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.

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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.

    • FTVP402 Film School

      The aim of this module is to enable students to build a solid foundation in technical operations, production processes and craft skills across sound, editing and cinematography. Students also develop a working understanding of the roles, responsibilities and protocols involved in professional film production. Alongside this, they explore different forms of content, critically analyzing how stories across factual and fiction genres are enhanced by using appropriate theories and techniques. An underlying aim of the module is to enable students to make the transition into higher education and start to take responsibility for their own learning.

    • 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.

    • FTVP404 Drama

      This module is an opportunity to examine a variety of methods, concepts and approaches relating to dramatic storytelling for the screen. Through close analysis of contexts and styles from a practitioner¿s perspective, students will acquire a deepened understanding of film language e.g. Script, sound design, directing, editing and their formal relationships to narrative filmmaking. Students are required to articulate practical responses to a set of cinematic styles and approaches which are analysed and discussed. This will support the students in documenting, reflecting and commenting on approaches to dramatic filmmaking. These processes will provide the students with a framework from which to articulate their research and develop their own individual short film production, focused specifically around an area of interest, supported by research and critical reflection.

    • FTVP405 Documentary

      The module interrogates how we (as subjects) construct (and are constructed by) representations of truth and reality. Students produce a substantial piece of practical audiovisual 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
  • 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.


    Optional 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.

    • FTVP502 Explorer

      This module encourages and supports students to explore a new craft skill without any limitations to areas of study or field of ideas. Focussing heavily on process rather than product, students define their own set of rules for exploration and document that journey, resulting in a presentation of their research, findings and new craft-based skill. Students will create a negotiated project that may take any form not limited to specific moving image craft. The brief is deliberately open to encourage risk taking, exploration and research of an area they will have had limited experience of prior to the module. This module allows students to add specialist areas to their knowledge base, allowing them to focus their career aspirations and identifying opportunities offered directly or indirectly by the industry.

    • FTVP503 Production 1

      The aim of this module is to enable students to build strong understandings of production through practice. Students will consider different theories about the production process and examine a variety of forms of production from around the globe whilst developing their own short project with a clear aesthetic approach. The area of work chosen to explore will be defined by the student and will be negotiated after a pitch. Students may undertake any form of moving image including (but not exclusively) drama, documentary, experimental, or TV studio based major project. Each project will be developed using industry standard protocols such as scripts, pitch documentation, pre-visualisation and pre-post-production processes. Students will also develop scripts and ideas that will be put forward for production in the second production module ¿Production 2¿ in the second semester. Students position their own project in terms of genre and audience, and consider the industry context of film festivals, financing, sales, marketing and distribution. Alongside, they are introduced to advanced production methods as well as a range of advanced technical equipment, undertaking technical workshops as necessary to build a range of specialist skills and techniques in order to achieve the project brief.

    • FTVP505 New for TV

      Developments in broadcasting, social media, and online television production 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.

    • FTVP506 Modern Filmaker

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the notion that the modern professional filmmaker exists on ever-changing platforms well away from a cinema or TV screen. The aim of this module is to enable students to explore the creative and business impact of distributing filmmaking content online or through social media. It examines the way in which content may ¿go viral¿, how it is spread by social media sharing (`seeding¿), and how this success may ¿ at appropriate times - be measured by the number of `hits¿. The module is designed to introduce students to the challenges of creating work for smaller-screened mobile devices and challenges that also come from using sound in an uncontrolled environment.

    • FTVP507 Production 2

      The aim of this module is to develop further the students understandings of production through practice. Following on from Production 1, students will have developed ideas and projects that they may now wish to develop into complete projects. The area of work chosen to explore will be defined by the student and will be negotiated after a pitch. Students may undertake any form of moving image including (but not exclusively) drama, documentary, experimental, or TV studio based major project. Each project will be developed using industry standard protocols such as scripts, pitch documentation, pre-visualisation and pre/post-production processes.

    • MEDI505 International Project

      This module provides a structured context for a period of study in another country than the home one. As part of the module students will be expected to undertake appropriate study at a recognised institute. Additional project work will be approved prior to the commencement of the module but it is expected to reflect the exchange experience.

  • Final year
  • 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.

    Core modules
    • FTVP601 Film Production

      Working both independently and collaboratively students will conceive, develop and produce a short film. The format, style and intended audience will be determined by the students¿ understanding of their particular interest in and understanding of the evolving form and function of the role of film in a divergent culture and convergent platforms.

    • FTVP602 Dissertation

      Students will research a subject area within film and television in considerable depth, developing their own methodologies in researching, collating and synthesising data and concepts in order to present arguments clearly and persuasively. The outcome will be a piece of written work with illustrations, links, bibliography, notes and appendices as appropriate.

    • FTVP603 The Channel

      Students will work individually and collectively to develop the policy, content and scheduling of an online television channel. This will encompass gaining an understanding of the technologies involved, research into the field and application of networking and marketing skills as well as provision of the content. The latter will be produced from individual and collaborative work.

    • FTVP604 Beyond Film & TV

      Digital technologies have transformed the production, distribution and exhibition of film and television in the 21st century. In light of this development, this module examines the changed contemporary media landscape, opening up interdisciplinary dialogues between histories, practices and theories. It considers professional, social and cultural contexts, emerging cinemas, platforms, technologies and environments.

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 2019 20 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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
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.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

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 professionals.
  • Design and run our own online TV channel.

Make the most of our film and TV 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

We aim to give you chance to work with industry experts during the course. Opportunities this year have included:

  • Working with Rob Hopkin, Director of BBC's Question Time, on the TV Studio and Programming module.  
  • Visiting Twofour, talking to experts in pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Touring the innovative media facilities at The Moment. 
  • Filming live football matches at Plymouth Argyle.

Take a look in more detail

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.

<p>Film &amp; Television Production student Steven Weaver<br></p>
Steven at work in the Gallery
<p>Film &amp; Television Production student Steven Weaver<br></p>
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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