Film and Television: Research and Production is a uniquely constructed taught MA that places employability at the heart of the programme.
Utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on training, this MA is designed to provide you with a broad range of skills that will be directly applicable within the film and television industries. It combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing programmes. It also includes a unique work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry. Excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English, are essential for this MA.
You will study three core modules:
- Development and Production Processes for Film and Television
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Research Skills in Film and Television
- Guided Editing/Guided Reading
The MA also includes a unique work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry at a partner company, such as Maverick Television, and you will complete the programme with either a 20-25 minute documentary film or a 15,000-word dissertation.
The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Staff on the MA offer thorough advice on CVs and cover letters in preparation for the placement module and also run interview skills workshops, providing you with a solid foundation for securing employment after your degree. If you have a specialist interest you would like to pursue on your placement, for example working with a UK-based company which broadcasts in your native language or which broadcasts to your home country, we will work with you to try and make that happen. A number of our course alumni have gone on to forge successful careers in the media industries, such as Jessica Waugh: "This MA really helped kick-start my career in TV. The work placement provides invaluable experience and is great for getting your foot in the door, and I still implement the practical and theoretical skills I acquired throughout the course." Jessica Waugh, BBC Production Trainee/Assistant Script Editor, EastEnders
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