• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeWP83

BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

This industry focused course allows you to develop specialist skills and gain a detailed understanding of the many types of production work involved in live events and television.

About this course

You will learn to produce, direct and manage productions and to create and transform environments for this exciting industry.

You’ll also gain a detailed understanding of the economics of staging events such as sponsorship and income generation. 

Student films and profiles

BA (Hons) Live Events and Television showreel, 2017

Student voices: Elliott Paterson – BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

Tamara Kalisilira discusses her work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2016.

BA (Hons) Live Events and Television 2016 showreel

Student Work // Once In Fado

Telita Alleyne and Shakira Hamblin talk about their work in LCC Summer Shows 2015.

Student Work // The Feed by Solomon Wilkinson

LCC presents Sir Howard Stringer in conversation with Will Wyatt
Ana Escobar

LCC presents Sir Howard Stringer in conversation with Will Wyatt - LCC Blog

BA (Hons) Live Events and Television 2015 showreel

Ronald Alele and Ryan Boey talk about their work in LCC Summer Shows 2015.

Image of Geoff Posner

6 BAFTAs, 3 Comedy Awards, 2 International Emmys – Meet lecturer Geoff Posner

Second-year students pre-to-post-production collaborative project 'The Third Man'.

BA (Hons) Live Events and Television students join in cross-year collaboration in the House Project.

Current students share their cross-year collaboration 'House Project' on the LCC Blog.

Marie-France Idikayi, a graduate of LCC’s BA (Hons) Live Events and Television course, has established a global showcase for African fashion in the Democratic Republic of Congo by founding Congo Fashion Week.
Image © Etoile Photo

Graduate Marie-France Idikayi establishes Congo Fashion Week - LCC Blog. 

Content

The core of this course is creative direction with design implementation skills across a broad range of live and recorded platforms, including corporate, festivals, promotional, charitable, educational, theatrical, entertainment events and television.

The course encourages work placements and holistic understanding, for employability across multiple sectors. It embraces experimentation and entrepreneurship by providing opportunities for students to interpret, form and command a specialism within the live events and television industry. 

The course will also guide students through a challenging and informative journey of practical and theoretical research opportunities.

What can you expect?

To become confident and competent in a range of production skills that chart the entire production process. This includes brief and script analysis, producing and creative direction, lighting and sound, sponsorship and income generation. 

You will put these to practice through collaborative projects that allow you to try out multiple roles and to experience industry style briefs and challenges within a supportive environment. This is crucial to your career development, enabling you to find the right role that suits your skills and interest.

Tutors teach the theoretical aspects of this discipline in a way that helps you to make direct connections with its practice. Topics will cover visual cultural influences, historical moments and sociocultural context. You will also be introduced to the industry's progressive changes, for example, ecological approaches to production and new methods. In addition, regular industry visits and guests will help to integrate you into the real working world.

In the second year, you'll be encouraged to sharpen your skills and knowledge through a work placement or to undertake a production project. This provides an invaluable opportunity to widen your professional networks and increase your opportunity for employment. 

Previous industry partners include London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Clarion Productions, Blackout Ltd, Delta Sound, Set Square Scenery, National Theatre Costume and Props Store, Lesley Goring Fashion Productions, MTV and Endemol.

In the third year, you will undertake a major production project from conception to completion. This will involve collaborating with fellow students or your industry contacts, taking on a key role within the process and develop your working knowledge of sponsorship, income generation, copyright and pitching.

Course units

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Live Events and Television qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Academic Study in Live Events and Television (20 credits)
  • Production Roles, Environments & Resources (40 credits)
  • Sound and Vision (20 credits)
  • Production Design and Art Department (40 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Strategy and Income Generation (20 credits)
  • Conceptual Connections (40 credits)
  • Industry Linked / Personal Development Project (40 credits)

Year two offers the opportunity to use and further develop transferable skills, develop external links and focus on collaborative practice. You will select and experiment in a specialist area of study, in preparation for the major project in year three.

Work-based learning is increased to allow for the development and practice of skills in related industry fields, to increase network links and employability opportunities. You will produce a portfolio of work, analytical reports, with evaluation and reflection throughout that enables the production of a personal development plan. The theory aspect supports academic and conceptual development, industry standards of practice and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Year 3

Year 3 offers students the chance to deepen focus, to further develop conceptual and practical application skills and to contextualise theoretical knowledge across the live event and television industry. It encourages entrepreneurial and industry linked work opportunities and portfolio development.

