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Television Production

BA Honours

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Television Production

BA Honours

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  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

This degree will enable you to develop the skills you need to devise exciting stories and ideas – and to transform them into eye-catching visual content for a range of TV channels, genres and platforms.

Award-winning media professionals – many of whom are active in the industry – will help you unlock the secrets of making memorable, audience-friendly TV.

Why study with us?

• Develop the practical skills in television production demanded by employers.

• Learn your trade using the latest industry-standard equipment in our fully equipped and purpose-built Media Centre.

• Make professional contacts when you complete professional work placements in the TV industry.

• Be part of the crew. You can work with our in-house production company, Trinity Vision, on professional media productions for clients in the commercial and voluntary sectors.

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We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.

95%


of our graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

You'll get practical, hands-on experience in camera operating, producing, directing, script-writing, editing and presenting. In our fully-equipped TV studios, you'll learn how to work as a vision mixer, floor manager and autocue operator. And you'll also learn the challenging art of location filming.

Whether you're a fan of Blue Planet, The Yorkshire Vet, Love Island or one of Louis Theroux's documentaries, you'll discover the importance of casting contributors and story-telling – so vital in today's competitive TV industry.

Our focus on employability – and our outstanding contacts with skilled professionals – will help prepare you for today's TV industry. And you can also choose to spend a life-changing semester studying abroad, with our partner universities in countries like Australia, Germany, Pakistan and the USA.

By the time you graduate, you'll have a wealth of experience and a portfolio of TV content to impress future employers, so often the key to securing that all-important first foot on the career ladder.

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Further Study

Modules >

Year 1

You'll study a mix of very practical, get-your-hands-dirty modules, including Introduction to TV Research, which will outline the wide-ranging role played by a TV Researcher, often a graduate's first job in the industry.

You'll be taught how to operate industry-standard cameras, sound recording and lighting equipment, in studio and on location – and you'll also be given an introduction to Premiere Pro, the software of choice for many professional editors.

In Introduction to Television (Theory), you'll be given an excellent grounding in the history and theories underpinning modern TV, including an exploration of TV genres, platforms and audiences.

Towards the end of your first year, you'll use your newly-acquired skills – and test your ability to work within a team – in a challenging live TV broadcast exercise.

And after receiving training and support in the skills and personal strengths needed in a competitive industry, you'll get your first taste of the creative media industry, with a five-week work placement.

Year 2

This year, you'll build stronger research and production skills further in a number of key modules, making you better equipped to devise new ideas, to find and "cast" memorable contributors and to discover imaginative ways of telling their stories in film.

In our high-spec TV studio, you'll learn new ways to use cameras, sound, lighting, autocue and vision-mixing equipment and will produce two live shows. You'll also explore all aspects of filming on location – from initial research and logistical planning to filming and editing – culminating in your own short film.

In TV Genres, you'll begin to grasp the astonishing variety of global TV shows, channels and platforms, including a detailed examination of TV drama from the BBC to HBO and Netflix.

You'll create a personal pathway for your own special TV interests, by selecting an optional module in documentary, drama, online content or digital effects. And you'll further develop your range of contacts with a six-week work placement.

Year 3

You'll now have a much clearer idea where your personal TV-related skills, interests and passions lie – and you'll be able to build on this by selecting a specialised module – like advanced documentary, short film or transmedia production – from a range of options.

You'll continue to enhance your research and production skills and will use them to create a final-year project in an agreed format (like a film, a studio-based programme or a YouTube channel). As part of TV Production Portfolio, you'll also seek a commission from a real-world client to produce a short corporate film.

You may also like to work closely with one of the region's successful production companies, by studying a specific editorial or technical aspect of broadcast work in the Professional Learning Through Work module.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC4012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • MFC4022 - Analysing Media and Culture
  • MFC4062 - Introduction to Television (Theory)
  • MFC4262 - Introduction to Television - Practical
  • MFC4352 - Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • MFC4391 - Introduction to TV Research
  • MFC4401 - Audio Production

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU5052 - Radio and Podcast for Journalists
  • MFC5012 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5062 - Digital Effects
  • MFC5112 - Understanding Disney
  • MFC5132 - Television Genres
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives
  • MFC5582 - Online Community Management
  • MFC5624 - Creative Development (Studio and Location)
  • MFC5632 - Negotiated Study Module

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • JOU6002 - Advanced Radio Production
  • MFC6044 - Advanced Documentary Production
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6202 - Contemporary Cult Television
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research
  • MFC6242 - Negotiated Media Project
  • MFC6322 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6462 - Television Production Portfolio
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production

Learning and Teaching >

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements in the summer term of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5. These are supported by periods of preparation and up-skilling before the placements. We believe the placement experience is vital for students in terms of employer engagement and aiding understanding of the media industries. We also understand that students might consider their own business start-up and therefore offer a module in entrepreneurship and creativity at Level 6.

At Level 6 all students will undertake a Television Research module and a Television Production module. These provide extended opportunities to display the knowledge and skills developed on the programme in terms of thinking, researching and writing about television and also producing a high-quality piece of production work. The ability of our students to be successful in both areas is what we believe to be both distinctive about and fundamental to the educational impact of this programme. #expand#

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

The modules on this programme are delivered in a variety of ways: some through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials; some through workshops; some through practical hands-on production sessions; and some, particularly at Level 6, through initial lectures and then individual research or production supervision sessions.

All students are encouraged to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree and offered the opportunity to get involved with production projects which can be campus-based or involve liaising with external clients. This allows students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace. Students also have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials both on and off campus.


Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Students are assessed by a variety of methods including short and long essays, reports, log books, individual and group presentation, peer and practical assignments.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@​leedstrinity.ac.uk​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to work in some of the top media companies locally or across the UK without taking a sandwich year out.

Our students have recently made an impact during placements, helping to make successful shows, such as Come Dine With Me, The Yorkshire Vet, Helicopter ER, A New Life in the Sun and Emmerdale.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll graduate ready to work in a wide range of television roles, including general production, writing, camera and research roles associated with television organisations, freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities. Recent graduates work with the BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as a variety of independent  production companies.

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What is Discover Uni?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Television Production Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Television Production alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.