BA single honours Television Production 2018/19

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If you are looking for a degree that is relevant to a job in the creative sector, Television Production would be an excellent choice. Television Production is an exciting, practice-centred programme of study that provides you with the technical, production and theoretical skills needed for a career within the creative industries, which is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK and global economies. On Television Production you will work with industry standard equipment and facilities. Whether storytelling on smart phones, shooting on 4K cameras or using a fully equipped television studio the degree will prepare you for entry into the media industries.

You will get the opportunity to work on a range of television formats including fiction, non-fiction and live-studio television production before choosing to specialise in one of these areas. Industry practitioners provide expert masterclasses and the School has guest speakers from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the independent television sector.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In Years 1 and 2 of your degree you will get the chance to work with fiction filmmaking, live studio programmes, producing television documentaries and the theories behind the practice. During this period, you will become multi-skilled in all areas of television. In Year 3 you are able to specialise and focus on one major project.

Work experience

Students are regularly encouraged and offered opportunities for work placements across the creative industries.

Del Brown, our industry consultant with over twenty years’ experience working in live television, instructs our students in live studio production. With thousands of hours of live television directing and vision mixing to his name, Del was originally trained by Barbara Gainsley who was the vision mixer on Live Aid in 1985.

Core modules

Year 1

Magazine Features

Working in a group, you will be taught the skills to create short magazine features. These topical stories are key parts of programmes, such as BBC1's 'The One Show' or ITV1's 'This Morning'. You will research, plan and produce your non-fiction stories, while making sure that they appeal to your selected audience and take into account the demands of the broadcasters.

Television Studio Production

This hands-on practical module will teach you the skills needed to make a live studio television show. You will have the chance to work with presenters, music and create live content. You will be trained in the technology, equipment and industry procedures used in our fully-equipped television studio and gallery. Working as a team, you will be introduced to contemporary television production practices from the initial idea to the final product.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 1

This module builds on your pre-existing skills to help you to make a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. The module will encourage a reflective and self-managed approach to your study, time management, research and work-readiness, which will begin to prepare you for work in the creative industries.

Reading the Moving Image

This module places the study of moving image production into a historical context, looking at how narratives and meaning are negotiated and how they impact on the viewer. You will study key concepts, for example authorship, genre, mise-en-scene and consider the ways in which filmmaking practices impact on the creation of texts for television and film. You will learn how to apply the analysis of moving image form and content to your own creative practice.

Mobile Filmmaking

The practice of storytelling on smart phones is one of the latest ways to shoot a film. In this module, you will adopt this modern approach to filmmaking and shoot, edit and produce a film. You will be shown effective camera techniques, sound recording and editing methods. The history and development of mobile production will be considered while making connections between your own work and the broader context of contemporary digital mobile filmmaking.

Introduction to Film Production

This module introduces you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment and techniques providing opportunities to develop creative, technical and organisational skills within the context of digital film production. The module encourages you to acquire team-working skills and integrate theoretical concepts within practical production.

Year 2

Documenting the Real

This module examines different forms of television documentaries and how they have been shaped by social, institutional and technological circumstances. Drawing on a range of examples, you will critically consider the ethical and contextual issues when filming with real people. These conventions and methods will also help you to create your own short documentary, which aims to engage an ever more demanding audience.

Popular TV

You will analyse the industrial practices and cultural contexts of popular programming on British television and evaluate key debates and theories relating to popular formats and genres such as quiz shows, lifestyle programming and talk shows. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the multitude of ways that TV producers engage with the popular audience across a multi-platform medium.

Live Studio Production

Working as part of a team you will build on your television expertise with further hands-on experience of live programming. The module will enhance your skillset with roles such as vision control, graphics, sound, directing and vision mixing. You will be part of a team working in line with industry practices to make a live show broadcast on social media.

Creative Film Practice

The module develops your skills and understandings of specialist moving image production and post-production technologies. You will develop a short creative film from initial concept to post-production.

Year 3

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 3

The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and team work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.

Pre-Production for Final Project

This module is the pre-production phase for the Final Project. You will follow industry-standard planning and pre-production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or 'pitch'. You will develop your proposal into a pre-production portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.

