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Television BA(Hons)

Innovate your storytelling across classic and emergent platforms.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Full-time / Placement year
UCAS code

Course overview

Film and television offer a world of creative potential. Here at Falmouth, you’ll develop your creative voice through moving-image storytelling, whether you aspire to create high-end drama with full-scale crews or groundbreaking documentaries, festival-ready short films, music videos and more. On this Television degree, you’ll develop skills in cinematography (camera and lighting), sound and editing, as well as scriptwriting, producing and directing, analysis and critical thinking. On graduation, you’ll join a network of leading graduates working across the industries.

You will:

  • Learn from award-winning staff and industry experts, such as Distinguished Professor Mark Jenkin (Bait), sound designer Johnnie Burn (Nope) and camera loader – and course graduate – Daisy Allen (No Time to Die)
  • 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)
  • Participate in live briefs and short and feature films through our Sound/Image Cinema Lab, gaining a verifiable IMDB credit
  • 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 Television 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 and placement year pathways for this course are new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

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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 and/or placement year study options.

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. 

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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. 



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


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


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. 



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


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.


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.

You can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year. 

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your placement year 

You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. 

You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. 

Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth.

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. 



Realise your unique research topic in a choice of outputs.


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


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. 



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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


If you apply for and enrol onto a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year, you’ll have the option to switch onto a five-year version including a placement year. That means you’ll complete the first three years of your course before completing a placement in industry in your fourth year and returning to Falmouth for the fifth year of your programme. 

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.

We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2023. 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 be assessed

You'll be assessed with practical and written coursework.

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

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  • 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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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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How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply through UCAS. You'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
Television BA(Hons) with placement year (new for entry year 2023) PY56

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 route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with placement year 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year 80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. 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. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 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

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 fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per placement year Full-Time UK and 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. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • £250 - Suggested reading
  • £100 - Hard drive
  • £150 - Appropriate outdoor clothing (see Welcome Letter for more details)

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 subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

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From course details and academic support, 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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