"Starting out as a young television professional, I now realise just how much I learnt from my time at Middlesex."Megan Street, BA Television Production graduate 2015
Developed in close consultation with the television industry and accredited by Creative Skillset, television at Middlesex offers two different degree paths leading to two distinct awards. These are among the most practical television degrees in the UK.
BA Television Production focuses on areas such as idea development, writing, directing, producing and researching as well as specialist TV studio roles such as Floor Manager, Gallery Production Assistant and Studio Director.
BA Television Production (Technical Arts) allows you to specialise in a variety of technical operating roles, both within our superb Sony-built TV Studio as well as location environments. These include Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing, Vision Mixing and Vision Control.
As you progress through your degree you will also be given the opportunity to further specialise in the specific production roles aligned to your individual talents and passions.
Based in London, you will have access to some of the best work placement opportunities in the country and will be able to build your CV working with real clients on real production briefs. In your final year you will also make a major project and showreel – the first stepping stone to your career in television and the media industries.
Previous graduates have acquired the skills and understanding during their degree to immediately begin careers in the creative and technical teams behind some of the best TV documentary, drama, entertainment, advertising, web and corporate output today.
BA Television Production has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.
In the first year you will develop a deep understanding of the television industry and gain substantial practical production skills in single and multi-camera projects that will train you in the multiple skills the industry demands today.
In the second and third years, there is a greater opportunity to focus on production and craft skills, with optional modules in television production and post-production technologies, documentary, drama, studio entertainment and making productions on demand for real clients.
You will continue to learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, spending many hours working on locations and in our fully-equipped Sony television studio. It's an exciting, vibrant and stimulating environment that will give you essential experience both working in a real production team and taking on specific roles and responsibilities.
You can find out more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module aims to enable you to develop academic skills and industry knowledge and equips you with the expertise necessary to understand how the current broadcasting structures, production practices and programme forms came about and continue to develop. It also provides an opportunity for you to investigate in depth an aspect of the industry, its technology, production practices or programme forms which you wish to study in greater detail and in which you may ultimately desire to work.
This module aims to enable you to learn how TV programme-makers communicate using sound and image. It aims to introduce you to some of the medium's most significant and distinctive programmes and programme forms, and to ways of thinking about the historical and contemporary forms that television production, both linear and multiplatform, take - and to ask why they have evolved in the ways they have, through the use of a number of different critical approaches.
This module aims to enable you to acquire a knowledge of the technical and creative processes involved in single-camera production. It will engage you in a range of individual and small group workshops and exercises including camera, lighting, sound and editing. You will script, plan and shoot a short single-camera drama and a documentary on location. You will also be introduced to the concepts of programme structure, production management, and ethical and legal constraints.
This module aims to enable you to acquire a broad understanding of the key concepts associated with Television Studio Production in our custom built professional TV studio facility. It will engage you in a range of group workshops and exercises, including multi-camera operation, set design, studio lighting, direction, autocue and vision mixing. You will also learn the skills necessary to plan and shoot a range of multi-camera programmes, from chat shows and music recordings to entertainment and drama, in the TV Studio.
This module aims to enable you to identify and evaluate contemporary debates in television studies in a global context and apply this knowledge to informed presentation and critical analysis. You will study critical approaches to television genres and explore key moments and movements in the history, development and current practice of television as an art and as an industry.
This module aims to introduce you to the theory and practice of television drama, exploring key movements and critical ideas in the history, development and practice of the form. Using both British and international examples it enable you to critically reflect on, and get an insight into, the diversity of dramatic forms on television. It allows you to work in small groups and build on your production and technical skills to write, produce and direct your own short dramas. The module will enable students to develop the skills, knowledge, teamwork and professionalism involved in drama production from first concept to final cut.
This module will enable you to produce short documentaries of your own, working in small production teams, from pre-production research through to post-production. You will also explore key movements and critical ideas in the history, development of documentary. Using national and international examples, the module aims to encourage you to critically reflect on the diversity and range of contemporary documentary programme making.
