Undergraduate study
Broadcast Media Production

P314 BA/BMP (P319 BA/BMPFY for Year 0 entry)

 
 
  • This course is available for January 2019 entry
 

Course overview

In a multi-platform, frenetic media environment, employers require adaptive, highly skilled graduates with insight and imagination. Broadcast media production at Teesside equips you with skills in TV, audio, radio, film broadcast and interactive media.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop skills within a variety of disciplines and access to many different career opportunities.

You are taught by staff with impressive track records in the broadcast and new media sectors, using industry-standard equipment. If you want a creative, forward-facing job in the media industry, this is the course for you. You explore the media production business, and develop skills in critically analysing both professional products and your own production work.

Benefit from TUXtra, our new integrated media publishing platform for media and journalism students at Teesside, bringing together exciting and innovative content on-air and online. Find out more at tuxtra.co.uk

Professional accreditation

Creative skillset This degree is accredited by Creative Skillset.

 

Course details

Year 1 establishes your professional production techniques and introduces you to associated conceptual ideas. You become competent in handling professional standard equipment and begin to develop original ideas, working individually and in groups.

In Year 2 you work on location and in the University's Media Centre and Centre for Creative Technologies, developing a range of professional and creative production skills. You learn to create content for different media genres and analyse your own work and other people's critically. You develop the ability to work both independently and in a team, reflecting the needs of the industry. A choice of option modules allows you to develop your particular talents and interests.

During your final year, you develop a substantial portfolio of high-quality production work through your projects, and may choose to specialise in one or more areas of the media. You also specialise in selected production skills, developing crucial professional media practice research and management abilities. You undertake a range of substantial, self-directed production projects, which may include live briefs which are set by industry, as well as a research project.

You also develop an exit strategy for the transition from university to professional life.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Creative Media Production

You explore the basic technical components of the process of making video or audiovisual materials for outputs such as online publishing, documentary or drama. You are introduced to media languages and how to communicate clearly to target audiences.
The module is project based and you carry out writing, composition and editing of your own short video or online publication. You learn basic skills in risk assessment for technical equipment, filming, editing and using online resources.
Your assessment is the creation of a video in response to a brief and the submission of a written review.

Critical and Contextual Studies

You gain an historical and contextual overview of the history of art, animation, film and games. Aimed at technical, arts, games and animation students, this module equips you with an introductory level of understanding in the context of your chosen field of study.

Through a series of lectures and seminars, you engage in research and discussion based on your chosen areas of art, animation and game history. You learn how to effectively seek out appropriate academic sources on which to base and construct these discussions in seminars and in writing.

Foundation Project

You are guided through the production of a small-scale individual project, defined in part by you with guidance from your tutor. The foundation project guides you to a more autonomous working approach developing your project management skills and consolidating other skills already learnt in other modules.

You develop original ideas and concepts for the pre-production of an appropriate project in your chosen field of study. This may take the form of a game design document, modest game prototype, animation or game pre-production, concept art or another appropriate form related to the games, animation and film industries.

Storytelling

Here, you apply acquired knowledge and skills to a selected project according to an area of your individual interest or specialism. This module provides an overview of professional graphic practice and enables you to reflect on your own learning and personal career aspirations. You review work from modules through your portfolio presentation and set goals for the next stage.

Study Skills

You explore learning skills for undergraduate study at University, providing you with a range of learning material and practical sessions. You develop your professional skills including teamwork, researching a topic, report writing and delivering presentations, as well as time management and learning practice.
You learn by a combination of lectures, e-learning material and support.

You are introduced to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at Teesside University, exploring e-learning material and reading lists, and student support and learning resources.

Your assessment is a portfolio based on set tasks, including research into set problems.

Understanding Media

You explore a range of contemporary media theories and ideas in their broader historical, social, cultural, technological and economic context. You learn how these contexts can help us understand the power and influence of the media and how to begin to read the media through identifying codes and conventions.
Your assessment is a short essay that researches one area of media production.

