The course is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period runs through until the end of September.
To qualify for a master’s degree you must pass all taught modules and the dissertation, together with the research and study methods module. The outline content of these modules is as follows:
- Video Production is intended to give you an understanding of, and the ability to apply the skills required for sound and video recording, including the techniques used to design, author and produce electronic media. This includes pre-production planning, production phase involving industry standard tools for recording and post-production using the latest techniques.
- Web Media provides you with an understanding of the processes and practices needed to generate and manipulate web content. You will develop an online portfolio of work including text, images and audio material.
- Creating Character Models provides you with a systematic understanding and experience of techniques used in 3D character modelling, using digital systems that are used in the CGI (computer generated imagery) industry. You will produce 3D character models and rendered images.
- Creating Digital Animation and Visual Effects covers the techniques used in 3D animation and motion capture. You will animate 3D character models. The emphasis is on understanding how complex animations are created using studio software. You will produce animations using industry standard packages. Motion capture will be used to emulate life-like graphics.
- Newsroom Operation covers the entire workflow for a broadcast TV newsroom from an original news story, through the write-up, planning and capturing footage, to editing and broadcasting. Using a fully operational newsroom, you will gain an understanding of the creative and technical processes involved in TV production.
- Professional Media Production aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of management techniques relevant to video/multimedia production. Working in teams, you will acquire the knowledge required to plan, organise, finance, produce and evaluate media materials for external customers.
- Research and Study Methods is designed to introduce you to the research and study methods that will underpin work carried out for your dissertation. The module, delivered in a seminar style, will provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and ability to use ICT support materials. You will be given guidance on the analysis and technical presentation of research material.
- The Dissertation is an individual research and development project of 8,000-15,000 words on a topic closely related to your course of study. Some students produce a short video or an animation as part of their project. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation.
The course benefits from the rigorous validation and review processes at the University, and the external examiners are very positive about the course.
Please note, as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.
Teaching and learning
Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, presentations, seminars, and practical and project work.
Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 36 hours of staff contact, normally delivered through a weekly three-hour teaching block over a 12-week period.
Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, class tests, project work, design and oral presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.
Teaching and learning also draws on the diverse professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of academics and visiting lecturers from industry.
We have excellent facilities to support your learning and use the latest industry standard tools, such as Avid, Maya, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve and ProTools. Teaching is based at the Headington Campus and at the purpose-built building on the Wheatley Campus. Facilities include sound and video recording studios, post-production studios, motion capture studio and a fully operational TV newsroom. Students have access to these facilities 24/7. In addition, students can borrow equipment such as cameras, lights, microphones, tripods, etc. to work on their projects. They can also book studios for private or group work.
Sample work Samples of student work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbHYzS_QCxE&feature=youtu.be