Television and Broadcasting BSc (Hons)

Overview

Television is evolving and the need for media content continues to grow along with the popularity of platforms such as YouTube, Netflix and Now TV.

This BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree course is an exciting and practical way to learn how to produce and make live television programmes whilst developing industry-level skills in media production. You’ll become a multi-skilled, media-savvy broadcaster who's fully experienced in camera-operating, sound recording, producing, presenting, directing, editing and writing for media platforms and television.

You’ll use industry-standard video kit and multiple TV studios to produce and broadcast live television content to audiences, which will prepare you for employment within this fast-paced and competitive industry.

What you'll experience

On this Television and Broadcasting degree course, you'll:

  • Learn the specialist skills you need to thrive in the industry – 75% of this course is practical
  • Use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon), audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie) vision mixing systems (including the Ross Carbonite and the NewTek TriCaster system) and scheduling software for our television channel (Capital Networks' Audience.TV)
  • Develop your television production and editing skills
  • Experience running a real TV channel and make TV and radio programmes
  • Get valuable vocational qualifications and industry-recognised certification using software such as Avid and Adobe
  • Diversify your broadcasting knowledge by taking specialist modules that support your career ambitions
  • Contribute to our student-led TV channel, CCI TV
  • Get involved with our live weekly TV programme, which we broadcast to thousands of people on campus, around the city and online

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Television Production Practices – 40 credits - On this module you'll get an introduction to both multi-camera television studio and single-camera shooting techniques.

Editing for Film and Video – 20 credits - This module introduces you to computer video editing technology, techniques and theory with emphasis on gaining a comprehensive understanding of the post-production stage of film and video filmmaking using Avid Media Composer (Avid MC).

Eportfolio for Film and Broadcasting – 20 credits - On this module, you'll study professional practices related to the film and broadcast industry and create an online portfolio you can develop throughout your course.

Presenting and Writing for Broadcast – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an understanding of the essential broadcasting skills needed throughout your degree and in industry. 

Researching the Media – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn the foundation of a variety of study skills, and you'll be able to use this knowledge to apply research methodologies to local, national and international media contexts.

Year 2

Core modules

Factual Media Production – 20 credits - In this module you'll learn the skills and practices needed to produce engaging, entertaining, ethically and editorially sound factual content for broadcast.

Researching Genre – 20 credits - On this module you'll examine the production, reception and marketing of genre and its main categorisations. 

Television Pilot - 20 credits - This module will teach you to generate new approaches to format television.

Television Format Live - 20 credits - This module builds on knowledge developed in the Television Pilot module, a requisite for this module.

Workflow And Post-Production – 20 credits - This module will develop your knowledge of industry broadcasting processes.

Optional modules

Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange – 60 credits - This module gives you the opportunity to do a study placement in a Higher Education institution outside of the UK.

CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year – 40 credits - This optional year-long module gives you experience in setting up and running a small business during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

CCI Work Placement – Full Year – 40 credits - This optional year-long placement module gives you relevant industrial or commercial experience during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

Broadcast Transmission – 20 credits - On this module you'll be introduced to a different area of the television industry, and get an insight into broadcast acquisition, distribution, transmission and operation. 

Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits - On this module, you'll develop your creative, intellectual and interpersonal attributes.

External Live Brief – 20 credits - On this module you'll work as part of a small group to research, project manage and produce a film to a professional level in response to an external, client-led brief.

Professional Experience – 20 credits - This module gives you the opportunity to gain credit towards your degree from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning.

Student Enterprise – 20 credits - This module is a problem-based learning module, which will introduce you to the basics and reality of setting up and running a small business.

Underwater Filming and Media – 20 credits - This module provides an introduction to basic diving so you can attain a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water diving certificate. You'll also learn the theory and practice of underwater film production and photography.

Year 3

Core modules

Television Broadcasting – 40 credits - On this module you'll get practical experience in broadcast programming, management, commissioning and delivery.

Documentary Film-Making – 20 credits - In this module you'll examine key media construction practices, histories and concepts (especially realism and representation) across multiple approaches to documenting images on film and video.

Major Broadcast Project – 20 credits - On this module, you'll choose a project to enhance your learning and employability.

Media Futures, Content and Audience – 20 credits - The way we consume media is rapidly changing so on this module you'll learn where new opportunities will exist in the industry, who the big players are and who they'll be in the future.

Self Promotion – 20 credits - On this module, you'll spend 40 hours working in industry.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • hands-on workshops

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essay and report writing
  • sound and video artefacts
  • blogging
  • journal writing
  • written exams
  • practical exams emulating real-world practice

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 17% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 4% by written exams, 39% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 35% by practical exams and 57% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

This degree course can take you in many directions in the broadcasting industry.

What jobs can you do with a television and broadcasting degree?

Our television and broadcasting graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers in broadcasting and television transmission, post-production, radio, and TV studio production.

Many have secured jobs at household names such as Sky, BBC, IMG, Channel 4, Lion TV and Envy in roles such as:

  • camera operator
  • studio technician
  • video editor
  • studio manager
  • presentation scheduler
  • videographer
  • film/video producer

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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