Birmingham City University - Faculty Of Performance, Media And English

Introduction

Birmingham City University - Faculty Of Performance, Media And English

With around 23,500 students from 80 different countries, Birmingham City University is one of the largest universities in the UK and our popularity has grown significantly in recent years.

Our six academic faculties offer over 350 courses, from foundation level, through undergraduate degree programmes, to taught Master’s courses and research doctorates. About a third of our students study part-time, combining employment with our professionally relevant courses, improving their career prospects.

Situated in Birmingham, the UK’s second city, we're proud of our strong links and close collaboration with the region. We put more than £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the city and surrounding area.


Faculty of Performance, Media and English

The Faculty comprises four distinctive centres of creative excellence based across the city: Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Acting, the School of English and Birmingham School of Media.


Birmingham Conservatoire


An internationally recognised centre for teaching, research and performance of music, Birmingham Conservatoire educates and trains musicians to professional standards in solo performance, composition, chamber music, orchestral playing and jazz.


Birmingham School of Acting


Birmingham School of Acting is a small specialist institution offering full-time higher education courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and part-time and summer school courses for adults, young people and children.


School of English


You’ll find the School of English on the University’s City North Campus, two minutes’ walk from the Kenrick Library. The School has an established and growing research profile and offers a variety of English courses for all interests.


School of Media


With a focus on innovation, creativity and enterprise, The Birmingham School of Media offers a wide range of courses, from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to professional and short courses geared towards the media industry.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

Master in Acting

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme is designed for postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career as professional actors. This intensive course is aimed at students who have some theatrical or higher education experience. It is an extremely intensive training process which demands an enormous amount of time, commitment and energy and is intellectually, physically and emotionally challenging. The emphasis of the course is on rehearsal techniques and performance. [+]

This couse can also be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma

Entry Requirements

Admission is by audition, but we would normally require a degree course or equivalent, or relevant professional experience. The course is also suitable for professional actors seeking a refresher course. The MA option is designed for those with suitable academic abilities.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies. Graduates from the acting courses work consistently in all branches of performance.... [-]


Master in Film Distribution and Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MA in Film Distribution and Marketing (also available by distance learning) has been designed to reflect the industry need for entrepreneurial producers, and film marketing and distribution experts. The course develops students’ skills to strategise and apply new and emergent models of film financing, getting to market ... [+]

MA Film Distribution and MarketingAn entrepreneurial approach to film production and distribution in a multi-platform ageThe MA in Film Distribution and Marketing (also available by distance learning) has been designed to reflect the industry need for entrepreneurial producers, and film marketing and distribution experts. The course develops students’ skills to strategise and apply new and emergent models of film financing, getting to market and engaging audiences, necessary to remain competitive in a fast changing and dynamic global 24-7 entertainment business.The programme examines old and new business models spanning all aspects of the film development cycle embracing advances in technology, digital communication channels and opportunities to monetise content across a variety of platforms other than traditional cinema.Students will receive intensive tuition from industry professionals, before working to create and deploy strategies for projects around development/pitching, financing/pitching to investors and distribution/marketing campaigns under the guidance of mentors.Students have the opportunity to work on real film projects ranging from low to no budget esoteric art house through to more commercially ambitious genres, and across all stages of a film’s life cycle from development to production to distribution.The course will offer a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and basic core knowledge of film marketing and distribution, and the production process from idea to screen, before examining innovative techniques, and how to manage and adapt to meet the challenges of the new distribution and funding environment.If you are a film, media, marketing, advertising or business graduate with aspirations to work in the film industry this course provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in a film production environment, put ideas into practice and build a network of film industry contacts to further your career.Successful students will gain an MA in Film Distribution and Marketing from Birmingham City University.... [-]


Master in Future Media (digital marketing)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

Future Media: Pro simulates a working digital communications agency. It has been devised in conjunction with global communications agency McCann Erickson with an advisory panel of partner organisations, to give students real-world experience ... [+]

