BA(Hons) in Television

General

Program Description

Discover how to create everything from high-end drama through to top-quality documentary, so that you can innovate your storytelling across every classic and cutting-edge platform that inspires you.

Introduction

You’ll learn to tell stories in an inventive and meaningful way, within a specialist facility, working with industry professionals. The course has a strong focus on narrative, craft and practical making, alongside critical thinking, all of which will help you develop the skills needed to succeed in the television industry. 

You will:

  • Work on professional commercial briefs with MAYN, our award-winning in-house creative agency. 
  • Benefit from opportunities for industry-based placements and work experience. 
  • Attend masterclasses from industry leaders such as Jon East, director of Killing Eve, Downton Abbey and Lost in Space and Otto Bathurst, director of Peaky Blinders. 
  • Have the opportunity to apply for The Hothouse, a two-day placement with the acquisitions team at NBC Universal in London. 
  • Study in a facility that’s part of CILECT, the global association of the world's best film, television and animation schools.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Has something to say and is passionate about telling meaningful stories.
  • Engages with some of television’s many forms.
  • Understands the importance of critical thinking.
  • Can communicate, self-motivated, work well in a team, and never give up.

What our graduates do

Students from the School of Film & Television have worked as an Assistant Director on Game of Thrones, Camera Assistant on Rush, Atlantis and Silent Witness, Assistant Producer for the Telegraph Group, Production Coordinator for Two Four, and Production Assistant on Made in Chelsea and The Great British Bake Off.

What’s more, our Fellow is alumnus Toby Haynes, Director of Black Mirror: USS Callister, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Broadcast

What you'll learn

Throughout this Television degree, you’ll be making, writing, collaborating and learning your craft. You can be creative, professional, technical and original, shaping your own pathway to suit you and your infinite uniqueness. You’ll also learn to present and pitch yourself as a creative practitioner in and outside the evolving film and television industries. 

Year one

By studying documentary, you’ll find out more about yourself, your creative voice, how to research characters, and the building blocks of story. You’ll also take on a professional crew role in a studio environment as you learn about drama. Through these disciplines, and in particular, through screenwriting, you’ll keep the idea of story at the centre of everything you do. Your evolving craft skills will improve the production values of your projects and develop a highly valuable and employable skillset.

Modules

  • Origin
    Discover the heart of the story with a short-form documentary piece. 
  • Bootcamp
    Learn the creative and technical aspects of craft skills within cinematography, sound and post-production. 
  • Backdrop
    Grasp the essential principles and foundations behind the television. 
  • Telling Tales
    Place story at the centre of the creative process and write a short original script. 
  • First Positions
    Work within a full-scale professional crew following industry protocols to bring a short drama script to life. 

Year two

Building on your first year, you’ll develop specialist craft and content creation skills; reinforcing documentary and drama foundations will form a basis for all other disciplines. With employability placed front and centre, you can tailor your experience to your career ambitions. We’ll also develop your critical thinking and research skills with a mix of integrated and standalone theory work. 

You’ll have the chance to build your storytelling skills, choosing to specialise in screenwriting and/or content creation. Possible outputs will include branded content, commercials, music, sports, social media and online platforms. There’ll also be opportunities for live briefs, cross-course collaboration, work placements, studying abroad and possible paid internships. 

Modules

  • Agency or Room (choose one)
    Work with an external client to create distinctive content for a professional brief or explore an industry-style writers’ room to create and collaborate on a terrestrial or streaming television series.
  • Impact
    Develop the techniques of creative non-fiction to create impactful documentary projects
  • Artistry
    Respond to a brief to create innovative content that will go beyond the conventional.
  • Makers or Writers (choose one)
    Create original drama content either as a ‘maker’ (eg. producer, director, cinematographer, sound, editor etc) or as a screenwriter developing your independent and unique voice.
  • Inception
    Develop essential research and critical thinking skills and start to apply these to your own unique research interests.
  • Blue Skies
    Understand the marketplace for both you as a working professional and for your projects; seek funding, find an audience, and achieve greater acclaim.

Year three

With our support, you’ll choose your own practice projects and research topic. You can direct your skills towards a focused final portfolio, perhaps as a director or cinematographer. Or you can opt for a wider skill set, taking different roles across a number of projects, for example as a writer/director, a producer/first assistant director, editor/sound designer, cinematographer/colour grader, or any other combination. You’ll even work with specialist mentors for your final practical output. 

For your chosen research topic, you can produce an extended piece of academic writing (particularly helpful for postgraduate study) or express your critical thinking and development via alternative assessment, such as a video essay. 

Modules

  • Showcase
    The grande finale; your graduation project/s will combine all aspects of the course to date and will see you graduate with a portfolio suitable for entry into the industry, post-grad study or a myriad of other industries to suit who you’ve become through your three years with us.
  • Realisation
    Realise your unique research topic in a choice of outputs.
  • Dare
    Take risks without fear of failure; your ambition will be rewarded.

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

As part of BA Television, you’ll learn through doing, critiquing, and doing again. You’ll understand the power of story and how to harness it, how your work fits within the ever-evolving industry and the impact it can have on the world. You’ll tackle live briefs from industry clients, have the chance to study abroad, and learn from a specialist mentor. Student placements provide a range of professional opportunities. Regular learning will come from our hands-on workshops, interactive lectures, inspiring screenings and visiting speakers. 

Industry insights have come from visiting speakers such as Otto Bathurst (Director, Robin Hood, Peaky Blinders) James Hawes (Director, Black Mirror, Genius, Penny Dreadful), Ashley Bond (Camera Dept, Game of Thrones, Mr Selfridge), Phillippa Giles (Exec Producer, Delicious, Silent Witness, Luther) and Emmy award-winning sound mixer Graham Wild (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Hunt).

Assessment methods

  • Portfolios. 
  • Presentation and pitching skills. 
  • Audio-visual and written assignments. 
  • Presentation, practice portfolio and extended research project in your final year. 

Staff

Our industry professional staff have backgrounds in television drama and documentary, producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and research. Their award-winning work has appeared on Netflix, BBC, Channel 4 and in cinemas.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.

School of Film & Television trailer 2018 from Falmouth University on Vimeo.

Facilities

  • 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series 2.5k projection and 7.2 surround sound.
  • Four large production studios
    • Production Studio 1:  multipurpose studio equipped with three Sony HXC-FB80 studio cameras, chromatte grey screen and full lighting rig. Integral live gallery including 4-input Tricaster Ultra HD production system.
    • Production Studio 2: multipurpose studio and support area for studio 1.
    • Production Studio 3: multipurpose studio with the lighting rig.
    • Production Studio 5: Specialist green screen studio with infinity cove & 360-degree subject lighting rig. Access to Xsens motion capture kit and VR/AR/MR equipment.
  • Nine Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite & Da Vinci Resolve
  • Two specialist grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screens.
  • Two 28-seat ‘Post Hubs’ for post-production software training, equipped with dual screen Apple iMacs. Software available includes Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software is also available.
  • 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props.
  • All post-production suites network-linked to Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects.
  • Digital cameras (HD to 4K) including Arri Alexa, RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras. Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders are also available.
  • Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes & redheads.
  • Grip and gimbal systems available include Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Glidecam 2000, Libec and Camcrane Jibs.
  • Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones.
  • Four animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations with Cintiq 24” & 27" pen displays. Software available includes Autodesk Maya (3D), TV Paint (2D) and Foundry Nuke Studio (VFX Compositing), alongside Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • Dedicated stop-motion animation studio equipped with Canon EOS camera bodies, Nikon lenses, manfrotto grip and Dragonframe capture software.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: 09X2

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

Deadlines

  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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