University of Chester

Programme Specification
Television Production BA (Hons) (Combined Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours)

Television Production

Television Production [NEW]

University of Chester

University of Chester

Warrington Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

7 Years

Annual - September

N/A

P311

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Media

Communication, Media and Film Studies

Media

Wednesday 20th March 2013

  • To produce graduates who have an informed and critical approach to understanding both media production and television products.
  • To develop the cognitive potential of undergraduates through degree-level study focusing on the processes of television production.
  • To encourage critical analysis and reflection on media production and in particular television production.
  • To provide necessary practical, transferable and subject skills to enable the graduate to work in a range of employment opportunities.
  • To provide a supportive and sequenced framework for students' learning.
  • To provide a degree that fulfils the criteria suggested in the relevant QAA subject standards and benchmarks.


By the end of this programme the student/learner will typically,

At Level 4 demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of relevant practical skills, the role they play in television production and particularly the role of narrative in television and film  (ME4727 and ME4738)

At Level 5 further develop those practical skills in a more challenging creative environment, demonstrating an active knowledge of and interest in both technique and analysis. (ME5719 and ME5720)

At Level 6 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the skills required to produce longer form narrative material and to place that accurately in a commercial and industrial context. (ME6723, ME6727, ME6728 and ME6729)

 

 

By the end of this programme the student/learner will typically;

At level 4, demonstrate a framework of understanding in order to understand and analyse a variety of factual and fictional texts (ME4727, ME4738)

At level 5 develop and expand that understanding in a range of different contexts, with an emphasis on creativity and narrative. (ME5719, ME5720), as well as engaging with work based/experiential learning and research (ME5716, ME5703, WB5101)

At level 6 evidence a variety of analytical approaches and be able to place them in both practical and theoretical context. They will demonstrate this in a variety of situations internal and external to the University and have developed problem solving and critical skills to a high level. (ME6723, ME6727, ME6728, ME6729)

 

By the ends of this programme, the student/learner will typically;

At level 4 demonstrate competence in practical skills related to television production and post production. (ME4727, ME4738)

At level 5 build on the practical skills and develop those techniques and practices with specialist equipment and in specialised environments, developing personal creativity and team skills. (ME5719, ME5720)

At level 6 exhibit a command of practical skills and be able to apply them without difficulty in a variety of contexts including narrative and commercial environments external to the University. (ME6723, ME6727, ME6728, ME6729)

 

By the end of this programme the student/learner will typically;

At level 4 demonstrate communication skills, both with staff and in group production contexts with other students and contributors. (ME4727, ME4738)

At level 5 expand that range of skills and communicate with other students in individual and team productions but also parties external to the university through work based and experiential learning. (ME5719, ME5720, ME5703, WB5101)

At level 6 evidence confident and efficient communication skills in an industrial/commercial context working on longer form and more complex narrative and studio projects with a larger number of potential contributors and also on commercial projects with external clients. (ME6723, ME6727, ME6728, ME6729) 

 

The programme offered is a combined honours subject programme studied over three years on a full-time basis. In level 4, there is one 40 credit (ME4738) and one 20-credit module (ME4727), in level 5, two 20 credit modules accompanied by optional WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work-Based Learning/Experiential Learning modules and an optional Research Methods module.

WB5004 (Learning in the Wider World) is similar in ambition to WB5101 but facilitates undertaking the work based learning placement at a location outside the United Kingdom. WB5004, although available to all students as an alternative to WB5101, must be applied for and participation is restricted to students who meet the criteria of interview, attendance and behaviour during Level 5. All students will be required to receive clearance from their PAT prior to departing on their overseas placement. Students must complete and have a Risk Assessment approved before they are eligible for this module.

WB5008, The Study Abroad Experience, will be offered as a complementary year of study abroad to students who have successfully completed their second-year of study (Level 5). Application will occur in January of Level 5. As such, students may be required to present evidence of successful completion of Level 4, satisfactory on-going assessment, academic references and attendance in order for their application to be accepted. Students must also complete a Risk Assessment to indicate that they are fully aware of the requirements for the exchange, university/college and destination that they are applying for.

In level 6 all modules are optional including a 20 credit Producing and Directing module and a 20-credit Non-Broadcast Production module. The programme structure is based on a thematic progression in which a portfolio of formative tasks is undertaken on an individual basis, progressing to individual and team production requirements, always followed by feedback.  Additional assessment of these modules will utilise a mixture of skills and be based on individual and group work. Reflection is not utilised as a separate element, there being no room in a 20 credit, module; this will be integrated into the portfolio mode of assessment. 

At level 4 the student will gain exposure to a wide range of inputs and influences allowing them access to basic skills and methodologies. Level 5 will see the development of these capabilities and the opportunity to apply them in team contexts, and level 6 will provide opportunities for more individual creativity, critical questioning and independence. Through the three levels of graduated study students will have developed both subject specific and key/transferable skills applicable in a wide range of contexts. The proposed programme takes into account the benchmarking statements for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural studies and the National Qualifications Framework.

