- Penryn Campus
- 1 year full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Next intake October 2014
Do you see yourself directing a crew on location, or in the studio waiting to go on air? Or developing and researching ideas, pitching them to commissioning editors and managing a creative team? This MA has been designed to give your career in TV the best possible start.
Hands-on and intensive, it gives you real confidence in producing, researching and directing. What's more, it's accredited by Skillset, the UK television industry's official training organisation, as one of its elite Skillset Media Academy courses.
Today's dynamic, exciting TV industry is hungry for talented new entrants with a wide range of skills. To succeed, you must be creative, professional, a problem-solver and team-worker, multi-skilled and competent in handling a range of technical equipment. You should be full of ideas, and able to recognise and tell a good story.
From writing proposals to managing budgets, our course has been closely planned with industry professionals so that you graduate with the skills employers really want. You'll study everything from camerawork and editing, to researching and directing. Experienced staff and high-calibre guest speakers will open your eyes to the possibilities of programme-making, and with state-of-the-art digital recording and editing facilities, you'll get plenty of hands-on experience to help you develop a wide range of skills.
You don't need experience of television production to do this course – we work closely with you so that you acquire the skills necessary to enable you to enter the TV industry. Learning from experienced producers and using industry-standard equipment, you'll benefit from our national reputation and strong industry connections. In one focused, practical year, you'll gain experience of everything you need to begin a successful career in television.
Falmouth's MA Television Production course has successfully gained the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick, an accreditation given to courses delivering the very best creative thinking, industry relevant training, exceptional staff and facilities and partnerships with key businesses.
Building professional experience
Regular visiting lectures from top industry professionals ensure that you're constantly in touch with the latest approaches to programme making and have access to a network of mentors and work experience opportunities.
Constantly supported by your tutors, you'll be encouraged to initiate, develop and research programme ideas. You'll gain confidence in pitching your ideas to commissioners, be able to produce increasingly demanding creative projects and work effectively in a variety of roles and programme formats.
As well as producing your own projects, you'll work closely with other students and crew on their productions – mirroring the way professional productions work in the industry.
How is the course taught
The work is hands-on, intensive and professionally focused. From workshops and short practical exercises in production and technical areas, the work quickly moves out of the classroom and onto location. You'll work with other students in small production teams that mirror industry practice, and sometimes meet at weekends and evenings when your productions require. As your work progresses, your tutors will guide it closely and give regular feedback in individual and small group tutorials.
Potential careers include:
- Script editor
- Sound recordist
- Camera operator
- A portfolio of production work
- Written assignments
- Peer and self-evaluation
This is a one-year, full-time course delivered over 45 weeks.
Study Blocks 1 & 2
Through workshops and exercises, the MA quickly allows you to become a multi-skilled practitioner with in-depth understanding of the whole production cycle. As you progress, you'll focus increasingly on a specialist area and will be able to identify your career entry path.
Some students already have technical know-how and are able to use the generous access to media resources and our supportive technical staff to develop their ideas and skills still further. Others are media beginners, and start the year with a broad-based technical induction.
The course team works closely with the TV industry to make sure that we offer you the right combination of professionalism, hands-on experience and creative challenges, so that you can develop the skills that employers require.
Study Block 3
In the final term, you'll produce a portfolio (including DVDs, production files and online contributions) that shows the range and quality of your work and is your 'calling card' for entrance to the industry. By the year's end, the whole group is multiskilled, able to work in a variety of production roles and crew for one another.
Interview and selection process
Although not compulsory, along with your application you may wish to send some examples of your work, either as online links, emails or CDs. These can either be sent with your application or separately, by email to email@example.com or by post to:
Admissions, Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus
woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH
We'll then assess your application and if we think you have the potential to study at Falmouth, we'll invite you to an interview.