A degree in television production equips you for the role of producer as well as a wide range of production-related jobs within the industry
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Film/video editor
- Location manager
- Media researcher
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
- Television/film/video producer
- Television floor manager
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Broadcast presenter
- Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video
- Television camera operator
- Television production coordinator
- VFX artist
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
It's vital to have some work experience in television production, so you should take advantage of any opportunities to develop practical skills through course projects, work placements or short-term internships. Many course providers have strong links to local TV companies, including local and national broadcasters, and specialised production companies.
The major broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, offer short-term periods of work experience. This type of experience gives an insight into all aspects of television production across the UK. Competition for a place on these schemes is fierce, however, so it's worth looking at other options as well. Independent production companies may provide opportunities for work shadowing.
Other options include helping out at television festivals held annually throughout the UK, such as the Edinburgh Television Festival, and entering a talent scheme like the one offered by The Network. Prestigious cultural organisations, such as BAFTA, offer occasional paid internships.
It's also useful to attend industry networking events and seminars to build up contacts in the industry. You can also make your own content or try to get some experience as a runner during or after university.
Social media can be a useful way of finding work experience and short-term opportunities, using dedicated Facebook groups and following TV companies on LinkedIn.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
These include major broadcasters, but also a huge range of smaller production companies, which are commissioned to make programmes for network transmission.
Regional and national directories, such as The Knowledge, Film Bang (Scotland), Screen Alliance Wales and Northern Ireland Screen, provide comprehensive listings of TV production companies and forthcoming vacancies.
You can follow companies of interest on social media, joining specific groups where available, to be aware of the latest vacancies, using word of mouth and personal recommendations to find where there may be immediate opportunities.
Skills for your CV
A degree in television production allows you to develop a range of subject specific, technical and transferable skills, useful for working within media, creative and other industries. These include:
- creativity - courses teach you to look at the bigger picture, beyond the camera
- technical skills - operating a camera and using sound recording and post-production editing equipment and software
- problem solving - for improvisation, to be able to devise action plans and immediate solutions to unexpected situations
- team work - by collaborating with different professionals you'll learn to schedule effectively around competing deadlines, while remaining focussed on the end product
- organisational and time-management skills - necessary for delivering the completed project on time, and where relevant, on budget
- attention to detail - important for ensuring continuity on location, in filming, and during editing
- a flexible approach - a willingness to take on a variety of production tasks helps contribute to the success of a project.
Graduates with a degree in television production may consider postgraduate study to develop their skills and expertise further. Courses are available in areas such as wildlife, TV drama, documentary and sports production, as well as content development and post production. There are also Masters available in related areas such as screenwriting, camera and sound for TV production, and location management.
Many postgraduate courses (MA, MSc) have strong industry links and placement opportunities within leading media companies.
Courses may have accreditation with a professional organisation, for example, ScreenSkills or the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council), indicating the high quality and relevance of industry skills students can expect to gain through the course.
For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in television production.
What do television production graduates do?
21% of television production graduates are arts officers, producers and directors, while 10% work as photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators.
|Working and studying||4.4|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Arts, design and media||35.2|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||14.8|
|Retail, catering and bar staff||12.6|
|Marketing, PR and sales||7.8|
Find out what other graduates are doing after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.