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BA (Hons) Television Production

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Accredited by Creative Skillset, the film and TV industries skills council, this course combines a hands-on professional approach with academic critical and theoretical study of the media industry to ensure a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding TV production, as well as all the practical skills you’ll need to power yourself into a career in television.

On this course you won’t be asked to simply replicate what you’ve seen on screen, we want you to be an innovator and shape the future of television. Taught by professional practitioners, eminent media academic staff and industry-seasoned guest speakers, the course has been designed to hone your production skills, as well as develop your intellectual and creative voice. You’ll produce your own programmes, fictional as well as factual, both in the studio and on location, giving you crucial hands-on experience as well as a solid grounding in real world professional television production.

What’s more you’ll have the option to complete a four-week work placement, either at home or overseas, or if you choose to extend your studies to four years, it can be completed over 30 weeks. Not only will put the theory and techniques learnt on campus into action, but you’ll harvest a network of professional contacts, enhance your resume with some much-required experience, and ultimately improve your future career prospects.

After one year, a typical BU graduate in this subject, had earnings that were ranked in the top five of all universities for this subject (5th out of 91). Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.  

Statistics shown are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time


Creative Skillset

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Concept to Screen: This unit will help develop your creative and group work practice, as you initiate, develop, pitch, manage, film and deliver a variety of different television productions.
  • Media Scholarship: Here you will be introduced to the key scholarly approaches involved in studying television in higher education.
  • Negotiated Project: Here you will claim ownership of all stages of the initiation, development and realisation of a television production as you produce a larger and innovative project that will test your collaborative and creative potential.
  • Television Craft: This unit will equip you with the core edit, camera, sound and lighting skills required in television programme making. It will help you develop technical and workflow competencies, as well as understand the craft conventions and practices of professional television.
  • Television Principles: Through making and evaluating a variety of television programmes in different genres/forms you will develop your knowledge of the ‘language of television’ and the principles and processes of professional television production.
  • Understanding Media: Here you will develop your knowledge of the key scholarly concepts within the field, as well as how to apply these concepts in analysing television.

Year 2

Core units

  • Media Perspectives: In this unit you will choose two from a menu of options as you engage with significant industry debates and case studies within your discipline.
  • Open Project: Here you will work collaboratively, interdisciplinary and across platform as you use your television production skills to take on a ‘social action’ project.
  • Production Portfolio 1& 2: Across these two units you will further develop your television production skills as you choose from a menu of group work options: these typically include ‘Short Form Fiction’, ‘Live Studio’, ‘Developing and Realising Formats’, ‘Comedy’, ‘Documentary Practice’ and ‘Studio Drama’.
  • Researching Media: In this unit you will identify an aspect of television practice you wish to research, and then prepare a proposal to take forward to your final year research project.
  • Television Specialisms: Here you will select a core television specialism, as you consider, review and develop the production and craft skills needed to work within professional television programme making. Specialisms typically include: Production Management; Edit/Post-production; Sound; Cinematography; Producing; and Directing.

Year 3

You'll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 30-week (minimum) work placement during the course, working in a professional environment alongside experienced programme-makers. The placement provides you with the experience of how an organisation operates, as well as an opportunity to enhance your personal development and future employability.

Year 3/4 (final year)

Core units

  • Career Pathways: Here you will present and reflect on your work and learning so far, as well as construct a forward-facing career profile/plan.
  • Concept & Project Development: Here you will meet with a range of industry professionals, as well as showcase your programme ideas and skillset for the group work Graduate Project ahead.
  • Graduate Project: Bringing together all your television knowledge, and picking up on programme ideas shared and developed in the previous unit, here you will work collaboratively to create a high production-value television programme that can act as your calling-card to industry.

Option units

  • Dissertation: The Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your critical, analytical and research skills by conducting a significant piece of individual scholarly enquiry in to television.
  • Enquiry & Experiment: Here you can opt to undertake a practice led or practice based scholarly research project. Exploring, examining and analysing television through the act of making - and critically reflecting on that making.
  • Industry Research Project: Here you can opt to critically examine your chosen area of practice through conducting original research into a media industry organisation.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 12% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 145 hours
  • Independent learning: 1055 hours

Year 2 – 10% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 124 hours
  • Independent learning: 1076 hours

Year 3/4 – 7% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 84 hours
  • Independent learning: 1115 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 97% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Television Production.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

Henry Cramer-Todd

"I do think that a placement year is invaluable… You may already have an offer to come back or met some important contacts so that you're not just coming out of university after those three years and going hard into the industry and having to stand on your own two feet with not too much experience with how it all works.”