 

Year 1 core modules

Audio/Visual Literacy

You discover and apply technical skills relating to audio/visual production. You develop your camera-handling techniques and ability to capture and manipulate sound in a negotiated practical production project.

You explore the main principles of single-camera operation, methodology and workflow, including; filming character dialogue, creating continuous action sequences, and shot composition for factual documentary and drama. You also explore how decisions made ‘on-set’ can influence creative choices in the post-production/editing process.

Your assessment is by 50% group production work and 50% written evaluation.

Branding and Identity

This module looks at the ideas, concepts, and practicalities of developing a professional online presence. It takes a critical look at social media and considers how best to make use of existing online communities and tools. You design and create something that represents you in an online presence, using a range of available technologies and third-party applications (web authoring, blogging systems, social media, file sharing and networking systems), to act as a PR tool in promoting your career or specific media-related activities to a specified audience.

Digital Storytelling

This module builds on the skills learnt at Stage 1 in Multimedia acquisition, editing and production and further introduces the additional skills of still image acquisition and manipulation and animation for the web. These are explored in an interconnected way to critically examine the developing field of interactive narrative, in particular the professional practice of news production within this context.

Research and Skills

You address the pre-production skills that supplement and enhance effective planning of a professional film, sound recording or broadcast project. You develop research skills specific to creative development and project planning, learn effective interviewing techniques, shooting/recording for the edit (the use of covering shots and actuality), as well as the significance of essential production paperwork, such as risk assessments, consent forms, shooting schedules/shot lists and call sheets. You also explore the main principles of pitching concepts and application for funding for independent drama and documentary projects.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, by submission of a production file (50%) and written evaluation (50%).

Storytelling: From Page to Screen

You write short narrative pieces for the radio and screen. You examine the way that stories have been recycled and reinvented over time, and develop an understanding of the common plot archetypes through exploration of various examples of screenplay structure, as well as gaining an understanding of the three key elements of theme, character and plot, and how to effectively combine these to construct unique and compelling scripts.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, by a written script.

Visual Perspectives

We live in a visual culture. This modules explores how we see and take meaning from images across a range of media platforms including television, cinema, the press and the visual arts.

 

Year 2 core modules

21st Century Television

You focus on the ways television is examined, explored, understood and used. You explore how television is different (and, in some ways, similar) to other media such as film, radio, and the internet. Each week you focus on a particular idea, central to the examination of television. Television is explored as an industry, a range of texts, and a social activity. You explore examples from other countries, but the primary focus is 21st Century television British and American television, examining key genres, movements texts and content producers.
You explore theoretical elements of audience interactivity, transmedia, new models of fandom, and television viewership in the digital age. You challenge orthodoxies and critically review theoretical perspectives, and apply perspectives to a range of televisual texts. You present your findings to fellow students in the form of a summative assessed group presentation. Once feedback is given, you submit a critical evaluation on your audience research project.

Your assessment is 100% ICA, by a proposal pitch (40%) and 1,800 word essay (60%).

Applied Audio Production

You develop a critical understanding of the varied approaches to audio acquisition and audio post-production techniques for radio broadcast and online platforms. Sound recording and multi-track post-production are key elements, which have an emphasis on digital delivery for radio production, audio documentary and podcasting platforms.

You explore the numerous forms of audio and radio broadcasting and develop a critical understanding of content creation, composition and narrative structure, as well as analyse different audio production styles and formats, including documentary, magazine, drama and abstract audio soundscapes.

Your assessment is 100% ICA, by an audio artefact (50%) and supporting production documentation folder (50%).

Experimental Digital Production

This module builds on the interactive web content you have produced in Curating Your Digital Self in Year 1. You develop your content creation for contemporary web-based media formats and have opportunities to engage in web-based interactive storytelling using a variety of media (video/sound) specifically for websites and their application on the web.

