School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Film & Television Production

We provide a flexible environment where you will gain high level technical and production skills and foster expertise to support your own creative practice. Build knowledge of existing film and television industries and explore where they may be heading in the future. Benefit from our professional mentoring, live briefs and use our dedicated TV, greenscreen and animation studios, editing and production labs, professional cinema, livestreaming facilities and dedicated on-line TV channel.

It's not too late to apply for 2018

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the UCAS January deadline. 

If you want to study with us in September 2018, contact us for advice about available spaces on this course.

Get in touch with our friendly admissions team on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email us at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

The final deadline for UCAS applications is 30 June 2018.

Key features

  • Creative-driven course designed to emphasise the value of learning by practical investigation, informed by critical understanding. 
  • Develop high level technical and creative skills which are fostered throughout the course. 
  • Embrace public audiences as well as developing projects with organisations and individuals beyond the University. 
  • Participate in workbased productions and engagement with live briefs, engaging with local, regional, national and international industry and community partners. 
  • Seize the opportunity to study abroad through a network of European Erasmus exchange partners, as well as two bespoke North American partners with emphasis on film and television practices.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Modules will give a grounding in theory and practice in screen media including ethics and representation, focus on the practice of filmmaking, television studio production, sound, and factual and fictional production.

    Core modules
    • FTVP401 Representation

      This module will introduce key concepts and contexts in contemporary screen media. Students will explore and question issues of representation and ethical practices through a series of short practical tasks. The module will explore how theory and practice interlink as well as giving the students a grounding in relevant methodology.

    • FTVP403 TV Studio & Programming

      This module will provide you with an understanding through practical experience of a variety of productions in the purpose-built television studio. You will learn the processes necessary in multi-camera use, the studio lighting, designing TV studio sets, autocue, vision mixing, directing and producing through workshops and collaborative production experiments such as magazine programmes, chat shows, music performance, drama, and documentary.

    • FTVP406 Drama - Directing & Cinematography

      This module is an opportunity to examine, analyse and practice storytelling for the screen. Through close analysis of key concepts, contexts and methods from a practitioner's perspective, students will acquire a deepened understanding of narrative, directing and film language, through a variety of audio-visual processes and techniques, grounded in relevant methodology.

    • MEDI402 Film School

      This module is a concise introduction to the aesthetics of moving Image production. Students will also be introduced to various approaches for the generation and development of ideas through experimentation.

    • MEDI404PP Sound

      Students will be introduced to the material of sound and the way in which it moves and changes within spaces and is transformed using technology. Ideas and practices will be introduced involved in the recording and editing of sound in various contexts, including field/vocal recording, sound editing and the editing of sound with moving images.

    • MEDI405 Documentary

      The module introduces forms through which we (as subjects) construct (and are constructed by) representations of truth and reality. Students produce a substantial piece of practical documentary work. The choice of subject matter is open but the realisation should exist as an original document through gathering and analysis of primary (and sometimes source) material.

  • Year 2
    • Screen dialogues
    • Independent practice
    • Commercial context
    • Something new for TV
    • Professional engagement
    Explore the social and cultural histories and contemporary debates around film and television production. Pitch work in a commercial and professional framework and explore new ideas for television programming.

    Core modules
    • FTVP501 Screen Dialogues

      The module advances knowledge of screen histories, concepts and debates. Students will examine social and cultural contexts within which contemporary film and television operates, develop an understanding of their languages and the ways in which these mediums' conventions and specificities create meaning, and critique a topic drawn from these theories and practices through scholarly writing and a short essay film.

    • FTVP504 Something New for TV

      Developments in broadcasting, social media, and IPTV present challenges to programme makers that question established notions of audience, programming and genre. Producers are renegotiating the institutions and agencies of distribution and production. Students will propose and produce a pilot TV programme for a specific context. The emphasis will be inventive and imaginative solutions within clearly identified contexts.

    • MEDI502 Independent Practice

      This module provides a framework in which to research and develop one or more large-scale projects built on thematic interests (i.e. a sense of personal `practice¿), by means of practical experiments, underpinned by contextual research and ongoing reflection.

    • MEDI503 Professional Engagement

      This module will support students in working in professional contexts. It will strengthen understanding of promotion and audience address. It will require students to review their practice and develop appropriate plans for career progression.

