The University of Salford will run courses in Digital Broadcast Technology and Audio Production at MediaCityUK when its new facility opens there in time for the academic year 2011/12.

In total there will be 39 courses and more than 1,500 students using the new facility that is being designed to enable students to gain experience of working in a realistic industry environment.

Courses in journalism, animation and documentary making will also be available.

University of Salford vice-chancellor, professor Martin Hall said: “The courses which we’ll be teaching at MediaCityUK will give Salford students an experience like no other.

“World class facilities and a huge industry hub on the doorstep mean that students on these courses will have the best possible start to their careers in media.”

University of Salford visiting professor and chief executive of Ten Alps Alex Connock said: “If you want a career in the media, you want to be as close as possible to the professionals, so that you can see their work and they can see yours. Salford, from next year, will be a superb opportunity to do just that.”

Facts and figures

  • 1,500 students will be taught at MediaCityUK, with most of the 39 courses entirely based there.
  • Other courses will be based at the Quays and, for some modules, will use existing facilities on the main campus.
  • Students will begin moving to the building from 2011, as courses move to the site from the first semester.
  • The new Salford building is next to the BBC North buildings and comprises 103,000 sq feet.
  • It will include facilities for teaching and research, such as HD TV Studios and a digital media and performance lab.