Final Project

The Final Project is a double module that gives you the opportunity to synthesise the technical expertise you have acquired throughout the programme to work as part of a team to create an ambitious professional production. The Final Project will add to your showreel and act as your 'calling card' when seeking professional employment.

Critical Creative Reflection

This module gives you the opportunity to reflect critically on your practice during your programme of study. You will evaluate your creative workflow and how your practice has been effective for your chosen target audiences. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate how your work fits within the broader creative landscape.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Editing Practice and Theory

This module develops your critical understanding of the process of editing through practical exercises and the analysis of cinematic texts. The module introduces you to the theory of editing and provides practical opportunities for you to develop your understanding of the importance of the editing process in film and television production.

Cinematography: Designing the Frame

You will gain practical hands-on experience of moving-image production technologies and learn how to light, control exposure and compose for the camera. The module is delivered through practical workshops, lectures and screenings.


Screenwriting provides you with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of the craft of scriptwriting. You will learn the techniques of scriptwriting and build your creative skills to make original and imaginative dramatic narratives while also studying a variety of theoretical approaches to scriptwriting.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 2

This module prepares you for work-related experience in the creative industries, which is an important step towards your future employment. Tailored workshops and industry guests will help you to understand popular trends, issues and markets in order for you to make the best of these opportunities.

Global Experience in Media and Art Design

You will develop your appreciation of cultural differences and how these affect your professional practice by carrying out a media project abroad. To complete the project you will need to apply the skills that you have learned on the programme so far, and engage with the host culture.

Watching the Detectives

The module will introduce you to the detective as a literary, film and television narrative and stylistic device. You will evaluate the distinction between the police detective and the private detective and the gender and/or ethnic identity of the detective. The creation of original content by streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon will also be considered to examine how the detective genre is shifting in terms of audience reception, narrative fluidity and genre expectations.

Year 3

Contemporary TV Drama

The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary television drama and the way in which its evolving forms affect its consumption and definition. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse examples of contemporary television and understand how contemporary television drama relates to the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.

Laughing Matters

This module will develop your critical understanding of comedy, humour and laughter, both in terms of comprehending the pleasures laughter offers an audience and the ways it is necessary to structure a given text for comedic purposes. You will study a variety of theoretical positions on comedy, the comic, humour and laughter and the socio-political contexts in which comedy takes place.

Television Production is designed to prepare you for a career in the television industry. However, the skills you develop would also open up opportunities in the wider creative industries, one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the UK and global economies.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Text books No purchase is mandatory.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the Course

The degree is structured to provide a balance of approximately two-thirds practice to one-third theory.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, screenings and workshops. Each year of the programme is made up of modules totalling 120 credits. Each 20-credit module has up to 50 hours of directed learning including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one and group tutorials and feedback on assignments. Teaching is supported by online resources containing suggestions for reading, ideas for class discussion and guidance on preparation for lectures, seminars and assignments. The online resources help you to learn flexibly and in a way that suits you and are of central importance to the delivery of independent creative practice and project work. You are also expected to put in 150 hours of self-¬directed study and practical work for each 20-credit module.

Academic input

Tim Jones is a highly experienced Senior Lecturer who has taught here since 2000. Jane Milton is a former TV documentary director, producer and has taught in higher education for the last ten years.

You will be assessed using a range of methods, including reflective analyses, group project work, presentations, reflective journals, blogs and essays. There are no written exams.

We are now building a new £12m arts facility in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

TV Production uses a fully equipped television studio featuring Sony cameras, Vinten Osprey Elite Pedestals and green screen. In the gallery there is a 2 ME Ross Carbonite desk with Xpression Designer Graphics, Vision 2 Lighting software, Vision Control area, and a Calrec Brio digital sound desk.

The programme utilises a variety of video cameras including the Panasonic HPX 250, Black Magic Cinema and URSA cameras and the Arri Amira. Post Production facilities include Avid and Adobe After Effects software on an Editshare network.

Professional practitioners from the television industry deliver guest lectures and workshops. The programme has links with the BBC (there is a satellite BBC studio on campus), various independent television companies and television freelancers.

The QVC Shopping Channel offers internships each year.

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UCAS code

  • P301 Television Production, BA

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2018

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