  • Major Project (60 credits)
  • Contextual Research / Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Reflection and Showcase (20 credits)

Projects are designed to support and develop students' ability to analyse and interpret while also equipping them with practical application, task management and team working skills.

Through individual and collaborative theory and working practice, skills development, knowledge and competence grows. Projects are designed to address the learner's needs and to meet the learning outcomes of each unit.

Initially students are set a series of practical tasks and collaborative projects, to allow them to try out multiple roles. In the second year the projects provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate and command skills and knowledge in the work environment in a particular role and industry field. 

Students are encouraged to build portfolios of work that undertake another role/s within the field of production, for television or live events (demonstrating transferable skills) and to review their professional creative and technical direction at the end of the year.

Students will be encouraged to use their enterprise skills to gain an appropriate work placement and/or to devise and undertake a realised project; operating as a production team member in their chosen field.

Placements have been in a variety of roles including set design, scenic artist, prop maker, assistant producer or director, programme researcher, assistant editor, casting, writer and presenter, event logistical or operations assistant.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

The course team consists of several specialist practitioners, associate lecturers and regular industry guests to provide subject specific, real world experience and skills. The course is supported by specialists in the following positions: Event Creative Director, Entertainment TV Producer, Film, TV, Theatre and Event Production Designer, Production Manager and Marketing Director, Cinematographer, Sound tutor, Sponsorship and Fundraising Tutor, and Academic Tutors and Theorist.

Programme Director

Chris Petter

Course Leader

Candida Moriarty

Lecturers

Dr Rob MullenderDavid Clement, Bill Bradley, Gianpaolo Bucci

Associate Lecturers

Mark ClompusRob MacGilivrayDr. Charlie Oughton, Mark Blagden, Nick Williamson

Visiting and Special Lecturers

Teaching on BA (Hons) Live Events and Television is also complemented by a range of visiting practitioners and guest lecturers from a range of high-profile industry professionals across the live events, television and wider media industries. Previous and current visiting and special lecturers have included:

  • Roter Su – Director, cinematographer and editor (Vimeo)
  • Nic Farman – Lighting Designer (Website)
  • Ed Kingstone – Sound Engineer
  • Geoff Posner – Visiting Lecturer 

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Home/EU Applicants

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: WP83
  • There is no campus code for LCC

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

We have recently made changes to our application process for Home/EU applicants. To find out more, view the Undergraduate Application Process page.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Live Events and Television for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A-levels will be achieved at grade C or above.

Or

One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).  

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor. 

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Student selection - what do we look for?

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in live events and television, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Selection Criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:    

  • A demonstrable interest in the disciplines that contribute to the production of live events and television
  • An appreciation of visual imagery and an awareness of the role communication technology plays within this area of study
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study
  • Evidence of collaborative and/or organisational skills

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Live Events and Television will be able to celebrate a diverse and large employment market that could allow them to enter into a variety of roles, depending on the specific area in which they specialise.

To inspire students, here is a list of potential employment opportunities:

  • Independent and regional television, film and video production companies
  • Lighting and audio companies
  • Set provision and construction and scenic painting companies
  • Independent professionals; such as designers, set dressers, scenic artists, directors, producers, production managers
  • Drama training institutions and educational linked ventures
  • Touring theatre companies
  • Exhibition and display production companies
  • Museum events
  • Commissioned festival and special events contracts
  • Charitable fundraising events
  • Sports events
  • Fashion and advertisement promotional events
  • Music events
  • Residential or short term theatre and television studio contracts
  • Conference, corporate, party and charity functions management companies
  • Leisure and community events
  • Theme parks
  • Web-based productions

The BA (Hons) Live Events and Television graduates will have opportunity of employment at differing levels of responsibility depending on the nature of the production and depending on the focus they choose to elect.

Below is a selection of potential roles:

  • Production designer / Art Director
  • Producer / Assistant Producer
  • Assistant Creative Director
  • Assistant Project Director
  • Production Researcher
  • Live event or television camera person
  • Fashion Show Co-ordinator
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Event Logistics and Operations Manager
  • Assistant Floor / Studio/Stage / Location Manager
  • Lighting design Assistant/Operator
  • Sound design Assistant/Operator
  • Assistant Technical Manager
  • Prop Designer / Maker / Supervisor / Buyer / Supplier
  • Set Dresser
  • Assistant Model Maker
  • Technical Drafts Person
  • Scenic Artist
  • Party / Festival Co-ordinators
  • Charities/educational event co-ordinators
  • PR-related event work

UAL Jobs and Careers

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.