The Television course is one of only a few HNC/HND courses in Scotland to be awarded the ScreenSkills quality mark, indicating those courses which are best suited to prepare you for a career in the Creative Industries. This ensures that the course keeps up with the rapid pace of creative change, and that student’s benefit from using the latest technologies and industry practice throughout their studies. For this course to be awarded the ScreenSkills quality mark, you can be sure that it has undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the Creative Industries.
What will I learn?
- Year 1: Build technical skills including camera operation, lighting, editing and sound recording. Develop production and directing skills through projects and assignments, which allow you to build a portfolio of practical projects.
- Year 2: Develop your technical skills in camera, lighting and editing. Essentials of script writing, directing and production skills for drama. Gain industry understanding through master classes delivered by working professionals; create a showreel and CV highlighting your practical skills.
Through the HND, students benefit from industry work placements, masterclasses given by visiting professionals, CV writing and workplace development. Students market their potential for a career in Television with the generation of a final showcase, incorporating a portfolio of work.
Employer and industry links
Springboard into work
The ‘HND Creative Industries: Television’ course is a springboard into work in the television and film industry and is taught by experienced professionals, using industry standard equipment and workflows. Teaching materials and equipment are constantly updated, in consultation with industry practitioners, to reflect developments in technology and working practice.
Glasgow based Post Production house, Serious Facilities, offered site visits to six of our HND and HNC TV students in the summer. This was followed up with three further work placements and an offer of full time employment for one of our HN year 2 students.
Skillset Media Network
The course is part of the Skillset Media Network and Creative Loop; these organisations give the students opportunities to gain work experience and employment. Our students have gone on to work for the national broadcasters, independent production companies, and facilities houses and as freelance operators in both television and film.
Industry Visits and Work Opportunities
Freelance television and film industry visits often lead to further opportunities for our students. Stuart Cadenhead (1st Assistant Director) and Barry Laird, (AD and Locations) spoke with the students in Production Management. This led directly to a week-long work placement for one of our students on the television period drama Melrose (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), filmed in Glasgow in October and further opportunities working with the Comedy Unit and other productions.
Jobs and further study
- 2nd or 3rd year entry to various film and TV courses at universities in the UK and overseas.
- Employment in the TV or film industry - graduates of this course have found work with BBC Scotland, Endemol, MTP, Visual Impact, MNE, Savalas, 4:2:2 and many other independent companies.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- NQ Television with Photography (SCQF level 6) (Accompanied by teaching staff recommendation), or
- Minimum of one Higher, or equivalent, English is preferred
- Applications are welcome from those without formal entry qualifications but who can demonstrate an interest in the creative industries through experience, with an emphasis on television and video production. They must also have relevant work experience, programme ideas or similar and boundless enthusiasm, creativity and team-working skills are essential.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply you will receive an automated e-mail confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Pre-selection will be based on application information followed by an invitation to attend an information session.
- You will be asked to provide two references from separate organisations, i.e. academic and employment. These should be as current as possible. References from friends or family members are not acceptable. Where possible, references should be supplied prior to the information session.
- You must bring evidence of your qualifications (original certificates, not copies). Bring any other evidence that you feel will support your application. Videos, photography, evidence of experience in the wider creative industries such as theatre work, events etc.
- Once an offer is received you must confirm your acceptance within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, reading List, Induction Date, in the time leading up to the start of the course.
- If the course is full you will be told that you are on a waiting list till a place becomes available at a later date.