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Television & Media Production BA (Hons)

Farnham

Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Television & Media Production course will mould you into a versatile player in the media industry, with a wealth of skills, confidence and adaptability that will help you achieve career success.

Working across radio, television and online studio production in our extensive facilities at UCA Farnham, you’ll develop the advanced production techniques needed to produce informed pieces for journalistic, documentary and fiction purposes.

You’ll develop skills in writing and visual storytelling, and work on a number of live briefs, giving you the chance to experience a realistic simulation of a working studio atmosphere.

As well as discovering how to disseminate your content across multiple platforms, you’ll also learn how to identify a great story, develop your interviewing techniques and become versatile in writing for different audiences.

From 2022 entry you have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. Employers widely recognise these qualities, and a significant proportion of placement students are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

 

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

UCAS Code for 3 year/standard: P321

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year: P32A

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year: P32C

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice: P322

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: P32B

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: P32D

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Course details

Course Details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

Launch
Launch Week will help you develop your understanding of creativity and different sources of inspiration via different approaches, concepts, and mediums. We want you to see potential in the every day and to draw from personal experience. During this week, you’ll also get an overview of the various resources available and how they can be used as complimentary tools for your study.

Encounters: Screen Fundamentals
You’ll learn the essential skills of documentary film production and go outside of your familiar surroundings to encounter new people and places. You’ll explore different approaches to factual filmmaking while investigating the ethical and practical issues of the representation of people. Working in a small group, you will undertake research leading to the production of a short film that presents a portrait of an individual or a group.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The unit provides an opportunity for you to explore what is meant by equality, diversity, and inclusion and the implications of these concepts for creative practice. It will equip students to understand how our social identities (such as gender, race/ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, and religion) contribute to the inclusion and/or exclusion of individuals in creative spaces.

Making Live Television
Many of the most famous moments in television history are famous precisely because they were broadcast live - from the first US Presidential debates and the Moon landings to the OJ Simpson car chase and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. You’ll be introduced to the workings of a television studio and to the key roles of director, vision mixer, sound mixer, presenter, floor manager and camera operator. We’ll shed light on some of the tricks – or magic – of programme making. You’ll hear from people who have, or do, regularly broadcast live. And you’ll get a chance to undertake some of these roles and to see a programme being made in a professional television studio. Alongside this, you’ll independently research a specific role within the television studio environment.

Opportunity week – 24-hour film challenge
You’ll explore spontaneous filmmaking techniques and approaches in this Opportunity Week, culminating in the production of a short film in 24 hours.

Introduction to Television: Programmes, Audiences and Genres.
You’ll learn about several different television genres, how they came about, why they are popular and how they might develop in future. You’ll also get the chance to make a series of short films in a range of different styles and for varied audiences, including content designed for the web rather than linear television channels. You’ll also be introduced to the commissioning process to encourage you to think about the qualities an idea needs to have in order to get the green light. Throughout the unit, we’d like you to start thinking about what kind of television you would most like to make and what kind of programmes you’d like to specialise in as you progress through the degree.

Industry Presence
You’ll reflect on your learning from the first year of the course, and begin to prepare for the world beyond University and in readiness for the second year of your degree. You will begin to build the foundation for your CV and online presence and to develop your confidence in presenting yourself and your work to the industry. You’ll work with our careers’ department as you gain the skills you need to raise your professional profile.

Narrative Audio Storytelling
You’ll learn the fundamentals of sound design and the technical skills required to produce a professional-sounding audio production. You’ll hone your editorial antennae to find stories and characters that will keep an audience hooked and have enough mileage to play out over multiple episodes. And you’ll also further develop your understanding of narrative and script development - with no visuals to fall back on your story will need to stand on its own.

During the unit you’ll develop an original audio idea – fiction or non-fiction – for a podcast series. You’ll be assessed on your first episode which you’ll produce in small teams of two or three students.

ATOM Activities
ATOM activities are tiny pieces of individual learning that facilitate interdisciplinary exposure across the university. Collectively they form a small fraction of your curriculum that is determined through your own personal choice and interest.

PLE Digital Output
In this unit you’ll collate a digital record, reflecting on your learning journey through the first year of your degree. You’ll identify key points and developments within all units undertaken. We are interested in seeing a detailed account of your academic, technical and creative progress and development.

Launch
A series of interdisciplinary seminars and workshops on how to evaluate your own work and recognise your points of strength. This week will investigate how creative risk-taking, invention and experimentation helps to develop your work.

Multi-Camera Narrative
You’ll build a five-minute script for a multi-camera production, from initial idea through production, using a blend of screenwriting theory, practical activities addressed in class, and self-directed study. The module explores the processes and practices of writing for TV, focusing on genre, structure, character, and story development.

The Conscious Practitioner
This unit aims to promote progressive values and attitudes to diversity and inclusion in creative practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore global perspectives and influences on creative practice, drawing upon interactions with varied identities, cultures, politics, and histories. The unit will explore how beliefs, values and attitudes drive behaviour and practices. Students will reflect on the development of their own creative influences, perspectives, practices, and sense of belonging as developing creative professionals in global and contemporary spaces.

Elective unit
There are a range of elective units you can undertake as part of this course. Choose between Audio World Building, Film Production, Theatre Production, Shakespeare Festival or Applied Music.