MA, MSc in Future Media: ProFuture Media: Pro simulates a working digital communications agency. It has been devised in conjunction with global communications agency McCann Erickson with an advisory panel of partner organisations, to give students real-world experience working on multimedia projects around brand or product promotion, developing mobile content or devising television campaigns; you’ll eat, sleep and breathe digital strategy.You will be based for four days per week for 12 months in the Future Media studio at Birmingham City University’s NTI Birmingham, working on live briefs generated by our partners, in multidisciplinary teams which will include peers from both the MA and MSc route-way. Underpinning all project work will be a strong emphasis on business strategy, analytics, monetisation and the importance of integrated campaigns that address a range of brand activity and direct marketing techniques.On Future Media: Pro, there are no dry classroom lectures, lengthy dissertations or exams. Instead, you will receive intensive tuition from industry pros, before working in teams to strategise, create and deploy solutions, under the guidance of mentors. Assessment will be based on individual portfolios and oral assessments.Future Media: Pro provides wannabe Marketing Assistants/Managers, Brand Strategists, Digital Designers, Content Producers, Web Analysts and Media Sales Executives with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the latest technology, techniques and innovations, put ideas into practice and create a portfolio that will see them stand out from the crowd.Successful students will gain a MA/MSc in Future Media from Birmingham City University.The MA and MSc route-ways have been designed to reflect the industry need for talent with differing skills and approaches to problem solving, by nurturing both planners and strategists (MSc) and design/technical specialists and producers (MA). All Future Media: Pro students follow a shared core curriculum, fostering interaction between peer groups, as well as a range of activity distinctive to each discipline. Not sure which route-way is for you? Guidance can be found in the 'Entry Requirements and Applications' section and we are happy to discuss this at interview.... [-]


Master in Professional Voice Practice

Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This course is intended for graduates who wish to undertake advanced studies in voice in order to pursue careers as voice professionals, who seek specialised practice and study in voice and speech. Whilst the foundation of the course is rooted in the principles of healthy vocal use, it will not focus on a particular system or regime. The course has been developed with the support of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Voice Department and text based work is at the heart of this course. The course will concentrate on an approach to working with language developed by Cicely Berry. The course will also offer some opportunities to work with the singing voice as approaches to spoken and sung text are becoming increasingly important for the voice professional. Birmingham School of Acting also has a working relationship with the Voice Clinic of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. [+]

This course can also be taken as a PostGraduate Diploma without completeing the Dissertation/Reseach Project

Entry Requirements

This course is likely to appeal to those who already have an interest in and some knowledge of voice: actors, drama graduates, teachers, speech therapists, singers and musicians with a particular interest in vocal music.

You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.

Admission to this course is via audition and interview.

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Master in Public Relations

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

PR is widely regarded as vital to the success of any enterprise organisation, from private businesses to multinational corporations, from public sector departments to governments. Advertising and marketing may improve your chances of selling your product or service to a consumer but public relations can enhance your overall reputation with everyone you deal with - not only consumers but also suppliers, support services, policy makers, workforce and the community in which you operate - any stakeholder who may be affected by your organisation or could have an impact on what you do. Advertising is what you say about yourself but PR is what other people say about you; and what they say matters. [+]

Entry Requirements

You should possess at least an upper second class first degree (or equivalent), or have considerable experience in a related field with evidence of outstanding ability and potential. Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. You should have sound academic skills (research, writing, presentation) and basic competence in IT skills. Above all, you need to have an inquiring mind, an aptitude for sharing and communicating ideas, and a desire to develop as an independent and self-motivated thinker.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.... [-]


Master in Television Production

Campus Full time 12 - 15 months August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

MA Television Production focuses on contemporary UK TV and digital media content production and is perfect for those seeking a career as a TV producer. [+]

