FdA TV Production

UCAS Code: G80 PP31 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time

It’s not just TV… be part of the change and create the future

FdA TV Production Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdA TV Production programme

Screen Yorkshire logoDo you want to craft the next Netflix original, develop the next major documentary, or create the next YouTube sensation?

This innovative course lets you experiment with new technology and techniques just as our viewing habits change, letting you create content that you want to see across a variety of platforms. Working with experienced industry professionals, your peers as well as with other creative courses, you will spend two years developing and crafting a practical professional portfolio that highlights your skills, giving you the chance to succeed in your future career.

The course is part of the Screen Yorkshire Connected Campus. This gives you access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses, and special events, including visits to current sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and reviews of project pitches.

With the North of England now becoming widely recognised as a hub for the creative media industries, we are uniquely placed with easy access to both Leeds and Manchester, meaning you benefit from a range of industry links.

If you want to be the next director, cinematographer, documentary filmmaker, or you want to produce the next big budget streaming original, this is the course you need.

Entry Requirements

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, and 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.

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 attendance during 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 taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

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 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.

Programme Benefits

  • 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 you gain employment 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.

What next?

Once you’ve successfully completed the foundation degree, you’ll have a clear understanding of the industry and the 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 in the media industry.

Past students have progressed into working across a variety of production companies (BBC, ITV, Channel 4), established their own successful media companies, as well as travelling the world working on commercials!

TEC Partnership is committed to offering a related top-up bachelor’s degree in this subject area which will allow graduates to top up to a full bachelor’s degree. It is likely that the top-up programme will be validated under new TEC Partnership Degree Awarding Powers.