Exeter College

FdA Film and TV Production

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Magazine and Promotional TV (ECTV101)

      This is an introduction to basic TV Studio production techniques, and an opportunity to identify areas for exploration through reflection. You will develop your evaluative and analytical skills by exploring the studio role. You will produce a TV programme with supporting documentation.

    • Factual Based TV (ECTV102)

      This is an opportunity to expand on production techniques developed in ECTV101. You will be encouraged to explore your own areas of interest in the field of factual based TV. You will produce a video production with detailed supporting documentation.

    • Technologies (ECTV106)

      This module will develop basic technical skills needed for the creation of moving image products. The focus will be on developing a basic knowledge of sound, video and post- production techniques. Students will undertake short workshop sessions to create pieces demonstrating skills developed.

    • Contextual Studies 1 (ECTV107)

      This module will introduce students to key moments and debates in history of broadcasting in the 20th. Students will attend a series of discussion forums and/or seminars and be encouraged to research, take notes and create a presentation with essay centred around an issue of individual concern.

    • Professional Practice and Development (ECTV113)

      To enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to engage in critical reflection of their practice through the use of a journal and the ability to relate their practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Creative Film and TV Production 1 (ECTV114)

      In this module you will develop an awareness of contrasting TV styles and cultures. You will expand upon this by investigating and making a product focussed on creative approaches to developing products for target audiences.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Independent Study or Elective Option (ECTV202)

      This module will allow students to investigate an area of interest to them, (including electives in FdA Performance Production/ or the FdA Journalism). The work will be student-led, but must be approved by the tutor before commencement.

    • Professional Practice 2 (ECTV204)

      Students will develop an increasing level of awareness of workplace practices, building on experiences in ECTV 105. Investigations will focus on funding issues and the commercial and budgetary elements of working on a production, marketing and self-employment.

    • Contextual Studies 2 (ECTV205)

      Students will investigate a key issue affecting the current TV and moving image industry, through a series of debates and seminars and through individual research, resulting in an extended essay. The study will focus on audience theory, industry, culture and textual analysis of moving image products.

    • Factual Film and TV Production 2 (ECTV207)

      In this module students will develop a factual based production working with or for others outside the course group. This could entail news or current affairs programming, live sports or event based programmes, reality TV, documentary film or discussion centred on entertainment concerns. Students will work with a high degree of autonomy.

    • Creative Film and TV Production 2 (ECTV208)

      In this module, students will work in a production appropriate to their pathway and practice, and will be responsible for developing creative work and finding groups and individuals to collaborate with in creating a media production aimed at a clear target audience.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

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 admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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