Learn how to produce live and pre-recorded video to a professional standard across a range of genres and platforms, including television broadcasts, video-on-demand services and social media.
Do you dream of producing top television programmes like Top Gear, The One Show or Soccer Saturday? Do you want to learn how to draw a global audience to your YouTube channel? Learn next to Kent's most successful and recognisable filming location, the Historic Dockyard Chatham, which provided the backdrop for the award-winning Les Misérables adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr and the award-winning BBC drama Call the Midwife.
Our degree programme
The first year introduces you to the practical and academic skills you need to work in television and video production. You learn how to use video cameras in a variety of situations, to film and edit pre-recorded video, scriptwriting and a foundation in sound and lighting design. You also study the history and evolution of video content from the founding of the BBC to modern streaming and on-demand services, and how technology has influenced content. You also engage with cultural theory to understand television's role in shaping society.
In your second year you develop your skills to learn how to manage filming on location, troubleshoot working in complex situations and work in a team to produce live content for broadcast or digital distribution. You learn about the legal and ethical frameworks that govern television content, including copyright, Ofcom regulation and elements of contract law.
Your final year centres around two projects. You use all the skills you have learned to produce a pilot programme with live and pre-recorded elements in a team. You also develop a deeper understanding of digital and non-linear storytelling to produce a multimedia campaign for a real business, including producing video for a variety of social media channels. There is also an opportunity to take wild modules from a selection across the University.
Tutors have experience of television production including lifestyle, entertainment, game shows, live sports coverage and documentaries. You also receive excellent academic teaching in law, ethics and cultural theory from leading scholars.
You have access to the Centre for Journalism's full range of creative resources, including camera kits and audio recorders, editing software and custom-built studios. You also have access to professional studios and production facilities, based in the same building as the Centre.
Join a lively and welcoming centre which already offers one of the country's most highly regarded journalism degrees. Take part in regular social events, seminars and masterclasses with frequent visits from star names at the BBC and Sky News.
Recent visitors have included:
- Amol Rajan - Media Editor BBC News
- Ed Conway - Economics Editor, Sky News
- Gavin Esler – former presenter of Newsnight
- Jon Snow – presenter of Channel 4 News
- Mark Thompson – CEO New York Times
- Alex Crawford – three times RTS TV journalist of the year
- Stephanie Flanders – former Economics Editor, BBC
- Stuart Ramsay – Sky News Chief Correspondent
- John Humphrys – presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
- Faisal Islam – Political Editor, Sky News.
The student TV channel, KTV, is run by the student union and gives you the opportunity to develop your skills at writing, filming and presenting television content.
For graduate prospects, Communications and Media Studies at Kent was ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide 2019.
Teaching Excellence Framework
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
Teaching and assessment
Build an impressive portfolio of television and digital content, supported by work experience, while studying their degree. Learn how to use cutting edge equipment from professionals, as well as studying the cultural, ethical and legal contexts of television production.
Teaching methods include masterclasses, workshops, lectures, seminars and group activities. Professional skills are taught in modern computer suites and professional studio environments. You also spend time shooting on location away from the campus.
Assessments include individual and group filming projects, portfolios demonstrating key skills, log books, written reports and seminar presentations.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
- provide challenging, valuable and rewarding academic and vocational experiences in a professional environment including professional broadcast facilities
- prepare graduates for a career in television or related digital industries including opportunities for work experience
- enable students to acquire the skills and aptitudes to produce television and video content for a range of platforms and audiences in a supportive and responsive learning environment
- develop aptitude with a range of equipment and software used in the production of television and digital video in the Centre for Journalism's state- of-the-art newsrooms and studios
- develop students' awareness of and sensitivity to the contexts of production and consumption of television, digital media and culture
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate to graduate employment in a range of cultural and media spheres
- provide teaching informed by practice, scholarship and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual debate and enquiry.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- key concepts, practices and methods used in the production of live and pre-recorded television and video for consumption on a range of devices and platforms
- the historic social and economic forces which frame the television industry and its role in contemporary cultural life
- the role of changing technology in media production, content manipulation, distribution, access and participation
- the process linking pre-production, production and consumption of television content
- how television and other media organisations operate, communicate and are managed
- the narrative processes, generic forms and modes of representation at work in television and other cultural texts
- the way in which television and visual media are embedded in every day life and serve as ways of claiming and understanding identities.
You develop the ability to:
- engage critically with major thinkers and debates within the field of cultural production.
- consider and evaluate their work in a reflexive manner with reference to the Ofcom code and other ethical and legal frameworked and professional conventions
- carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, presentations and dissertations involving sustained independent and critical enquiry
- draw and reflect upon the relevance and impact of their own cultural commitments and positioning to the proactive of producing television content and research
- critically appraise public debate relevant to television production.
You gain the ability to:
- produce television content that uses the effective manipulation of sound, images and the written word with respect to relevant industry standards
- understand the importance of the commissioning and funding structures of the television industry and work within them
- initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of television and video genres
- be adaptable, creative and reflexive in producing output for a variety of audiences
- understand the ethical, regulatory and legal considerations relevant to television production.
You gain transferable skills in how to:
- work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, awareness or relevant ethical considerations, self-direction and reflexivity
- collate, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently and express them effectively
- organise and manage supervised and self-directed projects
- work productively in a group or team, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and also to lead effectively
- deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources.
This programme is designed to prepare students for future careers as film directors, film and video editors, lighting technicians, location managers, programme researchers, runners, sound technicians, television producers and productions assistants.
The Centre for Journalism has established an industry-leading reputation for employability. Graduates of the centre have gone on to work for employers including:
- Peston on Sunday
- Bloomberg TV.
Help finding a job
The University’s friendly Careers and Employability Service offers advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:
- think critically
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- work independently and as part of a team.
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
Successful applicants will be passionate about, and avid consumers of, video content across a wide range of genres and platforms. You will be fascinated by popular culture, a strong team player with an irrepressible streak of individuality, and a confident adopter of new technology.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
|Qualification||Typical offer/minimum requirement|
Mathematics grade C
|Access to HE Diploma||
Assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should have a pass and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
A typical offer would be to achieve 112 UCAS points (equivalent to Distinction-Merit-Merit) for QCF, NQF and OCR qualifications.
34 overall or 14 at Higher Level.
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.