Television & Media Production*

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

From screenwriters to editors, cameramen to directors, the television industry is hungry for talented individuals with the right set of skills.

As a student of BA (Hons) Television & Media Production you will be taught a broad and valuable range of research methods, interviewing skills and visual storytelling techniques giving you the tools to create compelling and informed content that’s always in high demand.

Our Media courses have leapt an impressive 19 places in The Guardian's 2017 university league table.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

UCAS code:

P321

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Course overview:

Working across a range of mediums in our state of the art facilities, you will develop the advanced production techniques needed to produce informed pieces for journalistic, documentary and fiction purposes.

Taught by experienced industry professionals, your practical skills will be underpinned by solid research and analytical skills, and a deep understanding of current cultural and social theories.
You’ll work closely with others specialising in a range of media disciplines, broadening your understanding of the field and providing opportunities for creative collaboration.

There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to work on a number of live briefs, given you the chance to experience a realistic simulation of a working studio atmosphere.

The course is 75% practical and 25% theory.

Course content - 2018 entry

The first year of this course is shared with BA (Hons) Journalism & Media Production.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Finding and Writing Stories

    This unit includes: research, interviewing, radio and podcasting:

    - Finding stories: where do the stories that appear on the news or television dramas come from?
    - Conducting interviews: how do you persuade someone to open up to you?
    - Technical skills: writing, recording and editing for radio or podcast.

  • Real Stories

    This unit includes: team working, filming, documentary and interviewing techniques:

    - Telling stories: different approaches to storytelling and identifying the best approaches for your story.
    - Team working: Producing a documentary as a team.
    - Technical skills: filming and editing audio-visual material.

  • Getting it out there!

    This unit includes: web-based production techniques and disseminating content across multi-platforms:

    - Website construction: Planning and laying out your website and uploading content to the web;
    - Social Media: Understanding how to use it to find stories, to spread the word about your stories and to reshape your work for different platforms.
    - Keeping legal: Basic guidance on copyright and access.

  • Media and Cultural Theory

    You'll learn research skills; how to use primary and secondary sources; and understanding your audience.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Studio Drama

    Multi camera TV drama: working with actors, studio direction, using space and using cameras.

  • Guerrilla Campaign

    Web series/mobile technology: mobile media practice: using mobile technology to generate stories for people to watch on mobile technology.

  • Professional Development

    - Career building: Create an online profile, engage with other professionals on social media;
    - Work Placement: Possible destinations include the BBC, ITV, Global radio, digital departments at national newspapers.
    - Intellectual property rights: how to protect your work and how to collaborate with others.

  • Media Futures

    - Future-proofing: How will the media industries develop over the next few decades?
    - Preparing you for a dissertation.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Final Major Project

    Options include a film, documentary, screenplay, piece of creative writing or website. This can be completed as an individual or as part of a group.

  • Dissertation or Media Research Project

    Conduct your own research project into an issue of topical concern within the media industries.

  • Professional Development

    - Business models: how do media companies work, how do they make money?
    - Setting up in business: tax, accounts etc.
    - Working in the creative industries: another opportunity to undertake a placement

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2018 entry

Looking to study in 2017?

It’s still not too late to apply for September 2017 entry. Find out how to apply by following this link…

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications 
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your visual or written portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

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