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Television Production BA (Hons)

Television Production BA (Hons)

Maidstone TV Studios

Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Television Production degree offers you a unique and thrilling opportunity to work on iconic game shows and entertainment series' at one of the country’s top TV studios - while you study.

Based at our fully-equipped study space at Maidstone Television Studios and accredited by ScreenSkills, this course is unlike any other and gives you the opportunity to learn the complete range of skills needed to make a career in the television and film industry.

You’ll become a filmmaker, creating stories and working on productions from the very beginning.

Students have worked on shows including This Time with Alan Partridge, Strictly Come Dancing, Take Me Out, Catchphrase and more, and have gone on to careers with a host of high-profile channels, shows, brands and production companies, from ITV to Formula 1.

From 2022 entry you have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. Employers widely recognise these qualities, and a significant proportion of placement students are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

 

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

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Course details

Course Details

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

By the end of your first year, we want you to be a filmmaker. You’ll learn the art of storytelling with moving images for both fiction and non-fiction genres, and finish with approximately 20 minutes of footage for your portfolio.

Script to Screen
You’ll learn the art of screenplay, from concept development to critical analysis and learning about the creative pipeline for moving image production. You’ll write your own original screenplay, and with assistance from your fellow students, produce a short film (extract or trailer).

Directions
Building on the experience of the first unit, you will learn about role of the director and then assume this role as you produce of a longer, more detailed short film. Working from a pre-existing source material, you will need to consider every creative aspect of the production and plan effectively, working to a tight schedule.

Documentary
You will explore the documentary genre from a practical production point of view, as well as the theoretical concerns and issues that underpin all factual programme making, and from a pre-determined brief, make a documentary film in groups. Key skills include research and interview techniques, shooting strategies, storytelling and scripting for factual programme making.

Introduction to Television: Texts, Contexts & Culture
Throughout the year, you’ll also study this theoretical unit at UCA Rochester. You’ll consider how the medium of television can be understood and evaluated through the application of a range of critical and theoretical approaches. You will be introduced to a set of core topics - form and meaning (mise-en-scene, editing, sound, etc.), genre (documentary, soaps, etc.), representation (race, gender, etc.) and technology (visual FX, digital evolution, etc.), using screenings and television clips to provide the visual context for student analysis and discussion of critical and theoretical issues raised by the topic.

The second year builds on skills from year one and introduces you to more elements of television production. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

TV News Production
You’ll learn the essential skills to run an effective news and current affairs production. You will be required to research, plan and produce a short news or current affairs item for multi-platform transmission. You are required to write, visualise and strategically plan your production, taking into account the demands of broadcasters, the expectations of audiences, and the technical aspects of online and multi-platform transmission.

Fiction Adaptation (optional)
You are required to research, plan and produce a short video for transmission, adapted or derived from a literary source. You will be encouraged to experiment with visual representation and advanced filmmaking, such as montage and time-lapse, as well as dramatisation and text and sound design.

Professional Practice (optional)
This unit challenges you to engage with professional practice, with the aim to focus the knowledge and critical understanding of what it is to be a professional in the moving image production industry. Set within an industrial context, you have the opportunity to engage with an employer through a work placement or a commissioned moving image project. Working closely to the employers’ requirements, you will be required to employ professional research, and production skills, as well as negotiate, collaborate, communicate, and be receptive and adaptive to feedback.

As Live Production
As Live Television Productions (a programme recorded in one take as if it’s live but not actually broadcast until later) is a cornerstone of commercial television output. From game shows to talk shows, current affairs to cultural spin, As Live productions demand sophisticated skills and large-scale coordination of people and resources. This unit requires the development of a detailed pitch for, and subsequent production of, an As Live Studio Production pilot. The idea(s) considered to have most potential by a commissioning panel will be given the green light to go into production. A creative team is then formed to develop the concept through to transmission.

Transition
You’ll begin the process of focusing your own practice within a chosen production role and context, ready for the transition into your final year of study. Independent study, research and critical analysis will inform and underpin the project. You will be encouraged to focus on a chosen role (writer, producer, director, director of photography or editor) and a particular output (drama, documentary, current affairs, entertainment or similar). Using an existing source of material (for example a television drama series or a documentary) you will be asked to re-interpret an aspect of the work from the perspective of your chosen skillset.

Television: Critical Perspectives
This unit brings the opportunity to explore television formats through in-depth critical analysis of television genre, with particular reference to broadcast journalism and drama. It also supports the development of a greater understanding and critical analysis of television genre and audiences, developing further skills in research, critique, presentation and academic writing.

Study abroad (optional)
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for one term during your second year.

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

You’ll focus your individual practice culminating in a final major project, produce a detailed pre-production document and a dissertation on a course-related subject of your choice.

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, and write a detailed piece on that subject. It may be related to a television genre, your chosen specialism or something else.

Pre-Production
You’ll produce a detailed preparational piece for a production, either for something you are going to make into a film in the final unit, or a hypothetical idea. This latter option is a popular choice for students who want to think of a larger-scale production. You can present this work as a package in any form you feel is appropriate.

Production
This final unit brings together all the creative experience of the course, challenging students to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated engagement with a major project. Working individually or in teams, and through discussion with your tutor, you and your fellow students will adopt specialist roles that align with your own practice and career aspirations, and are required to develop and produce an innovative project. This could take the form of a complete moving image production, or a detailed development of one aspect, such as a screenplay.

This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be set by the government in their funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you will be charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

You’ll be taught predominantly at Maidstone TV Studios with first-year theoretical work studied at UCA Rochester. You will have access to the studios, cameras and specialist digital suite at the Studio. Maidstone Studios is one of the largest TV studios in the country, providing you with access to state-of the art facilities and hands-on experience on professional productions. You have access to learning and teaching space within the studios, which includes 25 Apple editing suites, a green screen studio and sound recording booth.

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Course teaching space, Maidstone Studios

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Studio production, Maidstone Studios

Course connections

Course connections

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:

  • .. 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)
  • Blind Date
  • 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:

  • Video Editor for Formula One
  • Junior Office Manager and Production Secretary at SpunGold TV
  • Junior Researcher at ITV
  • Runner at ITV
  • Runner at The Maidstone Studios
  • Studio Co-ordinator at QVC
  • Programme Co-ordinator and EA to Head of Production at Channel 4
  • 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.

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Wesley Denne

"The course is highly creative and there is never a wrong idea – it’s all about developing that idea into something watchable. It’s been an incredible journey that I’ll always look back on with a positive outlook."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

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.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. 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. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code

    P311

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    P312

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    P31A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    P31C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    P31B

  • UCAS Code for course with International Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    P31D

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