MA in Television ProductionMA Television Production focuses on contemporary UK TV and digital media content production and is perfect for those seeking a career as a TV producer.At its heart is the understanding and development of collaborative working practises across disciplines and platforms, creating an agile and knowledgeable media professional.This course directly addresses the fundamental and unprecedented speed of change within the television industry in recent years. Your study will equip you to forge a portfolio or freelance career, giving you the ability to diversify into the production and delivery of high quality video content for a wide range of platforms and clients.Working within the context of recognised programme genres, you will have the chance to collaborate with a broad range of creative professionals and will be able to choose between a number of available platforms for the delivery of your content.... [-]


Master in Video Game Enterprise and Production

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

Gamer Camp: Biz is a year-long masters level course for the next generation of games industry entrepreneurs and producers. The games industry is full of project managers, entrepreneurs and associate producers, who all need serious managerial and business know-how to lead a game production to completion, be it a 79p iOS app or a £30m AAA console release. [+]

Biz, MSc in Video Game Enterprise and ProductionGamer Camp: Biz is a year-long masters level course for the next generation of games industry entrepreneurs and producersThe games industry is full of project managers, entrepreneurs and associate producers, who all need serious managerial and business know-how to lead a game production to completion, be it a 79p iOS app or a £30m AAA console release.Although these people will not be coding or designing art assets on a daily basis, it is vital that they have a comprehensive and realistic understanding of the game development process, and how all the disparate elements operate and come together to produce the polished game you see on the shelf or in an App StoreOn Gamer Camp: Biz, we give people who want to work in games, an in-depth experience of the full game development process combined with all the hard-edged business skills they need to run a small games business or manage a studio production. Gamer Camp: Biz is suitable for both those in the games industry and graduates with an appropriate degree who are keen to strike out on their own.This very practical approach is mirrored by Facebook, when new a new staff member starts at Facebook they go through a “Bootcamp” to ensure they understand the code base and how the programming team works.“To make sure all our engineers share this approach, we require all new engineers — even managers whose primary job will not be to write code — to go through a program called Bootcamp where they learn our codebase, our tools and our approach. There are a lot of folks in the industry who manage engineers and don't want to code themselves, but the type of hands-on people we're looking for are willing and able to go through Bootcamp." – Mark Zuckerberg.We believe an understanding of how games are made will help you build a successful game development company. We'll show you how games are developed, designed, produced, commissioned, concieved and sold - prepare to get stuck in and get your hands dirty because Gamer Camp is a hands-on experience.... [-]


Master in Video Games Development

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

Gamer Camp Pro (also known as the Video Games Development MA/MSc) has been created from the ground up by the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), Codemasters, Rare, Blitz Games Studios and FreestyleGames to mould the perfect recruits with not just the skills, but also the experience demanded for a career in the games industry. [+]

MA, MSc in Pro, Video Games DevelopmentGamer Camp Pro (also known as the Video Games Development MA/MSc) has been created from the ground up by the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), Codemasters, Rare, Blitz Games Studios and FreestyleGames to mould the perfect recruits with not just the skills, but also the experience demanded for a career in the games industry.On Gamer Camp: Pro, there are no dry classroom lectures, isolated distance learning, lengthy dissertations or exams. Instead, you’ll eat, sleep and breathe games with intensive tuition from industry pros, before working in teams at NTI Birmingham’s city centre media studio to create a fully working game for a series if platforms, culminating in developing a PlayStation®3 working game prototype, directly for SCEE.You’ll work full-time hours (9-5, Mon-Thu) over 12 months , with each team given a mentor from industry to set a development brief, monitor progress and sign-off the game once it’s complete.Successful students will gain an MA/MSc in Video Games Development from Birmingham City University.The course was founded by Oliver Williams (Gamer Camp Studio Director) & Guy Wilday, former Studio Director at SEGA Racing Studio (SEGA Rally) and Head of Studio at Codemasters (Colin McRae Rally). Gamer Camp: Pro is taught day to day by Alex Darby (Ex-FreeStyleGames, Codemasters) and Iain Harrison (Ex-Eurocom, Free Radical).... [-]


