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Television and Digital Production BA Honours

Our TV production course gives you the knowledge and experience to make the next television hit, blockbuster series or award-winning documentary.
Code
TV11
Start
October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Basil Glynn

This course is now available in Clearing.
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Why study television and digital production with us

Our BA Television and Digital Production has been developed with industry experts to give you one of the most practical and career-focused television production degrees in the UK. Using our state-of-the-art television studio, industry standard Avid editing suites and top of the range equipment, you’ll get to grips with everything you need to know about broadcasting, streaming, and video on demand. You’ll also learn to write scripts and develop formats as you get hands-on experience of making a range of programmes, from sitcoms, dramas and documentaries to game shows, children’s television, chat shows and everything in between.

You’ll get the support you need to succeed in your studies and join next generation of studio and location directors, producers, camera operators, sound and lighting technicians, editors, researchers and production managers. Our recent graduates have started their careers with the likes of the 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 and National Geographic.

Build your hands-on production skills

Our London location means you’ll be in the heart of the UK’s television industry, with plenty of opportunities to expand your network and gain valuable industry connections. In fact, recently our final year students have pitched their graduation project programme ideas to top executives at the BBC, while the best graduate productions of each year are screened at a top London venue in front of industry professionals.

Our mix of regular masterclasses from top professionals and visiting lecturers (which include directors, producers and broadcasters from Channel 4, the BBC, ITV and the independent sector) means you’ll be in close contact with the industry throughout your studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit live productions to see our industry contacts in action at work.

We’ll give you invaluable advice on how to join the television industry and help you enhance your professional experience with a range of unique networking and work placement opportunities.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a Royal Television Society Bursary as part of the course. You can visit our scholarships page for more information.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

Our TV production students have won an RTS London Division award for three out of the last four years, and have gone on to work for companies including the BBC, Endemol, Sky TV and Talkback Thames. Graduate, Phil Poole, also won Best Music Video at the NME Awards in 2017 – beating music videos for Beyoncé and Kanye West.


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What will you study on the BA Television and Digital Production?

Throughout your three years, you’ll be working across different genres from music videos, sitcoms, talent shows and quiz shows to dramas and documentaries, with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and the support of industry experts.

You will gain substantial practical production skills in single and multi-camera projects that will enable you to become an accomplished professional. Your talent and vision come to fruition when you produce your graduation showreel in Year 3. Work placements, practical, creative and career focused modules ensure you have all the tools necessary to work in TV and digital production.

This course allows you to specialise in the roles of your choice both on location (including Director, Producer, Researcher, Script writer, Production Manager, Director of Photography, Sound Recordist, Editor, Designer), and in the studio (including Studio Director, Floor Manager, Gallery Production Assistant, Vision Mixer, Gallery PA and Vision Control).

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Exploring the Studio (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you to understand and undertake studio roles and responsibilities including camera operator, lighting director, sound recordist and floor manager. It also introduces you to the skills needed to work in a studio gallery, including vision mixer, production assistant, researcher and studio director.

    • Shooting on Location (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to Single Camera TV and Online Production Skills in both fact and fiction. You will learn different forms of small screen storytelling, practicing the crafts of camera, lighting, sound and editing through workshops and productions.

    • Pitching and the Industry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the way the industry works from independent production companies to broadcasters and emerging platforms and networks such as Netflix, Vice and Vimeo. You will also learn about the production process including how to develop a story or format idea, research and write a proposal plus develop a pitch.

    • Screens and Platforms (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the creative and practical aspects of both factual and fictional TV and digital production. Programme types, genres, creativity and artistry will be explored in relation to national and international TV and digital production context.

  • Year 2

    • Multi-skilling for Studio and Digital Production (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds on a range of established techniques required for television studio production, including VT inserts. It further develops your ability to research for TV programmes, develop, repurpose and promote creative content. By working on a range of studio shows you will enhance production skills for live, on-demand and multiplatform delivery.

    • Producing and Directing for TV (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops the skills and responsibilities required to run a professional production on location as well as enhancing skills for single and multi-camera directing and producing.

    • Drama, Documentary and Reality TV (30 credits) - Optional

      This module develops your command of sound and image making processes to create documentary, drama and reality TV series. Drawing on national and international examples, you will examine how ideas are developed for TV genres and emerging platforms. You will then create script and format ideas.

    • Promotional Video (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module you will use a range of established production techniques to create music videos, adverts or corporate promos. Working to a client’s brief, you will gain genuine broadcast and/or non-broadcast industry experience.

    • Advanced Production Skills for Innovation (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module you will develop advanced skills in Camera, Lighting, Sound and Post Production for studio and on location. You will also be introduced to innovative new technologies at the forefront of filmmaking and live streaming.

  • Year 3

    • Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will consolidate your editorial and/or craft skills in the form of a Major Project. Working in production teams, you will make, to a professional standard, a graduation film. This will prepare you for production-related positions in television and digital production.

    • Entrepreneurship and Employability (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with a broad understanding of the production cultures and practices of the TV industry. It prepares you for work in TV and the wider media sector. You will also undertake a work placement and/or freelance work.

    • TV and Future Platforms (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module gives you the opportunity in the form of a research project to specialise and focus upon an aspect of the industry that especially interests you professionally and/or artistically.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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

How can the BA Television and Digital Production support your career?

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

Because of the diverse nature of the degree, a wide range of exciting television and digital production roles will be open to you.

Our recent graduates have worked on such shows as The X Factor, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore, Big Brother, Celebrity Juice, The Circle, Grand Designs, Location, Location, Location and Masterchef.

Accreditation

ScreenSkills

BA Television and Digital Production has been awarded the ScreenSkills Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The ScreenSkills 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.

Basil Glynn
Programme leader

Basil has published on various aspects of television in numerous books and journals with particular research interests in TV around the world and horror.

Paul Kerr
Senior lecturer

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.

Deborah Klika
Senior lecturer

Deborah’s creative practice and academic interest is in comedy, specifically the TV Sitcom and more recently comic narratives in film. Other areas of research include psychoanalysis, character, how to shoot the visual joke and discursive frames.

Tom McGorrian
Senior lecturer

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.

  • Danny Fisher

    Television and Digital Production BA graduate

    Looking back on my career so far, one year since graduating in Television Production, the course has been paramount to my success. Not only did it make my confidence flourish, it opened up a gateway into the industry I love. I am now writing, working in the industry, and have done so even before I graduated, because of the course. I most certainly couldn’t have done it without the experience given to me whilst studying.

    The things I learnt and the people I met brought my knowledge up to industry standard. The facilities made it possible for me to work in a real-life studio environment, in groups that would echo a real crew. My lecturers helped me grow, to ensure I was heading down the correct avenues to achieve my future ambitions throughout every stage.

    I am currently working on MasterChef: The Professionals, as a Production Secretary, and this opportunity was given to me through contacts I met whilst at University. I was interested in going into Production during my second year, and my lecturers helped me meet people to make my ambitions become a reality. The lecturers are dedicated to every student and I was lucky enough to eventually meet someone who is now my employer.

    I am forever grateful to the course and cannot recommend it enough. To anyone in doubt, I feel as a spokesperson for the course, do it! Take every opportunity you can, and you may just succeed!

  • 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.

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