Research course

Media Production

York St John University · School of Art, Design and Computer Science

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience of media production practice, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking
  • Evidence your understanding of and competency in media production
  • Communicate project ideas appropriate for the Independent Production Project.

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current media production practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

UK & EU 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA/MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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