Popular Culture in Context

Every film, TV show or story we see or read has been influenced by its context, when and how it was made, and has a range of different meanings that make it what it is. The novel Frankenstein is not just a horror tale, but also one of the earliest science fiction stories. It is also a exploration of what makes us human, and the movies it has spawned have created a new genre. This module puts a range of popular media texts under spotlight.

Production for Emerging Platforms

You explore production for contemporary and unorthodox media platforms. You acquire an awareness of the audiences, and technical parameters of mobile devices and platforms, and based on this knowledge, create innovative artefacts or prototypes that can live on, or amongst them.
Assessment is100% ICA, by individual submission of the artefact (50%), and a presentation evaluating the creative process and artefact (50%).

Professional Practice

You develop professional practice skills in concept art, through appraisal and evaluation of industry standards, culminating in an online presence and professional identity. You are encouraged to analyse and evaluate elements of professional practice and synthesise your findings into your own practice, demonstrating employment potential and future professional development.

 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Professional Practice

Teesside University takes employability seriously and this module enables you to broach the gap between university and the workplace by preparing you for interview and job selection processes. As a third-year student you take on the role of editor for the print publication, TV news programme, and Tside radio show.

Broadcast Media Project

This is a self-managed exercise of professional practice and critical evaluation. You work individually or collaboratively to facilitate a major creative project, digital campaign or showreel showcasing broadcast and production skills, demonstrating production planning, audio, video, web design, and associated technologies, while showing consideration for associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues.
You explore and experiment with creative digital broadcast production. You focus on content and its creative treatment, originality and narrative structure as well as technical execution. You explore your chosen subject area in-depth, and in a critical presentation, demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise what has already been studied on the programme and its application in production of a substantive project, while demonstrating professional, critical and evaluative skills, and awareness of entrepreneurial potential.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, with submission of a major project/artefact (50%), production/development documentation (10%) and delivery of a critical presentation (40%).

Client-based Production Project

Working within a professional context, you respond to a live brief with an external client.

Current Issues in Media Production

You develop your individual research interests in an extended essay to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific, relevant and contemporary issue that you choose. Given the contemporary or future nature of your enquiry, you are encouraged to do primary research with relevant industry professionals and/or commentators as well as draw on a wide range of sources in your research.

Enterprise and Innovation

You consider, engage and analyse a range of key issues around enterprise and innovation when developing a professional digital publishing plan and pitch.

You research audiences, investigate and explore existing and emerging technologies and platforms, marketplaces, human factors, digital conventions and aesthetics. You develop your commercial awareness and business acumen; understanding existing and new digital business models, its challenges and opportunities. You develop an idea and plan for a new concept or an innovation based on an existing business.

You produce a detailed digital business plan, which presents and argues the case from a technical, audience, journalistic, content and commercial perspective.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: pitch and business plan.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

We believe our students should learn in ways and in environments which are in tune with the working practices of the related industries. Our lecturers have a wide range of contemporary industry experience which helps you develop your professional skills. We also constantly upgrade our technical facilities to ensure you use the same equipment and software you'll be expected to use in the industry.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a range of production-based and written assignments. There are no formal examinations on the course.


Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points including at least two A levels (or equivalent), or 64-80 for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year).

You are normally invited for an interview where you can discuss your portfolio of work, see our excellent facilities and meet staff and students.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

You are encouraged to undertake a range of work experience, enabling you to investigate your future career options and to develop your practical skills. There is also a compulsory placement between your second and third years. Our projects and placements officer works with you to help find the best placements for your own areas of interest, and help you develop your CV. Our close relationship with local and national media companies provides a variety of opportunities for you to pursue.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of creative industries including film, TV, radio, audio production, creative arts organisations, marketing and events.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year; January intake
  • UCAS code: P314 BA/BMP
    P319 BA/BMPFY for Year 0 entry
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points and interview

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Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

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Facilities

Study media at Teesside University and you can use our convergent newsroom, broadcast news studio, multimedia publishing studios and computer suites.

 
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