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MA Film and Television Production with Editing

Study with us and learn how to execute film and television postproduction to a professional standard.

Year of entry: 2023 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023 (semester dates)

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Combine creativity with academic theory. Develop your knowledge and practice of postproduction techniques in our industry-standard facilities.

At York, you'll gain valuable hands-on experience in our purpose-built £30m media complex, featuring HD TV studios, our industry-standard digital cinema, two postproduction labs and more. You'll develop your technical skills in a vibrant and supportive environment with academics active in the industry.

Your studies will cover the theory and practice of storytelling from different angles, ranging from the edit, structure, and sound design to the performance and emotional journey. You'll cultivate a high-level of craft and creativity skills, combined with critical thought and collaboration. Put academic theory into practice by editing short films and producing fiction and documentary stories.

You'll graduate with sound knowledge of editing systems and skills that will translate readily into any work context. Many of our graduates work in the industry, from film to television companies, or go on to research in industry and academia.

Distinguished visiting speakers

We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.

York is a UNESCO City of Media Arts

The city of York is a hotbed of creative talent, and Media Arts specifically is a driving force of York's social innovation, inclusivity and diversity.

Industry-standard facilities

You'll have access to two professional HD television studios, theatre stages, extensive vision and sound post-production suites and a 140-seat 4K digital cinema with surround sound.

The practicals were exciting because we got to try out something new every week in a very professional environment. It was always refreshing to see what ingenious example the technical staff would come up with in the technical skills sessions.
Vlad, BA Film and Television Production

Course content

You'll learn a variety of postproduction techniques, ranging from editing, colour grading, audio production and cinematography. Your understanding of professional production values and aesthetics will be enhanced through technical analysis and critical evaluation. Your studies will give you a fully-rounded understanding of film and television, from its origins to today, and into the future.

In lab sessions, you'll work collaboratively with other students to edit and produce short films, developing your problem-solving and teamwork skills to complete work to professional standards. You'll use professional editing software, including Avid Media Composer, learning all aspects of non-linear editing.

We'll ensure that you gain a realistic picture of the film and television industries by covering the business aspects of the industry, such as the development, financing and distribution of projects. You'll benefit from our regular masterclasses and talks with visiting industry personnel. Past guests have come from Warner Bros, De Lane Lea, Pinewood Studios Sound, Prime Focus, Molinare and other top companies.

Modules

Core modules

You'll study five core modules, including an extended individual project.

Your core modules will give you a firm foundation in editing, covering introductory topics such as trimming, basic sound and track lay, and also more advanced topics such as speed changes, transcoding and colour correction. You'll learn the practice of picture finishing, including the similarities and differences between finishing for film and for television. Your group projects module will stress the importance of creative and technical collaboration within the creative production process, giving you opportunities to collaborate with like-minded students.

Option modules

You'll be able to choose two option modules. Examples may include:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Dissertation

You'll undertake an individual project on a topic of your choosing as part of your degree.

You'll have flexibility in the type of individual project you submit. You could submit:

  • a film project alongside a 7000 word reflective essay
  • or an 8000 word research-based dissertation project

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Carry out film and television postproduction to a professional standard by employing their in-depth understanding of the theoretical basis, underlying technologies and practical skills central to editing and picture postproduction.
  • Work collaboratively and to good effect with others - as leader or team member - in the production and delivery of creative projects that conform to current industry practices and standards.
  • Analyse, critically evaluate and reflect upon their practice, using a developed understanding of professional production values and aesthetics.
  • Organise themselves to deliver creative work that meets commercial objectives by exercising self-discipline and a capacity to work independently to challenging deadlines.
  • Solve problems creatively and with intellectual rigour through applying formal investigative research skills and an ability to exercise critical judgement.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively to professional, academic and lay audiences using appropriate written, oral and other media.
  • Devise and execute original technical projects involving editing and postproduction.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2023/24

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £11,770£27,200

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

One of the reasons that makes studying at York so compelling is the industry-standard equipment and facilities. From RED Cameras and Steadicams to sound mixing rooms and Foley suites: York has everything you need to make the best content possible.

Lee, BA Film and Television

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

The course involves a range of different teaching styles. Most modules will include lectures to give you a fundamental understanding of the subject and then lead on to practical work. The practical work will primarily involve lab sessions where you can become familiar with industry techniques and equipment.
Sessions involving guests from the film and television industry will be part of your studies. You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals.

You'll be assigned a personal supervisor for the duration of the course. They are there to give advice on academic matters as well as other areas of University life.

Facilities

We have excellent purpose-built facilities and equipment available to you, including:

  • TV studios with full pantograph and trolley lighting systems, a range of professional lights; and double cyclorama rails with white, black and green cloths.
  • Post-production suites - featuring a large suite for audio finishing, with two mixing theatres, a live room and a Foley pit.
  • Production equipment

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Teaching location

You'll be based in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • In-class tests
  • Group projects
  • Presentations
  • In-class pitch sessions
  • Essays and reflective reports
  • Practical projects and reports

Careers and skills

You'll be taught by academics who are active in the industry, so you'll be kept up to date with the latest professional practices and skills. You'll also learn from the real-world experience of leaders in the field through our masterclasses, which are designed to enhance your employability. Besides discipline-specific skills in postproduction, you'll graduate with enhanced skills in written and oral presentation, project management and a greater understanding of career structures in the film and television industry.

Many of our graduates go on to work in the industry, with recent graduates working for companies such as Oriental DreamWorks, Bloomberg LP and Double Negative.

Career opportunities

  • VFX producer
  • Production manager
  • Production coordinator
  • VFX editor
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Higher education research and teaching

Transferable skills

  • Collaborative working
  • Problem-solving
  • Investigative research
  • Time management and organisation
  • Technical analysis
  • Critical evaluation
  • Reflective learning

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent, and evidence of professional experience or a commitment to film making. If you hold a qualification below 2:1 or equivalent, relevant prior experience of an appropriate nature, may be considered.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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