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Film and Television Production (with Foundation Year) BA (Hons)

Are you fascinated by film or TV genres, and do you find yourself discussing directors and deconstructing their work? Have you already practised your awards speech? If so, this course nurtures your passions and helps you build a career in film and tv.

 

P339 BA/FTPFY

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Course overview

Work placement

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Enjoy some highlights from projects created by our graduating film and television students.

You learn the practical aspects of film and television production, and film in our industry-standard facilities, which includes two television studios, a fully operational radio station, digital film production equipment, and grading and edit suites. We have our very own award-winning multimedia platform – TUXtra – which showcases content produced by students and volunteers across the university, including live broadcasts.

You work on live briefs from industry contacts including BBC, Channel 4 and ITV Signpost, ensuring that you hone your skills within real-life environments. Supported by our dedicated technical staff, you become familiar with a range of filmmaking disciplines, experiencing working as part of a media production team. Throughout your studies you create a range of work, broadcasting it through TUXtra and exploring the industry to find exactly where your skills fit.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Top reasons to study film and TV production at Teesside University:

  1. Nationally recognised:
      Teesside is ranked 6th out of 82 institutions for Media & Film Studies in the Guardian University Guide 2024. (122 institutions participated. tees.ac.uk/source).
      95% of BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students go on to work and/or study 15 months after the course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-21, tees.ac.uk/source).
      100% of BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2023,tees.ac.uk/source).
      100% of BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students agreed that teaching staff have supported their learning well (National Student Survey 2023, tees.ac.uk/source).
  2. State-of-the-art-facilities: including specialist digital cameras with motion control rigs, camera jibs with electronic pan and tilt, green screen sound stage for filming live action, recording studios and booths with industry standard kit, digi design audio workstation, broadcast TV studio with technicians to support, vision gallery with TriCaster video production system, and TV studio sound control room.
  3. Location: our campus is in the heart of a growing and thriving broadcasting community. The BBC is one of several broadcasters that has committed to significant investment in the North East film and TV industry over the next five years.
  4. Financial support: you may be eligible to apply for a range of scholarships including our Franc Roddam scholarship and our Marston Scholarship. Franc Roddam is a Hollywood film director and producer, well known as the creator of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, MasterChef and the renowned film classic Quadrophenia.
  5. Get creative: our course and campus are powered by Adobe and Apple. We’re Europe’s first Adobe Creative Campus and the only Apple-accredited University, equipping you with the digital tools and resources to hone your creative skills.

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Course details

Think, dream and make: learn through doing, with focused studio time for practice-based creative work, allowing you to develop ideas and undertake larger-scale, more ambitious projects.

Develop your creative voice: you are coached to find and grow your creative voice. Collaboration with industry professionals and your peers gives you new perspectives on developing your practice.

Grow resilience: develop a creative journal, capturing your challenges, milestones and reflections to see patterns in your thinking and linking reoccurring ideas. You learn how to test ideas, explore creative directions, understand pitching etiquette and develop large-scale projects to help you thrive in the creative industries.

Join the creative sector: our intensive, career-focused modules help you understand working in the arts and creative industries. From industry leaders’ professional wisdom and insight to accessing professional opportunities and creative coaching, you become an industry insider and leave with a working understanding of the professional community.

Become connected: access our network of alumni and practising creatives at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). Benefit from supportive voices, specialist expertise, shared wisdom and new ideas, establishing critical relationships that propel you into your creative career.

Get creative: take part in MIMA Creative Week, a festival of workshops where you experiment with new materials, go on field trips and upgrade your tech skills.

Expand your horizons: collaborate with our international partners in Prague, Dubai and India becoming international creative citizens while developing an understanding of wider global contexts, sustainability and the changing shape of equality and diversity.

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Creative Media

Explore media fundamentals, including the making of images, video, sound and audio-visual materials. You learn skills in risk assessment for technical equipment, use of digital software and online resources and practical skills in making. Alongside practical sessions, you study professional environments, media theories, critical analysis and audience perspectives. Working with a group, you tackle a brief to develop a creative piece where you are encouraged to experiment and take creative risks.

This is a 40-credit module.

Final Project

Create original ideas and concepts for your individual project, creating an artefact, report, campaign, comic, product or other form related to the arts, design and media industries. You explore the context and history of the creative arts and use this to inform your project. Learning to research and analyse ideas about art, design and media, you develop your understanding of creative working and the relationship between creativity, society and the environment.

This is a 40-credit module.

Storytelling

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling and its historical, social, cultural and political contexts in relation to media such as TV, marketing, music and writing. Explore visual, audio and written examples of narrative form and construction. You enhance your understanding of the use of plot, themes, character, point of view, visual representation, audio-visual blending, storyboarding, non-linear story and prose. You are guided to develop a story form relevant to your chosen discipline/creative practice.

This is a 20-credit module.

