Television BA(Hons)

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Television - 2023

Discover how to create everything from high-end television dramas with full-scale crews through to powerful documentaries and innovate your storytelling across classic and emergent platforms.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 3 years / 4 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code 09X2/FY26

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Course overview

You’ll learn to tell stories in an inventive and meaningful way, within a specialist facility, working with industry professionals. A focus on narrative, craft and practical making, alongside critical thinking, will help you develop the skills needed to succeed in the fast-moving television industry.

You will:

  • Attend television masterclasses led by industry experts. These have included Emma Butt (Re- Recording Mixer), Joel Collins (Production Designer), Jeanie Finlay (Documentary Director), Sarah Gavron and Toby Haynes (Drama Directors), Tom Morgan (Client Services, Envy) and Laurie Rose BSC (Cinematographer)
  • Have the chance to apply for opportunities such as The Hothouse, a placement with the acquisitions team at NBCUniversal in London, and to work on professional commercial briefs with MAYN, our award-winning in-house creative agency
  • Study in a facility that’s part of the ENVY Academy for post production and CILECT, the global association of the world’s best film, television and animation schools – on a course accredited by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the screen industries

This degree is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

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What our students do

BA(Hons) Television course video

As a student on this Television degree, you'll have the opportunity to apply for industry-based placements and attend practical workshops. Check out the stories below to see what our Television students have been up to lately.

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Why I chose to study BA Television

26 January 2021

Before applying to any universities, I knew that I wanted my future to be in filmmaking. For most pe...

Why I chose to study BA Television

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary

22 March 2022

The award-winning short film Backwoods, which was developed by Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema lab, ...

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary
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Graduate nominated for 3 awards at BFI Future Film Festival

17 February 2022

BA(Hons) Television graduate Will Wightman been shortlisted at this year’s BFI Future Film Festiva...

Graduate nominated for 3 awards at BFI Future Film Festival
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Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel

21 January 2022

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab has added a new film to its portfolio. Students and staff have collaborat...

Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel
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Falmouth films shortlisted for BAFTA Student Awards 

14 May 2021

Animation Case Closed, directed by Lucy Gatenby, and short documentary Man Beast & the Heart to ...

Falmouth films shortlisted for BAFTA Student Awards 
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Film and Television courses join forces with Royal Television Society

14 May 2021

Applicants for Film BA(Hons) and Television BA(Hons) at Falmouth University can apply for bursaries ...

Film and Television courses join forces with Royal Television Society
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Surf Radio host shortlisted in Student Radio Awards

28 October 2020

Television student and Surf Radio Station Manager, Tom Jackson, has been shortlisted in the Best New...

Surf Radio host shortlisted in Student Radio Awards
BABA nominated Best Animation at Celtic Media Festival 2020
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Students and Staff Nominated for Film Festival

09 June 2020

Students from the School of Film & Television along with staff who teach on the courses have rec...

Students and Staff Nominated for Film Festival
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Turner Prize Winning Filmmaker Speaks at Falmouth

19 February 2020

The School of Film & Television recently welcomed Turner Prize winning artist and filmmaker Jere...

Turner Prize Winning Filmmaker Speaks at Falmouth
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Students Sweep Nominations for RTS Awards

05 February 2020

Students from the School of Film & Television have received 11 of a possible 15 nominations for ...

Students Sweep Nominations for RTS Awards
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BAFTA Win for BAIT

03 February 2020

Congratulations to Film lecturer Mark Jenkin and producers Early Day Films, for winning a BAFTA in t...

BAFTA Win for BAIT
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Mark Jenkin

Mark Jenkin becomes Falmouth's first distinguished professor


Mark is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker who's worked at Falmouth University as an associate lecturer for over a decade - find out more about his new role. 

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What our graduates do

Our Television graduates have worked as:

  • At major broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, HBO, ITV, Netflix and Sky
  • At companies including Arri Media, Bandit Television, Beagle, Dragonfly, Envy, Films@59, NBCUniversal, RDF, Shoot Blue, Silverstream, Take 2 Films, Twofour and Wall to Wall
  • On productions including Love Island and No Time to Die
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Students and staff work on the set of BBC drama London Kills


Last summer, Falmouth tutor Nick Manley employed two Television graduates from the School of Film and Television as camera department trainees for the upcoming series of hit BBC show London Kills. 

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Course details

On this Television degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Television BA(Hons) with an Integrated Foundation Year. 

Throughout this Television degree, you’ll be making, writing, collaborating and learning your craft. You can be creative, professional, technical and original, shaping your own pathway to suit you and your infinite uniqueness. You’ll also learn to present and pitch yourself as a creative practitioner in and outside the evolving film and television industries. 

By studying documentary, you’ll find out more about yourself, your creative voice, how to research characters, and the building blocks of story. You’ll also take on a professional crew role in a studio environment as you learn about drama. Through these disciplines, and in particular though screenwriting, you’ll keep the idea of story at the centre of everything you do. Your evolving craft skills will improve the production values of your projects and develop a highly valuable and employable skillset. 

