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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Build Your Own MA media short courses. If you still can’t find what you are looking for please contact us for further information.


What will I gain from studying a short course?

The aim of these short courses is to develop your specialist knowledge and understanding to enable you to act as a critical, knowledgeable and responsible practitioner, as well as to be someone who is capable of initiating, developing and embedding new understandings and techniques in your professional practice.

Will I learn software and/or hardware skills?

All of the short courses are conceptually and contextually orientated as opposed to software/hardware skills focused. None of the courses involve skills teaching.

Do I need to do a dissertation or major project?

Having achieved a postgraduate diploma, you will be given the opportunity to choose to conclude your studies with the production of a media artefact appropriate to your chosen media context (for example, a radio programme; a 10 minute short film drama; a 30 minute TV script; an innovative networking website, a short animation), or to engage within a piece of research with a practice-led research or scholarly research paper output.

How will I be assessed?

Each short course is assessed by 100% coursework equivalent to 5000 words. Assuming you wish to work towards Master's-level credits, for each course you will be required to submit one assignment which will be professionally orientated and is negotiated between yourself and your tutor enabling you to fashion the outcomes of your study to suit your needs. Often an assignment will be a case study or a project from the workplace produced using a variety of media, including written reports, videos, websites, animation or photography.

The assessment and the subsequent award of academic credit is designed to enable you to demonstrate that you are operating at postgraduate level, and as such have the capability to lead change and innovation in your area of media practice.

I’m interested in doing a short course but I’m not worried about achieving Master's-level credits or attaining a postgraduate qualification. How will that work?

For those not concerned with the achievement of academic credit, you can take these courses purely as a means of gaining new knowledge and skills without submitting the assignment at the end of the eight weeks. Unfortunately you will not be entitled to reduced fees.

How many short courses can I take at any one time?

Though you can only take one short course at a time, as a rule, you can normally take up to three short courses in a year. However, the number of courses taken per year is negotiable; some students may take less, others more.

How often does each short course run?

Each short course will run once per year unless demand dictates otherwise. Eight is the minimum number of students required in order to deliver a short course.

When do the short courses run?

There is a selection of courses running every two months in a 12-month cycle with courses starting in September, November, January, March, May and July. Typically, courses run once per year unless demand dictates otherwise.