This module aims to enable you to enhance your studio production skills, by creating a range of different forms of entertainment output, for both linear and multiplatform delivery. It also introduces you to the theory and practice of television entertainment production and explores key movements in the history, development and current practice of the form. Drawing on examples from national and international television output, the module gives you an insight into the diversity and range of contemporary studio entertainment formats.
This module aims to enable you to gain experience of working in real-life 'client-led' video production. It enables you to get an insight into working with clients in a professional context in order to enhance your transition into the moving image industry. The module will also introduce you to real world ethical and compliance issues by providing production opportunities with both actual clients and in-house University productions.
This module aims to enhance your skills with camera, sound and lighting technologies and advance your technical knowledge. You will explore key movements in the history and development of practice both on location and in the studio. Drawing on examples from national and international television as well as film output, the module will encourage and enable critical reflection and give you an insight into the diversity and range of contemporary production techniques and professional practices.
This module aims to enhance your familiarity with post-production technologies and craft skills in our industry standard Avid Editing Suites. Drawing on examples from national and international television as well as film output, the module encourages and enables critical reflection and gives you an insight into the diversity and range of contemporary post-production techniques, formats, workflows and professional practices.
This module aims to focus on the development of academic skills and industry knowledge. You are equipped with the expertise necessary to research and write an extended essay about a specific aspect of television including areas such as industry, technology or programming. This is an opportunity to investigate, in depth, an aspect of television that interests you.
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary television industry and prepare you for the world of work. As well as providing opportunities for work experience in the industry, this module also equips you with the skills necessary for successful CV writing, job interviews and industry networking.
This module aims to consolidate your production skills with a major graduation project which could be a documentary, drama or studio show. You will be able to harness all the creative, technical and editorial skills learnt throughout the degree to produce a work that you can use, together with your showreel, as a calling card for industry. You can also enter your final production into competitions, festivals and upload it for online viewing in order to showcase your talents.
As well as working on projects, both alone and in a group, you will learn through lectures, creative workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, class discussions and your own study. The course also includes careers sessions with industry professionals.
You will also be assessed on video production work, reflective writing, essays and presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your projects, from your peers as well as your tutor.
We normally make offers on 280 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required. BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced & Progression Diplomas at equivalent tariff are also accepted. We accept the Access to HE Diploma. Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience. We normally invite students to attend a selection event.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Foundation Year in Media page.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements. International applicants will normally be asked to take part in a Skype interview.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
We will ask you to attend an interview and take part in a structured group activity as part of the application process. The interview will be with a lecturer from the Television Production degree and will take around two hours at the University, including the group activity. During the interview we would like to see you demonstrate a passion for television production and moving image practice in general. We will also be looking for evidence of the key skills that underpin successful production practice.
If you have any examples of your work in the area of television production we would really encourage you to bring these along, specifically anything that highlights your skill set and creativity.
Short videos in a QuickTime or DVD format are welcomes, and we'd also like to see evidence of your contribution to video production projects in the form of written materials. We understand that what you showcase will depend entirely on your experience and interests so are happy to see any examples. Pieces you might want to bring include treatments, scripts and storyboards, set designs and production management paperwork (schedules, call-sheets, locations reports etc).
However, please do not be put off applying if you have no production experience to date. We are passionate about television and welcome applications from people who are too.
Typically graduates begin their TV career in a runner role, before progressing up the career ladder. Because of the diverse nature of the degree, a wide range of TV roles would be suitable for TV Production graduates.
These roles include scriptwriter, director, editor, producer, camera operator, researcher, sound and lighting technicians, floor manager.
We have very strong links to the film and television media sectors so you will be well placed as a Middlesex graduate to take up work within the creative media sector.
Many of our lecturers have worked or work in television and use their industry contacts to organise guest lectures and work placements for students.
You will have the opportunity to develop your practical experience and network with industry professionals while working on our student-made series Broadcasting Today. You will also build up your own portfolio of work throughout the degree. A module in Year Two is dedicated exclusively to creating a film under commission from a real client and you will produce a major production and showreel of work in your final year.
Employers require people who are creative, flexible, multi-skilled, self-motivated and with a clear idea of their sector skills and interests. Many of our graduates have been successful in gaining presenting and production roles.
