Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
P311; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Television Production BA (Hons) course aims to produce the Television programme makers of the future - creative, flexible and multi-skilled. The TV production programme offers live multi-camera production environments in our purpose built professional broadcast studio in the heart of the Preston’s Media Factory and now through our state-of-the-art outside broadcast (OB) unit. Our fixed exterior street set provides the perfect backdrop for drama and soap opera production; whilst the Media Factory offers a collaborative environment for film makers, musicians and performers to work alongside the Television Producers of the future.
The course provides an output for specialist interests including Sports Television & Live Event Production through our customizable study routes. The programme offers specialism in music video production, documentary and single camera production. Television Production boasts some exclusive partnerships with external companies, organisations and broadcasters; over the last 12 months students have worked with ITV through our unique Soap in a Week experience, BBC and Sony to name a few.
104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
International Baccalaureate with 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Optional modules (80 credits) choose from:
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The ITV Soap in a Week project saw 50 ITV cast and crew work alongside 90 undergraduates and alumni to write, produce, act and direct a 15 minute drama. The filming took place across the University’s city centre campus, including the new outdoor ‘street’ – a purpose built facility which features external frontage of a pub, a shop and two houses.
Coronation Street’s Connor McIntyre and Tisha Merry and Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick and Anthony Quinlan were the professionals who were cast in main roles alongside the students.
Connor, who plays Pat Phelan in the world’s longest-running TV continuing drama, said: “It’s a fantastic initiative and one which I’m delighted to be part of. I have been really impressed with the commitment of the students. They have grasped this unique chance with both hands, they have been very professional in their attitude and they have worked so hard. It’s been a very professional set up and everyone should be proud of the work they’ve done.”
Over the week, two days were spent on crafting and tweaking the script, two were spent on rehearsals and filming while the final day was spent on post-production.
The production skills that are taught at UCLan plus the equipment that is accessible to you meant that I could create a well-made video that ultimately has set me on my way in the TV industry.
In addition to full time staff many industry specialists are involved in delivery of lectures and practical sessions, drawing on their current television experience this ensures your knowledge of broadcast practice is as current as possible.
Philip Wood - Drama Director. Philip delivers a series of workshops on the Advanced TV Production Module. He’s a drama & documentary director with over 25 years experience in the industry. His extensive TV Drama credits include: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside, Family Affairs, River City & Dream Team.
Robin Stonestreet. – Engineering Manager – SIS Live. Robin teaches planning and deployment of outside broadcast facilities on the Advanced TV Production Module. He is an experienced Engineering Manager working for the OB giant SIS Live which covers all the major television outside broadcasts across the UK including the London Olympics, The London Marathon & The Commonwealth Games etc.
Joy Monks - Script Supervisor. Joy presents lectures and workshops on multicamera music scripting on the Advanced TV Module. She is a BBC Trained Script Supervisor & Gallery PA specialising in Music and Live programmes. She has worked across the whole range of music TV output from major rock concerts to the BBC Proms. She’s been involved in broadcast and video output all over the World.
If you want to study aboard we are able to help you choose the right course in the right location helping you to match your learning requirements with those in Europe, the US, Canada, or further afield.
For a number of years TV & Media Production students have had the opportunity to travel abroad and work collaboratively with students from a variety of courses. 80% of the cost of these trips are funded by UCLan making all locations affordable.
Last year our students travelled to the following destinations:
In an expedition to the Arctic Circle TV Production students joined, Astrophysics, photography, creative writing & Publishing. The goal was to document the natural phenomenon of the northern lights. The trip marked the culmination of over a year of planning & training sessions in which the team learned crucial survival tips and the use of video equipment in extreme conditions. Here’s a short clip of a documentary covering the expedition by TV production student Adam Shoker.
A group of students from across the Journalism and Media visited Kenya to report on a variety of issues from sport to media exploring the range and impact of Kenya’s new voices. TV & Media students were involved in shooting and editing a variety of films on location. Here’s what they had to say about the experience.
