BA (Hons) Television Production Management

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Overview

UCAS Code:P311
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of Media
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Media at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for personal development in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Learn production techniques from experts whilst conducting an academic study of TV and the media;
  • Benefit from the interlink of practical projects and the theoretical understanding of television which will be attractive to future employers.

Designed and developed in conjunction with the BBC, this degree allows you to focus on the organisation and production side of television within a creative setting while undertaking an academic study of television and the media. It offers the opportunity to practice production techniques, such as gallery skills, casting, people management, leadership and budgeting, as well as examine the television industry from a global perspective. With ongoing collaboration from an industry panel, the degree covers areas from location research, casting, media law, new media extensions, the context and future of the industry and professional industry practice. Its broad nature ensures you are provided with a range of management skills employers are looking for.

Student Profiles

  • Alexandra Macklin

    BA (Hons) Television Production Management
    I've recently completed a production management placement at the BBC, which included being a runner when we filmed at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Mayank Gupta

    BA (Hons) Television Production Management
    This course is great for anyone who has an interest in TV and film production and likes to manage and organise.
  • Laura Mills

    BA (Hons) Television Production Management
    I'm really passionate about working in children's television and over the summer had the privilege to work for the BBC.
  • Stephanie Linney

    BA (Hons) Television Production Management
    There are lots of opportunities for students to put what they have learnt into practice. I am about to start a month's work placement with BBC Breakfast.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

The programme is designed around three core strands: production skills, practical skills, and academic study. Each year includes all the core themes but a different emphasis is placed on them as you progress through the course.

Year 1 covers a variety of modules surrounding production and production coordination as well as broadcast law. You can also choose to study the history of film and television or focus on key concepts in the study of television.

In Year 2 you will study the practical skills and techniques of production management and choose from a range of modules that examine different concepts around television such as medium specificity, audiences and narrative structures. You will also apply your production management to key practical areas including the increasingly important area of new media and second screens.

In Year 3 you will move onto advanced production management and examine emerging technologies in film and TV production and the issues and debates around them. You can also choose to undertake a dissertation and develop a programme idea that you could, if you wished, take into the industry.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical. You will be supported by a range of resources including library materials, IT and internet access, computer hardware and software to industry-standard and by a range of media and digital multimedia.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by written assignments, research projects, individual and group projects, production folders and presentations.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

Staff are actively involved in both production and television research and have recently set up an academic research forum for Culture and Media. You will be taught by an experienced team of staff with research interests that cover a wide variety of topics including audiences, the relationship between film, television and the cultural industries, business skills and new media. Lecturers retain excellent links to the industry, while a placement officer can help you find a work placement.

A Great Study Environment

The Department of Media is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

As a student in the Department of Media, you will benefit from our high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Management system (Editshare) which ensures tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work, and a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use equipment such as vision mixers, HD routers, chroma key infinity walls and fully populated, motorised lighting rigs.

Media editing booths are available, equipped with software such as Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. Creative Edge also boasts an audio dubbing suite which enables you to access a sound mixing desk, as well as sound performance rooms to add audio dialogue replacement.

You may have the opportunity to help bring Liverpool’s Sound City music festival to life. As part of an innovative partnership, Film and Television students at Edge Hill University are invited to film and edit footage of performances to create high quality videos of bands which are used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

You may also wish to get involved with the Edge Hill Students Union’s online media platform, Vibe Media. This offers many different opportunities for you to volunteer and gain experience of working within a media environment, whether as a DJ or TV presenter, organising marketing and events, or reviewing the latest films or album releases.

Modules

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Year 1

MED1208 Moving Image Production (20 credits)

Moving Image Production immerses you in moving image production practices. This includes the origination, development and refinement of ideas, the stages of pre-production, production and post-production, and the basics of camera operation, lighting and editing. The module will also acquaint you with the issues of resource and budgetary constraints and cover a range of creative, commercial and industrial contexts within which production may take place. You will be encouraged to bring knowledge, information and experiences gained outside the module to the production practice, thereby facilitating the development of creative critical approaches and problem-solving skills.