Modules

Origin

Discover the heart of the story with a short-form documentary piece. 

Bootcamp

Learn the creative and technical aspects of craft skills within cinematography, sound and post-production. 

Backdrop

Grasp the essential principles and foundations behind television. 

Telling Tales

Place story at the centre of the creative process and write a short original script. 

First Positions

Work within a full-scale professional crew following industry protocols to bring a short drama script to life. 

Building on your first year, you’ll develop specialist craft and content creation skills; reinforcing documentary and drama foundations will form a basis for all other disciplines. With employability placed front and centre, you can tailor your experience to your career ambitions. We’ll also develop your critical thinking and research skills with a mix of integrated and standalone theory work. 

You’ll have the chance to build your storytelling skills, choosing to specialise in screenwriting and/or content creation. Possible outputs will include branded content, commercials, music, sports, social media and online platforms. There’ll also be opportunities for live briefs, cross-course collaboration, work placements, studying abroad and possible paid internships. 

Modules

Impact

Develop the techniques of creative non-fiction to create impactful documentary projects

Artistry

Respond to a brief to create innovative content that will go beyond the conventional.

Makers or Writers (choose one)

Create original drama content either as a ‘maker’ (eg. producer, director, cinematographer, sound, editor etc) or as a screenwriter developing your independent and unique voice.

Inception

Develop essential research and critical thinking skills and start to apply these to your own unique research interests.

Blue Skies

Understand the marketplace for both you as a working professional and for your projects; seek funding, find an audience, and achieve greater acclaim.

Agency or Room (choose one)

Work with an external client to create distinctive content for a professional brief or explore an industry-style writers’ room to create and collaborate on a terrestrial or streaming television series.

With our support, you’ll choose your own practice projects and research topic. You can direct your skills towards a focused final portfolio, perhaps as a director or cinematographer. Or you can opt for a wider skill set, taking different roles across a number of projects, for example as a writer/director, producer/first assistant director, editor/sound designer, cinematographer/colour grader, or any other combination. You’ll even work with specialist mentors for your final practical output. 

For your chosen research topic, you can produce an extended piece of academic writing (particularly helpful for postgraduate study) or express your critical thinking and development via alternative assessment, such as a video essay. 

Modules

Realisation

Realise your unique research topic in a choice of outputs.

Dare

Take risks without fear of failure; your ambition will be rewarded.

Showcase

The grande finale; your graduation project/s will combine all aspects of the course to date and will see you graduate with a portfolio suitable for entry into industry, post-grad study or a myriad of other industries to suit who you’ve become through your three years with us.

Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route? 

If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree. 

What you'll study in your Foundation year

If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. 

Modules

Explore

You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.

Technique

You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.

Apply

You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.

Industry

You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.

Launch

You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.

After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject. 

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details

We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.

This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.

How you'll learn

As part of BA Television, you'll learn through doing, critiquing, and doing again. You'll understand the power of story and how to harness it, how your work fits within the ever-evolving industry and the impact it can have on the world. You'll tackle live briefs from industry clients, have the chance to study abroad, and learn from a specialist mentor. Student placements provide a range of professional opportunities. Regular learning will come from our hands-on workshops, interactive lectures, inspiring screenings and visiting speakers.

Industry insights have come from visiting speakers such as Otto Bathurst (Director, Robin Hood, Peaky Blinders) James Hawes (Director, Black Mirror, Genius, Penny Dreadful), Ashley Bond (Camera Dept, Game of Thrones, Mr Selfridge), Phillippa Giles (Exec Producer, Delicious, Silent Witness, Luther) and Emmy award-winning sound mixer Graham Wild (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Hunt). 

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled

teaching and

learning

activity

Guided

independent

study

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning

Digitally enhanced learning

1

44%

56%

2

45%

55%

3

31%

69%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

0%

0%

100%

1

0%

20%

80%

2

0%

100%

0%

3

0%

75%

25%

The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

 

Assessment methods

  • Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based.
  • Portfolios. 
  • Presentation and pitching skills. 
  • Audio-visual and written assignments. 
  • Presentation, practice portfolio and extended research project in your final year. 

Staff

Our industry professional staff have backgrounds in television drama and documentary, producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and research. Their award-winning work has appeared on Netflix, BBC, Channel 4 and in cinemas.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Faye

Television Course Leader

Faye is Television Course Leader at the School of Film & Television, having joined the Univ...

Faye

Dr Victoria Byard

Senior Lecturer in Television

Victoria Byard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Film & Television. She received her BA in E...

Dr Victoria Byard

Marie Macneill

Senior Lecturer

Initially, Marie worked as an actress after training for three years at the Royal Central School of ...

Marie Macneill

Charlie Fripp

Senior Lecturer, Television

Charlie is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Film and Television. Charlie is a former BBC journalis...

Charlie Fripp

Matthew Rogers

Senior Lecturer, Television

Matthew is a multi-skilled, reliable and innovative socially-minded thinker who enjoys sharing his p...

Matthew Rogers

David Smithers

Technical & Facilities Manager, The School of Film & Television

After graduating with a degree in History and Media from the University of Leeds, David started his ...

