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Television Production BA Honours

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Code
P311
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Basil Glynn

In the fast-changing world of TV, the industry needs skilled graduates, with the knowledge and experience to make the next live TV hit, block buster series or award-winning documentary. At Middlesex we’re teaching the next generation of studio and location camera, sound and lighting technicians and editors, researchers, producers and directors.

Why study BA Television Production at Middlesex University?

One of the most practical and career-focused television degrees in the UK, our course has been developed in close consultation with the television industry.

As a Middlesex television student you can follow one of our two degree pathways, choosing the award you’ll leave university with and take into the industry. The BA Television Production (Technical Arts) allows you to specialise in a variety of technical operating roles, both within our superb multi-million pound state-of the–art Sony-built TV Studio as well as location environments. Specialist TV studio and location roles taught include, amongst others, Studio Director , Floor Manager, Gallery Production Assistant, Vision Mixer, Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing and Vision Control.

Based in London, you will have access to some of the best work placement opportunities in the country. From your first weeks at Middlesex you'll be making programmes both in the studio and on location and in the final year you will make a graduation video - a documentary, fiction or entertainment show - the stepping stone to your career in television and the media industries.

You will acquire the skills and understanding during your degree to immediately begin a career in the creative and technical teams making some of the best TV drama, entertainment, documentary, advertising, web and corporate output today.

We’re accredited by Creative Skillset, so you know you’re getting what you need to work in TV. We also offer a variety of professional technical certifications including AVID, Adobe and Pro-Tools included within the degree.

Course highlights

  • All your tutors will be television professionals and specialists, and our visiting lecturers include directors, producers and broadcasters from C4, the BBC, ITV and the independent sector
  • The best graduate productions each year are screened at a top venue in London (The BFI on London’s Southbank in 2016) in front of industry professionals
  • You’ll remain in close contact with the industry throughout the course and will be tutored on how to join the television industry with networking and placement opportunities essential aspects of the degree
  • Our television students have won an RTS London Division award for 3 out of the last 4 years
  • Phil Poole, a TV production graduate, won Best Music Video at the NME Awards in 2017 - beating music videos for Beyonce and Kanye West
  • For the fourth year running our third year students have pitched their ideas at the BBC, this year at BBC White City
  • On this course, you will have the opportunity to apply for a Royal Television Society Bursary, for more information please visit our Scholarships page
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Television Production?

Throughout your 3 years, you’ll be working across different genres from music videos, sitcoms, talent shows and quiz shows to one-off and serial dramas and observational documentaries, always in state-of-the-art facilities with the support of industry experts.

You will gain substantial practical production skills in single and multi-camera projects that will train you in the multiple skills the industry demands today. You will have the opportunity to specialise in production roles and genres with optional modules in television production and post-production technologies, documentary, drama, studio entertainment and making productions on demand for real clients. Your skills, talent and vision come to fruition when you produce your graduation showreel in Year 3. Work placements and a career focused module ensure you have all the tools necessary to work in television.

This course allows you to specialise in a variety of technical operating roles. Specialist TV studio and location roles taught include, amongst others, Studio Director, Floor Manager, Gallery Production Assistant, Vision Mixer, Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing and Vision Control

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Television: Medium and Industry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to develop 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.

    • Television: Texts and Contexts (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to learn how TV programme-makers communicate using sound and image. It aims to introduce the medium's most significant and distinctive programmes and programme forms, and to ways of thinking about the forms that television production, both linear and multi-platform, take - and to ask why they have evolved in the ways they have.

    • Location Filming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Studio Production (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 2

    • Television: Research and Theory (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to identify and evaluate contemporary debates in television in a global context. You will study television genres and explore key moments and movements in the history, development and current practice of television as an art and as an industry.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose three of the following modules:

    • Television Drama (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce you to television drama, exploring key movements and critical ideas in the history, development and practice of the form. Using both British and international examples it enables you to 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 you to develop the skills, knowledge, teamwork and professionalism involved in drama production from first concept to final cut.

    • Television Documentary (30 credits) - Optional

      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 in the history and development of documentary using national and international examples as well as the diversity and range of contemporary documentary programme making.

    • Entertainment (30 credits) - Optional

      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 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.

    • Client-led Video (30 credits) - Optional

      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 provide production opportunities with both actual clients and in-house University productions.

    • Camera, Lighting and Sound Technologies (30 credits) - Optional

      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 give you an insight into the diversity and range of contemporary production techniques and professional practices.

    • Post Production Technologies (30 credits) - Optional

      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 gives you an insight into the diversity and range of contemporary post-production techniques, formats, workflows and professional practices.

  • Year 3

    • Television Today and Tomorrow (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to focus on the development of your television expertise and industry knowledge. You are equipped with the expertise necessary to research 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.

    • Career Portfolio (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to 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.

    • Major Project: Television Production (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

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:

How can the BA Television Production support your career

The UK television industry, with over 50,000 employees, is one of the strongest in the world and amongst the largest sectors of the UK creative industries. The creative media industries workforce earn 24% more than the mean average income of the UK working population*.

Because of the diverse nature of the degree, a wide range of television roles will be open to you including scriptwriter, director, editor, producer, camera operator, researcher, sound and lighting technician and/or floor manager for companies including:

  • BBC
  • Endemol
  • ITV
  • Disney
  • Sky TV
  • E4
  • Tiger Lily Films
  • MTV
  • Lime Pictures
  • Talkback Thames
  • Shine Group
  • all3 Media
  • October Films
  • Sundog Pictures
  • IMG Sport
  • Applause Store
  • NRK
  • Arena Television
  • National Geographic

Our recent graduates have worked on such shows as Storage Hunters UK, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore, Big Brother, Celebrity Juice, X Factor, Animal Attraction, Never Ever Do This At Home, Norway's Toughest, Fonejacker, Grand Designs, Location, Location, Location, Shop Well for Less, A Cabbie Abroad, Jamie Oliver's Dream School, What Britain Earns, MPs Behind Closed Doors, Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?, The Truth About Alcohol, On Benefits: Life On The Dole, Say Yes to the Dress, Masterchef.

*Source: Creative Skillset Employment Census of the Creative Media Industries (2012)

Accreditation

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.

We have some of the finest television production and post-production facilities in UK higher education. 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.

Paul Kerr

Paul is an award-winning television producer who has made dozens of programmes for the BBC and Channel Four as well as many international co-productions. He is also the author and editor of a number of books and articles on television and film.

Tom McGorrian

Tom is an award-winning television director who has made a variety of productions for both Broadcast and Business TV. His specialist research interests include factual programming and developing media practice.

Basil Glynn

Basil is programme leader for BA Television Production. He has published on various aspects of television in numerous books and journals with particular research interests in TV around the world and horror.

  • Megan Street

    Television Production BA graduate

    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.

  • Richard Tipple

    Television Production BA graduate

    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.

  • Emilie Andreassen

    Television Production BA graduate

    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.

  • Rene Toussaint

    Television Production BA graduate

    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.

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