Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Television Production BA is a practice-based course taught by broadcast industry professionals and media theorists, combining critical analysis with hands-on practical skills.

Our course focuses on how television programmes are conceived, produced, commissioned and distributed in a digital broadcast and multi-platform environment. 

You’ll work across a digital workflow 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.

As well as learning practical skills in editing, camera operations, sound recording, lighting and graphics, you’ll study critical analysis of the ever-changing global broadcast and digital media industries. 

You’ll work with industry-standard facilities and equipment, and you’ll be taught by experienced industry professionals and practitioners, including documentary filmmakers, directors, producers and screenwriters. We also host a range of visiting lecturers and guest speakers, from sound designers to investigative journalists and social media strategists.

Our course is designed to prepare you for the challenge of a multi-skilled, mixed-portfolio career, and our graduates leave equipped with the knowledge, skills and mindset necessary to thrive in the creative industries.

Our course capitalises on the benefits that London has to offer, particularly through our connections with the many production companies based in the city, with links that include ITV studios, Disney and London Live. Our students have undertaken work experience with a range of employers, including the BBC, Endemol and ITV. 

Based at our vibrant Harrow Campus, just a 20-minute train ride from central London, you’re ideally placed to take up a range of exciting opportunities as you begin your professional career.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Industry connections and employability – We have an excellent reputation for our skilled and creative graduates, and you’ll be supported in gaining work experience and networking with industry professionals throughout your degree
  • State-of-the-art facilities – We're exceptionally well equipped with professional-standard equipment and facilities, from our range of cameras to our broadcast-standard multi-camera television studio
  • Creative possibilities – You’ll create a broad range of content, from promotional shorts to drama pilots, game shows to documentaries. You can make hard-hitting documentaries, experimental art pieces, sitcoms, magazine shows, digital media and everything beyond and in-between
  • Teaching expertise – You’ll learn from industry professionals and media academics, who'll support you in becoming an informed and forward-thinking media practitioner
  • Alumni success – Recent graduates have won Royal Television Society awards in the Entertainment and Documentary categories, and have gone on to work at major broadcasters and production companies including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, IMG, Endemol, Sky Sports and Turner Broadcasting

Course structure

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

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

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 Television Production Skills - Camera, Sound, Edit, Script
  • Further Television Production Skills - Production Management, Script, Screen Graphics, Lighting
  • Producing Drama for Broadcast and Digital Media
  • Television: Audience and Industry
  • Television Drama: Past, Present and Future
  • Television: Text and Genre

Credit Level 4

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

Credit Level 5

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

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our Television Production BA students graduate with the skills to work in all areas of broadcast television and have a high employment rate in many different roles and aspects of the media, including children's television, drama, music video production, sports broadcasting, studio entertainment productions, TV commercials, the film industry and the corporate television sector. 

Our graduates also frequently find employment in the music and film industries, and many others remain in academia or progress to the National Film School.

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Graduates in work or further study

95% of our Television Production BA students are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation. 

(Source: Discover Uni  - site accessed in February 2020)

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Graduate success

We currently have two graduates directing on Good Morning Britain, one of whom secured the role within two years of graduating. 

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links 

We have connections with many production companies based in London, with links that include ITV studios, Disney and London Live. 

You’ll be taught by experienced industry professionals and practitioners, including documentary filmmakers, directors, producers and screenwriters.

We also host a range of visiting lecturers and guest speakers, from sound designers to investigative journalists to social media strategists.

In the past, students have been offered regular opportunities to attend Master Classes run by The Royal Television Society and Creative Skillset.

Work experience

Our students have undertaken work experience with a range of employers, including:

  • BBC
  • Endemol
  • ITV 

On graduating, almost all of our graduates have begun work as runners with television or media companies in the past, usually in roles secured through our active work experience programme.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Advertising strategist and creative
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Editor 
  • Media/audience researcher
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Social media strategist and content creator
  • Sound designer

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Applause Store
  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Disney
  • Endemol
  • Fremantle 
  • Global
  • ITV
  • London Live
  • Premier League 
  • Sky
  • Syco
  • Tortoise Media
  • QVC

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Learn in a stimulating environment

Based at our Harrow Campus – home to the School of Arts and the School of Media and Communication – you’ll work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a creative and collaborative environment.

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Successful graduates

Graduates from this course have won Royal Television Society awards in the Entertainment and Documentary categories, and have gone on to work at major broadcasters and independent production companies including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, IMG, Endemol, Sky Sports and Turner Broadcasting.

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State-of-the-art facilities

We're exceptionally well equipped with professional standard equipment and facilities, from our range of cameras to our broadcast-standard multi-camera television studio.  

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*

  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths Pass

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of the qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

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Facilities

The Television Production BA Honours course at Westminster gives you access to professional standard equipment and facilities. 

You'll also benefit from access to the 60-seater preview theatre at our Harrow Campus and our Regent Street Cinema, where the Lumière brothers projected their first public screening. 

Read more about our television production facilities.

Get involved with student radio

Boost your employability and kickstart your media portfolio by volunteering at our award-winning radio station, Smoke Radio. You'll learn how to produce, record and edit audio and video content on industry-standard equipment, along with picking up transferable skills like writing, podcasting, social media production, event organising and teamwork.

We've won Best Student Station in the UK twice in the last few years. As part of our prize in 2019, our students had the opportunity to take over three early breakfast shows on BBC Radio One, producing and presenting over five hours of radio for a UK and global audience.

Check out our Smoke Radio page to see how you can get involved. 

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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3
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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Practical Written exams Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.
 

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