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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production

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BA (Hons) Live Events and Television, London College of Communication, UAL.
College
London College of Communication
Start date
Course suspended
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P311

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.

Course suspended

Please note: This course has been suspended. If you have questions about applying for this course please fill in the online enquiry form.

Student work

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    Behind the scenes filming
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    The House: quick-change set for short filmed pieces – second year project, spring term 2016.
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    The House: quick-change set for short filmed pieces – second year project, spring term 2016.
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    Model design project.
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    Scene painting.
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    Second year students organised the Fashion for Freedom fundraising event.

Facilities

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    Student in Creative Technology Lab, 2020. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Tim Boddy

    3D Workshop

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

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    Image © Vladimir Molico

    Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

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

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    Image © Vladimir Molico

    Film and Television

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

Course overview

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 you to interpret, form and command a specialism within the live events and television industry.  

The course will also guide you 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, 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 practice. Topics will cover visual cultural influences, historical moments and sociocultural context.

You’ll 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.  

Work experience and placements have included 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.  

Mode of study

BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production runs for 93 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.

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  

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) 

In Year 1 students will learn a variety of production roles and technical skills to enhance future production work. 

Year 2 

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

Year 2 offers the opportunity to apply and develop transferable and specialist skills, network to build external links and focus on collaborative practice. 

Year 3 

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

Year 3 offers students the chance to contextualise theory and practice. It encourages entrepreneurial skills and portfolio development for employability. 

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 and 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

Assessment is based on holistic portfolios, elements (prescribed for each unit).

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.

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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

96 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, Media, Music and Performing Arts)
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

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

Making your application

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

Course suspended

Please note: This course has been suspended.

Course suspended

Please note: This course has been suspended.


After you apply

Course suspended

Please note: Applications for September 2020/21 entry to this course have been suspended.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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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