Television BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Television at Falmouth immerses you in the dynamic and transforming landscape of contemporary television. We offer you the wide range of skills necessary for a successful career in the television industry and in-depth knowledge of television forms, particularly drama and factual.

We're excited by the dramatic upsurge in new forms of drama and factual, and emergent platforms such as web-streamed content delivery by companies like Netflix. Whatever your background, we're here to help you become the next writers, researchers, producers, directors, developers, analysts and project coordinators in TV.

You might want to work on leading TV drama or fantasy productions, such as Breaking Bad, Luther or Dr Who. You might be inspired by documentary features or series like Man on Wire or Planet Earth. Whatever your interests, we'll support both your academic and career ambitions.

We're active in developing work placements and internships, and use our industry contacts to bring you the latest work experience and job opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as LoveFilm, Deluxe Soho and Big Talk.


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Opportunities for international study
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme

Course outline

The growth of the UK television industry and its impact on global television has created a demand for skilled graduates, which our course content reflects. We'll begin by getting you to watch, analyse and engage with a wide variety of popular television texts. Using the knowledge you gain, you'll work on researching, writing and creating your own original content. You'll learn about the industry and how television is commissioned, bought, sold, distributed, scheduled and reviewed.

You'll also be able to take part in masterclasses with television producers and writers. Past professionals have included Tony Grisoni (writer of Red Riding and Southcliffe), Mary Burke (senior producer at Warp, makers of This is England '86 and The Midnight Beast), James Henry (writer for Green Wing and Campus) and writer/director Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax) and last year, Falmouth University hosted the Channel 4 Talent Day.

What you'll do

Year 1

You'll study some of the most exciting and groundbreaking television dramas and documentaries. You'll also learn about how particular industry environments such as Public Service Broadcasting, online platforms, and cable and subscription television produce, commission and broadcast certain types of content. You'll then go on to develop your skills in writing for television, learn about the rigorous process of researching for television series, and produce your own television content.

Semester 1

  • Theory: Television Histories: Industries & Innovations
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Introduction to Television Practice
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Researching for Television
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Theory: Television Criticism & Analysis: Reading the Screen
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Producing Television Formats
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Screenwriting for Television
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Year 2

You'll be immersed in the study of TV series and serial forms, from crime and thriller, sci-fi and fantasy, to natural world or social documentary. Through a lecture and screening series, you'll be encouraged to nurture your expertise in specific forms and will work with a team to develop both a TV drama series and a documentary. You will also be introduced to subject specialisms such as comedy writing, audience research and analysis, directing TV drama, sales, marketing and distribution, and concept development for television.

Semester 1

  • Practice or Theory: Television Drama
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Theory: Television's New Platforms & New Audiences
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Options - choose one of:

  • Practice: Directing Television Drama
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Scripted Television: Comedy & Drama
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Practice or Theory: Television Realities
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice or Theory: Television Sales, Distribution & Marketing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Options - choose one of:

  • Practice or Theory: Sports Television
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Concept Development
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Year 3

Your final year is split into two strands - a major practical development project and a written dissertation. The practical project has many possibilities including script development, research portfolio, directing and producing. This will encourage you to work professionally and become industry ready. The written dissertation will develop your critical and intellectual skills, and will allow you to demonstrate your expertise in a specific area of television industry, form or content.

Semester 1

  • Theory: Research Practice
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Professional Development
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Theory: Literature Review
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Practice: Professional Practice
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Theory: Dissertation
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Practice: Critical Development
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)


The purpose-built film school facilities include:

  • 106-seat cinema, with Christie M Series HD projection (as used in Vue cinemas) and 7.2 surround sound
  • Equipment store with a range of Blackmagic, Red, Panasonic, JVC, GoPro, Canon cameras, jibs, tracks and dollies
  • Digital production suites equipped with Final Draft (screenwriting), Movie Magic (production management) and a range of edit software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut and AVID
  • Recording and sound edit studios equipped with Pro Tools audio editing and Foley traps
  • TV studio, motion capture studio and green screen studios
  • Virtual studio using the latest technology
  • Fully digital multi-camera TV studio
  • 23,000-title TV and film library


Our staff are academics and industry professionals, providing you with the best theoretical and practical knowledge you'll need to work in television. They come from a range of backgrounds in television, film, production, screenwriting, development, directing and research, offering you support every step of the way. We also have a wide range of contacts with television industry specialists who participate in our visiting speaker series.


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Visual, verbal, portfolio and written assignments
  • Dissertation and major project in your final year


  • Television writing
  • Research for television
  • TV production and/or direction
  • TV sales marketing and distribution
  • Content development
  • Research, teaching or postgraduate study

Graduate destination

  • Assistant Director: Game of Thrones
  • Camera Assistant: Rush, Atlantis, Silent Witness
  • Production Coordinator, Two Four
  • Senior Editor, Contra Agency
  • Technical Operator, Crow TV
  • Assistant Producer, Telegraph Group
  • Production Secretary, Wall to Wall television
  • Production Assistant: Made in Chelsea, Great British Bake Off

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Television group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form