Master of Arts in Acting (The British Tradition)

Campus Full time 9 - 12  September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MFA Acting: The British Tradition seeks to widen the actor’s understanding of the practice of acting and its traditions in this country, and provides practical workshop opportunities for students to research, through study and practice, the particular skills and techniques associated with key stages in the development of British theatre performance. Modules will take you through key developments in the British tradition of theatre from the Middle Ages to the modern day, exploring a range of acting techniques and culminating in a fully-staged performance at the end of the year. Key Facts • British acting has long been admired worldwide, but the true source of its quality and the tradition of training and playing in Britain has never been the focal point of a course. BSA is proud to offer this one-of-a-kind accelerated one-year MA concentrating on the British tradition in acting. • This course is aimed at international students with previous performance training and offers those with a passion for live performance the opportunity to explore just what it is that makes British acting unique. From Shakespeare to the pantomime, Restoration comedy to contemporary situation comedy, the British tradition of acting focuses on the importance of narrative, depth, dimension and consistency of character, technical precision, and the actor’s relationship with the audience. • This laboratory course gives actors or other performance and drama professionals the opportunity to enhance their experience in classical and popular forms of acting. • The course is delivered through a series of workshops. • Although performance is key, the focus of the course is on enhancing knowledge and is designed to give its participants a significant career development/CV enhancing opportunity. • The one-year, accelerated format makes it an affordable option for developing professional skills. [+]

Entry Requirements

Previous performance training is essential for this course. A first degree in drama, acting or performing arts, or performance experience will be required in addition to an audition and interview.

The normal entry requirement is a first degree in a related subject area (e.g. Acting, Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, English and Drama) but potential students with a degree in another discipline or with experience in a related professional area would also be considered. You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification.

You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.... [-]


Master of Music: Orchestral Performance (Strings)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Developed in partnership with the internationally-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), our recently-developed Master of Music and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Orchestral Performance are designed to enable advanced-level string players to focus on their development as orchestral musicians. Our courses aim to help you develop your expertise as an orchestral musician while supporting your professional development and enhancing your employability by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. These programmes also provide excellent opportunities for you to develop not only as an orchestral musician, but as a solo, chamber and ensemble player. [+]

Key Facts

· Birmingham Conservatoire is one of Europe’s leading music colleges.

· Our Orchestral Performance courses involve guaranteed playing opportunities within selected rehearsals of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

· You will work closely with at least two CBSO players: one will be your mentor within the orchestra, the other will be your teacher for your one-to-one lessons.

· One-to-one lessons are complemented by regular performances and masterclasses within the Conservatoire, including some taken by distinguished visiting guest artists.

· You will have access to a large menu of additional performance activities within the Conservatoire.... [-]


Master of Music Industries

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The music industry is undergoing significant change. New ways of distributing and consuming music have challenged the standard models of this global business and transformed its place in our lives. The MA in Music Industries at Birmingham School of Media, available on-campus or by distance-learning, provides you with an in-depth understanding of music as a commercial and a cultural activity and the skills to respond effectively to these changes. The annual global revenue of the industry, estimated to be around US$130 billion, means music is a significant employer which provides real opportunities for people with enterprising ideas. Gain Expert Music Industry Tuition: Birmingham School of Media's music industry staff offer a breadth and depth of experience that will be essential to your study of music in a global digital world. The team is led by Prof. Andrew Dubber, Professor of Music Industries Innovation, and internationally renowned for his insightful analyses of this sector. You will also work with Prof. Tim Wall, Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies, and Dr Paul Long, Reader in Media and Cultural History, whose studies of music culture are key to university courses across the world, and with Annette Naudin, our highly regarded expert on media and creative enterprise. Many of the course activities involve other members of the school’s Interactive Cultures research team, and you will work on case studies drawn from our research and industry projects. Be at the Forefront of New Music Industry Strategies. On this course you will master the theoretical work on music culture and the music business, applying these theories to real-world contemporary problems, and challenging accepted wisdom. You will work in a very practical way, operating in groups, trying out ideas, and putting your new knowledge and skill into practice straightaway. Your entrepreneurial skills will be developed, and you will make strong professional contacts and build relationships within the music businesses. This really is the course for you if you aspire to lead at the forefront of innovation in music industry enterprise and scholarship. [+]

Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area and normally evidence of work in, or a familiarity with, the music industries. We welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with substantial professional or production experience. Prior experiential learning is an acceptable route to the course.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.... [-]


Masters in English Linguistics

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  August 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This flexible distance-learning course will provide you with an overview of the field of descriptive English linguistics, incorporating both synchronic and diachronic perspectives and covering a wide range of linguistic methods and approaches. The course will enable you to reflect critically on issues in the study of language and undertake independent research in the field. It will provide you with analytical skills which are necessary for the teaching of English and are also relevant in a wide range of other employment contexts. The course has been going strong for 20 years and was taught by distance from the outset. It continues to evolve and is now delivered via the Moodle virtual learning environment, with online study materials to guide you through the topics covered and provide links to other resources. You will also need to use textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus. You will have regular contact with your module tutor by email, telephone, fax or post, or even in person if appropriate. An online discussion forum is available so that you can contact other students if you wish. In addition, we offer periodic seminar talks where you can meet the course team and other students. All distance learning students have the use of the facilities of the University’s library, including off-campus access to electronic databases and e-books. For students in the UK, the library operates a postal loan Key Facts You will be fully supported throughout the course by a tutor assigned to you when you begin each module. The course is taught by some of the leading authorities in the field. We pride ourselves on the level of support we offer and have often been praised for the quality and promptness of our responses. Each module takes around 200 hours to complete (including the assignments). Although this is described as a 'part-time' course, you decide how much time to devote to your studies and you can study full-time if you wish. You have up to 8 months to complete a module, but it is possible to do so in around 4-5 months with 10-12 study hours each week. On this basis, the PG Diploma could be completed in 2-3 years. The maximum registration period is 7 years. [+]

Entry Requirements

You would normally have a UK or internationally recognised honours degree, or its equivalent, in any relevant subject. An alternative would be an ordinary degree/teaching certificate and two to three years' teaching experience. For anyone who has studied at undergraduate level in a non-English-speaking country, we also require an English Language qualification equivalent to a British Council IELTS score of 7.0.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.... [-]


Masters in Events and Exhibition Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

On the Events and Exhibition Management MA at Birmingham School of Media, you'll acquire the professional skills needed to develop and manage successful events, conferences and exhibitions. The course develops these skills to the highest level, enabling you to be ready to enter or progress within the industry, fully prepared and equipped with the skills to embark on a successful event and exhibition management career. Our very real links with exhibition venues and organisations—such as the NEC Group mean you'll learn from top industry professionals, gaining invaluable insider information and learning through real life experiences. [+]

Key Facts

The first of its kind in the UK, the course has been developed with The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) to ensure the qualification is tailored towards careers within the industry. The course is also relevant to those already working in all event management areas or roles. It also will appeal to graduates from disciplines such media, tourism, music technology, public relations, business or marketing. Birmingham is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to event venues. It boasts an enviable array of locations to visit and draw professional experience from. There are impressive event spaces on every scale, from the massive exhibition halls of The NEC and ICC to museums, galleries and a wide range events spaces. There are also a number of music venues, such as the O2 Academy, as well as smaller, bespoke venues like the Custard Factory. Our close partnerships with related organisations like The NEC allows students access to the real world of events and exhibition management while studying. Students on this course can develop their own professional network, ready for when they enter the workplace.... [-]


