Television Production BA Honours
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Typical offer for September 2015
|International Baccalaureate||28 points (minimum)|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C|
If English is not your first language, you may need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.
Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.
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 children's television, drama series, music video production, sports broadcasting, studio entertainment productions, TV commercials 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 numerous Royal Television Society awards in recent years, 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, Channel 4, Disney, Endemol, Sky Sports and Turner Broadcasting.
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
- Further Television Production Skills
- Producing Drama for Broadcast and Digital Media
- 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
- Global Television Formats
- 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
- Extended Research Essay
- Television and Media Professional Practice
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.
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.
The Television Production course equips our students to work in every aspect of the television industry and in the rapidly expanding area of internet production.
Most of our students go on to work as executive producers, production managers, director, camera operators, editors, researches, video journalists, promotions and digital producers.
Well known television shows on which students have received credits are: Mock the Week, Panorama, Big Brother and Live at the Apollo
Olympic broadcast training
Work experience, internships and graduate jobs
As part of the course students undertake several work placements and internships. We believe that the nature of our coursework contributes to the high number of students being offered employment when they leave. We keep in touch using FaceBook and Linked-in to ensure our claims for employment are up-to-date and accurate.
Recent (2011) paid-internships for example have been at:
- Good Morning TV
- ITV Sports
- Turner Broadcasting
70% of recent (2010 – 2011) graduates secured entry level jobs at companies including:
- Objective Productions – production secretary
- Big Brother- camera operator
- Shine - Birmingham
- ITV – Leeds and Manchester
- James Grant Group – Multi-media producer
- BBC 1 – The Voice - researcher
- 4Music – Producer The Breakfast Fix
- Tiger Aspect – script development
- Jungle Productions – runner
- BBC Hull – auto-cue op.
- Kings Place – Film & Broadcast Technician
- Panorama – Assistant Producer
- C4 – Design Assistant
- Press TV – Producer
- Racing TV – Camera Operator
- E4.Com – promotions producer
- Discovery – promotions producer
- Cartoon Network – editor promotions
- AEG O2 Arena –Technical assistant
- Prime TV – Kit room assistant
- Endemol – Runner Deal or No Deal
- Warp Films – post-production Assistant
- Fountain Studios – Broadcast engineering assistant.
- Zig-Zag – Management Assistant
- Rackspace – IT hosting assistant
- StreamUK – PR Manager
- Freelance – Many graduates quickly become freelance operatives and work in many areas of television and the on-line industry.
The Westminster BA Television diaspora gets work right across the media industry. Students are, to our knowledge, currently employed in Norway, India, Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, China, HongKong and Singapore, as well as London and around the UK. They also cover a huge range of jobs from Feature Film Editors and Camera operators to Advertising executives and Broadcast Engineers; and this reflects the nature of their education which is important with the advent of Web 2.0 and the changing face of the media landscape.
Filming at MacFly concert
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.
Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.
In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.
Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.
Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.
We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.
We can help you to:
- Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- Plan your career development
- Identify your career options
- Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your faculty registry and can help you to find a suitable placement as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
Career options in your subject area
We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
The Television Production course has grown out of the Media Studies course which is the oldest and most highly rated for research in the. One of our early alumni Michael Jackson went on to be Controller of both BBC1 and BBC2 and Chief Executive of Channel 4.
The Television production course is well known for producing students that know how to operate within the Broadcast and digital environment and have many transferable technical and social skills.
Our location close to central London together with out network of alumni and industry contacts makes us the first place most industry professionals think of when they are looking for runners or production staff.
The Television Production course facilities include the largest multi-camera television studio in the country.
The Television course specialises in a range of production genres including Entertainment, Drama series, Documentary, Comedy, Performance and Promotional shorts.
All the production lecturers are industry professionals with experience in directing, producing and editing drama, music, arts and entertainment, children’s television and factual programming.
Course leader and principal lecturer: Jane Thorburn
Unique learning experience
The analysis part of the course is taught by lecturers whose published research was recently awarded the highest research rating in the UK. Through the analysis modules students gain an important understanding of how the industry is structured and how it is developing.
The course is designed to give students the experience of working on a wide variety of types of programme formats and in creating a range of content. A typical second year for example includes collaboratively producing a multi-camera live music show in our purpose built studio, a documentary, a creative video, and two promotional shorts. Television drama is a developing part of the course and students often work on shows in collaboration with other courses such as Commercial music and Journalism.
We teach production skills such as camerawork, editing, directing, production management, multi-camera studio operation, script writing, programme development and pitching.
As part of the course second year students can opt to spend one semester abroad. We have exchange agreements with Universities all over the world. The most popular are English speaking Universities in Australia, Canada and America.
Equipment and facilities
The BA (Hons) Television course at Westminster is well equipped with professional standard equipment and facilities. Our Skillset Media Academy status ensures that a high level of technical facilities at Westminster is always maintained. As standard we record onto DVCAM tape. Some of our cameras also record onto memory cards. The course is well stocked across the whole production process:
We have access to a wide range of production planning rooms and classroom space throughout the Harrow Campus and access to rooms on other University sites in Central London. The majority are equipped with computers and viewing facilities. The University also contains a 60 seater preview theatre on the Harrow Campus and the Cinema where the Lumiere brothers projected their first public screening.
Students will have access to a wide range of camera equipment. Standard issue throughout the course are Sony V1E, Sony Z1E or Sony Z5E cameras - all of which record in either DVCAM or HDV formats. A wide selection of sound recording equipment, tripods, mounts and other materials are also available for hire from our video stores.
At our site in Harrow has two 2000ft double height studios one of which is a Broadcast standard multi-camera television studio. The television studio comes equipped with 4 Sony DSR-450WSP cameras, 3 of which are mounted on heavy-duty studio pedestals whilst the other is mounted on a Mini-Jib. There is a Production Gallery with Vision Mixing TriCaster 8 with live streaming and Play-in and Recording facilities. The studio is also fitted with Autocue heads and extensive lighting equipment to give all productions a polished and professional edge.
The University’s ‘Multi-Media Newsroom’, also located at Harrow, is equipped with 3 Sony Z1 16:9/4:3 switchable cameras. These, along with a TriCaster system enables us to use live virtual-set technology and broadcast live directly to the Internet.
As standard the University uses Apple based Final Cut Pro editing tools. Currently, we are running version 7.0 of FCP on the Apple Snow Leopard operating system. The Television department has access to 13 edit suites in M Block including a fully High Definition capable suite. There are also approximately 80 Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express facilities available around the campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Television course specialises in a range of production genres including entertainment, documentary, comedy, performance and promotional shorts.
Watch the Television Production showreels below for a selection of our students' work.
Television Production channel
"The tutors and technical staff are all distinguished industry professionals within their field, who go above and beyond what is required of them to enable you to develop as television professionals."
Television BA Honours, third year
Television, Film and Moving Image - why Westminster?
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.