MED1210 Production Coordination (20 credits)

Production Coordination introduces the principles and concepts that are central to the role of a Production Coordinator within television. As well as gaining an understanding of the production process, you will be introduced to some of the key elements associated with the role, namely research, finance, health and safety and a range of administrative tasks and duties.

MED1211 Media Law (20 credits)

Media Law introduces the key issues and debates that relate to the cultural industries in terms of defamation, obscenity, copyright and the protection of intellectual property in a digital world. A basic understanding of media law is an essential element for any graduate seeking work in the media industries.

MED1212 Script to Screen: Location Scouting/Casting (20 credits)

Script to Screen: Location Scouting/Casting examines the principles of finding suitable locations and the procedures involved in casting for a production. You will gain a basic understanding of location scouting and casting and have the opportunity to investigate these important production considerations and understand the procedures involved in all areas.

MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts (20 credits)

Film and Television History and Contexts takes a broadly comparative approach to the development of the UK and US film and television industries. This module covers the industrial, technological and economic synergies between film and television from historical and contemporary perspectives. It looks at film production, distribution and exhibition from transnational, national and regional perspectives. You will examine commercial broadcasting, satellite, cable and regional television as well as the wider impacts of convergence and conglomeration.

MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style (20 credits)

Studying Television: Storytelling and Style provides an introduction to key concepts in the scholarly study of television, particularly in relation to the structure, aesthetics and address of television programmes. Taking television in its traditional academic conception as both technology and cultural form, the module explores the interrelationships between television programmes, institutions and audiences. Looking at contemporary and historical examples, the module gives an overview of the central theoretical approaches in the study and analysis of television.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts or MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style.

Year 2

MED2273 Production Management A (20 credits)

Production Management A develops your knowledge of the planning, identification and management of resources for a professional production in the context of a location shoot.  There is an emphasis on budgetary control, expenditure, logistics and the development of higher level communication skills associated with the role of the production manager. You will also have the opportunity to research the job market and develop your employability.

MED2274 Production Management B (20 credits)

Production Management B enhances your skills and knowledge in relation to production management processes connected to the tension between budget limitations and a range of other factors. These include creative considerations, industry requirements, economic, political and regulatory constraints, problems arising out of day-to-day workings of the industry and people management. A particular emphasis is placed on the application of these skills to the live shoot in a studio location as well as leadership roles within these processes.

MED2290 Production Management Practice in Television (20 credits)

Production Management Practice in Television offers you the opportunity to practice your production management skills further in an area of television production. You will work on pre-production and production-manage a shoot for other students. This will demonstrate a range of skills specific to production management, including pre-production with technical requirements, health and safety, scheduling and budgeting, people management, legal paperwork, and seeing the production through to completion.

MED2291 Production Management Practice in New Media (20 credits)

Production Management Practice in New Media enables you to enhance your practical production management skills. For this module, practice is focused on new media which is becoming an increasingly important area for production managers to coordinate and consider in their budgeting, scheduling and planning. As such, the module is focused on aspects of understanding transmedia storytelling and its implications for elements of crew contracts, additional revenue streams and branding.

You will select one of the following modules:

MED2201 Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits)

Cultural Representations and the Media gives you the opportunity to study cultural representations across a range of different media forms. The module will develop your understanding of representational systems and encourage critical engagement with issues of naturalisation, marginalisation and exclusion. You will also be introduced to a range of representational forms and practices, identifying links between representational systems and the production of meaning/identity. Developing knowledge and understanding of various representational systems and theories in a range of different contexts, you will learn how to express these understandings with persuasion and cogency in your oral and written work.

