Television Production

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Taught at Maidstone TV Studios and UCA Rochester, this practical course offers you the unique opportunity to study television production in one of the UK’s leading TV studios.

By honing your skills in a professional environment you'll have the chance to contribute to the high-profile TV shows made at Maidstone Studios, as well as network with many leading industry professionals.

This course is taught by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience, and offers a wide range of exciting projects, visiting lecturers and work placement units to help you forge vital connections and gain a deeper insight into the industry

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

Maidstone TV Studios

UCAS code:

P311

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

Course overview:

Using the latest industry-standard equipment and facilities, including Sony HD solid-state cameras and software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Pro-Tools, you’ll learn advanced TV production techniques and cultivate a strong knowledge base that covers every aspect of the industry.

You’ll discover script writing, direction, producing, sound design, camera work, commissioning and more – and by the time you graduate, your versatile and highly sought-after skill set will extend across the whole production process, covering work in television, films, commercials, corporate, music videos, virals and idents.

This course is taught by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience, and offers a wide range of exciting projects, visiting lecturers and work placement units to help you forge vital connections and gain a deeper insight into the industry.

Our workshops are frequently led by industry professionals who’ve achieved success across all platforms and channels, including BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, HBO and ITN. Our students have worked on shows such as Later...With Jools Holland, Take Me Out, Frank Skinner, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

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

Course modules

  • Storytelling

    Through the analysis of case studies and practical 'hands on' assignments that test ideas, this unit encourages you to bring your insights to the writing of an innovative screenplay, and the production of a short video that will position and 'sell' your screenplay to a contemporary audience.

  • Directions

    Working closely with collaborators such as performers, producers, writers, camera operators, production designers, editors, sound designers and directors, you'll take charge of the 'look' of the story and its mise en scène, providing a coherent and believable signature and personality to a production.

  • Commission (documentary)

    This unit brings together the educational experiences of the first year for a 'commissioned' project that encourages the development, design and creative execution of a short documentary.

  • Contextual Studies

    You'll investigate culture and history, providing an introduction to studies that explore representation and how contemporary cultural phenomena communicates to audiences.

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

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

Course modules

  • Fiction Adaptation

    You'll be required to research, plan and produce a short video for multi-platform transmission that is a work of adaptation derived from a literary source.

  • Professional and Critical Practice

    You'll work on either a simulated professional commission-based project, go on a work placement within a related broadcast area or a professional case study.

  • Studio Production

    You'll develop a detailed pitch for - and subsequent production of - an innovative studio production. The idea(s) considered to have most potential will be given the green light to go into production by a commissioning panel, and team will then be formed to develop the concept through to production.

  • Digital News Production

    You'll consider the key areas of theory and practice which are essential to effective news and current affairs production.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    Optional unit that will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas education institution.

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

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

Course modules

  • Option 1: Dissertation

    You'll undertake a period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical, critical concerns of your discipline or professional area.

  • Option 2: Combined Dissertation/Critical Reflection

    This unit consists of two periods of sustained, individually negotiated research on subjects which are likely to be related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your chosen areas of practice, towards the provision of structured argument.

  • Pre-Production

    This unit challenges you to develop a detailed pre-production package for a production of their choice. You have a distinct choice between planning an actual short film idea that will go into production later during the Major Project unit, or they can engage in a hypothetical large-scale idea that could challenge for a place in the current programme schedules of terrestrial and satellite broadcasters, but you will not take into actual production.

  • Major Project

    This unit requires you to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated engagement with a suitably scaled project. Working individually or in teams, students adopt specialist roles that align with their own practice and career aspirations, and are challenged to develop an innovative production. This could take the form of a complete moving image production, or detailed development of one aspect such as a script.

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

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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).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Television Production students are immersed in the professional world from the moment they walk through the doors of our course. Situated within one of leading television and media studios in the UK, our course offers you the chance to learn and work alongside some top film and television professionals on a daily basis.

Assisted by our dedicated work-placement coordinator, you'll be offered numerous hands-on work experience opportunities on the professional productions made at the studios and with external companies, which in the past have included:

  • Later... With Jools Holland (BBC)
  • Take Me Out (ITV)
  • Catchphrase (ITV)
  • Sport Relief (BBC)
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)
  • Frank Skinner's Opinionated (ITV)
  • Draw It! (Channel 4)
  • Let's Play (BBC)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games (opening and closing ceremonies)
  • Big Brother (Channel 5)
  • The Door (ITV).

 

The course is taught by a number of film and television professionals with extensive industry experience, covering all genres and formats. It includes screenwriters, directors, producers, editors and camera persons, covering work for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, Film4, Channel 5 and numerous independents.

90% of our graduates are now working in the creative media industry for a number of leading organisations, including:

  • Junior Researcher at ITV
  • Production Assistant at Gogglebox Entertainment
  • Editor at Motion Postproduction
  • Camera Assistant at Sound Credit TV
  • Digital Content Officer at Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Production Assistant at Telly Juice Ltd
  • Producer at Times Media Group.

Students who graduate from this course can go on to set up their own production companies, or work in roles such as:

  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Production assistant
  • Researcher
  • Digital content manager
  • Camera assistant
  • Sound assistant.

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

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 C or above, 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

You’ll be asked to attend an Applicant Day at Maidstone Studios, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the facilities and have an informal talk about you and your work. You don’t need to have previous experience of video making, but we do want to see evidence of creativity and original thinking. This can be in the form of one or more of the following: videos, photographs, scripts, creative writing, sound recordings, journalism, online content and general media work.

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