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Postgraduate course

Media Production MA

Evolve your skills and knowledge to make your mark as an independent and entrepreneurial practitioner with engaging stories to tell.

Student behind camera

Whether your objective is to develop as a filmmaker, documentarian, podcaster, radio producer or to run a YouTube channel, this course will help you develop your existing practice to further your career goals.

York campus

  • Duration – One Year Full-time | Two Year Part-time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of the Arts

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

Drawing on the University’s decades of expertise, strong industry links and location in York, Britain’s only UNESCO City of Media Arts, you will be ideally placed to shape your aspirations as a creative-thinking practitioner. Bridging theory and practice, this programme allows you to explore your ambitions to produce projects which have outstanding impact for audiences in an ever-expanding and shifting media landscape.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both students who have just finished Undergraduate programmes and those returning to learning who may have already developed their own independent media practice.

Your practice will be at the heart of the programme and you will have the opportunity to develop your professional profile. You will focus on independent and entrepreneurial practice, including engagement with innovative digital storytelling strategies, platforms for distribution of work and methods of practice-based research. Opportunities are also available to explore exciting creative partnerships with students studying Theatre, Music and Music Production.

Our experienced lecturers have worked in a range of different fields of media practice and research and the Department is equipped with production facilities, equipment and software suitable for producing film, television, radio, podcasts and other forms of immersive storytelling.

Course structure

Level 1


Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will investigate different aspects and strategies for managing independent and entrepreneurial media production. The focus will be on your development as a creative practitioner, considering methods of creative development, funding, distribution, emerging strands of contemporary practice, professional branding and promotion. You will also work with other students to engage with multi- and trans-media methods of production and storytelling to interrogate 360-degree production methodologies.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will interrogate concepts and methodologies of practice-based research through lectures, critical discussion and reflective engagement with your practice. Consider how knowledge can be generated, questioned and communicated through practice by making, doing and experiencing.

Credits: 120

Compulsory module

Produce a body of works that demonstrates the skills, knowledge and creativity gained on the course. You will also develop reflective, critical and contextual work that articulates and communicates an understanding of your practice. This project will consist of practical and written elements. Your practical element could be a performance, event, exhibition, or installation. The written part will be reflective and critical and aim to communicate your understanding of the practical element. An academic supervisor will support you throughout this module.

Teaching and assessment

This course is underpinned by a requirement to engage in self-reflective learning, as a means of locating your own creative practice within specified professional contexts. It will also facilitate an understanding of your own learning processes and their relationship with other creative practices.

You will be provided with a range of teaching and learning strategies across the modules, including reflective learning, independent learning, collaborative learning and facilitated learning.  It is anticipated that semesters will be divided between periods of intense activity (particularly when in production) and periods of independent reflection, supported by specific tasks, technician supported learning, reading and proactive use of VLE (including forums, discussion groups, web publishing of documents).

This process will be achieved by the use of a wide and varied range of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Seminars
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group (peer-to-peer) critiques
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Visiting speakers/lecturers
  • Visits to appropriate facilities and festivals
  • Use of audio-visual material
  • Use of e-learning
  • Use of appropriate IT
  • Workshops with key practitioners
  • Supported open learning


Formative assessment is built into all the modules in a number of forms:

  • Tutor feedback on proposals, drafts, portfolios, plans and any other aspects of assignments in progress
  • Individual and group presentations within seminars or workshops
  • Responses to small-scale briefs and projects
  • Tutor comments on VLE discussion forums
  • Assessment of generic skills
  • Peer-to-peer critiques and discussion
  • Cross-disciplinary exploration

The programme uses a wide variety of forms of summative assessment:

• Reative work presented for assessment
• Presentation/demonstration
• Annotated reflective document
• Extended essay/dissertation

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience of media production practice, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking
  • Evidence your understanding of and competency in media production
  • Communicate project ideas appropriate for the Independent Production Project.

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current media production practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Our graduates are working in a range of areas from wildlife documentaries to drama or children’s television. Examples include a BAFTA award winning film-maker, freelance camera operators, scriptwriters, documentary makers and graduates who’ve set up their own independent production companies. Video skills are in big demand from all employers seeking to maximise their communications, and especially the events, marketing & PR industries.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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