MED2214 Media Genres and Narrative Theory (20 credits)

Media Genres and Narrative investigates, through a variety of topical examples, how genres are formed and reworked and how narratives are constructed within the complex interrelations among texts, industries, audiences and historical contexts. The module enables you to study a number of genres and their narrative construction in contemporary media, completing in-depth work on genre and narrative theories, from structuralist approaches to postmodern analyses. You will develop knowledge and understanding of various manifestations of media genres and an appreciation of the cultural interactions with industries, audiences and broader contexts.

MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits)

Fact to Fiction: Key Debates engages with key ideas regarding film and television in relation to the factual and fictional representation of the world. The module emphasises that fact and fiction are part of a scale of representations which include documentary formats, reality television, drama documentaries, dramatisations of factual content, and fiction films and television drama. It examines the impact of new technologies on how ‘the real’ is constructed and highlights changes to the concept of ‘witness’ (Ellis 2000) due to an increase in mobile recording technologies.

MED2270 Analysing Film and Television (20 credits)

Analysing Film and Television develops your skills in the close analysis of film and television. The module surveys a range of critical approaches to the study of film and television institutions, texts and audiences. You will gain the skills necessary to develop and undertake analysis as part of a film and/or television research project.

You will select one of the following modules:

MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (20 credits)

Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics gives an overview of the main research methodologies used in communications. You will get a chance to identify, justify and implement different methods and techniques depending on the chosen topic and type of project. There is a focus on ethics in research and on ethics in the broader world of public relations. This focus includes the ethical codes of the various professional organisations and a look at corporate social responsibility.

MED2215 Analysing Audiences (20 credits)

Analysing Audiences provides you with a range of approaches to the understanding of audiences and methods of researching and theorising those audiences. You will experience a range of texts in a variety of media. Consideration will be given to the role of the media producer in audience creation and evolution, including the role of new media and new technology in the creation of contemporary audience practices.

MED2271 Research for Film and Television (20 credits)

Research for Film and Television develops your skills in academic research. The module surveys a range of research methods and equips you with the necessary skills to undertake a film and television focused research project.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of either MED2290 Production Management Practice in Television (20 credits) or MED2291 Production Management Practice in New Media (20 credits).

Year 3

MED3215 Advanced Production Management (40 credits)

Advanced Production Management develops your awareness across the commercial and public service sectors of the creative industries. You will become proficient in advanced levels of negotiation, enhance your decision-making skills and become increasingly familiar with commercial demands, technological developments and how the various elements of production inter-relate. The module will also develop your knowledge of the public service and regulatory imperatives of the creative industries and the inter-relationships of finance, audience, technology, content and delivery.

You will select a total of 40 credits from the following modules:

MED3058 Media Policy and Political Communication (20 credits)

Media Policy and Political Communication provides a critical excursion into the role of media within modern democratic politics, providing you with a good grounding of political theory and also covering the role of power and counter-power at national, European and global levels, the communication strategies deployed by political actors, and the outcomes of the consultation and decision-making processes in the creative industries. The module critically assesses the shift from national to transnational level in media policy making, in direct relationship with the development of media and communication technologies, and investigates the delicate balance between consumer autonomy and corporate interests.

MED3205 Identities and Creative Citizenship (20 credits)

Identities and Creative Citizenship questions how identities are formed and to what extent we can shape our identities. The module also analyses the relationship between public/national identity and private/personal identity. You will consider how changes in social, cultural and political life affect contemporary constructions of identity and citizenship and examine the effect cultural and media production has on conceptions of identity. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches to identities and citizenship, the overall aim is to investigate the formation, representation and production of identity in relation to issues such as gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality and politics.

MED3208 Media Futures (20 credits)

Media Futures involves the study of contemporary media practices, the impact of technology on creative industries, developments in global and local media, and changing paradigms of media production and audience consumption. You will develop a critical awareness of a number of key themes including social experience and shaping of media forms, access, participation and engagement, and the relationship between public and private spheres. By considering these themes through a range of different theories and research, you will discover a variety of approaches to gaining understanding of what is a rapidly expanding frontier of creative and cultural practice and media knowledge.

