged to develop into a skilled director.

• Screenwriting (20 Credits)

Screenwriting for TV drama teaches convention in arguably the most popular TV genre and gives you a foothold to explore further in the field. You will be taught to consider both the conventions and the complexities of the genres and the industries constraints to retain their audiences. You will explore how drama is conceived and created. Through exploration of British and US texts you will analyse codes, conventions, contexts and compare dramatic narrative structures, characterisation and story-lining.

• Advanced Audio and Video editing (20 Credits)

This module is intended to extend and enrich your editing knowledge and technical ability. It is designed so that you develop appreciation for audio and video editing as a skilled craft that has developed with technology through time. With an emphasis on practical workshops and demonstrations following theory, you will be challenged to develop into a confident and creative editor.

• Independent Research Project (20 Credits)

Through in-depth research of a topical social issue of your choice, you will plan and produce an investigative social action documentary. You will work independently and will be responsible for all aspects such as equipment, hiring own crew as required, conducting full risk assessments and sourcing locations and interviews without aid. You will present in audio or audio-visual format.

• Dissertation (20 Credits)

A largely autonomous study under the appropriate supervision of a member of staff (appointed by the course leader to ensure specialist knowledge). Culmination will result in a 4000-word dissertation. The syllabus enables you to develop your research and academic writing as well as explore an area you find particularly compelling. Lecture content will focus on a topical exploration of the representation of culture and identity (in terms of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, social class or religion) in the media.

• Corporate Promotional Production (20 Credits)

Working directly for a client, you are given the opportunity to produce media products to be used as part of a companies’ promotion. Unlike, work-based placement modules, you are given more autonomy to exercise your ability to manage production. The syllabus therefore will allow you to build necessary skills needed to succeed in a popular area of production and provide a taster to the potential life of a freelance producer.

The Uni


Course location:

Salford City College

Department:

School of Arts and Media

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

63%
low
Media production

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media production

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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Media production

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media production

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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