Media and Communication (Television) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
P9WP
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:

Designed for those who wish to pursue a career in television or video production, our popular BA (Hons) Media and Communication (Television) course enables you to specialise in this specific creative sector.

The Television pathway within the Media and Communication degree develops the key skills you need to enter the profession, as well as providing you with a range of transferable skills which will help you gain employment in a range of careers within the creative industries.

Our Media and Communication courses are highly regarded across the creative sector, thanks to our blend of technical and academic studies.

New for 2017/18

Media and Communication (Television) - BA (Hons)

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

If you choose this pathway, you’ll work in our four industry-standard TV studios, including our green screen MILO studio. You’ll learn how to shoot single camera and edit on Avid, and develop the skills you need to operate a TV studio. Alongside learning technical skills, you’ll develop and pitch your own ideas.

This is a stimulating course that will immerse you in the practical aspects of programme-making. You’ll have ample opportunity to make documentaries, television drama, music videos, studio magazines and talk shows.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by academic staff who have years of experience in the television broadcasting sector, such as former award-winning BBC producer Vanessa Jackson, and visiting lecturers who still work in industry.

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll learn essential skills in our broadcast-quality television studios.
  • Our broadcast-quality digital studios are supported by the latest audio production tools and are used by media companies, who also work with our students in lectures and on joint projects.
  • You’ll be taught by award-winning academic staff who continue to work in industry, and have an accomplished track record in television production.
  • The curriculum has a professional media practice theme running throughout the three years, and blends theory with practice.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Artrix
  • Aspire

And in jobs such as:

  • Technical Support Assistant
  • Teaching Supervisor

This course is accredited by:

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

Applicants will also need a good portfolio to bring to interview at an Applicant Visit Day. See Portfolio Guidance on the 'How to apply' tab.

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A-Level excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking (280 UCAS points) - does not accept points from A/S Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including merit or higher in 18 credits at Level 3
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM (280 UCAS points)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 140 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 points, including 4 higher level passes
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 points, including 3 higher level passes
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

From A Level, not including A/S Levels

New UCAS tariff

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Portfolio Guidance

We would like you to bring along some of your work which demonstrates your abilities and interest in the media. This will provide valuable support for your application and enable tutors to make a prompt decision. However, do not worry if the work you bring is not media-related as we are also looking for potential, creativity and enthusiasm.

We require you to bring the following:

An example of written work

(e.g. an academic essay or report. This does not have to be media-related) 
AND

An example of your interest in the media

(e.g. details of any work experience you have undertaken in the media industry or a media-related hobby)
OR

An example of any practical media work

(e.g. a video, website, article, some design work, radio work, photography or scripts you have produced)

Please ensure that any work you bring along is clearly labelled with your name and UCAS number.

Please note:

  • You may bring your portfolio on a memory stick providing the memory stick itself is well marked with your name AND the work on the memory stick is organised into a folder labelled ‘Applicant Day’.
  • Photographs MUST NOT be submitted on memory stick; all photographs must be printed and brought in to the Applicant Day as part of your portfolio.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

TV Location Production Skills

You’ll learn how to shoot single camera and to edit on Avid, which is the industry-standard editing software. You’ll produce an individual and group film.

TV Studio Production Skills

You’ll learn to operate the TV studios, trying out all the different gallery and floor roles, and will also have the chance to present. As a group, you’ll create a studio show.

Professional Media Practice

You’ll create an online profile of yourself that you can send to prospective employers, as well staging a media festival and going on a two-week placement.

Studying the Media

This module introduces you to media theory and the different research methods that you’ll find useful.

Television, Film and Video Media

In this module, you’ll be introduced to research methods around studying television academically.

Year Two

TV Documentary Workshop

This a comprehensive module in which you’ll learn about different documentary techniques, including recording observational and actuality footage, as well as examining the importance of the interview. You’ll have the opportunity to develop a documentary idea and produce it in a small group, and you’ll also be asked to produce a cross-media piece.

Music TV and Promotional Production Workshop

Music is vital to television production, and in this module you’ll examine how it is used, recording music videos with live bands. You’ll also learn about corporate videos, and will work on a real-world project with musicians or a company.

