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Television Production (Year 3 Entry) BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
P311
Start
October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
Entry is only for Year 3
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Basil Glynn

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

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. 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 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.

Build your 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 programme ideas to top executives at the BBC. 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.

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 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 students 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 Production?

You can work across different genres from music videos, sitcoms, talent shows and quiz shows to dramas and documentaries, with remote or streamed access to many of our state-of-the-art facilities, online inductions and training. Our Kit Hub houses a vast collection of television and film-based equipment that you can borrow to help with relevant modules if you choose to (but all assessments will be completable without having to come to campus).

You will gain substantial 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. Creative and career focused modules ensure you have all the tools necessary to work in TV.

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

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • 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 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.

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

      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.

More information about this course

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.

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  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning – typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
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  3. How to apply
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  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.



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.

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