BA (Hons) Television and Video Production (Full Time)

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BA (Hons) Television and Video Production (Full Time)

Southampton Solent University
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This degree equips you with the business, personal and practical skills needed to produce television and video programmes. It is accredited by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries. The course provides many opportunities for gaining practical work experience in the industry and for developing your CV.

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After studying the core foundation units in Year 1 (shared with Television Studio Production and Television Post-Production), you will be able to choose from a wide variety of specialist units to tailor your degree to your own interests.

Key elements include:

  • Opportunities to develop programme ideas and understand the challenges of getting an idea commissioned

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This degree equips you with the business, personal and practical skills needed to produce television and video programmes. It is accredited by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries. The course provides many opportunities for gaining practical work experience in the industry and for developing your CV.

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After studying the core foundation units in Year 1 (shared with Television Studio Production and Television Post-Production), you will be able to choose from a wide variety of specialist units to tailor your degree to your own interests.

Key elements include:

  • Opportunities to develop programme ideas and understand the challenges of getting an idea commissioned
  • Working in teams to produce programmes in factual and fiction genres, including documentary, drama, current affairs and entertainment
  • Managing and organising production teams
  • The legal and ethical frameworks of production
  • Developing the business and personal skills required by industry
  • Strong emphasis on real world practice and on up-to-date industry developments, such as multi-platform, multi-screen, iMedia, Interactive Production and TV Futures
  • Practising tutors with relevant experience and great contacts in the television industry
  • Guest speakers and live industry briefs
  • Excellent facilities, such as Solent’s new state-of-the-art Creative Industries Academy
  • A variety of learning, teaching and assessment styles and strong student support.

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Industrial focus

There is a strong emphasis on employability on this course. This is reinforced through live industry briefs, practical work experience and industry professionals who have input into course content.

Guest speakers, in association with the Royal Television Society, have included film critic Mark Kermode, film director Ken Russell and broadcasters Alastair Stewart and Esther Rantzen. Other recent speakers include BAFTA-winning directors Sir Alan Parker and Michael Apted, London 2012 Head of Broadcast John Rowlinson, award-winning screenwriter Julian Unthank, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, casting director Manuel Puro and Downton Abbey and Doc Martin editor Nick McPhee.

Students are encouraged to gain work experience through Solent Productions, the University’s TV production unit, and Solent Creatives, Solent’s freelance media agency. This gives them the opportunity to work on festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival and on briefs for clients such as Skandia, the NHS and the Southampton Boat Show.

Solent University also has a close working relationship with the Daily Echo in Southampton and BBC South, leading to invaluable practical work experience for students.

Many graduates have gone on to successful employment or freelance careers within the industry. They have worked on TV programmes such as Come Dine With Me, The Great British Bake Off, The X Factor, Have I Got News For You and for Sky Sports, or in facilities, production and post-production houses.

Course content

Year 1

Five core units:

  • Introduction to Television Production (Studio, Editing and Single-Camera Production)
  • Writing for Television
  • Issues in Television History
  • Researching for Television
  • I-Media.

Year 2

Four core units and two option units:

  • Factual Production
  • Fiction Production
  • Contemporary British Television
  • Interactive Production.

Options:

  • Studio Production
  • Studio Series Production
  • Videography
  • Producing Television
  • Community Production
  • Shooting Music
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Sound Aesthetics and Sound Editing
  • Creating Interactive Television
  • British TV Genre
  • Women in Film and TV
  • Industrial Placement
  • The Documentary Tradition
  • Multimedia Events
  • News Production Past and Present
  • Editing and Technology
  • Story Structures for Editors
  • Directing and Producing Dance for Television
  • Casting
  • Creating a Sit-Com
  • Authoring Interactive TV
  • Creating Motion Graphics
  • VJ Culture and Expanded Cinema
  • Writing Drama Documentary
  • Adapting for the Screen
  • Writing for Soap Opera
  • Writing the Short Film
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year 3

Three core units and two option units:

  • Major Project
  • Television Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries.

Options:

  • Advanced Studio Production
  • Studio Series Development and Production
  • Advanced Editing with Final Cut Pro
  • Experimental Media
  • Motion Graphics for Video
  • Developing and Pitching
  • Creating TV Drama
  • Alternative Film, TV and Video
  • Interactive Professional Production
  • Pitching, Presenting and Communication
  • Interacting with the Audience
  • Event TV
  • Editing and Authorship
  • Rehearsing Actors
  • Scheduling and Budgeting
  • The Business of Performance Production
  • Interactive Branding
  • Feature Film Writing
  • Creative Entrepreneurial/Freelance Practice
  • Writing Drama Series
  • Curriculum Plus.

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Why choose Solent?

You can choose your specialisms and tailor the course to what you want to do. It’s a great general production course which will give you a wide range of skills across television and video, and you will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and a vastly experienced staff team.

Three fully equipped television studios, including a full high-definition studio with seating for an audience of up to 200.

Assessment

Entirely coursework-based, using a mixture of production work, written essays and presentations.

Projects/work experience

All students must undertake a minimum of 120 hours’ work experience. Recent students have worked with clients as diverse as the international charity Safepoint, the Daily Echo and the AAIR asthma charity.

Key career skills

Creative thinking, presentation, project management, visual communication, evaluation and problem solving.

Graduate quote

Cameron Wheels

“The University has set me up very well to work within the industry, with great work experience available such as Glastonbury. And as far as teaching goes, you can’t beat it. They are always ready to support you and help you create the best work that you can. If you want to do well, there is no place better than Southampton Solent.”
The International Foundation Year must be successfully completed before commencing undergraduate study (NQF Level 6 and above). In compliance with UKBA Tier 4 (General Student) policy, a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) will initially be issued for the foundation course.

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