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. Taught in combination with direct, remote and streamed access to 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 designing 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 the 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.
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 online 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.
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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This module enables you to understand the roles and processes of multicamera production. It also introduces you to gallery skills and roles, including vision mixer, production assistant and studio director. By exploring a range of programme formats you will enhance your production knowledge and skills for live and multiplatform delivery.
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 and apply the crafts of camera, sound and editing through online workshops and projects. You will also be introduced to production roles and responsibilities including director, producer, editor and production manager, plus other essential aspects including ethical and legal constraints.
This module enables you to develop research skills for – and gain industry knowledge about - the processes of pitching and programme commissioning for television and new platforms. It introduces you to an industry encompassing public service broadcasters, advertising-funded channels, streaming subscription services and independent production companies. It also provides an opportunity for you to research a company, platform or broadcaster of your choice, and prepare and pitch a programme idea appropriate to it.
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 contexts.
This module builds on a range of established techniques required for digital production and emerging studio production including VT inserts. It further develops your knowledge and skills when researching for TV programmes, as well as repurposing existing content. Developing a range of programmes you will enhance your knowledge of and production skills for live, on-demand and multiplatform delivery.
This module will further develop your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Producers and Directors and their relationships to key craft and editorial roles within the production team. It allows you to select from treatments, formats and scripts developed by you or from pre-existing factual briefs or scripts, as you make short dramas, documentaries and/or reality shows.
This module introduces you to the development of ideas for documentary, drama and reality TV programmes and series. It examines these genres and how ideas are developed, both for television and new platforms, including made-for-multiplatform webisodes. It will enable you to develop viable ideas, in the form of treatments, formats and scripts, ready for production, including pre-production research.
In this module you will use a range of established production techniques to create video projects including music videos, adverts and corporate promos. Working to a client’s brief, you will gain genuine industry experience. It also enables you to get an insight into working with real clients in a professional context in order to enhance your understanding of the non-broadcast sector.
This module aims to advance your technical craft skills in the fast-changing world of television and digital production. You will develop your skills and knowledge of production, post-production and streaming for single-camera and multi-camera production.
This module aims to consolidate your editorial and/or craft skills to prepare you for progression to employment in television and digital production. You will be working on extended graduation projects which will enable you to refine your production skills and knowledge.
This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the production cultures and practices of Television and digital production. It prepares you for work in TV, online production and the wider media sector. It will enable you to devise and sustain a reflexive response to your experiences that will underpin your learning and career goals, both now and in the future.
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.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Television Production BA graduate
Television Production BA graduate
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2022, EU/International induction: September 2022
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time
Start: October 2022
Duration: 3 years full-time, Normally 5 years part-time
Start: September 2022, EU/International induction: September 2022
Duration: 3 years full-time