Discover how to create everything from high-end drama through to top quality documentaries on a course that’s always at the cutting-edge of the industry.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll learn how to make television, how to think about it and how to find an audience, all within a specialist facility, working with industry professionals. The course is story-driven with a focus on practical making as well as critical thinking and helps you develop the essential skills you need to succeed in the television industry and beyond.
- Work on professional, commercial briefs with our in-house, award-winning creative agency MAYN.
- Have opportunities for industry based placements with companies such as Sky TV.
- Attend masterclasses from industry leaders such as Otto Bathurst, director of Peaky Blinders, and Jon East, director of Killing Eve, Downton Abbey and Lost in Space.
- Have the chance to apply for The Hothouse, a two-day placement with the acquisitions team at NBC Universal in London.
- Take part in our industry mentor scheme in your final year.
- Have the chance to work on our in-house micro-budget feature films.
The School of Film & Television is a member of CILECT, the global association of the world's best film, television and animation schools.
What our students do
Dream Comes True for TV Student
Television student Daisy Allen has always dreamed of working on feature films and high-end TV...
Spilling the Beans: A Collaborative Student Web Series
Students from across departments have been collaborating on an exciting digital television...
Television Staff Shortlisted for National Media Awards
Four members of our BA(Hons) Television team have been nominated for awards at the 2019 Celtic...
BAIT Film by Lecturer Mark Jenkin Gains International Acclaim
Mark Jenkin, Associate Lecturer at Falmouth, is making waves with his latest feature film, BAIT...
Student Producing Documentary with Kernow King
Joey Millward-Nicholls, second year Television student, is producing a behind-the-...
Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award
A film featuring an A-list actress, funded by Falmouth University and crewed by Film and...
In Conversation with Peter Lord
Aardman founder and Falmouth University Honorary Fellow, Peter Lord, recently visited our School...
What our graduates do
Students from the School of Film & Television have worked as an Assistant Director on Game of Thrones, Camera Assistant on Rush, Atlantis and Silent Witness, Assistant Producer for the Telegraph Group, Production Coordinator for Two Four, and Production Assistant on Made in Chelsea and The Great British Bake Off.
What’s more, our Fellow is alumnus Toby Haynes, Director of Black Mirror: USS Callister, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock and Doctor Who.
What you'll learn
You’ll find out more about yourself, your creative voice, how to research characters, and the building blocks of story by studying documentary. You’ll also take on a professional crew role in a studio environment as you study drama. Through these disciplines, and in particular though screenwriting, you’ll keep the idea of story at the centre of everything you do.
You will make a short documentary, write a script, realise a drama scene and work on creative exercises. 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 creative and technical aspects of craft skills within Cinematography, Sound and Post-Production.
Grasp the essential principles and foundations behind television.
Place story at the centre of the creative process and write a short original script.
Work within a full-scale professional crew following industry protocols to bring a short drama script to life.
Building on the 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 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 stand-alone 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.
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 hone your skills toward 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, a producer / 1st 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 good for post-graduate 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.
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
How you'll learn
You’ll take on live briefs from industry clients, have the chance to study abroad, and learn from an industry mentor in year three. Student placements have provided various professional opportunities. Regular learning will come from our lecture and screening series, and our visiting speaker programme provides valuable industry insights.
Visiting speakers have included Otto Bathurst (Director: Robin Hood 2018 film, 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).
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations.
- Visual, verbal and written assignments.
- Dissertation or equivalent, and practice projects in your final year.
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 is Head of Television at the School of Film & Television, having joined the...
Dr Victoria Byard
Victoria Byard is a lecturer in the School of Film & Television. She received her BA in...
Initially Marie worked as an actress after training for three years at the Royal Central School...
Charlie is a former BBC journalist and producer and co-founder of Fieldgrazer Productions....
Matthew is a multi-skilled, reliable and innovative socially-minded thinker who enjoys sharing...
Dr Nick Bamford
Nick joins Falmouth University after a 35-year career in radio, television and theatre and 9...
Professor Chris Morris
Christopher Morris is a documentary filmmaker and professor of documentary practice. His work...
After graduating with a degree in History and Media from the University of Leeds, David started...
Denzil is a lecturer in Film specialising in producing at the School of Film & Television at...
I graduated from the University of Hull in 2002 after taking a BA in Music Technology. Music...
Dr Anna Misiak
Former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Anna Misiak holds a PhD from...
Dr Jem Mackay
Dr Jem Mackay is a filmmaker/artist who has been exploring collaborative systems within creative...
Dr Kingsley Marshall
Dr Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film...
Dr Laura Canning
Laura Canning joined Falmouth University in 2014, having completed her PhD - which focused on...
Dr Neil Fox
Since arriving at Falmouth University in April 2013 I have fallen in love with Cornwall and...
I joined Falmouth University in September 2008 having moved from Swindon, I have over 40...
James Henry's writing career was launched with his original comedy Skiffy, which won Channel...
Many things have influenced my approaches to film production and to learning about film but...
Educated in British and North American universities, Mark was appointed lecturer in Cultural...
Working in digital and analogue mediums and hand-processing super8/16mm film Mark is...
I joined the University in 1991 when I moved to Cornwall. My first role was to run the...
After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1998 with and HND in Electrical and...
Simon is a producer based in Truro, Cornwall. He has produced three feature length films;...
- 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.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: 09X2
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.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC 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 Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
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Interview Information: Television BA(Hons)
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After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
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 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time 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
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.
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