Opportunity Week – Game Jam
This week consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars, screenings, and workshops on creative game building subjects through the lens of a ‘Games Jam’ event. You’ll see the possibilities and potential of what you could create in a short space of time, with the influence of their individual practises and subjects. You’ll explore further innovation, technique, and technology in production, distribution and exhibition of a fully functioning and playable video game.

Documentary
You’ll undertake a documentary journey that reveals unexpected realities about the world we live in. Integral to this is the exploration of cultural, critical, theoretical and historical contexts in which selected filmmakers from a variety of international contexts have responded to real-life events. Working in groups you will research and produce an original documentary project. You’ll develop your documentary understanding through a variety of camera, editing, idea and research lectures. Before your production is greenlit, you’ll pitch your idea in front of a panel and produce a sizzle reel which shows proof of concept of your film idea.

Live Brief
From a set industry brief from either a commercial client or a charitable organisation, you’ll work alone or in small production teams to understand and identify the needs of the brief, plan all aspects of the project and its unique needs, and fully address the requirements of the client.

Elective unit
There are a range of elective units you can undertake at this stage – if you’ve already chosen film or theatre production in the first term, you’ll need to pick something new at this stage. Your choices include: Showreels Creative Industries, Film Production, Theatre Production, Individual Performance Project, Applied Music, and Verbatim.

ATOM Activities
This unit is an extension of your Year 1 ATOM Activities.

PLE Digital Outcome
You’ll build your industry community and professional networking footprint, creating a digital folder evidencing that you are actively engaging in sustainable professional development. You’ll showcase current and newly established professional networks and identify common interests.

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

Launch
Through interdisciplinary seminars, screenings and workshops, Launch Week focuses on ground-breaking, creative work that has had surprised, shocked, and changed the way we view the world. This will help you see the possibilities and potential of what you could create and achieve in your final year.

Extended Research Project
Emphasising the personal development of critical writing, you’ll research and complete an independently generated and illustrated Extended Research Project.

Final Major Project: Pre-Production
You’ll take on pre-production tasks relevant to your crew roles for the Final Major Project unit. You will also successfully contextualise these roles and the projects for life after graduation, building on technical, collaborative and professional skills you have learned so far.

Opportunity Week
This week comprises of a series of interdisciplinary lectures, seminars and workshops centred around life after graduation. This week will help students develop their understanding of the creative industries, working professional environment and what they can expect after graduation.

Final Major Project: Realisation
You’ll further develop your chosen role(s) and complete the projects started in the Final Major Project: Pre-Production unit through production and into post-production and final screening. You are expected to work with a high degree of professionalism in a crew role and be challenged to further your technical and creative skills throughout.

For the assessment you will be expected to complement the on-screen work with an individual portfolio containing a critical reflection, documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the project work and your contribution, demonstrating the ability to contextualise your work in wider screen culture, and a contextual, creative and technical research folder.

This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

Tuition fees
2022 course fees for Year 1 entry and Integrated Foundation Year:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, for 2022 you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,850 (UK students) and £3,390 (International students). You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Industry placement
offer

Preparing graduates for successful careers underpins everything we do, and all students on this course will be offered an industry placement anywhere between two weeks and a year in length, depending on their individual needs. We’ll draw on our wide range of contacts within the creative industries to ensure you’re offered opportunities that align with your interests and future career aspirations.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

Facilities for this course include a tapeless three-camera TV studio networked to our broadcast newsroom using industry Autocue production software. Two radio studios (one analogue and one digital) and dedicated journalism Mac and PC suites equipped with InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition and Scoop. Dedicated journalism studios and IT suites. There is also an excellent campus library with an up-to-date stock of books and journals.

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Course connections

Course connections

Staff teaching on this course have worked at the BBC, ITV and independent local radio, bringing with them a wealth of industry experience, and in recent years we've added to this with guest speakers from BBC TV and radio, ITV Meridian, Delayed Gratification, podcasters Answer Me This and The Europeans, plus visits from television directors and comedians.

We've undertaken trips to ITN, BT Sports and BBC Radio Surrey, and our students have undertaken work placements at a number of media and production companies including the makers of BBC Watchdog, BBC Radio One Xtra, BBC local radio, ITV Meridian News, Vics, 90minutes and other independents.

Training in television and media production will provide you with a wide set of transferrable skills which are applicable in a range of diverse and exciting careers in the industry.

Students who graduate from this course will leave with a breadth of skills to take with them into their career. We support students with career workshops to help them learn about finding their place within the industry and the steps they can take to achieve their long-term ambitions.

Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

Lauren Bean
Lauren Bean

"I definitely enjoy the hands-on aspects of the course, like creating the comedy sketch or our own eight minute documentary. I really enjoy the freedom - we can do our own thing and take charge, giving us a more realistic sense of what the industry is like."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) course
BA (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements* for these courses are one of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 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.  

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements for these courses are one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 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. 

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

For these courses you need to have completed 12 years* of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

 


 

*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.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

Pre-sessional English courses

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

BA (Hons) course
BA (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

For these courses, we’ll need to see a visual or written portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code for 3 year/standard

    P321

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    P322

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    P32A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    P32C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    P32B

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    P32D

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