I know, I hate this waiting game! I can’t concentrate on my work, hitting the email bookmark every time I navigate to another page…aagghh!
The TV Production Course is at University College Falmouth and is a broad course that covers every aspect of modern television production such as media law, production office skills, research, development, commissioning, directing, lighting, camera skills, studio & gallery work, sound, editing and after effects. Basically you learn all these skills to a basic level in the first term, then you naturally focus your work on any number of these disciplines; basically, if you’re proactive then it’s a great course because you have access to highly experienced tutors and technicians who have worked in the industry, but if you don’t make the effort then you lose out and the masters will not be value for money.
Falmouth also offer courses in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism and International Journalism. They concentrate more specifically on the technical and presentational skills needed by modern freelance journalists, but the courses seem more structured than TV Production and if you really want to be a presenter or correspondent then it’s much better than the TVP course. If you want more info, go to famouth.ac.uk or find me on facebook (Rufus Tanner) and I can tell you more.
Generally speaking I’ve found that a media related masters does not put you at a massive advantage when applying for schemes such as the BBC PTS or Channel 4 PTS (basically the golden entry jobs) but does help you in approaching production companies with confidence, and obviously having a showreel of work you will have produced over the course of the masters is a very good way of starting conversations with industry professionals.
Hope you hear soon! R