TV Drama Workshop

In this module you’ll be taught how to structure television drama, develop characters and direct actors. You’ll work with actors to produce a piece of television drama.

TV Magazine and Talk Shows

You’ll learn about how to structure factual studio magazine shows, developing and producing your own original show as part of a group.

Television Industries, Texts and Audiences

You’ll study the issues and debates surrounding the television industry.

Managing Media Projects and Dissertations

In this module, you’ll develop ideas and write a proposal for the research you wish to undertake in your final year dissertation and production projects.

Year Three

Independent TV Production Company

This module will see you setting up a notional production company in a small group, creating a short pilot episode and devising an original idea that you will pitch to commissioners.

Film and TV Rhetoric

You’ll be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches that consider the social, cultural and historical contexts of film and television rhetoric.

Dissertation

You’ll undertake a substantial and sustained research topic of your own design, dependent on your area of academic interest.

Production Project

Working on your own or as part of a small group, you’ll develop and produce a piece of media that showcases your editorial and technical skills.

This is a hands-on degree, where you’ll learn by doing, all underpinned with strong theoretical and academic knowledge. Depending on the modules you select, you’ll take part in large lectures, smaller seminar classes, practical workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

In your first year, you’ll follow a broad media and communications curriculum, although as a TV specialist you must take TV Location Production Skills, and we would also encourage you to take TV Studio Production Skills. You’ll choose a further two practical modules and two theory modules, and complete your studies with a media placement.

In year two, you begin to specialise more, taking options around specific television genres, as well as studying a wider range of theory modules. You’ll undertake a further media placement and take part in a media conference.

Your third year will see you undertaking a dissertation and a production project of your choice, plus an industry-focused practice module and a theory module.

While there are no exams in your first year, some theory options in your second and third years are assessed through exams. Others are assessed through research reports or written blogs, while practical modules are assessed through coursework. There are also placement reports for the Professional Media Practice module.

Teaching breakdown

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58 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
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Assessment breakdown

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64 Practical exams #fece5a

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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Creative Skillset Tick

The Creative Skillset Tick is the quality mark for excellence in training courses and education in the Creative Industries. It identifies the UK’s most industry-focused courses and apprenticeships enabling universities, colleges and employers to recruit the brightest talent.

Our Creative Skillset accreditation shows that we will provide you with industry-relevant skills and good links with companies and potential employers.

The accreditation also assures employers that students graduating from our course have the levels of knowledge and skills they need.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

As a School, we invest significantly in our postgraduate provision as we recognise that more specialist and professional courses are required across the media industry. Our postgraduate courses include MA Event and Exhibition Management and MA Media and Creative Enterprise.

See all postgraduate media courses

Enhancing employability skills

The aim of our Media and Communication (Television) BA (Hons) course is to prepare you for a career in the fast-paced world of media and broadcasting. Thanks to our outstanding facilities and our reputation for producing work-ready, highly skilled graduates, our students are readily sought after.

As well as your industry-specific skills, you will also develop a range of transferable skills, which will boost your employability, while your network of contacts – from work experience/placements, masterclasses and guest lectures – will be invaluable when you begin to look for employment after graduating.

Exhibit This

Our third year students showcase their final year work at our Exhibit This event at the end of each academic year. It offers a springboard for our graduates and a chance for industry to spot emerging talent.

Placements

You’ll undertake a two-week placement in your first year and a three-week placement in your second year. Although you’re expected to find the placements yourself, you’ll receive as much support as you need from staff, and you’ll also have opportunity to apply for one of the several placement schemes we operate with the BBC and Sky. We operate an electronic jobs noticeboard, which includes many opportunities, and there are frequent masterclasses from companies that offer placements.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Recent graduates have gone on to become runners and researchers with independent companies, such as Dragonfly. Other graduates have secured work as junior schedulers, camera operators and assistant editors, for companies including Channel 5, the BBC and Sky.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Overseas students

Birmingham School of Media is very popular with students from overseas and this Communications and Television BA (Hons) course has seen students come from India, Malaysia and China, as well as study abroad students on exchanges from our Erasmus partners.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the largest University TV studio, are housed within a purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

There are four TV studios within the Media Centre, along with Studio B/Milo (the ‘green screen’). Three of the studios are able to do live multi-camera production and all studios (TV and radio) can be interconnected. It’s taken 22km of wire to make that happen! The Media Centre is fully digital.