David Smithers
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Denzil Monk

Lecturer in Film

Denzil is a lecturer in Film specialising in producing at the School of Film & Television at Fal...

Denzil Monk

Dr Anna Misiak

MA Film & Television Course Leader

Former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Anna Misiak holds a PhD from the ...

Dr Anna Misiak

Dr Jem Mackay

Senior Technician, The School of Film & Television

Dr Jem Mackay is a filmmaker/artist who has been exploring collaborative systems within creative pro...

Dr Jem Mackay

Dr Kingsley Marshall

Head of Film & Television

Dr Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & ...

Dr Kingsley Marshall

Dr Laura Canning

Course Leader, BA(Hons) Film

Laura Canning is Course Leader BA(Hons) Film and currently teaches on core modules in...

Dr Laura Canning

Dr Neil Fox

Associate Professor of Film Practice and Pedagogy

Since arriving at Falmouth University in April 2013 I have fallen in love with Cornwall and found a ...

Dr Neil Fox

Mark Douglas

Senior Lecturer, Film

Educated in British and North American universities, Mark was appointed lecturer in Cultural Studies...

Mark Douglas
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Caroline Deeds

Lecturer in Documentary and Factual Television

Caroline has a background as a fine artist. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and then Centr...

Caroline Deeds
Beryl Richards Staff Profile

Beryl Richards

Lecturer TV Drama

Beryl directs film, TV drama and comedy. In TV, as lead director, she’s helped create many popular...

Beryl Richards

Mark Jenkin

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice at Falmouth University

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice Mark Jenkin is a filmmaker based in West Cornwall. He ha...

Mark Jenkin

Peter Felstead

Senior Technician

I joined the University in 1991 when I moved to Cornwall. My first role was to run the photography s...

Peter Felstead

Dr Lucy Frears FHEA

Associate Lecturer

Dr Lucy Frears' practice-based research on Locative Media includes immersive sound, memories, phenom...

Dr Lucy Frears FHEA

Richard Butler

Technical Tutor

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1998 with and HND in Electrical and Electronic ...

Richard Butler

Paul Mulraney

Lecturer, Film

Paul Mulraney is a lecturer and creative director, specialising in professional practice i...

Paul Mulraney

Simon Harvey

Associate Lecturer FILM

Simon is a producer based in Truro, Cornwall. He has produced three feature length films; The M...

Simon Harvey

John McLardy-Smith

Associate Lecturer, Film

Many things have influenced my approaches to film production and to learning about film but foremost...

John McLardy-Smith

James Henry

Associate Lecturer, Television

James Henry's writing career was launched with his original comedy Skiffy, which won Channel Four's ...

James Henry
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Chloe Thorne

Associate Lecturer

Chloe Thorne is an artist interested in the complex mechanisms which constitute the world around us....

Chloe Thorne

Facilities

  • 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series 2.5k projection and 7.2 surround sound.
  • Four large production studios

Production Studio 1:  multipurpose studio equipped with three Sony HXC-FB80 studio cameras, chromatte grey screen and full lighting rig. Integral live gallery including 4-input Tricaster Ultra HD production system.
Production Studio 2: multipurpose studio and support area for studio 1.
Production Studio 3: multipurpose studio with lighting rig.
Production Studio 5: Specialist green screen studio with infinity cove & 360 degree subject lighting rig. Access to Xsens motion capture kit and VR/AR/MR equipment.

  • Nine Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite & Da Vinci Resolve
  • Two specialist grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screens.
  • Two 28-seat ‘Post Hubs’ for post-production software training, equipped with dual screen Apple iMacs. Software available includes Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software is also available.
  • 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props.

  • All post-production suites network-linked to Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects.

  • Digital cameras (HD to 4K) including Arri Alexa, RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras. Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders are also available.

  • Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes & red heads.

  • Grip and gimbal systems available include Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Glidecam 2000, Libec and Camcrane Jibs.

  • Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones.

  • Four animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations with Cintiq 24” & 27" pen displays. Software available includes Autodesk Maya (3D), TV Paint (2D) and Foundry Nuke Studio (VFX Compositing), alongside Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

  • Dedicated stop-motion animation studio equipped with Canon EOS camera bodies, Nikon lenses, manfrotto grip and Dragonframe capture software.

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How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through UCAS Apply and TrackYou'll need to reference the course and University code (F33). 

Apply now

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Television BA(Hons) three year degree 09X2
Television BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year (new for entry year 2023) FY26

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year 80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

 

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Has something to say and is passionate about telling meaningful stories.
  • Engages with some of television’s many forms.
  • Understands the importance of critical thinking.
  • Can communicate, self-motivate, work well in a team, and never give up.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition feeStudent
£9,250 per yearFull-time UK
£17,460 per yearFull-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

Typical course costs

  • £50 - Recurring annual costs
  • £50 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
  • £650 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway

  • £250 for materials
  • A laptop/desktop computer
  • Adobe Creative Suite

In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your specialism, you may need a specific type of computer. You can find out more about the type of machine you'll need on your course specialism page. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students?  

From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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