Undergraduate study
Film and Television Production

Film and Television Production
BA (Hons)

P331 BA/FTP (P339 BA/FTPFY for Year 0 entry)

 
 
  • This course is available for January 2019 entry
 

Course overview

Delivered by experienced practitioners across all sectors of the industry, the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production degree at Teesside addresses the essential practical, professional and academic skills to work in film and television.

You develop your understanding of current and historical practice alongside your practical and artistic skills in a course which is very much about learning through making. Through interrogating existing work, you develop your personal voice.

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Professional accreditation

Creative skillset This degree is accredited by Creative Skillset.

 

Course details

In Year 1, you embark on a personal and professional journey, developing research and technical skills, critical analysis, reflective evaluation, professional development and peer assessment.

In Year 2, you work on more ambitious and larger-scale productions. You develop independent learning skills by critically engaging with research at a much deeper level to appraise and analyse the wider media landscape.

Year 3 is led by development of a body of major work project. Alongside significant artistic and technical challenges, you prepare for the professional world by working to industry set and standard briefs and develop your professional portfolio. You are actively encouraged to take advantage of industry placements.

Please note module titles may be subject to change.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Creative Media Production

You explore the basic technical components of the process of making video or audiovisual materials for outputs such as online publishing, documentary or drama. You are introduced to media languages and how to communicate clearly to target audiences.
The module is project based and you carry out writing, composition and editing of your own short video or online publication. You learn basic skills in risk assessment for technical equipment, filming, editing and using online resources.
Your assessment is the creation of a video in response to a brief and the submission of a written review.

Critical and Contextual Studies

You gain an historical and contextual overview of the history of art, animation, film and games. Aimed at technical, arts, games and animation students, this module equips you with an introductory level of understanding in the context of your chosen field of study.

Through a series of lectures and seminars, you engage in research and discussion based on your chosen areas of art, animation and game history. You learn how to effectively seek out appropriate academic sources on which to base and construct these discussions in seminars and in writing.

Foundation Project

You are guided through the production of a small-scale individual project, defined in part by you with guidance from your tutor. The foundation project guides you to a more autonomous working approach developing your project management skills and consolidating other skills already learnt in other modules.

You develop original ideas and concepts for the pre-production of an appropriate project in your chosen field of study. This may take the form of a game design document, modest game prototype, animation or game pre-production, concept art or another appropriate form related to the games, animation and film industries.

Storytelling

Here, you apply acquired knowledge and skills to a selected project according to an area of your individual interest or specialism. This module provides an overview of professional graphic practice and enables you to reflect on your own learning and personal career aspirations. You review work from modules through your portfolio presentation and set goals for the next stage.

Study Skills

You explore learning skills for undergraduate study at University, providing you with a range of learning material and practical sessions. You develop your professional skills including teamwork, researching a topic, report writing and delivering presentations, as well as time management and learning practice.
You learn by a combination of lectures, e-learning material and support.

You are introduced to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at Teesside University, exploring e-learning material and reading lists, and student support and learning resources.

Your assessment is a portfolio based on set tasks, including research into set problems.

Visual Scripting Principles

You are introduced to the principles of visual scripting, including variables, functions and operators. You use these concepts to implement functionality and interaction using a contemporary game engine.

 

Year 1 core modules

Audio/Visual Literacy

You discover and apply technical skills relating to audio/visual production. You develop your camera-handling techniques and ability to capture and manipulate sound in a negotiated practical production project.

You explore the main principles of single-camera operation, methodology and workflow, including; filming character dialogue, creating continuous action sequences, and shot composition for factual documentary and drama. You also explore how decisions made ‘on-set’ can influence creative choices in the post-production/editing process.

Your assessment is by 50% group production work and 50% written evaluation.

Professional Development in Film and TV

You explore the nature and scope of professional practice in Film and TV. You examine the role of the freelance professional and craft specific skills within industry, reflect standard practice within the sector and develop an understanding of key and associated skills to foster a career in the media. You carry out scholarly enquiries into film and TV.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, a negotiated digital presentation (50%), and written case study (50%).

Research and Skills

You address the pre-production skills that supplement and enhance effective planning of a professional film, sound recording or broadcast project. You develop research skills specific to creative development and project planning, learn effective interviewing techniques, shooting/recording for the edit (the use of covering shots and actuality), as well as the significance of essential production paperwork, such as risk assessments, consent forms, shooting schedules/shot lists and call sheets. You also explore the main principles of pitching concepts and application for funding for independent drama and documentary projects.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, by submission of a production file (50%) and written evaluation (50%).

Storytelling: From Page to Screen

You write short narrative pieces for the radio and screen. You examine the way that stories have been recycled and reinvented over time, and develop an understanding of the common plot archetypes through exploration of various examples of screenplay structure, as well as gaining an understanding of the three key elements of theme, character and plot, and how to effectively combine these to construct unique and compelling scripts.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, by a written script.

Studio Production

Learn the essential skills of professional studio practice working as part of a team to develop a client-led project from initial conception through to product.

Visual Perspectives

We live in a visual culture. This modules explores how we see and take meaning from images across a range of media platforms including television, cinema, the press and the visual arts.