Masters in International Broadcast Journalism

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MA in International Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University is taught by experienced broadcast professionals. This ensures students get a thorough grounding in all aspects of radio and television journalism as well as a deep understanding of how journalists operate in a UK context and in the wider world. You will work on real stories and get lots of hands on experience with industry standard kit and in our new state of the art studios. Birmingham School of Media’s outstanding links with news organisations including the BBC and Sky News means students have lots of opportunities to network with working broadcast journalists and other industry figures. Students have undertaken internships/placements with organisations including the BBC, France Television, NDTV and NRK Norway. Our former students have gone on to a range of interesting careers in journalism, including working at CNBC-TV, Guangdong TV, Time Magazine, the United Nations and even running their own online radio station. [+]

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess a prior degree or equivalent, or have considerable experience in a related field and be able to demonstrate outstanding ability and potential. Good spoken and written English is vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. Applicants should have proven interest in the subject at the very least, though actual experience in the media is preferred. They should have a strong and inquiring mind and a tendency not to take ‘no’ for an answer.

 

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the needs of the current marketplace. Many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.... [-]


Masters in Screen Studies

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

MA Screen Studies plunges you deep into the latest debates around the function and importance of screen based media within a rapidly-changing media landscape. Drawing on a combination of film and television theory, the Screen Studies master’s degree at Birmingham School of Media, encourages you to actively participate in, and contribute to the development of ideas in the field and to the strong research culture of the school. This media theory geared master’s degree, available on-campus or by distance learning, gives you space to think about the ways in which audiences make sense of media, as well as the formal and aesthetic qualities of media texts, as a way into exploring your own practice or scholarly or media research interests. Convergence Culture The point of departure for MA Screen Studies is what Henry Jenkins famously described as ‘convergence culture.’ Increasingly, audiences watch television online, through mobile or tablet devices, and access movies through a range of platforms and formats, cinema being just one. The ability to make and broadcast video has begun to change the ways in which we understand the relationships between producers and consumers. Media convergence is about much more than technological change, and in this master’s degree you will explore new ways of thinking about production, distribution and consumption of screen-based media and our relationship to it. Key Facts The Screen Studies MA reflects the changing nature of the media industries and the need for postgraduate study to cross disciplinary boundaries. The master’s degree is a mix of theory and practice, determined by you. You will be actively involved in assessment design; you produce the work that you want to be assessed. The MA course is adaptable and designed to reflect your individual interests and needs. You'll be taught by a team of highly active academic researchers and media practitioners. [+]

Entry Requirements

Anyone undertaking this course must possess an upper second class bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area. Previous study in Film, Media and or Cultural Studies or professional experience would be an advantage. We particularly welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with some professional or production experience. We therefore accredit prior experiential learning.

 

Employability

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.... [-]


Masters in Social Media

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

If recent years have shown anything, it's that social media is changing the relationship between citizens and the state, whilst enabling others to more effectively reach and engage with audiences on a commercial level. Either way, it’s clear that there are opportunities for social media professionals to make significant impacts in their rapidly growing field, innovate and shape practice. Explore How Business and Non-Profits Can Utilise Social Media: The opportunities are many. On the one hand, established businesses are seeking to co-opt the tools of social media and use them for commercial gain. Many organisations now employ teams of social media managers, bloggers and specialist digital marketing professionals; jobs that didn't exist a decade ago. On the other hand, third sector organisations are making use of these tools to build complex and conversational communication strategies for minimal cost. Both commercial and non-commercial organisations need to deepen their understanding of how social media can support their aims. Become a Social Media Expert: On the MA Social Media, at Birmingham School of Media or by distance-learning, you will explore the techniques of social media, consider the development and direction of social media as a creative industry, and will contribute new research and knowledge to the field. For students studying on-campus, Birmingham has a thriving social media scene with strong links to the course, and this scene is fast becoming an industry. It is therefore wholly appropriate that this programme should be based within Birmingham School of Media, where students will have access to a peer group and active community of social media practitioners. [+]

Course Summary

If recent years have shown anything, it's that social media is changing the relationship between citizens and the state, whilst enabling others to more effectively reach and engage with audiences on a commercial level. Either way, it’s clear that there are opportunities for social media professionals to make significant impacts in their rapidly growing field, innovate and shape practice.

