1 year full-time
September 2020 (term dates)
Study, explore and practise contemporary film and television postproduction with a focus on technical aspects of sound production and design. Enhance your understanding of digital sound design creation and audio for film, television and interactive media.
Our course emphasises a high level of craft skill and creativity, combined with critical thought and collaboration. You'll gain scientific and technical training with hands-on experience of sound design, programme creation and artistic decision-making.
We'll teach you through a mix of workshops, lectures, screenings and masterclasses led by leading academics and industry professionals. You'll use industry-standard facilities in a vibrant and supportive environment. You'll realise your own creative and technical projects and develop essential professional skills to pursue a career in industry.
On this MSc you will have the opportunity to focus your individual research project on the technologies behind production and postproduction systems. Alternatively, you can focus your individual research project on creative production-oriented work with the MA Film and Television Production with Sound.
Our graduates have pursued careers in film to television companies, as well as furthered their academic studies.
This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's Film, TV and video games industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. The accreditation means that our students learn professional skills on courses approved and supported by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg internships and traineeships with the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, as well as independent production companies in British film and television.
We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.
Bringing together world-leading researchers, dynamic teachers and industry professionals in a vibrant community.
Experience industry-standard training and creative practice, and use the latest professional kit to advance your skills for your future career.
On this course you'll learn a variety of sound design techniques, including field and production recordings, sound synthesis and processing, editing, mixing and using surround sound. Your understanding of professional production values and aesthetics will be enhanced through technical analysis and critical evaluation. We combine creative and technical work with the contextual analysis of theories and history as well as debates about technique, style and meaning.
Our focus on group work means that you'll also work on creative and technical collaborative projects with others studying related courses. You'll be set industry-related tasks which will hone your problem-solving skills in an applied setting, and allow you to complete work to professional standards.
We'll ensure that you have a realistic picture of the film and television industries, as well as covering the business aspects of the industry such as the development, financing and distribution of projects. You'll benefit from our regular sessions from visiting industry personnel. Past guests have come from Warner Bros/De Lane Lea, Pinewood Studios Sound, Prime Focus, Molinare and other top companies.
This course will also prepare you for further research in postproduction systems.
You'll study a total of 180 credits. 90 of these will be through taught modules in the first two terms. You'll then go on to take a further 90 credits as part of an individual project in the third term.
You'll look at digital production and postproduction processes for the creation of commercial film and television programmes, and examine the latest technical and aesthetic workflows for picture and sound. You'll put theory into practice by applying the concepts and techniques covered in lectures with labs on picture and sound techniques.
You'll study the fundamental theory and practical skills involved in the creation of sound design. You'll explore the technical design and implementation of sound synthesis and sound processing systems, and look at their creative application. You'll have hands-on experience with software packages such as ProTools, Pure Data, Reaktor and Matlab.
We'll introduce you to production and postproduction methods in the field of spatial audio, including multi-channel recording techniques and mixing using different surround sound speaker layouts. You'll explore common methods and formats employed in the industry (entertainment, broadcast, games industry) as well as be encouraged to push the boundaries of present conventions. You'll be able to work with our Euphonix System 5 Fusion console, which is found in top audio postproduction facilities worldwide.
In your second term you'll have the opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques presented in the first term. You'll also expand your understanding of the creative process.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Term 3 and summer
The final term is dedicated to the design and development of individual, technically-focused extended research project work.
Individual Project (90 credits)
Your project involves the creation of a technical project or experiment (for example an audio processing system, exploration of spatialised audio perception, etc). You'll apply the sound design and postproduction expertise you have gained through the year in a technical context drawing on existing research. You'll support your work with a dissertation of 10,000 words where you will detail the project specifications and technical objectives, your design and technical approaches, the rationale for your design choices and methodologies, creative applications for your system or results of experiments and your critical reflections on both the process and the finished work. You will receive support through scheduled seminars, where you will work on the aims and objectives of your creative enquiry as well as through individual supervision meetings.
If you'd like to undertake a more creatively-focused project then you should consider applying for the MA Film and Television Production with Sound instead.
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 on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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You'll have the chance to work collaboratively with other students from all our film and TV Masters courses. Group project work will develop your skills to prepare you for an industry where you will often work with others to achieve your creative vision.
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.
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. You will also take part in student-directed field recording exercises.
You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals.
You'll be assigned a member of our teaching staff who will act as your 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.
You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with our industry-standard facilities.
The University is also home to the York student section of the Audio Engineering Society, which organises regular talks, technical tours and seminars.
You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television on Campus East.
Most of your contact hours will be in Theatre, Film and Television, with some additional teaching elsewhere on Campus East.
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.
You'll be assessed throughout your course. Some modules have an early assessment that contributes a small amount to your final mark, offering an opportunity to check your progress.
Types of assessment vary depending on the module and include the following:
The film and television industry is highly competitive and there is a constant demand for sound designers with a solid knowledge of current software and postproduction techniques. There's also demand for sound designers who possess a firm grasp of story and understand how technology can enhance the audio-visual experience.
There's also an increasing demand for researchers, in both industry and academia, who have a firm understanding of postproduction tools and how they can be applied to create the next generation of postproduction technologies.
Our graduates are working with companies such as:
Feature film credits for our graduates include The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures), Gravity (Warner Bros), Prometheus (20th Century Fox), Savages (Universal Pictures) and The Knife That Killed Me (Universal Pictures).
Some of our graduates have furthered their studies by pursuing a PhD in Sound Design.
|Undergraduate degree||You should have some experience of audio media production either gained through an undergraduate degree (2:1 or equivalent) or through professional practice.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 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.
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 IELTS 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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