Henry Cramer-Todd, BA (Hons) Television Production, placement at Discovery Channel, 2016 - watch Henry's video case study

The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:

  • Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
  • Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
  • Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
  • Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
  • Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
  • Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Hawkeye Innovations
  • NBC Universal
  • Disney Channel
  • Blink TV
  • Homegrown Productions

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 4-weeks or you can choose to complete a minimum 30-week placement.

Your application

Background and Experience

For this course, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Show an understanding of the television and film industry
  • Have an appreciation of broadcast media and film
  • Possess a strong awareness of the visual arts
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills

Students on this course will typically have a creative background and have had some work experience in the media industry; students may also have some experience using multimedia technology, such as basic film and editing skills.

Students will also have a proven ability to work creatively, in groups and individually. We look for creative and innovative thinkers who are familiar with current practice in the film and TV industries. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well in writing, work well in groups and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.

Students should be familiar with using computers for assignments and group activities. Students will be using mainly Apple McIntosh computers whilst on the course, mainly using the editing programme Final Cut Pro, however it is not an essential requirement for the course for students to be already familiar with this. Students are not required to own their own PC or Mac.

Selection Methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on how to apply webpages.

Based on your UCAS application we will then invite successful applicants to submit a short film (by uploading to a video hosting site, e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) based on a brief from the course leader. You will have two weeks to submit this.

Please do not submit this with your UCAS application; we will contact the selected applicants with more information.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies

GCSEs: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications..

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 118 - 128 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 112-128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30-32 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 112-128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but must be accompanied by 2 A levels or equivalent.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:


Our courses have an incredibly good reputation within the industry and with good reason - our graduates are motivated, versatile and prepared for work in this fast-paced sector. The work placements you undertake will give you the chance to develop valuable contacts, helping you when it comes to finding work on graduation.

Within six months of finishing their degree, 85% of our students are working or in further study*. In many instances, you will start in a junior role, but will have the opportunity to progress quickly. Freelancing is also common practice within the TV industry. Our graduates have taken on a range of roles, including:

  • Creative producer
  • Assistant television editor
  • Floor runner
  • Cameraman
  • Director
  • Commissioning editor (Channel 4)
  • Head of technical development (BBC)
  • UK On Air creative producer intern

You can find some of our alumni working on popular shows, such as Dr Who, Top Gear, Eastenders, This Morning, Louis Theroux and Hollyoaks.

Georgina Hurcombe, BU alumni

“Every day I use the skills that were taught to me at BU, there’s no way I’d be in the position I am today without the education I received.”

Gerorgina Hurcombe, BA (Hons) TV Production graduate and MD at LoveLove Films – read Georgina’s story

Industries Worked In

  • TV
  • Creative
  • Broadcast
  • Media.

Further Study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Owen Matthews, BU alumni

“I learned to be curious, and to have the confidence to question everything. I learned production techniques, scriptwriting, directing skills, editing, legal frameworks, budgeting and the history of the industry I was venturing into, it was really helpful.”

Owen Matthews, BA (Hons) Television and Video Production graduate and Creative Producer at Endemol Shine Australia – read Owen’s story

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the television production sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Dr Ashley Woodfall

Ashley worked in the television industry for many years before joining the teaching and research community at Bournemouth University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy and lectures in media production and theory. He holds an MA in producing film and television, a PGCE in educational practice and his PhD focus was on children and cross-platform media.

His learning and teaching activity spans undergraduate and postgraduate media production and theory, and he is currently first year coordinator for BA (Hons) Television Production.

Ashley is currently supervising Resh Somauroo and Ross Adamson’s doctoral research and is keen to work with any future PhD researchers who may have an interest in children’s media.

His practice experience includes producing and directing factual, news, continuity, promos, commercials, entertainment and comedy; often with an interactive slant, and mostly within Children's TV. As a producer/director Ashley has worked with the likes of Sasha Baron Cohen, Dave Berry and Simon Amstell. Whilst at Nickelodeon he devised, produced and directed innovative interactive music shows and telephony led game shows. For BBC Children's (where he was part of the 2007 Emmy award winning interactive team) he created multi-platform content that spanned web, red-button and linear broadcasts. Ashley’s career began within MTV and LWT’s camera departments, and he still enjoys throwing a camera on the shoulder when the opportunity arrives.

Annie East  

Annie has transferred her valuable skills and experiences of working on large broadcast drama film sets to her work at Bournemouth University. With a career spanning 18 years she has worked from runner to location manager, from first assistant director to production manager. Annie has a deep knowledge of working across both contemporary drama and costume drama with credits such as ‘EastEnders’, ‘Holby City’ and’ Casualty’ on her CV as well as costume drama adaptation classics such as Nancy Mitford’s  ‘Love in a Cold Climate’. As a result, Annie brings a wealth of production knowledge to the department.

