Television Production

Module code: MS2003

Module co-ordinator: Verity Milligan

Module Outline

This module will give you practical experience of programme-making coupled with a deeper critical understanding of the production process. Working in a small group will individual roles, you will set up your own production, working within a tight schedule. You will be taught the necessary skills to ensure that you can use the equipment provided effectively and will be supported through the editing process, culminating in the creation of a final product of three to five minutes in length which will be uploaded onto YouTube.

During the creation of your video, you will write a comprehensive production diary documenting your endeavours. After completion, you will reflect on the production process, from both an individual and group perspective, in the form of a reflective essay.

Watch some examples of work from previous years on YouTube.

Alongside her teaching, Verity Milligan is a professional photographer and filmmaker, working on commissions and briefs for local organisations such as Northamptonshire County Council, Visit Birmingham and Birmingham Hippodrome, as well as multinational corporations such as Carillion PLC. Her work has been featured in the Daily Mail and The Times, and used for advertising campaigns for the BBC, Samsung, P&O Ferries and British Airways. Before coming to the University of Leicester, Verity taught on Media Production, Journalism and Photography modules at the University of Northampton, headed up an independent cinema and ran a film unit which undertook promotional video work within the University and the community.

Topics covered

  • Formulation of narrative/documentary ideas
  • Pre-production process
  • Training in camera, sound, lighting and editing skills
  • Filming and editing of final idea
  • Critical analysis of production process


  • Ten one-hour practical classes/workshops
  • Five one-hour seminars
  • 24 hours of supervised workshop time
  • Fieldwork


  • 3-5 minute group film (50%)
  • individual reflective essay (50%)