Instead of just dreaming about working in Hollywood a group led by UCLan’s screenwriting department organised a trip to Los Angeles to enable students to shoot five short films. It was also an opportunity to take part in film festivals and meet some of Hollywood’s writers and producers. The team consisted of screenwriters, film & television producers, a journalist and a web developer. TV Production student Rebecca Collins worked as Production Manager across the project and was responsible for shooting a documentary covering the trip.
Organised by the School of Sport and Wellbeing this trip was an opportunity for students to work in challenging environments and make a contribution to the work of Sport in Action. The trip included a visit to Victoria Falls and rafting safaris on the Zambezi. Media Technology student Mike Jackson joined students from Sports Tourism & the Outdoors to document the trip. Here’s one of the films he shot this year.
A ten day trip to Guangzhou, where students from the school of Journalism and Media teamed up with their counterparts from UCLan’s partner college in China. They were there to explore first-hand the explosion of activity which has propelled China to the forefront of many of the World’s sports. Media Production student Hayley Young was one of the team talking to the people who make sport tick in Guangzhou.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The course has a wide range of visiting lecturers from the industry, some of them alumni of the course. There are links with a number of industrial organisations such as Sony, the BBC and Granada, along with more local companies such as the ADI group.
Close links to broadcast and production companies in the North West ensure you’ll have the chance to gain industry experience, and we offer visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities as part of the course.
English Regions Skills Review 2015
UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:
The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).
At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.
This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.
The course is part of the new JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) at UCLan, which is one of only three in the country. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Degree transcripts from this course will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making our graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. More information is available on JAMES official website.
Your studies will include a mixture of lectures & production workshops delivered by tutors & industry practitioners. There are no traditional exams and assessment is in the form of written assignments and programme & content production.
Visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities are arranged. The course leader actively encourages work experience across your degree which feeds into the teaching and will help to strengthen your employment chances.
Most modules will contain a mixture of practical and theoretical assignment work which may be in the form of written reports, critical essays, group work, seminar presentations, or exams.
The modules are designed to develop your technical vocabulary and knowledge, and for you to apply this knowledge to production problems both within the TV studio and outside. Working individually and in teams, you will plan and produce media artefacts for different purposes and different clients. You will be graded on your technical knowledge, your craft skills, your problem-solving, and your ability to observe professional working practices.
The assessment methods are quite eclectic: mostly product-based course-work, often accompanied by a written commentary or report, but at times, you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by presenting, or by taking computer-based tests.
From my camera and editing skills to my CV and interview techniques, I definitely owe a lot of gratitude to UCLan.
You’ll be using our state-of-the-art facilities in the Media Factory, which include a TV studio with autocue equipped studio cameras and production gallery, an outside broadcast unit and the latest specification equipment and 3D production facilities.
As well as a fully equipped television studio & four-camera HD Outside Broadcast unit, the Media Factory has an extensive technical stores with a range of the very latest camera, sound lighting & grips equipment. With a university activated swipe card you’ll have access to the Media factory’s facilities 24/7.
The University has a wide range of lecture theatres and open-access teaching rooms many equipped with individual PC and Mac workstations for multimedia teaching and production. UCLan also has the largest 3D lecture theatre in Europe with seating for over 400.The production gallery contains a full complement of broadcast-standard digital vision processing including video effects, tapeless recording and a 24 channel audio mixer with a range of digital sound processing.
Recorded programmes and the live studio output can be multicast across the university via a bespoke video server.
Directing, producing, scriptwriting, sound recording, editing, post-production, vision mixing and floor management are just a few of the areas this course could lead to. Our students have graduated and gone to work on the likes of Dragons Den, Strictly Come Dancing, Jeremy Kyle and other Granada shows.
Grab the opportunity to work abroad : you could visit Europe, USA, Canada or further afield. Funded travel bursaries give you the chance to practice your skills abroad in locations ranging from the arctic to the Far East.
Follow Beth Bennett’s vlog on a recent Year 3 study trip to Krakow.