About the FdA TV Production programme
On this 2-year Foundation Degree you’ll learn how to produce fictional and factual productions, making use of both TV studios and location filming, giving you a solid understanding in practical professional productions.
As part of the course you’ll be given the unique opportunity to work as a member of the team with our own in-house, award winning production company “ESTV” (Estuary Student TV). This gives you the chance to work on live professional briefs from the likes of Grimsby Town FC, Associated British Ports and the NHS. You’ll build a solid portfolio, giving you the chance to succeed in your future career.
Once you’ve successfully completed the degree you’ll have a clear understanding of the industry, relevant practical skills, as well as the academic understanding that will allow you to progress onto the BA (Hons) TV Production (Top Up), or into employment.
The standard entry requirement for the degree will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE English and Maths.
The Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All non-traditional applicants will be assessed through an interview assessing their overall interest in the subject matter as well as current academic skills, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay and practical task), a judgement is then made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and skills. For example, a person may not have a background in media, but have excellent problem solving and team work abilities and have a desire to change careers through training. In line with a strengths-based approach to widening participation, students without direct experience will be offered extra support from the Success Coaches, as well as the Academic Achievement Coach, and will also benefit from regular tutorials with the Programme Leader so that they feel they are fully supported during their educational journey.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) – refer to the Higher Education Quality Handbook.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4) – Certificate Stage
In your first year, you will build a solid base of practical skills and theory, that will help underpin all your studies.
- Intro to Screen Production (40 credits)
- Production Practice
- Skills for Study and Employability
- Studio Production
- Motion Graphic Design
Year 2 (Level 5) – Foundation Degree Stage
In your second year, you will expand and test your skills to a higher creative standard, ensuring that you are ready to enter the industry or continue to a third year.
- Social and Digital Technologies
- Advanced Production Practice
- Factual Production
- Digital Media Production
- TV Drama Production and Distribution (40 credits)
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
In the first year, most of your skills will be taught through workshop practice, with seminars underpinning your academic skills.
In the second year, you will take ownership of your projects and you will be expected to have a more proactive approach, with you working in collaboration with the lecturer to complete all projects.
Students should expect to be in classes at least two days a week, with the remainder of their time split between professional practice, and working on their own assignments.
- 100% practical assessments over the two years – NO EXAMS!
- As part of the degree, students are able to become members of the Royal Television Society (RTS). This entitles you to a range of benefits including extra industry workshops, and specialist lectures
- Create your own portfolio of work that will help get you employed in the media industry, with real skills that employers are looking for
- Attend the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and get the chance to watch a variety of short films as well as attend guest speaker programmes
The aim of the programme is to give each member of the cohort the requisite skills to enter the television or film industry at the ‘lower’ levels for example Runner, Production Assistant, Camera Assistant, Camera Operator, Edit Assistant, Editor, Researcher, Assistant Director or Producer, consistent with accepted routes of entry into the industry.
For those who wish to, there will be an optional ‘top up’ year (subject to validation), to extend your studies to an honours degree in TV Production.