Television & Film Production BA(Hons)
Develop your unique craft in storytelling through television and short film production.
This degree has undergone a name change for 2024. It was previously known as Television BA(Hons).
The television and film industry offers a world of creative potential. Here at Falmouth, you’ll develop your voice through moving-image storytelling, whether you aspire to create high-end drama with full-scale crews or ground-breaking documentaries, music videos, commercials or a whole new genre of your invention.
The Television & Film Production degree is designed for those who love learning by doing. You’ll gain hands-on expertise in areas of filmmaking, including cinematography (camera and lighting), sound recording, audio post and editing. Additionally, you will develop skills in scriptwriting, producing, production design, post-production techniques, analysis, and critical thinking. These skills will be put into practice within a collaborative environment that mirrors a genuine production crew, empowering you to uncover your distinct creative vision and craft compelling, inspiring, and impactful content.
- Learn from award-winning staff and industry experts. Recent masterclasses and visiting professionals include Distinguished Professor Mark Jenkin (Enys Men), graduate Daisy Allen (Camera Loader, No Time to Die), Tom Morgan (Head of Client Services at ENVY Post), Ben Coren (Development Executive at Film4), and Johnie Burn (sound design for Nope, Zone of Interest)
- Collaborate in teams to create original content while gaining hands-on experience in various production roles, including director, sound designer, script supervisor, or cinematographer.
- Have the opportunity to work in-house through our production centre, the Sound/Image Cinema Lab. Previous productions include Film4’s Enys Men (Mark Jenkin, 2023), Long Way Back (Simon Harvey, 2022) and Wilderness (Justin Doherty, 2021)
- Attend technical workshops, led by experienced professionals, offering training on specialist industry-standard equipment and software; such as technical and creative use of the camera and visual storytelling, sound design in Pro Tools, picture grading in DaVinci Resolve, and lighting techniques such as 3-point lighting
- 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 & Film Production 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.
On this Television & Film Production degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Television & Film Production BA(Hons) with an Integrated Foundation Year and/or professional placement study options.
Learning in our industry-standard Albert, AVID and ARRI accredited production and post-production facilities, you’ll grow your technical excellence and creative flare to produce moving image work with impact, relevance and reach. Working in teams that mirror professional production crews, you’ll learn how to create and negotiate with others in a collaborative environment that strives towards inclusivity and emotional intelligence. By the end of the Television & Film Production degree, you’ll be able to walk on set with a clear understanding of set etiquette, key roles, and the process of making, with the skills play a valuable part in the production process.
In the first year of your degree, you will explore your place as a creative and critical practitioner and develop your creative voice and artistic expression through the crafts of screenwriting, cinematography (camera and lighting), sound (recording, design and audio-post) and post-production (editing and finishing). You will consider the background context and conventions of the television and film industry and how this will inform your own making. Building on what you’ve learnt, you’ll collaborate in small teams to produce documentary and drama outputs. Through this process, you’ll take on key roles within a production crew, honing your communication and teamwork skills. You will consider your sense of belonging and how to be increasingly aware and inclusive of the perspectives of others when producing moving image work.
This module will establish you as a creative practitioner and you’ll be introduced to the craft skills of camera, sound, lighting and editing that are central to the development of your creative voice and to successful scriptwriting and filmmaking practice.
You’ll be introduced to the key critical approaches and industrial milestones in the study of television and film production. You’ll develop your ability to innovate, reflect and create based on your emerging critical understanding of television as a site of cultural, political and industrial anxiety, control and progress around the world. You’ll also explore how television can directly influence discourses about national identity, citizenship, race, gender and sexuality.
Building on the foundation of craft documentary storytelling and industry context from the first study block, you will work in production teams to produce a short drama scene. You’ll critically evaluate the dramatic possibilities of a script and filming space as well as explore the core approaches of narrative storytelling.
You will develop skills in eliciting performance and managing a set. You’ll put into practice cinematography, sound and post-production skills by adopting key roles within a production crew, such as director, cinematographer, sound recordist and first assistant director. This process will be underpinned by the exploration of the conventions, codes, uses and meaning of genre within television.
In this module, you will work on a documentary project where you’ll develop ideas, find stories and characters and use creative and technical storytelling conventions.
Working within industry-standard health and safety, editorial and diversity guidelines, you’ll learn how to deal sensitively with your contributors and explore how participating in documentary might be experienced by those being documented.
Building on the skills learnt in your first year, you’ll further develop your creative voice, specialist skills and your ability to collaborate effectively and sensitively. You will start to focus on particular areas of interest such as, cinematography, screenwriting, sound, producing, production design, and post-production. You’ll further develop your collaboration and teamworking skills by working in groups and filming on location to produce a number of original projects, such as short film, documentary, live-briefs and more.
You will develop an understanding of the marketplace as a working professional and how to seek funding, find an audience, and build greater acclaim. You will also explore a research topic of your choice to develop into your third year.
You will delve into the subtleties of visual, sound and editorial interpretation. Through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, you’ll understand how the different craft and creative elements of industry practice work together to create the art that is screen media. You’ll then choose from a number of pathways to specialise in, such as cinematography, screenwriting, sound, producing, production design, or post-production.
You’ll discover the business behind television and the role that audiences have in this sector. You’ll question how the current industry landscape may influence your future career and the need to embed diversity and inclusion into your work. You’ll explore how programmes are marketed and sold and learn industry marketing methods that can be deployed in your own projects and career.
You’ll grow your skills in your chosen pathway, from the conception of creative ideas, through project development and production to delivery of outputs such as short film, documentary and screenwriting. You will explore what makes stories compelling and how to develop, write and produce content that can make a difference.
