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BA (Hons) Television Production

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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.

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.

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. Plus you’ll have access to broadcast-quality resources, including a 100 square metre multi camera HD studio, Panasonic AC160, AG371 and Sony FS5 cameras, SQN sound mixers and Avid edit suites.

You’ll have the option to complete either a four-week or 30-week placement. Not only will you put the theory and skills learnt on the course into action, but you’ll also harvest a network of professional contacts, enhance your resume with some much-required experience, and ultimately improve your future career prospects.

You’ll be taught by professional practitioners, eminent media academic staff and industry-seasoned guest speakers, so by the end of your degree you’ll have gained a complementary blend of academic skills and industry-realistic practical ones. This ensures you’ll have a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding TV production, as well as all the practical skills you’ll need to soar into a career in the industry.

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.  

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

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.

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.

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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.

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. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 100% of the most popular units on this course in 2017/18 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 389kb)


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

You could even 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.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • 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.

How to apply

Entry requirements


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.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

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.

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