Overview

Broadcast Production is an intensely practical programme, grounded in critical theory, that will prepare students for contemporary content and programme making in television, radio, journalism, and other new and emerging digital media platforms.

Broadcast Production Degree highlights

Broadcast Production is one of the most practical and vocationally biased television and radio content creation degrees offered at any Russell Group University in the UK.

Global Opportunities

  • You will have the opportunity to apply for study abroad for a semester through student exchange on this degree in Europe or North America.

Industry Links

  • Broadcast Production will have extensive industry links across Northern Ireland and beyond. Work placement will be a significant aspect of the course. An industry advisory panel has been set up to offer advice on developments in the industry, keeping content and teaching practice relevant to the needs of employers in this area.
  • Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing creative industry sectors in the UK economy. Production teaching is regularly carried out by tutors who are actively involved in television and media production, providing invaluable opportunities to learn first-hand from industry professionals. This programme, balances broadcast production skills and critical thinking in a Russell group setting and the department involved, is one of the leading film and production departments in the UK.

Career Development

  • A degree in Broadcast Production will give students a distinct advantage as they enter the work place. This highly practical course will allow you to build up a portfolio of outputs for you to share with potential employers. An online channel will be created to showcase the best work from the department also. The new skillsets developed such as building digital content for online distribution and social media are highly sought after by employers and provide an excellent background for work in the creative industries and broadcasting.

World Class Facilities

  • World class production facilities are available to students. This includes access to a television studio with full broadcast-quality LED lighting using electrically-controlled hoists and green screen; off-line and on-line editing suites, utilising software such as Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and Pro Tools; access to the Sonic Arts Research Centre for audio training and industry standard audio recording and post production equipment; full high-definition cameras are available, as are substantial lighting and grip kits for location work. Two broadcast quality radio studios are also available for the creation of live and 'as live' programme outputs.

Student Experience

  • We are an Avid Authorised Learning Partner for Pro Tools and Media Composer, offering certified industry- approved training integrated into the degree. This means that students can take additional qualifications alongside their degree to become an industry certified editor in either sound or video editing. A highly sought after qualification internationally.
 

Course content

Course Structure

Year 1 Modules
Six core modules:
• Broadcast analysis I*
• Broadcast production skills I*
• Sound recording principles*
• Broadcast analysis II*
• Broadcast production skills II*
• Editing for Film and TV*

*Compulsory modules
Year 2 Modules
Three optional modules from:
• Broadcast Journalism
• The Radio Programme*
• Sound design for Screen
• Interactive & Immersive Media*
• Broadcast Popular Genres
• The Television Programme*
• Screen Industries in Europe
• Creative Writing for Radio

*Compulsory modules
Year 3 Modules
Three optional modules per semester, from:
• Broadcast Media Project I* & II*
• Gender and broadcasting
• Language in the media
• Broadcasting in post-conflict societies
• Dissertation (theory)
• Professional practice
• Work placement
• Broadcasting & Identity

*Compulsory modules

People teaching you

Dr Declan Keeney
Lecturer (Education)
Arts, English and Languages

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
6 hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study
24 (hours maximum)
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
2 (hours maximum)
2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.

Learning and Teaching

On the BA Broadcast Production programme we provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

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E-learning technologies

Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, and could include, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practical workshops and project-based work etc.

Lectures

Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to year group peers).

Practicals and workshops

Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to practical broadcast industry contexts.

Self-directed study

This is a vital part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.

Seminars and tutorials

Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-15 students). These provide the opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.

Supervised projects

In final year, all students take a double module which provides the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area such as radio or documentary production and work collaboratively on a broadcast media project, to be screened publicly at the end of the semester and online. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you and provide feedback.

Assessment

The teaching will be carried out by academics and practising filmmakers, journalists, theorists, and industry mentors. This degree will prepare students for either successful careers in the television and broadcasting industries, or to continue their study at MA and PhD level, all in the context of a Russell Group University. Innovative:

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A dedicated online channel for assessed work will be a crucial aspect of the accessed work carried out by students. It offers students the chance to develop a significant portfolio of work – this online channel will feature the best of student’s assessed work on a publically facing website. Giving students the opportunity to both build an extensive portfolio of published work but also a platform to share this work with potential employers.

Extensive portfolio of work created during degree.

Feedback

As students’ progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work.

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Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
• Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
• Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “guidance and feedback hours” to help you to address a specific query.
• Placement employer comments or references.
• Online or emailed comment.
• General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
• Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
• Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
• Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

Facilities

World class facilities are available to students studying Broadcast Production at QUB. The school is an Avid Authorised Learning Partner and as such offers industry standard teaching built in to specialist modules across the programme. Students can therefore qualify as an Avid Certified Professional in Media Composer for editing film and television images and/or ProTools for postproduction sound. These qualifications are highly sought after and run alongside the delivery of the degree. A film studio with industry standard LED lighting is available, online and offline editing suites, radio studios, sound post production and mixing facilities and of course green scene are all available. These resources are located on campus around University Square and in the world renowned Sonic Arts Research Centre.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Broadcast Production.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for this BA programme must have, or be able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed will also be taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits. Where offers are made, these will be conditional on achieving an average of 70%.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying for a Broadcast Production degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic
institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s will be well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. Broadcast Production, with its substantially
practice and professional components, provides an excellent background for work in radio, television and other media and Broadcast Production creative industries. A degree in Broadcast Production can lead to careers in education, training and arts administration as well as offering a wide range of career possibilities including postgraduate study. Graduates in related areas of the School have gone into a diverse range of
careers.

Employment after the Course
This new course is designed for those interested in factual programme making for television, radio, journalism and online media content creation. Many of the skills acquired are transferable across different disciplines but primarily this highly practical course will most appeal to those seeking employment in the creative industries.

Employment Links
The course has already built strong links with local broadcasters, such as BBC Northern Ireland and other relevant organisations, like Northern Ireland Screen. Many of these organisations are members of the industry advisory panel for the degree.

Alumni Success
Graduate Careers in related areas of the school: Film Studies and Production
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
Claire Campbell (Researcher, BBC NI)
Daniel McCabe (Production Trainee, BBC)
Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)
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What employers say

"When people come to a newsroom now, they are expected to master a whole load of disciplines. We multi skill, we get people to do a bit of everything, that really works for us as a model and means that people are really empowered to take ownership of their videos, this course will be fantastic at encouraging this.”

Jon Laurence, Digital News Editor at Channel 4 News

Additional Awards Gained

The internationally acknowledged ‘Avid Certified Professional’ qualification in Media Composer and/or ProTools is available to students on this pathway.

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £15,100

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Broadcast Production costs

An Avid Authorised Training Manual for Media Composer is required at level 1 at a cost of approximately £45. Broadcast Production will provide all of the film, sound, media equipment and editing suites needed. Students are not expected to purchase their own camera, microphones, laptop or editing software. Students are required to purchase a USB 3 hard drive at a cost of approximately £90 for personal use.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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