Explore How Business and Non-Profits Can Utilise Social Media: The opportunities are many. On the one hand, established businesses are seeking to co-opt the tools of social media and use them for commercial gain. Many organisations now employ teams of social media managers, bloggers and specialist digital marketing professionals; jobs that didn't exist a decade ago. On the other hand, third sector organisations are making use of these tools to build complex and conversational communication strategies for minimal cost. Both commercial and non-commercial organisations need to deepen their understanding of how social media can support their aims.... [-]


Masters of Music: Jazz (Performance or Composition)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Birmingham Conservatoire is renowned for its Jazz courses, which are tailored specifically to meet the needs of developing jazz musicians. Designed for recent graduates and suitably-qualified mature students, our taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) courses in Jazz are designed to provide bespoke advanced-level tuition to Jazz Performers or Composers. Performance courses are built around the art of improvisation, while Composers are encouraged to develop an individual style. We also offer a PgCert programme for Jazz performers, details of which are available separately from conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk. Key Facts • You will receive weekly individual specialist tuition. • All of our tutors are professional jazz musicians active on today’s scene, and our masterclass series involves coaching from major international jazz artists. • Jazz students have regular performance and rehearsal opportunities with both small and large ensembles. • Our postgraduate Jazz programmes provide students with the opportunity to develop a distinctive musical voice. • We will support your professional development and enhance your employability by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. [+]

Entry Requirements

MMus

You should normally possess at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree (preferably Music) with a minimum of 60% in a relevant area of your final-year work. Non-UK candidates should normally possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree or a similar degree equivalent Diploma from a conservatoire or equivalent institution. You will need to demonstrate at audition/interview that you possess appropriate skills in jazz performance / jazz composition.

PgDip

You should normally possess at least a Lower Second Class Honours Degree (preferably Music) with a minimum of 60% in a relevant area of your final-year work. Non-UK candidates should normally possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree or a similar degree equivalent Diploma from a conservatoire or equivalent institution.  You will need to demonstrate at audition/interview that you possess appropriate skills in jazz performance / jazz composition.... [-]


Masters of Music: Music Technology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Birmingham Conservatoire’s taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) courses in Music Technology provide an opportunity for composers and composer-performers to experiment with and develop expertise in the creative application of established and new music technologies. Our principal aim is to help you to develop as a music technologist within the context of a broadly-based course. We will support your professional development by equipping you with a range of specialist and transferable skills. Importantly, our postgraduate music technology courses will provide you with opportunities for collaboration with a variety of performers, conductors, composers and other music technologists as appropriate to your style. [+]

Key Facts

Evidenced by its two international Integra projects, Birmingham Conservatoire is an important international centre for performance and composition with technology, especially live electronics. You will have the chance to network with leading professionals from around the world through the Conservatoire’s leading role in Integra. Our courses include weekly individual specialist tuition with world-leading practitioners and researchers. You will have access to cutting-edge facilities, including our 150-seat Recital Hall, customized for performance with technology, the only space of its kind in a UK conservatoire.  You will have access to regular masterclasses with distinguished visiting composers and performers. You will have opportunities for collaboration with advanced performers and there will be frequent chances to have works performed, including by our own contemporary music ensemble, Thallein, and by other ensembles. Our postgraduate music technology courses give you the chance to develop a distinctive musical voice within the context of a broadly based course, enhancing your employability. ... [-]

