Television Production

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Taught at Maidstone TV Studios and UCA Rochester, this practical course offers you the unique opportunity to study television production in one of the UK’s leading TV studios.

By honing your skills in a professional environment you'll have the chance to contribute to the high-profile TV shows made at Maidstone Studios, as well as network with many leading industry professionals.

This course is taught by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience, and offers a wide range of exciting projects, visiting lecturers and work placement units to help you forge vital connections and gain a deeper insight into the industry

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

Maidstone TV Studios

UCAS code:

P311

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

Course overview:

Using the latest industry-standard equipment and facilities, including Sony HD solid-state cameras and software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Pro-Tools, you’ll learn advanced TV production techniques and cultivate a strong knowledge base that covers every aspect of the industry.

You’ll discover script writing, direction, producing, sound design, camera work, commissioning and more – and by the time you graduate, your versatile and highly sought-after skill set will extend across the whole production process, covering work in television, films, commercials, corporate, music videos, virals and idents.

This course is taught by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience, and offers a wide range of exciting projects, visiting lecturers and work placement units to help you forge vital connections and gain a deeper insight into the industry.

Our workshops are frequently led by industry professionals who’ve achieved success across all platforms and channels, including BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, HBO and ITN. Our students have worked on shows such as Later...With Jools Holland, Take Me Out, Frank Skinner, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Script to Screen

    This unit encourages you to bring your creative insights to the writing of an original short screenplay, and the subsequent production of a short film (extract or trailer).

    To support your project work students are introduced to creative methodologies that support screen-writing, concept development, critical analysis, aesthetic awareness and the creative pipe-line for moving image production.

  • Directions

    The role of the director is central to the production of television drama. They orchestrate all the creative elements to ensure the audience understand and engage with the dramatic story being presented to them. Building on the experience of the first unit, you now have the opportunity to focus on the primary role of the director through the production of a longer, more detailed short film. Working from a pre-existing source material, you will need to consider every creative aspect of the production and plan effectively, working to a tight schedule.

  • Documentary

    You will explore the documentary genre from a practical production point of view, as well as the theoretical concerns and issues that underpin all factual programme making. Key skills including research and interview techniques, shooting strategies, storytelling and scripting for factual programme making, will be covered.

  • Introduction to Television: Texts, Contexts & Culture

    This unit encourages students to consider how the medium of television can be understood and evaluated through the application of a range of critical and theoretical approaches. You will be introduced to a set of core topics: Form & Meaning (mise-en-scene, editing, sound, etc.); Genre (documentary, soaps, etc.); Representation (race, gender, etc.) and Technology (visual fx, digital evolution, etc.), using screenings and television clips to provide the visual context for student analysis and discussion of critical and theoretical issues raised by the topic.

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • TV News Production

    The unit will address the key areas of practice that are essential for effective news and current affairs production.You will be required to research, plan and produce a short news or current affairs item for multi-platform transmission. You are required to write, visualise and strategically plan your production, taking into account the demands of broadcasters, the expectations of audiences, and the technical aspects of online and multi-platform transmission.

  • Fiction Adaptation (optional)

    You are required to research, plan and produce a short video for transmission that is a work of adaptation derived from a literary source. You will be encouraged to experiment with visual representation and advanced filmmaking, such as montage and time-lapse, as well as dramatisation and text and sound design.

  • Professional Practice (optional)

    This unit challenges you to engage with professional practice, the aim is to focus the knowledge and critical understanding of what it is to be a professional in the moving image production industry. Set within an industrial context, you have the opportunity to engage with an employer through a work placement or a commissioned moving image project. Working closely to the employers’ requirements, you will be required to employ professional research, and production skills, as well as negotiate, collaborate, communicate, and be receptive and adaptive to feedback

  • As Live Production

    As LiveTelevision Productions (a programme recorded in one take as if live but not actually broadcast until later), is a cornerstone of commercial television output. From game shows to talk shows, current affairs to cultural spin, As Live productions demand sophisticated skills and large- scale coordination of people and resources. This unit requires the development of a detailed pitch for, and subsequent production of, an As Live Studio production pilot. The idea(s) considered to have most potential by a commissioning panel will be given the greenlight to go into production. A creative team is then formed to develop the concept through to transmission.