Please note that ME6719, ME6721 and ME6727 are only available for transnational delivery.

Level 4: 120 credits from:
ME4727 20 credits*
ME4738 40 credits*
Plus 60 credits from Combined Subject Area


Level 5: 120 credits from:
[Level 5 credits can be substituted for a full year exchange via the module WB5007 120 credits]
ME5719 20 credits*
ME5720 20 credits*

And, 60 credits from:
either ME5716 20 credits
or Combined Subject Area Modules (minimum 40 credits)
And, 20 credits from:
ME5703 20 credits (Experiential Learning),
Combined Subject Area Module 20-credits (Experiential Learning),
or WB5101 20 credits (Enhancing your Employability through Work-Based Learning)
or WB5004 20 credits (by application)


WB5008 The Study Abroad Experience 120 credits (non-award credits)

Level 6: 120 credits from:


Major - 80 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits

ME6721 20 credits***
ME6722 40 credits**
ME6723 40 credits**

ME6728 20 credits
ME6729 20 credits

ME6727 20 credits***
WB6001 40 credits**
Combined Subject 40 credits

Equal - 60 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits

ME6721 20 credits***

ME6722 40 credits**
ME6723 40 credits**

ME6727 20 credits***
ME6728 20 credits
ME6729 20 credits

WB6001 40 credits**
Combined Subject 60 credits

Minor - 40 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits

ME6721 20 credits***
ME6728 20 credits
ME6729 20 credits

Combined Subject 80 credits


*Compulsory
** Not combinable with each other

*** Transnational delivery only

Combined Honours only
Mod-Code Level Title Credit Major Equal Minor
ME4727 4 Scriptwriting and Drama Production 20 Comp Comp Comp
ME4738 4 Factual TV 40 Comp Comp Comp
ME5703 5 Experiential Project in Media 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME5716 5 Research for Professions, Practice and Academic Purposes 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME5719 5 Introduction to Studio 20 Comp Comp Comp
ME5720 5 Creative Practice and Broadcast Content 20 Comp Comp Comp
WB5004 5 Learning in the Wider World 20 Optional Optional Optional
WB5007 5 International Exchange Module – Full academic year 120 Optional Optional Optional
WB5008 5 The Study Abroad Experience 120 Optional Optional Optional
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6719 6 Creative Media Industries: Careers and Landscapes 20 N/A N/A N/A
ME6720 6 News: Agendas, Discourse and Commercialisation 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6721 6 Understanding Celebrity Culture 20 N/A N/A N/A
ME6722 6 Media Academic Dissertation 40 Optional Optional N/A
ME6723 6 Media Production Dissertation 40 Optional Optional N/A
ME6727 6 Studio Production 20 N/A N/A N/A
ME6728 6 Non-Broadcast Production 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6729 6 Producing and Directing 20 Optional Optional Optional
WB6001 6 Work-based Project (40 Credit) Module 40 Optional Optional N/A

  • 120 credits at Level 4 entitles the student to a Certificate of Higher Education
  • 240 credits by the end of Level 5 entitles the student to a Diploma of Higher Education
  • 360 credits by the end of Level 6 entitles the student to a Bachelor’s degree

 

UCAS points: 104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

BTEC Diploma:D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR:

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

 

The Subject benchmark Statements for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies are available on the QAA website (www.qaa.ac.uk). The television production programme has taken these statements as guidance in developing a range of activities across a variety of themes that are designed to engage students in a development of their own creativity and encourage independent thought and action, rather than concentrating on the acquisition of technical skills or knowledge alone. We feel it incumbent upon us to concentrate on the work that may be produced with technology, rather than the technology itself. Content will always be required.

From QAA Subject benchmark statements: Communication, media, film and cultural studies – defining principles:

1.3 Degree programmes within communication, media, film and cultural studies share the aim of producing graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach both to understanding media, culture and communications in contemporary society, and to their own forms of media, communicative and expressive practice.

1.4 In so furthering students' academic and personal development, programmes within communication, media, film and cultural studies are committed to forms of pedagogy that lay emphasis on developing critical and creative independence, flexibility, sensitivity to audience, and self-reflexiveness, across both individual and group work, and both critical and production work.

2.4 Most programmes, however, promote a combination of understandings and skills. Many that emphasise critical engagement also require students to produce a substantial piece of self-managed research and/or a creative production or portfolio of work demonstrating their command of specific skills. Similarly, programmes that concentrate primarily on media practice or production also require students to develop analytical and research skills together with a critical grasp of their responsibilities as practitioners, and awareness of the dynamics - whether cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, social or affective - which shape working environments.