    • MEDI506 Commercial Context

      This module challenges students to produce branding and advertising work in response to a live brief. Students will explore the techniques of this field, as well as critical responses to the `culture industry¿. Students will underpin creative and theoretical approaches with practical skills such as pitching, proto-typing, client liaison and project management.

  • Final year
    • Media dissertation
    • Film production
    • The channel
    • Beyond film & TV
    You will create a final film project working individually and crewing work of others. You will take part in the development of your own online television channel working in association with production companies Twofour / The Moment and Silverstream TV, and present your portfolio in the context of contemporary and future film and television trajectories.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Film Television Production Programme Specification 2017 18 5839

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Other
Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Discover film and television production

We offer a focused creative media course in which you produce both factual and fictional content.

  • Experience all roles in our multi-cam TV studio and gallery.
  • Shoot in our infinity cove studio and use our postproduction facilities.
  • Develop ideas from concept to production.
  • Meet and work with industry professional.
  • Design and run our own online TV channel.

Make the most of our state-of-the-art facilities

Facilities in action

This short video shows our students using the media facilities available to them:

  • Editing suites
  • Recording studio
  • Photography studio
  • Daylight studio
  • Green screen studio
  • TV studio
  • Infinity cove

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Our new TV studio in Scott Building
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Infinity Cove Video Studio
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Gallery

Our Film & Television Production lecture series

We have invited a number of industry professionals to come and speak in Plymouth. Speakers have included an award-winning Filmmaker, a DoP/Producer and film book author, Set Designers, an Executive Producer, a Newsroom Journalist, a Producer and a Director. They have worked on programmes including Blue Planet, BBC News, Top of the Pops and The One Show.

These lectures give you a chance to listen to and question professionals on their work and get a real insight into their careers. 

Find out about upcoming speakers and see who has been involved in previous lecture series

Working with experts

Rob Hopkin, Director of BBC's Question Time, has been working closely with our students on their TV Studio and Programming module.

Within this module, students gain practical experience of a variety of productions in our purpose-built television studio. They learn about multi-camera use, studio lighting, designing TV studio sets, autocue, vision mixing, directing and producing.  Working with Rob has given them the opportunity to learn what it is like to work on high-profile TV shows, with the chance to ask an industry expert about his role and experiences.

After the module, Rob said:

"To watch the students develop from a group of loosely-associated individuals to coalesce into two teams of focused and committed programme makers was remarkable. There was determination to achieve the goals set for them individually and collectively. They undertook challenges and adopted roles that, until the course began, most of them had not much awareness of, but the biggest lesson learnt was the fundamental need for concise communication among their team and the crucial elements of mutual trust and interdependence".

A student perspective

Steven Weaver talks about his experience of his first year on the course

Before I started, I knew I wanted to work in both television and film. Most universities I looked at offered one or the other, and when I looked at the modules on offer in the first year at Plymouth I saw the course offered everything I was interested in, which was a big influence in my decision. When the course starts, everyone is in the same boat; we’re all learning how to work together. In one of our first modules, TV Studio and Programming, we were taught in part by Rob Hopkin, the Director of BBC One’s Question Time, which was a fantastic learning experience. It was great to get the experience of someone who has 20 or 30 years in the industry. From starting as a group to putting together a live production in which we had to communicate with each other, we saw a huge difference in the way we worked. We wouldn’t have been able to do that at the start.

The grounding we got in the first two modules set us up for the Film School module, in which we produced a three minute film and a production folder. The build-up to that film was a series of challenges, such as telling a story in one shot, then in five shots, then swapping your film with someone else to work on the sound. You learn so much that way – you learn that changing just one thing can have a huge effect on a film, as well as things you might not have thought of, such as how to work with actors, and how to bring the whole thing together. We’re always stepping up and improving.

Most recently, in the sound module, I chose to study Foley, which was something I hadn’t considered before. Doing that has massively opened up my eyes as to how to improve the sound in my films, and as the next module we’re doing is about documentary making, I’ll be taking forward all the skills I’ve learned so far into that.

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Steven at work in the Gallery
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Still from Steven’s film Reverie

Student work

Take a look at this video produced by our BA (Hons) Film & Television student Steven Weaver for Dartmoor Zoological Park as part of his coursework. 

"Dartmoor Zoo. Home to a variety of animals from all parts of the globe. What does it take to look after them and what motivates the keeper to do what they do?. I followed Senior Cat Keeper Alex to find out."
Content warning: the film includes carcass preparation for the cats' food.


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