MA Broadcast Production

This one-year production-centred course is for graduates of any discipline who want practical production skills in radio, online and television broadcasting plus a deep understanding of the broadcast industry today.

You will gain hands on experience in our state-of-the-art TV and Radio studios from lecturers who are active in industry and you will get a thorough practical and theoretical understanding of the modern media landscape. This MA is designed to equip graduates for a career in modern media broadcasting.

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What is Broadcast Production?

This is a hands on MA in Broadcast Production for anyone who wants to develop the skills necessary to excel as a modern broadcaster. Students will learn production skills in radio and podcast production, online distribution, single-camera and multi-camera television.

Our radio and television studios offer excellent learning spaces for learning skills from industry active lecturers.  The combined practical and theoretical knowledge will lead to a broad understanding of the opportunities available to you in current and future media landscapes.

Students get to work and meet and learn from broadcast professionals including RTÉ, Virgin Media, Newstalk, TVM and more besides.

What will I do?

  • Learn how to make high quality content for a variety of platforms
  • Lead production teams in real world projects
  • Experience a range of television studio production techniques
  • Command location production techniques
  • Develop your own ideas and how to pitch them to funders
  • Single-camera documentary production
  • Editing for radio and television
  • Engage with broadcasters and other media professionals
  • How to develop and promote content online

The modern broadcaster needs more than just practical skills. You will also learn about the changing landscape of broadcasting from the origins of Irish broadcasting, to the impact of global communications on audiences and programme genres such as news and current affairs, arts and culture, sports, entertainment formats and documentary.

What modules will I study?

Research Methods | Changing Media Landscapes | Writing for Broadcast Media | Online Content Creation | Radio Production | Television Production | Production + Direction

Factual | Major Project or Thesis.

Who Can Apply?

This course is open to holders of an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher. Experience of the media industries is an additional advantage.

Applicants without a degree may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process. Two references must support your application.

You may also be asked to attend an interview.

What should my portfolio include?

An online portfolio of your work should be submitted with your application providing an online link and access details. This may include:

1. Any media practice that demonstrates an aptitude for radio and/or television production or a 500-word review of a factual radio programme, a podcast or a television programme or series.

2. Written work, such as university articles in a student publication. If these do not exist, you should write a 500-word essay on why you want to work in radio or television.

Future careers

Professional pathways leading from the MA programme exist in the audio-visual, web and screen industries.  Graduates go onto television, radio, online content providers, the broadcast media, advertisement agencies, production facilities, company in house production facilities, state and civil society bodies and indeed any group involved in the creation and distribution of audio-visual content.

Masters in Broadcast Production for Radio + Television - by Fiona O'Brien, class of 2016-2017 graduate.