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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 all the skills you need to devise exciting ideas, stories and formats and develop them into eye-catching visual media for a wide range of TV genres and platforms.

Whether you’re excited by Love Island, Emmerdale, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay or one of Reggie Yates’ hard-hitting BBC Three documentaries, you’ll learn the crucial techniques of story-telling and narrative development that are so vital in today’s TV industry.

Why study with us

Develop the practical skills in television production demanded by employers.

Learn your trade using the latest industry-standard equipment for free 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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20%

Our Media and Film courses are ranked in the top 20% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

No.2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

87%

Leeds Trinity University has an overall student satisfaction score of 87%

(National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

Award-winning media professionals – many of whom still work in the industry – will help you unlock the secrets of making memorable TV. You’ll get practical, hands-on experience in camera operating, directing, presenting, sound recording, script-writing and editing. You’ll work in our fully equipped TV studios, where you’ll learn the art of being a vision mixer, autocue operator and floor manager. And you’ll learn the key art of filming on location.

You’ll develop the twin skills of employability and entrepreneurship, enabling you to work as a freelancer or even set up your own production company. And we’ll encourage you to spend a life-changing semester studying abroad, with partners in countries such as Australia, Germany and the USA.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a fantastic portfolio of eye-catching TV content ready to show employers, helping you to get that all-important first foot on the career ladder.

Further Study

A number of Television Production students have gone onto postgraduate study at Leeds Trinity. Some have wanted to continue their passion for the subject by completing the Masters by Research degree, others have widened their skillset by studying for the MA in Journalism, whilst some have opted for careers in teaching by completing a PGCE.    

Modules >

Year 1

You will study a range of core modules that will cover a combination of practical and theoretical subjects related to your degree. These include Analysing Media and Culture, which will explore subjects such as advertising, news and identity via a range of theoretical concepts.

Introduction to Television (Theory) will examine the history of broadcasting in the UK, the role of PSB, technological changes, and the genres of soap opera, sitcom and drama. Introduction to Television (Practical) will allow you to develop basic practical skills. It will provide you with the knowledge to tackle a range of production jobs both in front of and behind the camera. Writing for Television will explore how scripts are created for a variety of programme genres. You will also cover the wide-ranging and diverse roles played by a researcher in contemporary television.

Year 2

You will study a combination of core and option modules, allowing you to create your own pathway by exploring some of the subjects from year one in further detail. Your main practical module will be Creative Development (Studio and Location). You will build a greater understanding of how to make the most of the studio environment and equipment. You will examine all aspects of filming on location, from pre-production research and 'recces' to the actual filming process.

Researching Media, Film and Culture introduces you to a range of approaches to research, and to the processes involved in formulating a research proposal. Option modules include: Script to Screen; Documentary: Theory and Practice; Understanding Disney; Digital Narratives and Digital Effects.

Year 3

You will study two core modules. Media, Film and Culture Research A and TV Production Portfolio. In the first you will apply specific research skills to an extended piece of independent work. The topic of which will reflect your personal interests in any Media related field. The second module allows you to create your own production from scratch, after securing a commission from an external client.

Final year option modules include: Creative Media; Advanced Documentary and Advanced Short Film Production;Contemporary Cult TV, Film and Television Adaptation, Science Fiction, and Transmedia Storytelling.                         

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

  • MFC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • MFC4012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • MFC4022 - Analysing Media and Culture
  • MFC4062 - Introduction to Television
  • MFC4262 - Introduction to Television (Practical)
  • MFC4272 - Writing for Television
  • MFC4391 - Introduction to TV Research
  • MFC4401 - Audio Production

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

  • MFC5012 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5052 - Radio and Podcast Production
  • 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
  • MFC6102 - Mapping the Audio-Visual Landscape
  • MFC6112 - European Cinema
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6202 - Contemporary Cult Television
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research A
  • MFC6242 - Negotiated Media Project
  • MFC6322 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6462 - Television Production Portfolio
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 17.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 260 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 990 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 2 - 16.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 223 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 907 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 9.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 115 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,085 hours of independent 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.

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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


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 – 73.3% coursework; 26.7% practical exams

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 £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find 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.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

Find out more

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.

Your placements aim to give you the edge over other graduates as you begin searching for that big career break. Draw inspiration from our recent students, who have impressed employers during placements at shows like Come Dine With Me, Emmerdale and The Politics Show, as well as at household names like Working Title Films and Pinewood Studios.

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. Our recent graduates work with the BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as a variety of independent production companies.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

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 enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.