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Undergraduate study
Broadcast Media Production

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

Discover what it would be like to study one of these degree subjects and get advice on careers in the industry with one of our interactive sTUdio12 sessions.

 

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.

Creativity and Design

You develop your design and drawing styles, essential for the creative development of interesting and innovative visual solutions.

You are guided through a range of techniques and encouraged to push your ideas and designs in alternative directions, expanding your creative thinking and developing your ideas in new ways.

You produce a range of visual images and worksheets to develop your drawing and image-making styles and process. Throughout the module, you are encouraged to experiment with a variety of drawing and mark-making media and techniques.

You are also encouraged to make connections between seemingly unrelated beginnings and outcomes with briefs that allow creative freedom and broad interpretation.

Final Project

This module aims to guide you through the production of a small-scale individual project defined in part by you, with guidance from the tutor. The final project aims to develop an individual working approach and good project management. You will develop original ideas and concepts for an appropriate project in your chosen field of study. These may take the form of a short story, artefact, report, campaign, comic, concept art or other appropriate form related to the arts and media 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

Bootcamp Post Production

You develop general digital production skills with an additional focus on post-production. The module enhances effective practical, technical and aesthetical approaches required to create a variety of digital media artefacts across a variety of digital delivery platforms with more relevance to the subject specific disciplines. You learn a variety of advanced sector specific and industry standard digital delivery methods and production techniques surrounding the acquisition, manipulation and operation of media production hardware and software applications. You also have access to freelance resources during the module. You are assessed on two pass/fail components. The first assessment involves a series of practical exams that determine your proficiency across a range of digital media production disciplines. The second is a digital portfolio of the culmination of work developed during the module.

Bootcamp Production

You are introduced to effective practical, technical and aesthetical approaches required to create a variety of digital media artefacts across a variety of digital delivery platforms. You learn a variety of sector specific and industry standard digital delivery methods and production techniques surrounding the acquisition, manipulation and operation of media production hardware and software applications. In addition to the supervised contact time, you also have access to freelance resources. You are assessed on two pass/fail components. Your first assessment is a series of practical exams that determine your proficiency across a range of digital media production disciplines. Your second assessment is a digital portfolio of work developed during the module.

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.

Introduction to Media Theory

Media theory provides the foundations of understanding on how any form of moving image media communicates meaning. You explore what media theory is and further your understanding of a moving image text using canonical analytical codes. You are introduced to critical theory and the technical processes of writing analytical work such as essays. Your assessment is producing an essay, critically analysing a chosen moving image text through the application of media theory.

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.

Studio Production

Learn the essential skills of professional studio practice working as part of a team to develop a client-led project from initial conception through to product.

 

Year 2 core modules

Advertising for the Creative Industries

We are bombarded with advertising material all day, usually not even realising it – this paragraph is advertising this module for example. In this on-demand, digital world, how we understand and are made aware of advertising has never been more important. You create an ad campaign, and also analyse a range of meanings (sometimes hidden) across a range of media platforms.

Documentary Production

Following your earlier learning within the Bootcamp module, this module builds on the foundations of group working, technical skills and the creative development of documentary content. You are encouraged to experiment, push yourself creatively and not be afraid to pursue ambition, excellence and innovation.

You focus on the production process rather than just the final product – this ensures that you are appropriately rewarded even if an ambitious project ultimately 'crashes and burns'.

This module culminates in you working as part of a production team to create a five to ten-minute documentary to a set brief. You submit this documentary for assessment.

Media Project

You work on industry-based projects that form part of your developing professional portfolio of work. You respond to time-based and/or live briefs in your allocated role within a professional network or team. You experience working within a professional network, reflecting your specialist area of media industry practice. For assessment, you submit a final product and a supporting research portfolio.


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.

 

and one optional module

Live News Production

You experience a simulated live news environment to gain discipline and working practices associated with the industry. A key focus is on working to tight deadlines, using a model of repetition and reflection. Newsroom sessions are student led and you can develop independent learning and leadership skills. Reflection is used in debrief sessions so you can analyse and assess your own performance and professional practice. You build on skills and knowledge from your degree and produce a range of multimedia content for a specific audience.

Radio and Podcast

You research, pitch, write and produce reports for broadcast radio and a podcast using the TUXtra media platform. You learn more advanced presentation skills and receive practical development work to attune your voice so its suitable for radio and podcasting. You learn how to operate radio equipment and familiarise yourself with industry standard technology such as web newsroom software and digital online production delivery techniques. The stories you investigate involves analysing news and current affairs programmes, making editorial decisions and the practical, ethical and legal implications of broadcasting with regards to privacy, consent and copyright law.

 

Final-year core modules

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.

Exit Strategy

You devise an exit strategy from education to your first career destination. You develop a detailed strategy with clear and achievable milestones, targets and schedules, which will begin implementation within the module.
You also explore business planning, marketing and markets, brand and brand management, new and emerging forms of funding and distributing content. You explore both career development and project development so it's applicable if you are looking for employment or looking to build your own business or proposition.
Your assessment is 100% ICA.

Media Production Project

You carry out a self-managed exercise of professional practice and critical evaluation. You work on your own or collaboratively to facilitate a major creative project, film, digital campaign or showreel showcasing 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 film TV or broad-cast production. The emphasis is 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. You demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise what you have studied on the programme and its application in production of a substantive project, whilst also demonstrating professional, critical and evaluative skills, and awareness of entrepreneurial potential.

 

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 provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

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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.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

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

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: 3 years or 4 years with a foundation year
  • UCAS code: P314 BA/BMP
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