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Television Production Management MA

How is television made? Uncover the exciting world of the production office. You’ll be taught by industry insiders following sustainable best practices set out by the Production Guild, the Broadcasting, Enternatinment, Communications and Theatre Union (Bectu) and BAFTA Albert.

Subject to validation.

Overview

Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Film, Media and Television
Department: English and Creative Arts
Students operate TV cameras, filming presenters in a studio, with a lighting rig overhead.

Whether you’re on location or in the studio, the production office is where talent and organisation come together to make the magic happen. Our MA Television Production Management teaches you what you need to bring shows to life.

Our industry partners have helped us create a course that delivers people with the practical expertise they need. Production managers are on board from the earliest days of preproduction through to the final day of the shoot.

Whether you’re starting out or moving up the career ladder, our course will equip you with the professional skillset and knowledge you need. You’ll work closely with directors, producers and crew to make the production happen. Oversee budgets, book locations, manage schedules, crew shoots, and keep an eye on health and safety.

You’ll also graduate with vital transferable skills in research, communication, time management, and more.

Join us and become an informed professional with a keen awareness of contemporary film, television and media developments, from sustainable production practices to equitable working patterns.

What you'll study

Through a series of workshops, practical training and academic study, you’ll discover the exciting reality of life in a film and tv production office.

You’ll learn the skillset of a drama production manager. Get hands-on, from the recce to the shoot, as you discover how to balance creative demands with a budget, legal compliance and safety.

Join expert masterclasses and practical studio-based sessions to uncover the production needs of studio shoots. Explore the implications of different types of production, and study the legal and safety parameters all UK productions must work within.

You’ll become a sustainability champion by studying emerging issues like carbon calculation star ratings and the practical measures productions can employ as the industry addresses climate change.

Examine topical industry issues like fairer working hours and diverse hiring, and attend sessions with leading creative industry figures as they share first-hand insights into the sector.

Your television production management Masters also develops transferable research skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation Project

Diversity in Production Management

Production Managing Drama

Production Managing Studio

Researching Media and Culture

Sustainability in Production Management

Working in the International Creative Economy

How you'll study

The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online sessions. In a typical week, you will have two three-hour sessions in person, either on campus or on location, and one three-hour session online.

In addition, you will be expected to complete preparation tasks in your own time, including reading, viewing and production management work.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of presentations, written work, production portfolios and reports.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff from the Department of Creative Arts as well as industry insiders who will deliver masterclasses. Staff in the Department of Creative Arts have a range of experiences and expertise, including working in the television industry as production managers, producer-directors and conducting research into film and television. 

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject.

You may also be able to join the course with equivalent industry experience.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

This is a new course currently in development. Online applications will open once the validation process is complete.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeTelevision Production Management students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of English and Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

As a student in the Department of Creative Arts, you will benefit from our high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels that can be operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Asset Management system (Editshare) which ensures a seamless tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work. There is a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can also expect to use industry standard equipment such as vision mixers, sound mixing consoles, a chroma key infinity wall, and fully populated motorised lighting rigs.

Media editing booths are available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Learning resources

Creative Edge boasts high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels that can be operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Asset Management system (Editshare) which ensures a seamless tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work. There is a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use industry standard equipment such as vision mixers, sound mixing consoles, a chroma key infinity wall, and fully populated motorised lighting rigs. Media editing booths are also available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects.

Finance

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

As an MA Television Production Management graduate, you’ll leave us with the skills and knowledge to work in a television, film or other media production office. Potential starter roles include:

  • production management assistant
  • junior production secretary
  • location assistant
  • assistant script supervisor

As your career progresses, there’ll be opportunities to climb an established career ladder and progress to roles including television production manager or production accountant.

You’ll also be able to apply for roles in event management, or project management in other industries, such as radio, branded content and government administration.

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