Television Production BA (Hons)

About the course

This course is hands-on, highly practical, taught in a multi-camera TV studio, and has very impressive graduate success stories. University of Bedfordshire's recently launched Beds TV enables students to broadcast their own work online.

This course is ideal if you want to work as part of the team behind the camera: as you turn your ideas into projects you will develop a substantial portfolio of work, along with the ability to work in groups or independently.

As you explore cinematography, audio and visual effects, editing, sound design, lighting, scriptwriting, directing, producing, music videos, live magazine programmes and television drama you will develop an impressive set of skills with which to wow prospective employers.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W610
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

 

Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Why choose this course?

  • Learn about key themes and issues in television together with practical study, putting it all together in a major piece of independent work in your final year
  • Study TV Production with industry practitioners in a modern, hi-tech environment, used by the BBC
  • Develop your skills in a dedicated multi-camera TV studio equipped with all the latest technologies
  • Gain from access to fully-equipped rehearsal space, video editing suites, radio studios, professional galleries and more
  • Explore strong industry links, building contacts and experience as you work with professional TV performers and presenters
  • Benefit from a course which sees many graduates go on to production and technical jobs in television, film, new media, and commercial and corporate sectors of the industry. Students have secured jobs on high profile shows including Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor, Masterchef Australia, The Door, Family Food Fight, Britain's Best Dish, Ideal World Shopping Channel, Comic Relief, Dancing on Ice, Peep Show, Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and Supernanny, Big Brother, Four in a Bed, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, The National Lottery, Don't Tell the Bride, The Only Way is Essex.

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What will I learn?

Units

  • Introduction To Broadcast News Skills (MED056-1) Compulsory
  • Tv Programme Content & Creation (MED017-1) Compulsory
  • Tv Studio Production (MED013-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Media (MED004-1) Compulsory
  • Bedstv: Location (MED078-2) Compulsory
  • Key Themes In Television Studies (MED027-2) Compulsory
  • Tv Studio Drama (MED082-2) Compulsory
  • Scriptwriting (MED026-2) Optional
  • Tv Studio Music (MED065-2) Optional
  • Special Project: Television (MED051-3) Compulsory
  • Routes To Market (MED052-3) Optional
  • Script: Writing, Editing And Pitch (MED025-3) Optional
  • Tv Drama (MED029-3) Optional
  • Tv Production: On Air (MED015-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is an integral part of your learning. As you complete each stage of your production we give you feedback and advice on how to further develop and improve your work so that you can take it to the next stage. We assess both the processes you use to produce work and the quality of the final production.

The media industry expects high quality work completed to absolutely fixed distribution deadlines. We will reflect this in our assessment of your work and so whilst the way in which you work is important, ultimately it is the quality of what you produce that will be the main influence on your grade.

  • Year 1 - 10% of assessment is by exam, 60% by coursework and 30% practical exam.
  • Year 2 - 52% by coursework and 48% practical exam.
  • Year 3 - 65% by coursework and 35% practical exam.

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3) Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The creative, analytical and practical skills you will acquire will equip you for many different careers both within the media industries and beyond. You will graduate with immediately relevant vocational skills together with the ability to develop and plan your career, capitalizing on the intellectual skills that will serve you throughout your life.

Employability is embedded within each year of the course in the form of one-to-one tutorials to discuss your career plan, industry visits to TV studios and TV recordings, opportunities for work experience and paid work within the University and with industry, careers talks, regular networking events at the University and an annual media networking event in Soho.

The alumni network of successful graduates working in TV and film industries provides ready made connections to assist you with your job search. Staff lecturers provide links to industry; regular visiting lecturers and master classes further expand our contact list.

Find out where our BA (Hons) TV Production graduates are now working

At team of more than 40 students and staff from the University of Bedfordshire’s Media Arts and Production department worked with Radio LaB 97.1fm, to broadcast a special General Election 2015 results programme. Read the full story and view the photos.

This is a fast-growing and industry-focused course, taught by expert practitioners in a realistic and professional setting.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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