Careers in TV Production

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What is TV Production? 

TV Production is the process by which television is made. Students interested in careers in TV Production will study methods from composition and screenwriting to directing and filming.  

What 3rd Level Courses are Available? 

  • Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 
    • Film Studies – the study of film and television as pieces of literature to be critically analyzed. 
    • TV Production – the study of how films and television are produced and distributed. 
    • Screenwriting – the study of creative writing for the stage and screen. 

Studying TV Production in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students an introduction to the foundational principles of film and media, including film creation, production, and distribution. 

Depending on the focus of their TV Production studies, students will likely move from exam-based modules to more hands-on production modules. Most media studies courses will combine lectures, exams, production projects, and written practical work as benchmark assessments for students. 

Most undergraduate TV Production courses in Ireland run for three or four years. In some cases universities will facilitate work or internship experience as a facet of their program. 

It is common that all media-based courses will require students to complete long-term research or production projects including a final Capstone project. This will ensure the completion of a rigorous curriculum and prepare students for postgraduate studies or for their careers in TV Production. 

A bachelor’s degree in media studies is adequate for many careers in TV Production. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working in film and television development, sound and picture editing, or animation. 

Career Options

Graduating from college with a degree in TV Production studies will serve you well as it equips you with a unique and marketable skill set. A media degree teaches students how to think both logically and creatively as well as equipping them with invaluable production and communication skills. 

Many recent graduates have entered into ‘entry-level’ careers in TV Production working as film and television developers, screenwriters and lighting designers, and as directors.

Other jobs that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training, and/or experience to qualify for. 

Related Jobs Include:

  • Lighting Designer
  • Film and Television Editor
  • Producer
  • Costume/Set Designer
  • Screenwriter
  • Content Producer / Editor
  • Sound Technician
  • Director / Actor
  • Casting Agent

Further Study

An undergraduate degree in TV Production studies is often the first step towards further postgraduate study. Postgraduate students will often specialize in TV Production or analysis, depending on their desired career path after college. 

Visit postgrad.ie for more information. 

FAQ

  • What points do I need to study TV Production?
    • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best that you check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, English, Irish or another language.
  • Are there any particular qualities you need to study TV Production?
    • Students interested in careers in TV Production will need to enjoy media and culture as well as have a desire to work creatively in a challenging job market. You will need to be collaborative, innovative, perceptive and curious as well as being able to successfully communicate your own ideas and opinions. 
  • Where can I study TV Production?
    • Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • The world’s most costly television airtime is a 30-second advertisement during the Super Bowl. In 2008 an advert at the event cost a whopping $2.7 million!
  • Fred and Wilma Flinstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together on American television!
  • Ireland’s The Late Late Show is one of the longest running TV talk shows in the world, having premiered in 1962!

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Ethan Moser

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