Radio and Audio Production

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Radio is an ever changing medium. The Master’s in Radio and Audio Production reflects this evolution by covering tradition AM/FM broadcasting alongside digital systems of distribution, such as DAB, podcasting, streaming and audio downloading. This postgraduate courses seek to develop reflective professionals in the media, creative and cultural industries, who can operate at the forefront of the academic discipline and of professional practice. The curriculum emphasises enterprise skills, engagement with new communication technologies. [+]

The course places a great deal of emphasis on professional practice in contemporary radio production. Students will become proficient in industry standard digital equipment while gaining a deeper understanding of current techniques and strategies relating to prerecorded radio packages and live speech/music based radio broadcasting. As well as enriching their practical skills, students are expected to engage in debates and evaluate existing research on the subject, as well as critically appraise professional practice and their own scholarly work. It encourages them to commit to their own continuing professional development.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area and should be able to demonstrate evidence of work in, or a familiarity with, the international media. We welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with substantial professional or production experience. Prior experiential learning is an acceptable route to the course.... [-]


Writing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MA in Writing at Birmingham City University is aimed at emerging writers and can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time. Key features of the course include: * The opportunity to learn from distinguished practitioners, with tuition from Ian Marchant, Gregory Leadbetter, Anthony Mellors, Andy Conway, and from among the Fellows of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing (http://www.bcu.ac.uk/iccw), including Helen Cross, Caroline Jester, Sally Read, Patrick McGuinness and David Morley. * A flexible modular structure, with options in Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Non-fiction, Scripting and Staging, and Poetry, taken together with the compulsory module Reading into Writing and a Final Project. * Direct contact with guest authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, and development agencies through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing programme of seminars, readings and public events. * Our masterclass system, offering a detailed critique of your work by an established author – and the benefit of hearing other students’ work receive the same attention. * The opportunity for publication in our annual anthology of new writing, and to present your work in public at the end of year show in Birmingham city centre. * Online support through the Moodle e-learning interface. * Distance Learning modules in Fiction and Screenwriting, enabling you to study these options entirely from home, should you wish. [+]

Entry Requirements

Admission to the course is based on talent, potential and commitment. This is assessed through your application form, a sample of your written work (c. 2000 words of prose, or equivalent in script or poetry), and usually an interview, either in person or over the telephone.

 

Employability

We believe that the study of writing has an inherent personal and cultural value – but we also support those who wish to pursue a professional career as a writer, by preparing our students for the literary marketplace. The School of English is very active in research, with excellent 2008 RAE results. MPhil and PhD opportunities may be available.

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MA

Master of Arts Media and Creative Enterprise

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2016 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Our MA Media and Creative Enterprise helps you develop skills in critical thinking combined with practical experience of entrepreneurship specific to the creative and media industries. This course is for you if you want to develop an academic career in cultural entrepreneurship, running a creative business consultancy or helping you become more entrepreneurial. The Masters degree course, led by Annette Naudin, is designed specifically for those developing their careers in the creative sectors as practitioners, managers, consultants or those interested in a traditional academic route as researchers. Past students have included everyone from recent Media graduates all the way up to Managing Directors of design agencies, charities and social enterprises. Key Facts This highly flexible course enables you to experiment in practice or research as well as engage with the research or practice projects of staff at Birmingham’s Centre for Media and Cultural Research. As a member of an international student group you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop creative ideas, explore new management tools and innovative research methods. The MA Media and Creative Enterprise is part of a wider suite of postgraduate programmes within the Birmingham School of Media. One of the key benefits of the course is the networking and exchange of ideas between students, lecturers and guest speakers. [+]

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a First or Second Class degree and two references and/or, appropriate professional experience, other qualifications or achievements, as judged by the MA Media and Creative Enterprise team.

 

Employability 

Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies. We have a strong research culture inviting postgraduate students to see themselves as part of the research community and encouraging further academic studies.... [-]


Contact
Location address
Faculty of Performance, Media and English
Baker Building
City North Campus
Perry Barr

Birmingham, England, B42 2SU GB