Our graduates work in freelance roles and for companies including the BBC, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Endemol, Sky TV, Arsenal TV, E4, Tiger Lily Films, MTV, Lime Pictures and Talkback Thames.
There is also significant capacity for self-employment, with many of our students go on to set up their own freelance videography companies.
75% of our 2012 graduates are now employed in the Media or Creative Arts sectors.
"The contacts and work experience opportunities I gained on my degree have led to my first proper paid work in television.
"Starting out as a young professional, I now realise just how much I learnt from my time at Middlesex - not just setting up kit and understanding how a production team functions, but being familiar and comfortable with the pace, demands and deadlines of both studio and field production."
"I chose to study this degree because I wanted to work in TV and I wanted a course that was more focused on the 'hands on' skill of film-making rather than the theory.
"The degree taught me a skill set that I use every single day in my working life. I learnt how to film, how to edit, how to light and most importantly how to tell a story using pictures. It gave me the tools to shape the foundation of what I do professionally. After leaving University I got a job that I wouldn't have got if it wasn't for the showreel and practical experience I amassed during my final year. Every job since I've built on these foundations.
"I'm incredibly lucky to work in a creative field and earn a very good wage at the same time. I owe Middlesex for that. I owe Roddy Gibson (my tutor) a hell of a lot. Mostly for his patience!
"My advice to new students is make sure you know what you want to get out of the course before you begin. Middlesex stands out because its staff want to get you to where you want to be. Know that, communicate that and you'll be in a great position. I did a lot of growing up at University and I couldn't have chosen a better place to do it."
"What really appealed to me about the course was the balance between lectures and practical work. I got the opportunity to try out all the things I learnt about in the lectures in my practical work. I also found it great that we got to make so many different films throughout the three years studying here.
"The course has great industry standard equipment; brand new studios and amazing editing suits. Most of this equipment is the same as what I have used and seen during my internships in Norway. This makes you feel that you are working at a very professional level and it gives you the opportunity to make your films look stunning. It also gives you more confidence when considering sending your films out to Film Festivals or to possible employees. This all gives you a good taste of how it works in the real industry."
"What stood out for me the most when deciding to sign up for the course was a module called Multi-Camera Production, which was mostly based on studying the roles and responsibilities of the production team. This was something I was particularly interested in, as I wanted to understand more about the roles within a Television Studio.
"One of the most enjoyable aspects of studying my course was the practical elements involved. This gave me a chance to work in a team, to understand the different roles within production and to also learn from each production I was involved with. Most importantly I really enjoyed watching the final piece of work, which sometimes was the most rewarding part because it made me proud that we transformed our idea in to a reality."
Television Production students at Middlesex begin creating their own shows and films in their first year and have a track record of making award-winning work during their degrees. Some examples of their work can be seen below.
In 2014 Alicia Rovira-Parker won a Royal Television Society Student Television Award for her darkly comic Spanish film The Tale of Two and a Half.
Also in 2014, a team of three students led by Omran Baluch won an NBH International Youth Creativity Award for their beautiful documentary Music is Vision, shot on location in India.
Broadcasting Today is designed to give students an insight into the broadcasting world, with journalists, documentary makers and presenters sharing their experiences in our TV studio.
The show is produced, filmed and edited by Middlesex University BA TV Production students. View more.
In 2014 two stars of the England women's football team came to Middlesex for a training session and press event ahead of their record-breaking match against Germany at Wembley stadium.
At the end of each year, we create a showreel of the productions our graduating students' made as their final year projects.
Middlesex University has some of the finest television production facilities and high-end professional resources in UK Higher Education, and has a brand new arts, design and media building 'The Grove' where the course is taught.
Sony has designed the TV production suite for us with two TV studios at its centre, which includes state of the art galleries for Production, Lighting and Sound, in which we are able to run multi-camera productions in full High Definition XD Cam 50Mbps. The studio facility also benefits from having an Avid Isis 5000 server in conjunction with 2 x 4 Channel Airspeed Multi-streams, which also support our Post Production editing suites and News studio and gives us central storage in a tapeless environment.