Television Production BA Honours

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UCAS code: P311 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 3 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £9,250.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

This is a practice-based course taught by broadcast industry professionals which combines critical analysis with hands-on practical skills. The course focuses on how television programmes are conceived, produced, commissioned and distributed in a digital broadcast and multi-platform environment. Students work across a digital work flow supporting single camera and multi-camera studio production modes and produce programmes across all genres; from documentary and drama series to TV commercials and studio entertainment shows.

Practical skills in editing, camera operations, sound recording, lighting and graphics are underpinned by critical analysis of the ever-changing globalised broadcast and digital media industries. This course is designed to prepare you for the challenge of a multi-skilled, mixed portfolio career, and our graduates have a high employment rate in many different roles and aspects of the media industries including the children's television, drama series, music video production, sports broadcasting, studio entertainment productions, TV commercials, the film industry and the corporate television sector. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our students have won Royal Television Society awards in recent years in Entertainment and Documentary categories, and our graduates have gone on to work at all the major terrestrial, digital and satellite broadcasters as well as major independent production companies including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, IMG, Endemol, Sky Sports and Turner Broadcasting.

Course content

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

The course is taught through a mix of lectures, group tutorials and workshops, supporting the development of both practical and critical academic skills.

Students work with industry standard facilities and equipment, television industry experienced teaching staff and highly rated academics.

We use a variety of assessment methods, including practical projects, presentations, written work, blogs, websites, and reflective writing.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

You will receive a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of television production skills, including camerawork, editing, lighting, production management, scriptwriting and sound recording, and apply these to producing a drama series. You will also study the history and analysis of television genres, aesthetics, distribution, audiences and new media, and can choose an optional module from a wide range of subjects and specialisms.

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Contemporary Media Theory
  • Introduction to Television Production Skills - Camera, sound, Edit, Script
  • Further Television Production Skills -Production Management, Script, Screen Graphics, Lighting
  • Producing Drama for Broadcast and Digital Promotion and Distribution
  • Television Drama: Past, Present and Future
  • Television, History and Cultures

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Production modules offer you the experience of working in small and large teams, and in different genres of television; theory modules inform your reflective and critical analysis, and a range of optional modules offer the opportunity to expand your learning experience and specialise in your chosen field. We also offer the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at a partner university in Australia, Canada, China or North America.

Subjects of study include:

  • Adverts and Promotional Shorts
  • Alternative TV
  • Factual Programme Production
  • Television In The 21st Century
  • Research and Synthesis Researching for the Media and Communications

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

You will work on major projects from a choice of genres, deciding the content and managing the production and end distribution platform, as well as completing a dissertation.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Television Projects
  • Dissertation
  • Extended Research Essay
  • Television and Media Professional Practice and Employability

Westminster electives 

As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.

Course team 

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Government-backed industry training body.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

DateTitleLocation
21 June 2017Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

We are one of Europe's leading centres for higher education for the creative industries.

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Work experience and graduate employment

As part of the course students undertake several work placements and internships.

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Professional recognition

This course 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.

Academic staff

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Facilities

Student using the studio facility at Harrow

The Television BA (Hons) at Westminster is well equipped with professional standard equipment and facilities.

TV blog

Television Production BA blog

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