Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

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.

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.

Course structure

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 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

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

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Professional Recognition

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels– BBB
  • 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 at least grade C in Maths and English GCSEs

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.0 in writing.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year, and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. If you meet the entry requirements for the course (predicted or achieved) you are sent a questionnaire and are considered on your questionnaire responses and, if you are selected for interview, a marked A Level coursework essay.

It’s also essential that you have a portfolio of relevant work; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts and creative writing.

Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.0 in writing. 

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year, and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. If you meet the entry requirements for the course (predicted or achieved) you are sent a questionnaire and are considered on your questionnaire responses and, if you are selected for interview, a marked A Level coursework essay.

It’s also essential that you have a portfolio of relevant work; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts and creative writing.

Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

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Careers

From web content creation, corporate production, NGO media provision to the commercials and advertising, our students graduate with the skills to work in all areas of broadcast television. 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 (NFS).

Almost all graduates begin work as runners with television or media companies, usually in roles secured through our active work experience programme.

We currently have two graduates directing on Good Morning Britain, one of whom secured the role within 2 years of graduating. We also have graduates working with BBC Engineering, Tiger Aspect, Endemol, Syco, Disney, Google, ITV Studios, Cartoon Network, London Live, Freemantle, Getty Images, CTV Outside Broadcast, Objective Productions, MUFC and Southampton FC.

But it is the range of employment opportunity that is most impressive. Cinematographers, editors, producers, researchers, associate producers, schedulers, directors, sound recordists, a 2014 world cup, CIR engineers, production co-ordinators and of course, runners.

We have strongly developed links with ITV studios, Disney and London Live. We have interns with Disney, IMG, Endemol.

Our large network of alumni keep our name and reputation alive in the industry.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Facilities

The Television Production BA Honours 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.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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: £12,500 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

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