  • Transition

    This unit provides you with the opportunity to begin the process of focusing your own practice within a chosen production role and context, ready for the transition into your final year of study. Independent study, research and critical analysis will inform and underpin the project. You are encouraged to focus on a chosen role (Writer, Producer, Director, Director of Photography or Editor) and a particular output (Drama, documentary, current affairs, entertainment or similar). Using an existing source of material (for example a Television drama series or a documentary) you will be asked to re-interpret an aspect of the work from the perspective of your chosen skillset.

  • Television: Critical Perspectives

    This unit brings the opportunity to explore television formats through in-depth critical analysis of television genre, with particular reference to broadcast journalism and drama. It also supports the development of a greater understanding and critical analysis of television genre and audiences, developing further skills in research, critique, presentation and academic
    writing.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Dissertation

    You'll undertake a period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical, critical concerns of your discipline or professional area.

  • Pre-Production

    This unit challenges you to focus your individual practice through a sustained engagement in the critical phase of pre-production. Through negotiation with staff, you can choose between a pre-production package for a short film that will go into production during the subsequent Production Unit; or you can engage in a high concept package for a television or cinematic production, which will remain hypothetical.

  • Production

    This final unit brings together all the creative and critical experience of the course, challenging students to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated engagement with a suitably scaled major project. Working individually or in teams, and through discussion with their tutor, students adopt specialist roles that align with their own practice and career aspirations, and are required to develop and produce an innovative project. This could take the form of a complete moving image production, or a detailed development of one aspect such as a script

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

Facilities

On this course you will be taught at both the Maidstone TV Studios and UCA Rochester. You will have access to the studios, cameras and specialist digital suite at the Studios and also the workshops, lecture theatres, library and student services at the Rochester campus. 

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Television Production students are immersed in the professional world from the moment they walk through the doors of our course. Situated within one of leading television and media studios in the UK, our course offers you the chance to learn and work alongside some top film and television professionals on a daily basis.

Assisted by our dedicated work-placement coordinator, you'll be offered numerous hands-on work experience opportunities on the professional productions made at the studios and with external companies, which in the past have included:

  • Later... With Jools Holland (BBC)
  • Take Me Out (ITV)
  • Catchphrase (ITV)
  • Sport Relief (BBC)
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)
  • Frank Skinner's Opinionated (ITV)
  • Draw It! (Channel 4)
  • Let's Play (BBC)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games (opening and closing ceremonies)
  • Big Brother (Channel 5)
  • The Door (ITV).

 

The course is taught by a number of film and television professionals with extensive industry experience, covering all genres and formats. It includes screenwriters, directors, producers, editors and camera persons, covering work for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, Film4, Channel 5 and numerous independents.

90% of our graduates are now working in the creative media industry for a number of leading organisations, including:

  • Junior Researcher at ITV
  • Production Assistant at Gogglebox Entertainment
  • Editor at Motion Postproduction
  • Camera Assistant at Sound Credit TV
  • Digital Content Officer at Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Production Assistant at Telly Juice Ltd
  • Producer at Times Media Group.

Students who graduate from this course can go on to set up their own production companies, or work in roles such as:

  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Production assistant
  • Researcher
  • Digital content manager
  • Camera assistant
  • Sound assistant.

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

You’ll be asked to attend an Applicant Day at Maidstone Studios, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the facilities and have an informal talk about you and your work. You don’t need to have previous experience of video making, but we do want to see evidence of creativity and original thinking. This can be in the form of one or more of the following: videos, photographs, scripts, creative writing, sound recordings, journalism, online content and general media work.

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