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.

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.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – One Year Full-time | Two Year Part-time
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

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

Modules include:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Independent and Entrepreneurial Media Production (40 credits)
  • Independent Production Project (120 credits)

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

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

Funding your course

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:

Apply for this course

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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