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Television in London
University of Westminster
London, England

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Media 200 English 4 50 N/A

Module Leader: Geoffrey Davies
Host course: LMADSS
Module Code: 2MSS403

Aims: The course is designed to give students an understanding of the production process in making a short magazine programme. Making full use of the course being based in London, students will be encouraged to visualise what is around them and use the medium to capture an image of their time in the capital. During the course students will use video cameras, sound recording and editing; studio operations including cameras and vision mixing; and the editorial aspects of production including writing.

Learning outcomes: By the end of this module students will be able to:
· Jointly conceive on and agree a programme idea
· Plan, shoot and edit insert material
· Work in teams of different sizes
· Understand the editorial processes of programme making
· Schedule a studio programme with regard to the requirements of the different roles on production (floor managing, vision mixing, directing etc)

Assessment Mode and Weightings:
Students will be assessed on their contribution and effort in producing an insert (short video piece) and in their work towards the final studio programme. They will write a short summary of their work, detailing what they did and what they learned from the experience. This will be marked by the tutor and an external examiner (a part time staff tutor)

Product 30%
Group work 20%
Individual contribution 50%
Based one-third on initial insert and two-thirds on final programme.

Assessment Rational:
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Their ability to conceive edit and shoot material that conforms to the brief for the programme they are making.
Their ability to work as part of a team to produce a coherent product that is of
a broadcast standard.
Evidence of an understanding of the techniques of production.

Assessment Criteria:
Each student will be expected to demonstrate the ability to:
· present his/her own creative solution in a group context
· plan, organise their time and meet deadlines
· make a definite contribution to the team production of content
· display leadership, if required
· be able to discuss and analyse the performance of the group

Teaching Methods:
Classroom tuition, demonstration, studio practice and workshops. The classroom work will also include the showing of examples of current British television and possibly visits to see television shows being recorded. The opening lecture given to both television and radio students will outline the structure of British broadcasting, the role of the BBC and the development of satellite television and digital radio in the UK.

Production of one or two magazine programmes (depending on student numbers). Introductory tour of facilities. Introduction to camera work and sound recording. Discussion of ideas for inserts. Production of location inserts. Editing tuition. Studio practice. Production of studio programme.

Millerson, Gerald: The technique of television production
Kellison, Cathrine: Producing for TV and video: a real-world approach
Griffiths, Richard: Videojournalism: the definitive guide to multi-skilled
television production

Guide to British TV:
Production background:

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