This module encourages you to challenge conventions in the study and practice of television by developing your knowledge of research practice and skills. You’ll develop your own research project proposal which will reflect ethically on current academic research and critically analyse screen cultures and/or industries. By engaging with research practice and methods, you’ll develop the skills necessary to be both a reflective and critical practitioner within media.
You can choose to take an optional professional placement 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 Employability team.
Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying.
How you’ll study during your professional placement
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.
In your final year, you’ll produce a unique research output and ambitious major project(s) in the roles that you’re most passionate about pursuing, such as screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, sound, 1st assistant directing, and production design.
You’ll further develop your unique creative voice and be given the space to take risks and explore new territory in screen media. You will make multiple small projects in the first half of the year, building to one or more major projects in the second half. Throughout the year, you'll receive regular feedback through specialist sessions, guided supervision, and constructive live critiques.
The aim of this module is to stretch personal limits in the pursuit of creative development and to collaborate with increasing sensitivity, inclusion and emotional intelligence.
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.
Working collaboratively in teams, you’ll deliver a final major project that reflects your technical excellence, creative voice, inclusive working and emotionally intelligent practices.
This module will help to prepare you for pursuing a career after graduation. You’ll be supported by the University’s Employability Team and a supervisor from the course, together with visiting speakers, to help build your professional profile.
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.
What's the difference between studying Film and Television?Find out here
How you'll learn & be assessed
The learning environment of the Television & Film Production course is inclusive and supportive, offering many opportunities for feedback and improvement. You’ll learn through lectures, screenings and masterclasses provided by both Falmouth academic staff and industry guest speakers.
You’ll attend seminars that encourage conversation in smaller groups where you’ll analyse industry topics and develop your own thoughts and ideas. Crit sessions also provide a supportive environment for peer and supervisor input as projects develop. You’ll also have access to project supervision and tutorials where you can gain one-to-one feedback.
You’ll participate in technical workshops facilitated by our experienced technical team. Each workshop focuses on mastering specific equipment and professional craft skills, ranging from technically controlling an image in camera to creative visual storytelling using focal length, composition and lighting techniques, loading 16mm film, using a range of industry-standard cameras, colour grading using DaVinci Resolve, and enhancing your narrative with sound design. This learning by doing approach will help you to understand the cultural and industrial needs of your chosen sector and mirror the industry’s workflow and creative environments.
Over the course of your Television degree there are opportunities for work experience and internships. Students have previously secured work placements at the BBC, Envy Academy and NBC.
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.
You'll be assessed with practical and written coursework. There are no formal exams on the course.
- Filmed productions
- Video essays
- Preparatory work
- Critical evaluation
Work towards assessment takes place throughout the study block with submission deadlines towards the end of each term. You will receive feedback throughout each module via bookable tutorials and campfires, crit sessions and feedback tutorials which provide support and guidance leading up to assessment deadlines. Summative feedback will also be provided after each assessment deadline.
Our Television & Film Production course sits within our School of Film & Television on Penryn Campus. The dedicated building features extensive production, post-production and facilities store.
- 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, DaVinci Resolve and Pro Tools Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects
- 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate. Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props
- Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate
- Digital cameras (HD to 5K) including Arri Alexa, RED Gemini, Sony FX6, Canon C500 and XF305, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras, plus Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders
- Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes and red heads
- Grip and gimbal systems available include DJI Ronin Gimbal systems, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Ronford Baker Sliders, Libec and Camcrane Jibs
- Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones
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. Our technical and craft team includes specialists in lighting, cinematography and post-production picture editing and grade and sound editing and mixing.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
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Our Television & Film Production graduates have worked in the development and production of major television series, short and feature films and commercials, with credits including Deadpool, House of the Dragon, the Star Wars franchise, Enys Men, Blade Runner 2049, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Belle, the Mission: Impossible and Bond franchises, Peterloo, Broadchurch, The Apprentice, Squid Game, and The Great British Bake Off.
Alumni have been employed in production roles at Channel 4, Warner Bros, Disney, Netflix, Sony and Universal. Graduates have also worked in post-production at Envy, Technicolor, White House Post, Molinare, Films at 59, and Evolution. They’ve secured roles in production design at Lucasfilm, and in the camera department for shows screened on the BBC, Amazon, Netflix and Discovery Channel.
Our graduates’ work has secured development funding from the BFI and BAFTA, and been published in titles including Total Film, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Little White Lies.
Students have previously completed work placements at Sky, NBC, Cannes Film Festival, Gorton Studios, MTV, BBC, Envy, E4 and Channel 4.
We’ve also produced a slate of films through the Sound/Image Cinema Lab, our in-house production centre, which students have the opportunity to crew on. Recent titles include Heretic (2023), Film4’s Enys Men (2023), A Year in a Field (2023), Long Way Back (2022), Wilderness (2021), Bait (2019), Make Up (2019) and shorts including and The Birdwatcher (2023), Bloom (2023), Mab Hudel (2022), Kestav (2020), Hard Cracked the Wind (2019) and Backwoods (2019).
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How to apply
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Television & Film Production BA(Hons) three year degree||09X3|
|Television & Film Production BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year||FY58|
|Television & Film Production BA(Hons) with professional placement||PY60|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
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 professional placement||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.
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 2024
UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 31 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
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|£1,385 per study abroad 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
- £200 - Recommended reading, if not available in library
- £300-£500 - Laptop for independent and group-based work. To do video editing you may need to purchase a more expensive laptop.
- Optional - smart phone, hard drive, outdoor clothing
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
To engage in the digital learning activity, although you will be able to access IT suites on campus, you will benefit from a laptop to access the platforms and tools we use. 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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