Media Production - MA - New course for 2017/18 *

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£5,900 for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry
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The Radio and Audio Production element of the course will give you the advanced skills needed to further your career in the radio / audio industry. The course offers a progression pathway for students who have completed undergraduate studies in radio. It is also ideal for those with a previous background in production and live radio - but want to formalise their skills and experience with a well-respected qualification.

The Television Production element of the course will give you the advanced production skills needed to further your career in the television industry. The course offers a progression pathway for students who have completed undergraduate studies in television production. It is also ideal for those with an existing background in production who wish to enhance their skills and experience with a well-respected qualification.

Subject to approval

 

This new course is in the final stages of design. Once this is complete, and the course has been reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards, you'll be able to apply directly online as normal. The course starts in September 2017.

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New and re-designed courses for 2017/18

At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.

That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.

We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.

Our new courses

  • Practice-led, knowledge-based
  • Entirely modular
  • International in approach
  • Employment-focused

To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.

We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.

*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Birmingham Conservatoire

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Autumn 2016

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Postgraduate Open Day

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.

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This course is open to International students

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Why are courses changing?

David Roberts, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media explains why we are changing our courses.

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Parkside and Curzon Buildings

Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £260 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

Birmingham School of Media is recognised as a key centre of excellence in interactive media training, television production and education by Creative SkillSet, the UK Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities - including the £62m fully-digital Media Centre - located on the City Centre Campus. You will enjoy access to extensive studio and workshop space including four TV studios, six radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites, as well as cutting-edge equipment and software.

Facilities include the largest TV floor of any university in the UK, a ‘green screen’ and the MILO motion control camera - we are one of just two universities in Europe to offer MILO technology.

Our four broadcast-standard edit suites are based on the industry-standard Avid editing system, used in almost all films and the majority of UK television. Two of the suites are specialised for Audio Finishing and Colour Grading. Our six digital radio studios are all linked an equipped with the best news and production software.

You will have access to our full broadcast-standard dubbing suites, which are based on a multi-layered ProTools desk and can dub both film and TV with up to 120 simultaneous sound sources. We also have an ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) booth and the ability to record Foley (additional live sound).

The Parkside Building

The Parkside Building has been designed to maximise light and encourage collaboration between artists and students. It is the perfect setting for the workshops and teaching spaces of our design courses, as well as the state-of-the-art media centre for the advanced teaching facilities of Birmingham School of Media.

All this ensures that The Parkside Building offers a first class learning environment and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.

An excellent team of tutors and technicians supports our production facilities. We actively encourage our students to utilise the facilities beyond the set course work to build up a varied portfolio of work.

Collaboration with students both within the School of Media and those based in other Schools is recommended and facilitated. You will have the opportunity to work with the composing students based in the Conservatoire and commission original music for a wide range of projects. Our animation and graphic design students are happy to work closely with our students to provide opening title sequences and the Film Production and Sound Engineering students help crew productions. The Arts, Design and Media faculty uniquely offers our production students the opportunity to ‘commission’ every element of television and radio production work from fellow students.  

Our staff

You’ll be taught by award-winning staff who have a long pedigree in broadcasting. Each member of the team draws on their personal experiences and research interests to ensure students receive practical real world advice and are kept up to date with contemporary broadcasting practices.

Caroline Officer

Skillset Employment Engagement Manager, Course Leader MA Media Production

Caroline Officer is an award-winning TV producer who had 18 years of experience across the industry before she joined the University. She has worked extensively for BBC Television and Endemol, producing and co-producing global television successes that have created celebrity chefs, gardeners and interior designers. She also successfully adapted successful television formats into live shows, developed TV show spin off merchandise and was an early producer of online interactive content for property developers and agents.

Professor Philip Thickett

Head of Department

Professor Philip Thickett is the Head of Birmingham City University’s School of Media. He joined the University four years ago and was appointed Professor after two years. His specialism is in Television Production and Outside Broadcast.

Twenty six years at the BBC starting as a cameraman and up to be an Executive Producer gave Professor Philip Thickett more than enough skills and experience to pass on to the next generation of media production workers.

Very much industry-focused at Birmingham City University, he is at the forefront of ensuring the department that he heads has as much contact with the creative sector as possible.

He is working towards launching a set of professional short courses that will develop lifelong learning, enabling those already working in the industry to update their skills or learn new skills. The development of such courses is necessary because media production faces serious skills shortages.

New courses are being aimed at camera operatives, sound staff and operational engineers with a strong emphasis on production management.

As well as his academic focus, the Head of School is also working closely with business, helping them to access expertise at the University and giving students the opportunity to develop much-needed contacts in their chosen field.

One scheme is with Warwickshire County Cricket Club, where the department is working with the Edgbaston-based sports club to develop a television channel on the web.

“We have considerable expertise that we are passing to the club, while students are gaining work in this most competitive of industries.”

Another of Professor Thickett’s ongoing projects is the development of audio and visual packages for Birmingham City University’s iTunesU scheme, one of just a handful in the country that are being actively planned and built up.

Universities all over the world are planning to upload podcasts and digital broadcasts onto the iTunesU site, which will not only showcase the institutions and their expertise but enable them to share inspiring lectures and ideas for free for anyone who wants to access them.

Professor Thickett is keen that the department leads the way when it comes to disseminating information to industry about the vast changes that are taking place – and offering solutions to them.

“There are huge changes in the music industry and I’m asking staff if we can develop an understanding how those changes might impact on the vision industry.  We could help build new business models, aid them as the changes come in.”

He also wants to enhance Birmingham City University’s already excellent international reputation as a place to study media, by continuing to develop engagement with industry and ensuring that graduates are equipped with the skills needed to go into the world of media production.

“This is place where they can take creative risks; it’s so important that they are encouraged to challenge themselves and the industries they work with while here. It’s important we work alongside industry so that we generate the right graduates for them to succeed.”

Sam Coley

Course Leader MA Media Production and Senior Lecturer

Sam Coley is Senior Lecturer in Radio at Birmingham City University, where he teaches radio production, online radio, documentary production, commercial production and digital audio editing. He has a background in both the UK and New Zealand radio industries and worked as Creative Director for the Northern Region of New Zealand's TRN Network.

He has worked as a radio trainer for the BBC World Service Trust and as a media consultant for CARE International and the Prison Radio Association. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 Sam travelled to Africa to work on various audio projects and research, including radio programmes and advertising campaigns designed to promote sexual health and reproduction awareness for young Ethiopians.

Sam is a radio documentary producer with an interest in the use of audio slideshows. In 2009 he produced features for BBC WM, Spin 1038 Dublin and Absolute Radio. In 2010 he was nominated as a finalist in the "Best On-line Producer" category of the UK Radio Academy's Production Awards and also worked as a freelance documentary producer for Radio New Zealand.