Annie’s professional interests, teaching commitments and research interests have combined to draw on her specialism of film-set health and safety practice as well as sustainable production practices. Her doctoral research area is examining ways students relate to the risk assessment when working on their independent projects.

Annie is one of the founding members leading the ‘Albert in Education’ group with BAFTA which looks to embed sustainable film and TV industry practice into HE nationally and internationally. Annie’s achievements in this area of teaching, learning and leadership have had further recognition when she represented BU as finalist for the EAUC Green Gown awards and she has won two awards at BU for her work in Education for Sustainable Development.

Hayley Sarian

Hayley is a new member of Bournemouth University teaching staff, joining BU’s Media Production department after years of working in prime-time television. She is a lecturer on the MA Directing Film and Television and Level 5 Coordinator for BA (Hons) Television Production.

Hayley’s practice experience spans camera operation, producing, directing and development for all major UK terrestrial and non-terrestrial broadcasters (e.g. BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, UKTV) and several international (e.g. MTV, Discovery, Smithsonian), filming in over 15 countries worldwide.

As a Development Executive, Hayley developed series such as Channel 5’s The Secret Life of Pets and Sky 1’s Gordonstoun: A Different Class. As a Producer/Director, she was part of the original team behind the BBC’s One Show and created formats such as Mud Men, History’s highest ever rated UK show.

Hayley has worked on award-winning series (BAFTA, RTS) in a range of genres from factual entertainment to specialist factual, reality, observational and fast turnaround documentary. Her experience of directing onscreen talent includes Dominic Monaghan, Johnny Vaughan, Ricky Tomlinson, Professor Stephen Hawking, Phil Tufnell and Dolly Parton.

Dr Nick Bamford  

Nick joined the academic staff at Bournemouth in 2010 directly from a lengthy and varied career as a freelance TV and theatre Producer and Director.  He has directed everything from drama, documentary and factual entertainment for all the major networks through to corporate films and promotions, both in the studio and on location. This amounts to well over 100 programmes amongst which perhaps the best known titles have been The Antiques Roadshow, Top Gear, Doctors, Gardeners' World, Location, Location, Location, Return to Tuscany and The One Show.

Prior to his freelance work he was on staff at the BBC as a Studio Manager in Radio and then Assistant Producer and Producer in Television Presentation where he directed both BBC1 & 2 networks as well as making on-screen promotions..

His eclectic career has also included writing, producing and directing for the theatre. He has run two theatre companies, his own FOD Productions and Bristol's award-winning Show of Strength of which he was joint Artistic Director.  Two of his plays have been produced professionally.

His current research and practice includes developing the contemporary screen adaptation of Madame Butterfly - the artefact for his PhD by practice – for production.

Nick is also a commercially-endorsed RYA Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor.

Dr Trevor Hearing

Trevor Hearing is a Principal Academic in the Media Production Academic Group. He lectures and researches in film and television production and makes film and television productions at Bournemouth University. He takes a particular interest in practice based research and performative methods of scholarship to understand the communication of complex issues in a popular idiom.

Previously he was Principal Lecturer and Head of Television and Video at the University of Sunderland 2001-06.

Prior to his academic career, he was a television cameraman, director, producer and executive producer working in ITV, BBC and Channel Four from 1980 - 2000, during which time he worked on a wide range of factual, entertainment and drama programmes from Harry Secombe's "Highway" to ITV's true-crime drama series "Crimestory".

He undertook a PhD by practice researching documentary film production as a method of scholarship. Presentations to conferences and symposia in this field have included papers to MECCSA at Coventry 2007, Cardiff 2008, Leeds 2008, Bradford 2009, LSE 2010, Derry 2013 and Bournemouth 2014. He has recently extended his post doctoral research to include investigation into experimental multicamera production as a scholarly method. He is actively involved in cross-school research, working with Dr Kip Jones in the Centre for Qualitative Research.

Dr Austin Fisher

My research interests include Italian cinema, Hollywood cinema (especially the Western), exploitation cinema, transnational cinema, postmodernism and various attributions of “political” filmmaking. I welcome applications from research students interested in working in these and related fields.

My main area of expertise concerns popular Italian cinema’s engagement with the countercultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and I have published widely in this area. I am currently writing a book on historical representations of political violence in 1970s Italian cinema, and I have recently compiled edited volumes on the American “grindhouse” phenomenon, and the Spaghetti Western.

I am also founding co-editor of the “Global Exploitation Cinemas” book series (Bloo​msbury), and I serve on the Editorial Boards of the "Transnational Cinemas" and "[in]Transition" journals.

