Television Production

BA (Hons) - Maidstone TV Studios - 2018, 2019

Taught at Maidstone Television Studios and UCA Rochester, this practical course offers you the unique opportunity to study television and film 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 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.

With the latest high-calibre equipment and facilities, you’ll have access to the latest 4K cameras, steadicams, Canon’s pro range of cameras, green screens, lighting, sound recording kits and software such as Final Draft, Adobe and Pro-Tools.

You’ll learn advanced filmmaking techniques and cultivate a strong knowledge base that covers every aspect of moving image production, including script writing, directing, producing, sound design, camera work, editing and commissioning.

You’ll discover script writing, direction, producing, sound design, camera work, editing, 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.

Our workshops are frequently led by industry professionals who’ve achieved success across all platforms and channels, including Netflix, Marvel, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, HBO and ITN.

Our students have worked on shows such as Later...With Jools Holland, Take Me Out, The Frank Skinner Show, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Campus:

Maidstone TV Studios

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

P311

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

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Next event

03 Nov 2018 UCA Open Day

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Course details

  • Year 1

    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.

    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.

  • Year 2

    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. 

    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.

  • Year 3

    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. 

    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.

  • Study abroad

    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:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:

Facilities

You’ll be taught at both the Maidstone TV Studios and UCA Rochester and will have access to the studios, cameras and specialist digital suite at the Studios. Maidstone Studios is one of the largest TV studios in the country, providing you with access to state-of the art facilities and hands-on experience on professional productions. You have access a learning and teaching space within the studios, which includes twenty-five Apple editing suites.

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

  • Industry links

    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:

    • .. 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.

     

  • Careers

    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.
  • Further study

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

     

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course 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
  • 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.

*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.

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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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