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Television Production (Year 3 Entry) BA Honours

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October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
Entry is only for Year 3
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Basil Glynn

This course is recruiting for Year 3 entry only in October 2020. For our new Years 1 and 2 please see BA Television and Digital Production.

Learn to create television of the highest quality at Middlesex University where we are teaching the next generation of studio and location directors, producers, camera, sound and lighting technicians and editors, researchers and production managers. We offer highly skilled training and teach you all you need to know for the fast-paced world of TV. The industry needs skilled graduates like ours, with the knowledge and experience to make the next live TV hit, blockbuster series or award-winning documentary.

Why study BA Television Production at Middlesex University?

We are based in London, the heart of the UK television industry and this course been developed in close consultation with industry experts and is one of the most practical and career-focused television degrees in the UK.

Over the course of your degree, you will make sitcoms, dramas, documentaries, game shows, quiz shows, corporate videos, children’s television, chat shows and many other types of programmes. You will learn to write scripts and develop formats, all within fantastic facilities such as our state-of-the-art television studio, using industry standard Avid editing suites and top of the range equipment.

You will also have regular masterclasses from top professionals as well as get the opportunity to visit live productions to see them at work. You will gain networking skills and connections and for the past three, our final year students have pitched their graduation project programme ideas to top executives at the BBC.

This is a future-facing degree where you will learn everything you need to know about broadcasting, streaming, and video on demand. Our recent graduates have found employment with: 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. To see more of the exciting work our students and graduates are producing, have a look at our Facebook page.

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
  • 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.

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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


  • 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. 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
  3. Assessment and feedback
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  2. International
  3. How to apply
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  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)


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.

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