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BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P311

Course summary

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

About this course

You'll learn to creatively produce and record, to design and production manage projects for this exciting industry.

You’ll also gain an understanding for staging productions, the economics (such as sponsorship and income generation) and be taught practical skills to make and transform environments.

Open Days

Student work

Showreel: 2017

BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production showreel, 2017.

Showreel: 2016

Showreel for BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production, 2016.

Once in Fado

A commercial film by students of BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production.

The Third Man

Second-year students took part in collaborative project The Third Man, a pre-to-post-production exercise, in early 2015.

The Feed

A film by Solomon Wilkinson.

Student voices: Alexa Wilkie

Alexa talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student voices: Elliott Paterson

Elliott talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student voices: Tamara Kalisilira

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

Student voices: Ronald Alele and Ryan Boey

Ronald Alele and Ryan Boey tell us about their time on BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

Course stories

Facilities

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3D Workshop

View images and find out about the range of tools and technologies on offer.

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Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

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Film and Television

Find out about the resources on offer to Film and Television students.

Course details

At the core of BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production 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.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.

This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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) Television and Live Events Production 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.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Studio-based workshop
  • Assignments
  • Critiques
  • Visits
  • Viewing
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Physical reference material/ Industry artefacts
  • Workshops
  • Demonstration of practical skills
  • Industry visits
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Group tutorials and critiques
  • Questions & answers
  • Assessment feedback tutorials
  • Group debates and shared knowledge
  • Group and individual feedback forms and reflection sessions
  • Online resources
  • Digital and live experiential feedback
  • Artefacts
  • Industry feedback
  • Individual and group experimentation exercises
  • Specialist and technical workshops
  • Research and Case Studies
  • Moodle and online resources
  • Independent study and self-directed learning

Assessment methods

  • Viewing and listening to audio visual material and presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, DVD and short digital televisual pieces)
  • Group debate
  • Critiques
  • Essays/reports
  • Dissertation/research projects
  • Website, CV and promotional material
  • Display of practical production work, such as events and 3D/2D products
  • Audience and industry feedback
  • Production Diaries and ‘Production Bibles’ showing production documentation, planning and budget/business matters
  • Workbook/sketchbooks
  • Visits
  • Q&A
  • Exercises using online resources (e.g. H&S)
  • Artefacts
  • Technical Log books
  • Diaries/ time management
  • Feedback sheets
  • Showreel/edits/digital products
  • Observation of practice

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.

Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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 this register your interest form.

Staff

Candida  Moriarty

Candida Moriarty

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

David  Clement

David Clement

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

Gianpaolo  Bucci

Gianpaolo Bucci

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

Mark  Clompus

Mark Clompus

Associate Lecturer

Rob  MacGillivray

Rob MacGillivray

Associate Lecturer

Charlie  Oughton

Charlie Oughton

Associate Lecturer

Mark  Blagden

Mark Blagden

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

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

Harriet Cox

Lecturers

Bill Bradley

Associate Lecturers

Nick Williamson

Visiting and Special Lecturers

Teaching on BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production 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

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

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 Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C/grade 4 or above in at least three GCSE subjects.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • A demonstrable interest in the disciplines that contribute to the production of television and live events
  • 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

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

This course doesn’t require you to provide a portfolio.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in television and live events production, 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.

Making your application

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

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P311

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

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.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

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.

Erasmus

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

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P311

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

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.

Study abroad applicants

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

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


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

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.

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, 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.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 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

£19,930 (2019/20).

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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Careers and alumni

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production 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

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

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