Studio A

At over 2000sq ft and three stories high, Studio A’s TV floor is the largest of any University studio in the UK. Studio A could easily accommodate shows like ‘Deal or no Deal’, ‘Blue Peter’, ‘The One Show’, ‘Watchdog’ and ‘Newsnight’ to name but a few.

Studio A’s Gallery Suite #1

Studio A’s Gallery Suite #1 (TV) is where production, lighting, camera control, graphics and Autocue are controlled. Sony Broadcast have supported us in the development of the Media Centre, meaning we have broadcast-standard Sony monitors and three of their new full-HD digital vision mixing desks– some of the first examples in the UK.

Studio A’s Gallery Suite #2

Studio A’s Gallery Suite #2 (TV) is an audio gallery where the sound for the studios and the communication for interconnection are controlled. This gallery is also broadcast-standard thanks to Studer audio and a multi-layered ProTools desk. The desk allows for the three audio galleries to be used as independent sound studios or dubbing theatres. Each desk can control up to 120 sound sources in six banks of 20 channels. The desk alone cost £50,000.

Studio B / Milo (TV)

Studio B is a green screen studio for recording material that will then have CGI (computer-generated imagery) added to form the final image. The studio has a motion control camera, ‘Milo’, which can reproduce the same programmed move repeatedly. This allows the CGI and the live image to be synced.

Like Studio A, Studio B is three storeys high. The height allows the heat from the lights to be removed so that the studio floor remains at a reasonable working temperature. All the excess heat generated in the Media Centre will be recycled into hot water for the Parkside Building.

Studio C’s Studio Floor (TV)

Studio C is 1900sq ft, and has a separate production and sound gallery on the same floor. Like all the studios, it is built as a box within a box (to enhance the acoustics for sound recording) and the lighting has been designed so that staff and students will not have to work at height to change the lighting design, this is done through the use of lights and bars which are moved across the grid by poles.

Post-Production Suites (TV)

The Media Centre has four fully broadcast-standard edit suites, based on the industry-standard Avid editing system, which is used in almost all films and the majority of UK television. Though all of the suites can edit, two of the suites are specialised for Audio Finishing and Colour Grading. The Media Centre has a further 20 Avid machines in the post-production teaching suite on Level 0.

Dubbing Suites (TV)

parkside dubbing suites

The Media Centre has full broadcast-standard dubbing suites. Based on a multi-layered ProTools desk, the suites can dub both film and TV projects with up to 120 simultaneous sound sources. There is an ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) booth and the ability to record Foley (additional live sound, like footsteps). If additional Foley activity is required, for example to cover a crowd scene, then one of the radio studios or TV studio floors can be used and the sound delivered to a dubbing suite through the technical integration system.

Our Staff

Our teaching staff comprises specialists in their respective fields, including academics and industry professionals, all of whom are perfectly placed to offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. Birmingham School of Media students also benefit from access to high-profile guest speakers from across the industry.

A dynamic community that is responsive to the changing face of the media industry, Birmingham School of Media is the perfect starting point to your media career.

Vanessa Jackson

Degree Leader in Television

Course director Vanessa worked as a BBC series producer, working on factual and documentary programmes, lifestyle and makeover shows, and live studio and outside broadcasts. She also worked as a project manager for the BBC series ‘Coast’, and was part of the team to win the first BAFTA to be awarded for interactivity.

Caroline Officer

Skillset Employment Engagement Manager, Award Leader MA Television Production

Caroline Officer is an award-winning TV producer who had 18 years of experience across the industry before she joined the University. She has worked extensively for BBC Television and Endemol, producing and co-producing global television successes that have created celebrity chefs, gardeners and interior designers. She also successfully adapted successful television formats into live shows, developed TV show spin off merchandise and was an early producer of online interactive content for property developers and agents.

Dharmesh Rajput

Dharmesh worked for the BBC Asian Network on a range of television, radio and online projects.

Melanie Birks

Melanie combines her University commitments with production work for the BBC.

Matt Kaylor

Matt is a professional camera operator.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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