This BA (Hons) Television Production degree combines a hands-on professional approach with academic, critical and theoretical study of the media industry
You will develop technical and production skills and disciplines as well as a critical grasp of the medium, enabling you to hit the ground running when you go out into the industry
As part of your course, you’ll make all kinds of programmes on location as well as in the studio and contribute work to our very own TV station as well as spending time on a work placement, picking up invaluable experience and making important contacts
You will have access to broadcast-quality equipment, including a three-camera HD studio, Sony EX3 and the latest Panasonic cameras, as well as SQN Sound Mixers
The course includes making programmes in our state-of-the-art HD TV studio and on location across the whole spectrum of TV genres and style
The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
We are looking for students who demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities and show an understanding of the television and film industry
You will have an appreciation of broadcast media and film possess a strong awareness of the visual arts
If you also have good written and oral communication skills and work well with others you would excel on this course
This course aims to produce graduates who are the television programme makers of the future - creative, motivated, flexible and multi-skilled. Developed in conjunction with television professionals, it focuses on the role of the producer/director and enables students to initiate, develop and produce high quality productions for television as well as building a clear understanding of current professional practice in the wider media industries. This understanding is complemented by a deep appreciation of the theoretical and academic issues relating to contemporary television production. A key feature of the course is that every student individually authors and directs two programmes in their final year.
Year One - Level C
The Language of Television
Through exploration, examination and deconstruction of a variety of existing television programmes in different genres this unit aims fully to acquaint you with an understanding of the language of the screen and the principles of television production.
Television Craft Skills
This unit aims to equip you with appropriate craft skills required in the process of programme making. Through an ethos of professionalism and an understanding of the applied technology, this unit will enable you to create effective programming throughout the degree and beyond.
This introduces you to the critical thinking and learning processes involved in studying media at academic level and beyond. It focuses on the developing your information gathering, processing and presentation skills in order to develop your ability to form arguments based upon theoretical evidence.
Discipline and Research
Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the first semester this unit aims to explore in more detail subject specific concepts and theory. You are encouraged to deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of academic concepts and approaches related to your subject specialism and practice.
Using the skills and experience acquired in the first semester you will work in groups to create a portfolio of programmes in a variety of different TV genres.
During the summer term you work alongside other students in Digital Media Design, Radio and Scriptwriting to produce larger, innovative projects that test your collaborative and creative ability.
Year Two - Level I
Media Theory Perspectives
You choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates. Each option will focus on specific themes in media theory and wider cultural arenas, encouraging you to reflect upon the implications of such theories for your media practice.
Multi-Camera and Live Production
Through the use of guided project work, this unit aims to develop your television production skills in multi-camera and live production work, in the HD studio and outside, with the emphasis on professionalism. You will create programmes for, and be instrumental in the running of the BU internet TV channel – BUStation.
Again with the emphasis on professionalism you will work in groups to produce and direct a portfolio of work shot using single camera on location, and covering a range of genres. Briefs will be increasingly loose to encourage creativity but always within a clearly understood editorial framework.
Debates and Scholarship
This unit introduces you to the contested nature of debates and theories specific to your subject area. It also aims to help you to understand and evaluate various research methodologies and to be able to devise and articulate an appropriate research proposal.
You will have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 40-week work placement during the course, working in a professional environment alongside experienced programme-makers. The placement provides you with the experience of how an organisation operates, as well as an opportunity to enhance your personal development and future employability, allowing you to put theory into practice.
We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. We have an in-school placement officer who will assist you in finding a placement as well as a database of organisations.
The Media School has a wide range of established, high profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities Previous work placements have involved BBC Drama, BBC Children’s TV, Channel 4, Meridian, Working Title, Hat Trick, Endemol, The Mill, Moving Picture Company.
Year Three or Four (depending on your placement)
The Graduate Project (TV)
This unit enables you to produce and direct a film that is uniquely your own. You will work within a framework that emulates industry practices and prepares you in the processes necessary for television programme making. You will also produce and direct a shorter ‘fast turnaround’ film which is a useful precursor to your main project.
Television Industry Perspectives
Through this unit you will reflect on your work within the context of the industry you are about to enter and consider your next steps, your CV, your show-reels, and future self-development.
Concept Development for Television
The aim of this unit is to provide a route-map for the development of final year students. This experience grows from exposure to the real world through a work placement, through the production of a short preparatory film to the pitching of ideas for a major project, maintaining always an awareness of the industry context and the target audience.
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your critical, analytical and research skills by conducting a significant piece of academic work. Dissertations can reflect one of four different research traditions; humanities, social sciences, practice-based or investigative. Some may use the dissertation to pursue a personal interest, for example the films of a favourite director or a favourite television series, while others use it to study a subject related to your professional ambitions; approaches to editing or the place of live television.
Entry into the media world is always competitive, but our graduates have established an excellent reputation within the UK. We deliver vocational and innovative programmes designed to meet both employer and students needs. This programme achieves consistently high graduate employment rates, and can boast many high profile employers.
Many of our graduates have quickly achieved varied and senior positions within television, e.g:
Commissioning Editor, Channel 4;
Head of Technical Development, BBC;
Producer/Director, Top Gear;
Producer, The Saturday Show;
Producer, This Morning;
Cameraman, Louis Theroux;
Producer, with Jonathan Ross
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