Study Skills

Develop key study skills in preparation for starting your degree, including critical thinking, teamwork, research and delivering presentations. You are introduced to primary and secondary research sources and shown how to use the virtual learning environment (VLE). You also find out about the wide range of student support and learning resources on campus.

This is a 20-credit module.

 

Year 1 core modules

Collaboration Project 

Enhance your skills in team-working, communication, project management and negotiation. You collaborate with a group of your course mates to produce a small-scale creative project in response to a subject-specific brief.

This is a 20-credit module.

Introduction to Film and Television Production: Key Craft Principles and Skills

You are introduced to the practical fundamentals of film and TV production and creative visual storytelling, exploring screenplay structure and key elements of theme, character and plot. Examine the relationship between script, filming and post-production, and produce a treatment and short-form script based on your creative ideas. Through workshops and studio sessions, learn to use key skills within the industry, including the use of industry-standard cameras, lighting, sound and post-production software, to help realise elements of your script. You are introduced to the television studio and occupy roles such as director, camera operator, floor manager and vision mixer.

This is a 40-credit module.

Introduction to the Creative Industries

With many opportunities in the creative industries sector, learn how to start on your career path while developing vital employability skills such as networking and digital presence. Understand the structure of the sector and the interdisciplinary relationships between art, design and media. Discover how the sector operates locally, nationally and globally – debating the role of policy and the importance of sustainability.

This is a 20-credit module.

Screen Cultures: Visual Methods and Critical Responses

Study the core principles, visual grammar and aesthetics central to the creation of meaning in film and television. By combining theory, history and practice, you explore critical concepts, ideas and provocations and consider different modes of storytelling, authorship, content production and audiences. Analyse film and television, key themes and cultural issues emerging across the industry.

This is a 40-credit module.

 

Year 2 core modules

Advanced Storytelling and Production Specialisms: From Script to Screen

Critically and contextually explore the difference between short-form drama and non-fiction content. Working in small production teams, you move from initial ideas development, towards the scripting, production and post-production of your projects. You create two short films – a documentary or a short form non-fiction, produced in response to a set thematic brief, and a short drama which is a critical response to your initial non-fiction short. Gain a practical understanding of the director role, including the theories and critical contexts of film direction and the legalities of working with talent and participants in the film and TV industry. Experience the differing roles inherent to the production process, honing specialisms in directing, producing and production management, sound recording, script writing and editing. You engage with peer feedback and critical reflection within your working teams.

This is a 40-credit module.

Creative Research Project

Develop critical thinking and analysis skills, exploring contemporary issues and debates related to the creative industries. You research a specific area or development within your chosen subject – this may be technical, economic, ethical, legal, cultural, sociological, or a combination. You draw on appropriate academic and industry sources to contextualise your research. You present your topic and initial research within taught sessions, providing an opportunity for peer and tutor feedback.

This is a 20-credit module.

Industry Project

You develop and explore, in depth, a creative industry-based project in your specialist area of design, art, media, music, photography or illustration - relevant to your future professional practice. While forming a professional portfolio of work, you experience real-world business scenarios and challenges, industry competitions and cross and inter-disciplinary activities. You gain skills in project management, applied research methods and collaborative creative work.

This is a 40-credit module.

Working in the Creative Industries 

There are many challenges facing contemporary art, design and media practices. You research the social, political or ecological challenges around us to generate a small-scale project. You develop and reflect on your understanding of enterprise in the context of the creative industries. Contextualise your own professional practice and aspirations through application of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This is a 20-credit module.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

 

Final-year core modules

Major Project

You produce a self-managed, individual extended piece of independent investigation and/or creative production or portfolio of work. Supervised by an academic member of staff, you take responsibility for the planning and execution of the work, including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues. You explore in depth a chosen subject area, demonstrating your ability to analyse, synthesise and creatively apply your learning, showing critical and evaluative skills and professional awareness.

This is a 60-credit module.

Professional Practice

Plan and implement your departure from education to your first or new career, or to further study. You continue your creative practice, developing a portfolio and/or extended piece of work which reflects you as a creative. You explore discipline-specific employability strategies, and engage and network with industry to develop key connections.

This is a 60-credit module.

 

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


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Any combination of level 3 qualifications. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

We may also be able to help you meet the entry requirements through our Summer University short courses.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Previous students have gone on to work at BBC, ITV and major production studios such as Pinewood.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Other course routes

Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements

Full-time

Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

More details about our fees

Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

More details about our fees for international applicants


What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (or 5 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: P339 BA/FTPFY
  • Start date: September or January
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers tailored to individual circumstances

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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MIMA Creative Week

Have a look at the highlights from the School of Arts & Creative Industries Creative Week 2023.

 

Get in touch

UK students

Email: saci-admissions@tees.ac.uk

Telephone: 01642 738801


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International students

Email: internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

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