 

Students will progress through the programme, developing from a position of reliance and dependency on tutor guidance and support in the initial stages to a self-supporting, self-directed and autonomous approach to their studies. Students will increasingly be expected to demonstrate the ability to originate, research, assimilate, develop and critically review ideas across a range of practically and academically focused modules, in accordance with level-related assessment criteria.

Level 4 study will provide opportunity for students to develop key and core skills, knowledge and understanding, thereby creating an effective platform from which greater autonomy, academic awareness and production skill may be evolved. Students, typically, will not work with external bodies at level 4 but will be evolving skills and practices relevant to a workplace environment. At level 5 and 6, students will engage with external organisations through their production modules and experiential/work based learning, forging working relationships between themselves, the media creative industries and the University. Level six study will normally require the writing of a dissertation based upon independent research. Level 6 modules include the opportunity to undertake a double weighted work-based project.

Students will experience a range of teaching and learning methods related, and relevant to the acquisition of key and subject specific knowledge and skills. The curriculum and learning experiences offered to students will be designed to reflect the specific aims, emphases and learning outcomes of the programme. Students will be made aware of these at the outset from the programme and individual modules.

Students of this programme will reap the benefits of exploring a wide range materials and sources, from both academic and non-academic contexts cognate with the field of study. Learning opportunities will be via a selection of lectures, seminars and tutorials given by lecturers, visiting lecturers, external contacts and practicing media professionals from across the media industries, who would have first hand and current experience of the opportunities in the discipline for potential graduates and an ability to relate the course to prevalent contemporary practices and trends. Opportunities for active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection are therefore provided. We offer a comprehensive range of opportunities for students to engage with practical work outside the curriculum through the department's own Hot Room production facility where students are paid a basic hourly wage, to other volunteering and experiential schemes available across all three years

As students progress through the levels of the programme they will be expected to become more independent in their learning and to develop the capacity for critical reflection. From the student point of view, the three levels of study can be considered to be foundational, developmental and independent in their nature. The increasing emphasis on student self-direction and self-responsibility will be reflected in the learning and teaching strategies and methods deployed.

The variety of methods employed will include the following:

  • Lectures;
  • demonstrations;
  • screenings;
  • seminars;
  • workshops;
  • work-simulations;
  • tutorials;
  • group and individual project work;
  • live projects;
  • supervised independent learning;
  • computer aided research;
  • open and resource-based learning activities such as digital filming and edit techniques;
  • field activities such as location recording and news gathering;
  • group and individual presentations;
  • media visits;
  • small group tutorials;
  • independent study;
  • dissertation and work based or experiential learning.


Students will be expected to work independently outside timetabled teaching sessions. Students will be expected to keep up to date with current affairs and developments, especially in the area of media and television and they will, naturally, be expected to read critically a wide range of media-related academic texts, newspapers, journals and magazines.



Assessment on this programme is designed to provide feedback to students on their performance in order to shape future learning, to verify achievement in order that students can progress through and beyond the programme and to evidence for internal and external use the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the programme. In the early stages of the programme, the formative role of assessment to help students learn may be as important as the summative assessment for certification. As students progress through the programme more emphasis may be placed on the verification of achievement.

The assessment strategy of this programme is based on the following assumptions and practices:

  • Assessment is acknowledged to be a major driver of student learning.
  • A variety of assessment practices will be employed in order to provide students with a range of opportunities to display intellectual, practical and transferable skills, and to accommodate the different learning styles of individual students.
  • Clear criteria for grading and the rules and regulations for assessment and awards will be available for all students throughout their programme. 
  • Assessment at early stages of the programme will focus on evidencing the acquisition and development of foundation undergraduate knowledge, skills and understanding: later stages of the programme will focus on the demonstration of students' ability to independently synthesize advanced knowledge and skills. Assignments and projects at the start of the programme will be largely tutor determined. By level 6, students will have significant elements of self-determination in their coursework assessments and dissertations. 
  • Tutors delivering the programme have explored and discussed maps of module aims, learning outcomes and assessments across the programme during the programme's design process in order to understand how their module assessments complement others in the programme and to develop equivalences in assessment weightings and balances.

Typically, students graduating within this programme will display:

  • Skills in research, production and communication appropriate to the learning tasks set by their programme, as well as an array of generic critical and creative skills.
  • The capacity for independent thought and action, particularly in problem solving, to enable them to survive in a deregulated world where employment may be temporary and/or transient.
  • Understanding of a range of concepts, theories and approaches appropriate to the study of those objects and processes, and the capacity to apply these.
  • Substantial knowledge of the communication, media and cultural forms and processes chosen for study within their degree programme.
  • Students graduating in this area would be employable in a wide range of employment - typically: the television industry, advertising, corporate communications, marketing and public relations, but also setting up small and medium enterprises, social, health and community work, working with charities and other public bodies - and of course further study.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

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