Television Production (BA Hons)

TV student

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Park, Cheltenham

Want to join a growing TV industry? Then this is the course for you.

On this exciting and highly practical television production course, you’ll explore and produce programmes in all of the three main production areas of broadcast and streaming platforms – fiction, documentary and multi-camera studio entertainment production. This course will allow you to gain specialist technical and production skills, as well as arming you with a working knowledge of research and development, scripting, shooting, editing and the promotion TV programmes.

The majority of your learning will be practical, learning by making, working with industry relevant cameras, sound and editing equipment, in our professionally equipped HD multi-camera studio as well as out on location. You will gain knowledge, skills and career guidance from our award-winning teaching team of highly experienced industry producers and directors all of whom have worked on recent high-profile dramas, documentaries and studio shows, for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, and ITV.

By continuing to work regularly in the industry, our teaching team are extremely well placed to bring in top industry professionals for workshops, masterclasses and mentoring, as well as providing links and work opportunities with the UK’s top production companies. Student will also have access to UK-wide field trips to support the development of your work. With such strong industry links, facilities and equipment, the course is accredited and supported by ScreenSkills.

Our students have recently presented and produced live-record multi-camera programmes, with guests including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner, Harry Redknapp, and produced shows including the General Election Debates, as well as undertaking live broadcast of many music festivals and a wide variety of sports coverage.

The course has a strong sense of community. Our highly successful alumni are regularly able to invite current students to work on very high profile shows such as X Factor, The Voice, Doctor Who and One Born Every Minute. We also organise regular trips to recordings of shows with backstage access to directors and production teams – we recently made a visit to BBC’s This Country.

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Study style

Television Production is a highly practical course and you will gain a solid grounding in production, technical and craft skills, while also developing your creativity and team work.

Core modules in your first year will cover all aspects for television including drama, documentary and entertainment.

In the final year you will specialise, working on two programmes made to broadcast standards within your chosen TV genres. As part of this project you will pitch your ideas to industry experts, working with them to help develop and produce your project. Also in the final year, you will benefit from a work experience module, gaining invaluable industry experience, preparing you for employment as soon as you graduate.

Our technical staff are AVID certified trainers and you could gain AVID certification while on the course, alongside experiencing an array of software programmes, such as DaVinci Resolve, After Effects and ProTools.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Multi Camera Studio Production' to 'Scriptwriting'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Fees

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeP311

Careers

  • Production roles on high-end TV dramas
  • Writer
  • Director
  • Documentary producer/production manager
  • Camera operator/ camera assistant
  • Multi-camera studio production crew
  • TV editor/ edit assistant
  • Multi Studio Director
  • Producer
  • Production crew
  • Sound Recordist

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Student Focus

Jack Maddox

I’m a production management assistant for the BBC. I’ve worked on The One Show and Heirloom Detectives. I like being the person who puts it all together.

It was a really practical degree. We weren’t just sitting down and writing essays. We were going out and creating meaningful projects. It was focused on real skills, which helped us get jobs when we graduated. We had a lot of advice on interviews, CVs and preparing ourselves for work. My final year project won a Royal Television Society award and was nominated for a Grierson British Documentary Award.

Industry links

Our lecturers have a wealth of industry contacts both locally and nationally in addition to potential opportunities for students that can lead to employment.

Course alumni regularly invite current students to work with them at companies including the BBC and ITV. Working with the famous Cheltenham Festivals, students also have opportunities to film and vision-mix at internationally recognised events.

Previous students have also worked on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Strictly Come Dancing, The Grand Tour, Doctor Who and One Born Every Minute. This course is accredited by Creative Screenskills, who work with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent.

Stuart Mitchell

Staff Profile

Stuart Mitchell

Stuart graduated from the Royal College of Art Film & Television MA course in 1997. His graduation film (‘Stood for this Massive’, about a big-time sports gambler) was shown at numerous film festivals, including IDFA and London Film Festival, and subsequently broadcast by the BBC in 1998. For the next 15 years he worked as a freelance producer, director and cameraman on prime-time broadcast documentaries, primarily for BBC and Channel 4, with many of the major independent production companies, including The Garden, Films of Record, October Films, Twenty-Twenty, RDF and Dragonfly TV. The programmes covered a range of approaches and subjects, but were mostly observational or authored films on contemporary social issues. Since 2008, he has been working in higher education alongside his industry work, as a Senior Lecturer in documentary at various schools including the National Film and Television School, Westminster, Herts and UWE. He joined the University of Gloucestershire team in July 2018.

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Get ahead with our Creative Screenskills accredited degree

Be taught by television professionals on a course approved by the UK TV industry. We have connections with global companies and leading freelance producers, directors, editors and screenwriters. On graduation you will be recognised by the industry as a 'work-ready' graduate.

Ranked in the top 20 for film production and photography

One of the UK’s best universities for television production, we’re ranked in the UK top 20 by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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Pitch your work to professionals

You'll have the opportunity within all production modules to pitch your programme ideas to a panel that includes high profile industry professionals (producers, directors and writers). Recent guests include BAFTA & Emmy winning producer and director Patrick Collerton, and Simon Kerfoot - Executive Producer of UK top-10 production company Dragonfly Television. The best work is shown at a BAFTA-style awards ceremony and entered into competition with the Royal Television Society. Recent students have pitched to BBC3 and been commissioned to produce and direct on their short film programmes.

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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