Essentials of Television Production - JOUR6020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) checkmark-circle


This module will allow students to gain knowledge of television production from the planning stage through to its execution. During the Autumn term they will learn the language of television, camera work, scripting, organising a production, how to pitch a segment for a broadcaster, filming, editing, organising a crew and directing a live TV programme. They will then produce a TV segment in the genre of their choice (e.g. current affairs, music, arts, cooking etc) with support from their peers and academic staff.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 30 hours
Private study 270 hours.
Total hours 300


Wild module only

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Project Pitch: 10 minutes 10%
Project Plan and Structure: At least 5 pages A4: 15%
Final Project: One 12 minute TV segment: 75%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment will be on a like-for-like basis. Students will have the opportunity to resubmit their TV segments with additional filming/editing.

Indicative reading

Holland, P., 2017. The New Television Handbook. 5th edition ed. New York: Routledge.
Millerson, G., 2001. Effective TV Production. 13th edition ed. Oxford: Focal Press.
Orlebar, J., 2011. The Television Handbook. 4th Edition ed. Abingdon: Routledge.
Owens, J. & Millerson, G., 2009. Television Production. 15th edition ed. New York: Focal Press.
Palmerson, G., 2008. Exposing Lifestyle Television. New York: Routledge.
Pearl, M., 2017. The Solo Video Journalist. 1st edition ed. New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Plan, develop and produce television segments which meet Ofcom broadcasting standards
2) Understand the cultural space that television occupies within the mediascape
3) Comprehend the language of television from camera movements to editing techniques
4) Develop the teamwork and leadership skills required to organise a live TV broadcast
5) Reflect upon their own work, and evaluate each other's projects and proposals
6) Understand the legal, ethical and regulatory framework under which live TV broadcasting must operate in the UK

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Plan, manage and deliver a long term project
2) Understand the ethical, practical and legal dimensions of working in live television production
3) Deploy short, medium and long term organising skills
4) Understand the language of visual narrative and video storytelling
5) Display leadership and interpersonal skills by managing a team of their peers and guests


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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