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.
You’ll dive straight into production, writing an original short screenplay and producing a short film from it. You’ll be introduced to the television centre, learn how to use our filmmaking equipment and familiarise yourself with the environment.
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 you'll be introduced to creative methodologies that support screen-writing, concept development, critical analysis, aesthetic awareness and the creative pipe-line for moving image production.
The role of the director is central to the production of television drama. They orchestrate all the creative elements to ensure the audience understands and engages 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.
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.
You’ll begin to explore other aspects of television production, such as TV news and live programming.
You’ll have the option of researching, planning and producing a short film adaptation or undertaking an industrial placement, gaining professional and valuable experience from a live environment.
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, with the aim 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 Live Television 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 green light to go into production. A creative team is then formed to develop the concept through to transmission.
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 will be 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.
You’ll produce a dissertation, a self-directed research piece demonstrating your understanding of the theoretical context of television production.
Alongside this, you’ll focus your individual practice culminating in a final major project.
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.
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.
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 your tutor, you and your fellow students will adopt specialist roles that align with your 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.
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:
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees 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.
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.