Undergraduate study
Broadcast Media Production

BA (Hons) Broadcast Media Production

UCAS code: P314 BA/BMP

In a multi-platform, frenetic media environment, employers require adaptive highly skilled graduates with insight and imagination.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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Broadcast media production equips you with skills within TV, audio, radio, film and interactive media. The programme 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 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.

Professional accreditation

Creative skillset This degree is accredited by Creative Skillset.

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Year 1 establishes your professional production techniques and introduces you to associated conceptual ideas. You become competent in handling professional 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.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Bootcamp

You’ll be making videos, creating audio, and learning the essential skills that you’ll need to support you through your three years here at Teesside. We start with Boot Camp – four weeks of intensive practical sessions where you will learn how to acquire video and audio skills. You’ll also develop editing skills and process raw footage to make the artefacts you want to make. Thereafter, you work two full production days each week on a number of projects throughout the year, from vox pops and podcasts to interviews and six hour film challenges. It’s an essential core module with lots of practical work.

Contemporary Media Issues

Phone hacking and the tabloid press…celebrity culture dominating our media…the BBC. These are just some of the issues students have covered in the module in the past, as we explore the current topics that affect how our media industries operate, and the cultural and political contexts that create them. You choose your own subjects to research and analyse, in an ever-changing media world, and there will also be a series of guest lectures from industry professionals to open up a window into the 'real' media world – previous speakers have included BBC4 Controller Richard Klein, Stunt Co-ordinator Jim Dowdall, and independent producer Judith Holder.

Drama From Page to Screen

Not everyone is a writer—but it pays to be able to think like one. On this foundational module, students develop three creative writing assessments across the year: one for the page, one for the ear, and one for the screen. Step by step, we move from writing fact to writing fiction, continually exploring how techniques merge and diverge across platform and genre. In a strategic supplement to this creative process, students formulate detailed plans as to how their projects might thrive as both art and commerce. The third and final assessment—a short documentary script or fiction screenplay—is integral to the project that Broadcast Media and Television and Film Production students complete for Making it in the Media 1.

Making It in the Media

An introduction to the creative packaging of a 10 minute fiction or documentary project. From your logline and synopsis through to the pitch this module focuses on how writers, directors and producers go about raising funds and gaining commissions from their creative work. Vital knowledge and skills for every film and TV professional.

 

Year 2 core modules

Group Production (Broadcast Media)

Good teamwork is vital when working in all media areas and in this module you’ll be part of a team that produces some exciting work – both factual and drama-based. Video, audio or web based content might all be part of your productions. You are responsible for a specific role within the team. You have to hit deadlines and make certain the final product reaches the highest professional standards. Throughout the course you will develop individual skills, but this is where they come together with other members of your cohort to produce some really exciting media content.

Individual Production Portfolio

Camera? Sound? Lights? Producer? Director? Researcher? Web content? Design? In this module you decide! It’s an area where you can choose your specialism (or the skills which you want to develop) and with the guidance of your specialist tutor you build up a solid portfolio of your very best work – very useful for interviews, CVs and getting that media job.

Interactive Narratives for Journalists

In a 24/7 globalised world, news is available on mobile, on tablet and online. In groups, you produce an online digital campaign and examine how to drive audience and social media optimisation. Understanding user-generated content, video and sound images for the web and social media optimisation is core to the module.

Making It in the Media 2

This module follows on from the first year Making It In the Media 1 module and is an introduction to the financial packaging of a 10 minute fiction or documentary project for film, TV or transmedia. You will gain expert knowledge in how budgets and schedules are put together for films and TV programmes. Students will enact this knowledge and utilise professional methods to budget and schedule one of their own projects.

Production Contexts

In this module you will explore a range of cutting edge issues and debates that impact the media industries, such as digital convergence, audience behaviour, participatory culture, economics, policy and genre. You will develop with your fellow students, a small-scale research project in a subject related to the module content which will provide the basis for the associated essay. The module also provides the scholarly knowledge and skills base for the final year research essay and will also help to inform developmental work in your final year production modules.

 

and two optional modules*

Advanced Audio

Interested in sound? Ever wanted to produce radio shows or podcasts? This module gives you the skills to create your own digital soundscape, and experiment with music and dialogue

Advanced TV Studio

Building on the core skills you developed during TV Studio Production in year 1 and acting with a greater level of autonomy, you work in teams on more advanced and sophisticated TV Studio Productions. You’ll record a music session with a band which will be streamed live online, you’ll make a Sports programme, you’ll work outside the studio on an outside broadcast and you’ll develop additional online content to accompany the productions. You have a shorter period of time and a reduced amount of supervision, a situation requiring effective team-working, problem solving, production management and creative abilities from everyone.

Scriptwriting

Building upon the distinctive voice and flexible narrative intelligence that students hone in their first year, Scriptwriting is a creative hothouse designed to push our most talented and dedicated storytellers to the next level. Students develop a script, screenplay, or transmedia written product through an intensive combination of lectures, small workshops, individual tutorials, and regular peer feedback. This project can then complete the journey from page to screen in the Group Production, Interactive Narratives, or Individual Major Production Project modules. In addition, the strongest Scriptwriting projects form the core of the Orange List, the university’s annual anthology of the best production-ready student work written for the screen.

 

*subject to approval

Final-year core modules

Current Issues in Media Production

This module enables you to develop your individual research interests in an extended essay in order to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific ,relevant and contemporary issue related to the media. Given the contemporary/future nature of this project, you will be encouraged to undertake primary research with relevant industry professionals and/or commentators as well as draw upon a wide range of sources from both academic research and professional concerns.

Live Group Production Project

Working in a small production team, you will craft an original production per a specific brief from an external client or production company, e.g. CBBC. Students who take this mentored but markedly independent journey will travel from pitch to final product with the expectation that said final product meets the baseline broadcast and/or professional multiplatform standards. Along the way, you will refine your existing specialist skills and gain new ones in an entrepreneurial and marked-centred environment designed to fuel your 'exit velocity' into the post-graduation professional world.

Major Project: Production (Broadcast Media)

The final major project is a self-managed exercise of professional practice and reflective consideration. You will produce a project of your own design with support from tutors that demonstrates skills in content creation as negotiated in the Major Project: Research module. The emphasis will be upon content and its creative treatment, originality and narrative structure as well as technical execution.

Major Project: Research

This module operates as the research proposal stage of the Major Project. The module engages you in the development of the research context for your Final Major project requiring you to position your own work within an industrial as well as broader cultural context. You will investigate and review related contemporary production practices, including current technologies and formats so as to identify appropriate channels, formats, audience and platforms for your work. You will evaluate relevant contemporary output, as well as addressing relevant social, cultural, economic and ethical factors as appropriate, in order to establish the scope for development within your chosen genre or area. Crucially, the research proposal must be defended against all of the aforementioned factors to provide a rigorous rationale for production.

Making It in the Media 3

Making it in the media year three builds on the skills learned in year one and two to help develop essential entrepreneurial skills which, though tailored to the media industries, can be applied to any sector. Starting with designing and developing a business plan for your media venture and then moving into planning your marketing strategy, this module gives a robust foundation in how the industry and business at large works, helping you develop the skills you need to take your product to market.

 

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.

Professional 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. Our close relationship with local and national media companies will provide a variety of opportunities for you to pursue.

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

September 2017 entry

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September 2016 entry

A typical offer is 280 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You are normally invited for an interview where you can discuss your portfolio of work, see our excellent facilities and meet staff and students.

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2016 entry

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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