Dr Peri Bradley

Peri has come to the area of Media Theory through the process of studying Art and English as an undergraduate, Film at Masters Level and TV for her PhD, all at Southampton University. Her research interests have consistently centred around the body and its representation; in literature, in art, in film and on television. This line of research has led to the in-depth investigation of issues of gender, sexuality and feminism as related to body transformation portrayed in the media. This analysis concerns the transforming body as a sociological and anthropological phenomenon that occurs throughout history, which adapts and is adapted to reflect and respond to its own specific cultural environment, particularly on TV. This has included looking at representations of the body in the horror genre, reality TV and specific celebrity case studies who embody a camp sensibility.

Peri joined Bournemouth University as a Lecturer in Media Studies in 2011 and has brought a wide experience of a range of media and theoretical approaches to bear upon media theory and its relationship to media production.She was part of the AHRC funded 1970s Film and TV project at Portsmouth University, working closely with Professor Sue Harper, and also ran a seminar series investigating the Transforming Body in the media with Professor Linda Ruth Williams at Southampton University.

Peri also regularly attends national and international conferences including SCMS and PCA, presenting new research and maintaining an international network of established and emerging academics with shared research interests.

Mark Bond

Mark joined BU in 2010 after a successful career as a Director of Photography and now teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Media and Communication.

With 20 years industry experience as a DOP and Lighting Cameraman, Mark has worked in a variety of genres including documentary, comedy, drama, music, commercials and animation. He has filmed award-winning programmes, travelled around the world and photographed six children’s books. He is currently researching for a practice led PhD: Examining the Influence of New Cinematographic Technology on the Image Aesthetic and Narrative in Nordic Noir. He is exploring the development of the digital workflow in film and television drama production and investigating to what degree digital technology has influenced the aesthetics of the image and narrative storytelling.

Graduating from the University of Westminster with an Hons' degree in Photography, Film and Video, Mark specialised in documentary. Scrapheap Challenge, Hard Talk, Grand Designs Abroad, Country House, Place in Three Countries, Hot Wax, Brat Camp (Emmy), The Restaurant, Secret Millionaire, Panorama, Strictly, followed on. Two series for Five The Naked Pilgrim and The Grand Tour featured Brian Sewell, both well received with Naked Pilgrim winning the Sanford St. Martins award for religious programmes. Bellamy's People, comedy series, written and directed by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson (Fast Show) received critical acclaim. In 2009 Mark started teaching as a sessional lecturer for The London Film School and The University for the Creative Arts, whilst filming documentaries about the financial crisis for the BBC. Since joining BU in 2010 Mark has filmed Posh and Posher, presented by Andrew Neil, BBC 2 and Gods and Monsters, presented by Tony Robinson C4.

Adrian Butterworth  

Adrian Butterworth teaches in the media production academic group and is a member of the Centre for Film and Television Research Group. He is also a broadcast journalist, viral video producer, camera operator/editor and television studio director.

He re-joined the Faculty of Media and Communication in 2015 and has a background in journalism (MA Multi-Media Journalism, Bournemouth University 2007 and PgDip Broadcast Journalism, Falmouth University 2000). In 2015 he began a PhD in Narratology and Short Form Video, Bournemouth University where he is looking at how stories are told in South Korean mobile television broadcasts (DMB).

Between 2008-15 Adrian worked in cross-platform digital marketing and PR. Firstly as an embedded video journalist for Dorset Police and then running his own viral video production company, Clients ranged from a city bank, large transport company and a small online only shaving supplies brand that has now launched internationally.

Prior to 2007 he was worked in ultra-local television, for a number of broadcasters, rising to the role of Head of Broadcast Operations. He lobbied at national level for digital licences including a presentation to a cross-parliamentary group of MPs at Westminster, which culminated in important political support from the then Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, Baroness Howe.

He is currently enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Bournemouth University, and seeks to develop a reflexive approach to pedagogy in studio operations.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Enclosed headphones
  • Level C (Year 1) Fieldwork for units: Language on Television; TV Craft Skills; Collaborative Project; Production Portfolio
  • Level I (Year 2) Fieldwork for units: Multi-Camera & Live Production; Location Production
  • Level H (Final Year) Fieldwork for units Concept Development for Television; Graduate Project

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

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Course Changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
20/10/2017 BTEC Extended diploma entry requirements were stated incorrectly, they have been updated to Distinction, Merit, Merit  Key information and 2018 entry requirements 

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 tariff points)

17/10/2017 Changes to units in year 1, 2 and 3. Course details Please refer to the previous programme specification for more details.

2018 entry requirements have changed to 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

The entry requirements for this course are 120-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

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