MED3225 Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, under supervision, and explore a range of research methodologies and presentational formats appropriate to the project. You will gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce a final submission that demonstrates your ability to locate the material within the wider contexts of your discipline. The module will enable you to work independently, with a supervisor, to explore areas of contemporary academic interest, consider issues of current or historical industry practice, and critically analyse case studies or products within specific cultural and social contexts.

MUS3061 Social Media Context and Practice (20 credits)

Social Media Context and Practice engages with the information and communications technology currently underpinning download culture. You will consider the impact of internet-based sharing tools, specifically in relation to the online distribution and consumption of music. The module will also require you to devise a strategy for how this can best be exploited for a band or solo artist.

You will select two of the following modules:

MED3057 Event Management (20 credits)

Event Management looks at the organisational reasons for holding events and the techniques needed to manage these successfully. It will also look at how appropriate events are chosen and how venues are selected. This is a specialism which requires a high level of attention to detail and you will be expected to research relevant regulations, such as disability and health and safety rules. Events can be key tools in the marketing communications mix. They range from small highly targeted evenings for key stakeholders to major national conferences. All have key messages and defined audiences.

MED3207 Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century (20 credits)

Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century rehearses some key developments in media in relation to film and television fictions. In particular, it examines how new developments in media – and in particular convergence technologies, multi-platform environments, new distribution technologies and aspects of global / glocalisation – impact on film and television drama. This necessitates a good knowledge of fictional forms in film and television, which the module will also discuss. You will have a chance to consider how your own productions need to reflect these new environments and how this impacts on the design and production of content, the planning of marketing strategies, the relevance of global and diasporic audiences, and the way in which serial forms in particular can communicate and engage with their audiences.

MED3232 Television: Form and Engagement (20 credits)

Television: Form and Engagement examines television and key concepts from television studies in the context of cultural and technological change. The module recognises the diversity of television as a cultural form, placing an emphasis both on fictional and factual genres and drawing attention to the institutional and consumption contexts in which television operates. Crucial to the module is the understanding that television is in a constant process of change, both culturally and technologically. As an important medium in our everyday lives, it is also under constant scrutiny which affects decisions about policy, institutional change and consumption behaviour. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of television as a cultural practice that involves both production and reception.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff. Creative Arts subjects are preferred, or a subject involving Business or Mathematics. The production of a creative arts portfolio can be credited with contributing 32 UCAS Tariff points towards the total.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The emphasis on management, communication, critical analysis and reflective thinking will open up a range of careers in film, video, television and new media production management. Many of our alumni now work as production coordinators or production managers for the BBC, or one of the independent television production companies.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

21st April 2016 - Change of Modules

MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts (20 credits) replaces MED1410 Film and Television History and Contexts (40 credits) in Year 1. MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style (20 credits) added as a new module in Year 1. There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin as an integral part of this degree in Year 1.

MED2221 Production Management (40 credits), MED2247 Research and Analysis for Film and Television (40 credits), Production Management Practice 1 (20 credits) and MED2257 Production Management Practice 2 (20 credits) removed as Year 2 modules. MED2273 Production Management A (20 credits) and MED2274 Production Management B (20 credits) added as compulsory modules in Year 2. MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (20 credits), MED2201 Cultural Representations and The Media (20 credits), MED2214 Media Genres and Narrative Theory (20 credits), MED2215 Analysing Audiences (20 credits), MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates, MED2227 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits), MED2270 Analysing Film and Television (20 credits), MED2271 Research for Film and Television (20 credits), MED2290 Production Management in Television (20 credits) and MED2291 Production Management Practice in New Media (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2. A Language module is also available as a Year 2 option, providing a Language module is studied in Year 1.

MED3058 Media Policy and Political Communication (20 credits), MED3205 Identities and Creative Citizenship (20 credits) and MUS3061 Social Media Context and Practice (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3.

21st April 2016 - Changes to Module Status

MED3057 Event Management (20 credits) and MED3207 Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 3.