BA (Hons) Television

Undergraduate, Full-time

Television BA (Hons)

Build on your existing creative skills and focus on a career in the television and screen media industries with this advanced entry course


Our BA (Hons) Television degree course will encourage you to think and work creatively and professionally on practical production work across drama and factual genres.

This Creative Skillset accredited course strikes a balance between gaining technical production skills and developing your creative practice through teamwork. We have strong links to the creative and media industries in Scotland and beyond, which are embedded in our teaching and learning. And with direct entry to Year 3, we support students from Further Education to succeed at university.

Edinburgh Napier is partnered with STV, enabling valuable work-based learning opportunities. BA (Hons) Television reflects the converging worlds of broadcast television, film, journalism and new media, providing a distinctive and high-quality undergraduate experience. Our award-winning course was nominated as one of the top three universities in Scotland for Film Production and Photography in the Guardian University Awards 2017.

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2 years

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Course details

This dynamic course is structured so that your individual qualities and interests can be identified and developed. Accredited through the Edinburgh Skillset Screen Academy, a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art, the course has very close links with the industry and with a range of practitioners involved in all aspects of television production. Teaching staff also have direct personal experience.

Edinburgh Napier is partnered with STV2.

Students will be involved in working with the new channel and will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of original content.

This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the creative industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. We also offer BA (Hons) Television through our partner, City of Glasgow College.

In Year 3 you will study and engage with practical and theoretical approaches to TV production, linking directly to industry contexts. There is an emphasis on team work which reflects the collaborative nature of professional practices in television employment

In Year 4 you will apply your creative and technical skills to a community based production, and choose an option between researching and writing an academic dissertation or engaging in industry-focused experience and career pathways. You will also prepare for and execute your Final Project production.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study and research.

  • note and pen Assessments

    You will be continuously assessed throughout the academic year, through both creative practical work and academic assessment, including essays, case studies and reports, as well as production documentation.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Through our partnership with STV2, we are able to offer students opportunities for work placements on live and recorded shows. In Year 4, the TV Work Based Learning module is dedicated to helping you secure industry experience. The School of Creative Industries also has a dedicated careers team who work closely with Programme staff to offer support and opportunities across a range of creative and media industries.

    Read about Laura Briggs, a student on the BA (Hons) Television course, who worked with the National Museum of Scotland for her Work Based Learning module.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    This is a direct entry course and there are no opportunities within the course structure to study abroad. However, we do support students who wish to gain experience abroad during the summer of Year 3, and with funding applications to film abroad for Year 4 Final Projects.

Popular modules

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • TV Factual Research
  • TV Factual Production
  • TV Scriptwriting
  • Television Studies
  • TV Studio Presentation
  • TV Drama Production

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • TV Final Project Research
  • Community Media
  • TV Final Project

Options include:

  • TV Work Based Learning
  • TV Dissertation
  • Professional Development



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If academic conditions are met, and after further scrutiny of the application, applicants may be invited to an interview and asked to submit a showreel/portfolio.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Relevant HND subjects: Television Production, Advertising and Public Relations, Creative Industries: Television, Audio Visual Technology, Creative Industries: Media and Communication, Film.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Television students rehearse a scene as part of a television drama module in the TV studio

This course will prepare you for a position in the highly competitive creative and media sector.

Often freelance in nature, the positions you’ll be pursuing could include:

  • Runner
  • Researcher
  • Editor
  • Television Assistant Producer
  • Television Director
  • New Media Producer
  • Community Media Producer
  • Multimedia Manager
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