 

Year 2 core modules

21st Century Television

You focus on the ways television is examined, explored, understood and used. You explore how television is different (and, in some ways, similar) to other media such as film, radio, and the internet. Each week you focus on a particular idea, central to the examination of television. Television is explored as an industry, a range of texts, and a social activity. You explore examples from other countries, but the primary focus is 21st Century television British and American television, examining key genres, movements texts and content producers.
You explore theoretical elements of audience interactivity, transmedia, new models of fandom, and television viewership in the digital age. You challenge orthodoxies and critically review theoretical perspectives, and apply perspectives to a range of televisual texts. You present your findings to fellow students in the form of a summative assessed group presentation. Once feedback is given, you submit a critical evaluation on your audience research project.

Your assessment is 100% ICA, by a proposal pitch (40%) and 1,800 word essay (60%).

Documentary Production

Following your earlier learning within the Bootcamp module, this module builds on the foundations of group working, technical skills and the creative development of documentary content. You are encouraged to experiment, push yourself creatively and not be afraid to pursue ambition, excellence and innovation.

You focus on the production process rather than just the final product – this ensures that you are appropriately rewarded even if an ambitious project ultimately 'crashes and burns'.

This module culminates in you working as part of a production team to create a five to ten-minute documentary to a set brief. You submit this documentary for assessment.

Fiction Production

Acting with a greater level of autonomy, you work on advanced and sophisticated drama production projects. Through your project work you develop procedures and techniques relevant to dramatic production.

This module requires effective team-working, problem solving, production management and creative ability. You explore cinematic techniques for fictional film-production and you develop a critical understanding of dramatic techniques and practices within the context of fiction production.

Popular Culture in Context

Every film, TV show or story we see or read has been influenced by its context, when and how it was made, and has a range of different meanings that make it what it is. The novel Frankenstein is not just a horror tale, but also one of the earliest science fiction stories. It is also a exploration of what makes us human, and the movies it has spawned have created a new genre. This module puts a range of popular media texts under spotlight.

Production for Emerging Platforms

You explore production for contemporary and unorthodox media platforms. You acquire an awareness of the audiences, and technical parameters of mobile devices and platforms, and based on this knowledge, create innovative artefacts or prototypes that can live on, or amongst them.
Assessment is100% ICA, by individual submission of the artefact (50%), and a presentation evaluating the creative process and artefact (50%).

Professional Practice

You develop professional practice skills in concept art, through appraisal and evaluation of industry standards, culminating in an online presence and professional identity. You are encouraged to analyse and evaluate elements of professional practice and synthesise your findings into your own practice, demonstrating employment potential and future professional development.

 

Year 3 core modules

Client-based Production Project

Working within a professional context, you respond to a live brief with an external client.

Current Issues in Media Production

You develop your individual research interests in an extended essay to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific, relevant and contemporary issue that you choose. Given the contemporary or future nature of your enquiry, you are encouraged to do primary research with relevant industry professionals and/or commentators as well as draw on a wide range of sources in your research.

Exit Strategy

You devise an exit strategy from education to first career destination. You develop a detailed strategy with clear and achievable milestones, targets and schedules, which will begin implementation within the module.
You also explore business planning, marketing and markets, brand and brand management, new and emerging forms of funding and distributing content. You explore both career development and project development so is applicable if you are looking for employment or looking to build youir own business or proposition.
Your assessment is 100% ICA.

Film and TV Production Project

This is a self-managed exercise of professional practice and reflective consideration. You produce creative work as a finished artefact(s) demonstrating your skills in moving image production as negotiated with the module leader. You focus on content and its creative treatment, originality and narrative structure as well as technical execution.
Your assessment is 100% ICA.

Final Major Project Research

You carry out creative development of a media content project of your own design that may be used as the basis for your final project. You develop a proposal for an original media content-driven project. You investigate and review related contemporary production practices, including current technologies and formats to identify appropriate channels, formats, audience and platforms for your work. You evaluate relevant contemporary output, as well as addressing relevant social, cultural, economic and ethical factors, in order to establish the scope for development for your project. Your research proposal should have a rigorous rationale.

Your assessment is 100% ICA:
8-10 minute timed presentation of your intended project to your peers and supervising tutor 70%

pre-production file with schedule, ethics form and written reflection 30%

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through industry standard creative practice and modules which expand cultural and industry knowledge. You use state-of-the-art media facilities to produce media of the highest standard. You also use packages of digital materials accessed through our virtual learning environments to help speed up the learning journey.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a range of creative projects and written assignments.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points including at least two A levels (or equivalent), or 64-80 for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year). You are normally invited for an interview where you can discuss your portfolio of work, see our excellent facilities and meet staff and students.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

You are encouraged to undertake a range of work experience, enabling you to investigate your future career options and to develop your practical skills. Our projects and placements officer works with you to help find the best placements for your own areas of interest and help you develop your CV. Local and national media companies provide a variety of opportunities for you to pursue.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of creative industries including film, television, digital media, audio production, creative arts organisations, marketing and events.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year; January intake
  • UCAS code: P331 BA/FTP
    P339 BA/FTPFY for Year 0 entry
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points and interview

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Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
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