Editing and Post Production (EPP) MA
The MA in Editing and Post-Production (EPP) offers the opportunity to study part-time in the evenings and several weekends using our purpose built, outstanding media facilities within Elephant Studios at LSBU.
The course offers deep exposure to the skills, knowledge and creativity required to get a secure foothold in the competitive world of Editing and Post Production (EPP). We aim to produce job-ready postgraduates who have the know-how and insight required to embark on careers in the challenging context of the creative industries, delivering professional practice skills around freelance work, enterprise, and new economic models for the creative industries.
Modules are taken in one year for full time study and over two years for part time study.
- The art of editing (40 Credits)
This module will introduce you to the historical, cultural, political and artistic developments of editing film and digital video. You will explore editing techniques through both theory and practice based experimentation, as well as a range of editing concepts including options of montage, dialectical approaches to film form, duration, continuity and post-continuity and what Walter Murch calls ‘the rule-of-six’.
- Visual effects and compositing (20 Credits)
You will develop an understanding of the concepts and technical processes involved in VFX. This module will introduce you to 2D compositing software, and while working with this software, you will be exploring keying, masking and tracking. You will be introduced to the exciting and growing world of the VFX industry in London and the key contacts that will help you progress after PG study.
- Role of the editor (40 Credits)
There are two aspects of this module: you will be introduced to editing using Avid’s Media Composer software, you will then also be given a detailed overview of the post production industry.
You will receive first-hand experience of the post-production pipeline, you will be provided with pre-existing footage in order to familiarise yourself with the basics of editing visuals and mixing sound and eventually exporting. You will also be familiarised with the post production sector. You will learn how the industry operates, its future trajectory and knowledge of the key plays in order to create a successful on-going career.
- Colour grading and finishing (20 credits)
This technical module is designed to give you an experience of working in industry standards and according to established workflows in professional colour grading suits, using footage shot on high end digital cinema cameras. The role of the colourist in film and television is a creative role, and you will be called upon to exercise independent and creative decision-making. You will undertake the necessary research to make informed choices according to the demands of different professional, aesthetic and technological contexts.
- Editing and post production: Major project (60 Credits)
This module is your chance to undertake an ambitious project that will require you to bring together and test all your skills as an editor, thereby acting as a major part of your portfolio and demonstrating your readiness for employment in the industry.
We aim to produce job-ready graduates who have the know-how and insight required to embark on careers in the challenging context of the creative industries, delivering professional practice skills around freelance work, enterprise, and new economic models for the creative industries.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Gaining work experience through work placements and internships is important and we have strong links with industry. The course provides opportunities to engage in collaboration with industry partners. Students have recently completed placements at Scoop Films, TRAAC Films, ITV and more.
Ben Mallaby is a BAFTA-nominated comedy director of commercials and short films for festivals and online. He has recently completed a six-part web series for BBC3 with Tiger Aspect called ‘Climaxed’. He’s had films screen at the BFI London Film Festival and win awards internationally.
The Film Studio is a double-height room with a lighting grid, DMX lighting control, green screen backdrop, air conditioning, green room (for make-up and wardrobe) and sound isolation for use as a soundstage.
The seven Editing Suites are ideal for editing video, sound and recording quick voice-overs. All suites are networked with ultra-fast 10Gb/s network, making it possible to edit and grade, whilst sharing production files at speed.
The Grading Suites have neutral wall colours and lighting to provide optimal conditions for the colourist. The premium suite (Grading Suite 1) includes a Dolby calibrated screen to ensure ideal conditions.
The Sound Studio features a control and live room, ideal for post-production work, mixing and recording small bands. Both rooms are acoustically treated and isolated.
This 36 seat cinema features a 4K projector and 5.1 sound playback, and is ideal to preview production work before it goes out to the public.
The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.
Teaching and learning
You'll be taught by experienced lecturers and visiting tutors, who combine their teaching with work in the EPP industry.
Students can work on projects with VFX in the Division of Creative Technologies and SFX in the School of Engineering.
As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
Your tutor will keep in touch with you throughout your course and you can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.
- UK Honours degree (2:2 or higher) in a relevant subject; or
- Equivalent qualification; or
- Relevant work experience.
Some practical experience of EPP and editing software is recommended but not essential for entry on the course.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.
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Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
Possible fee changes
Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.
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Prepare to start
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Enrolment and Induction
Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.
At LSBU, you will be required to provide:
- Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
- Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
- Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.
In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
Preparatory Reading List
- Atkinson, S (2016) From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.
- Davinci Resolve 12 Beta Reference Manual. Black Magic Design.
- Hollyn, N (2009) The Film Editing Room Handbook: How to Tame the Chaos of the Editing Room. (4th Edition) Peachpit Press: California.
- Hullfish, S (2012) The Art & Technique of Digital Color Correction. Focal Press: Oxon.
- Ondaatje M (2002) The Conversations - Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. New York: Random House.
- Pearlman, K. (2016) Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing. Focal Press
- Reisz, K and Gavin Millar eds. (2009) The Technique of Film Editing. Focal Press.
- Tomaric, J. (2015) Editing: Master the Art and Process of Film Editing: Volume 6 (Behind the Screen). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
- Van Hurkman, A (2014) Colour Correction Handbook. (2nd Edition) Peachpit Press: California.
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