BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

Capture the moment. With this industry aligned course you'll learn to produce, direct and manage productions to create and transform environments for live events and television. You’ll also develop specialist skills and a detailed understanding of the kinds of production work involved in this exciting industry.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

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Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Candida Moriarty

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 per year

 

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 academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

International Fee

£17,920 per year

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineThe UCAS deadline for 2017/18 is 15 January 2017
UCAS CodeWP83
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

Explore and obtain the knowledge, skills needed to work in the live events and television production industries. BA (Hons) Live Evens and Television integrates creative, technical, managerial, logistical research and practice required for the development of confident and competent production people.

You will learn to produce, direct and manage productions and create and transform environments for live events and television. You will also gain a detailed understanding of the economics of staging events. 

Its core 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 sectors and embraces experimentation and entrepreneurship by providing opportunities to interpret, form and command in 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 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 socio-cultural context. You will also be introduced to the industry's progressive changes, e.g. ecological approaches to production and new methods. In addition, regular industry visits and guests will help integrate you with the real working world.

In the second year, you will be encouraged to sharpen your skills and knowledge through a work placement or 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.

Learning and teaching

Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. 

Structure

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 & Art Department (40 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Strategy & 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, 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 development and practice of skills in related industry fields to increase network links to increase employability opportunities. It requires the production of a portfolio of work and analytical reports, evaluation and reflection throughout and 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 contextual 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 Reserach / Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Reflection & Showcase (20 credits)

Projects are designed to support and develop students' ability to analyse and aesthetical interpret while equipping them with practical application, task management and teamworking 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 a series of practical tasks and realised collaborative projects are set to allow students 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.

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

Rob Mullender, Geoff Posner, David Clement

Associate Lecturers

Mark Clompus, Rob MacGilivray, Dr. Charlie Oughton

Visiting and Special Lecturers

Teaching on BA (Hons) Live Events and Teleivison 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
  • Vron Harris – Director, producer, lighting camerawoman and editor (Website)

Careers

Future careers and graduate prospects

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

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

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 and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old 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 64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old 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 English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification – see below.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry. 

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

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 at enrolment.

  • 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.

Admission procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.

Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed initially on the basis of qualifications, your reference, and your personal statement. In the written part of the application form applicants should briefly describe their interest in the subject area and why they feel they will benefit from a Higher Education course of this nature.

All applications with the appropriate initial/predicted qualifications or with initial evidence of appropriate prior learning and/or relevant experience will be considered.

In most cases the selection process will involve an interview, portfolio review, or a combination of both. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will need to present more information about their skills and suitability by presentation of a small portfolio of work.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They 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 also review your academic or personal reference

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • A strong interest and appreciation of in the subject area
  • Visual imagery skills and/or organisational skills and awareness of communication technology
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

Personal Statement 

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

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating you appreciate 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 that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment. You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

Portfolio Advice

If you are invited to attend an interview you will be required to present a portfolio (digital or otherwise) demonstrating samples of your work, your skills and related relevant experience.

The portfolio may contain digitally formatted presentations, audio-visual work, and organisational production material and/or design technology or art based work.

If you are invited to an interview (via UCAS Track) but cannot attend, you may be offered an alternative chance to send in a digital portfolio and the chance to participate in a telephone/Skype interview instead. If applicants fail to attend or to respond to either invitations the decision will be made based on the UCAS application alone.

Interview Advice

At the interview you will be expected to demonstrate a strong interest in and appreciation of the subject area; visual imagery skills and/or organisational skills; awareness of communication technology and understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study; an approach suited to the demands of the course and an idea of future careers.

You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the Course Leader's questions to you will probably arise. The interview will be a relatively informal group discussion and will take place at LCC.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example, related academic or work experience, the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference or a combination of these factors.

Next Steps

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

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS homepage, 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.

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

International Applicants

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

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

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016. 

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. Please visit the LCC Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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