About the FdA TV Production programme
Don’t just study TV… be part of it and create the future.
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.
- Introduction to TV Production
- Introductory Production Practice
- Skills for Study and Employability
- TV 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
Learning & Teaching Methods
On this course you will be taught by industry professionals throughout the degree programme. 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
- Be taught by industry qualified professionals with over 20 years of TV production experience between them!
- Create your own portfolio of work that will help get you employed in the media industry, with real skills that employers are looking for
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.