BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology

Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University

Duration:
3 years full-time for BSc (Hons)

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
P318

Institution code:
N91

Entry and admissions criteria:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.

Fees and funding:

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You’ll be equipped with the skills required to work across a variety of technical roles within the TV production process, giving you breadth of experience whilst developing a specific area of expertise, with a strong portfolio of TV work.

This unique three-year programme provides you with the opportunity to study the art and science of TV production alongside local television station Notts TV. This gives you the opportunity to graduate with a range of broadcast credits on your CV, enhancing your employability in the TV industry.

You’ll learn how to develop and produce content in an industry-standard TV studio and gallery working with broadcast-standard equipment in a range of genres such as entertainment, factual and game shows. You’ll also develop the skills and abilities required to shoot and record content on location, working in the genre of documentary and factual programming, enabling you to master the technological skills required when working with camera, lighting and audio equipment.

You’ll study how to edit video and audio together using industry-standard software, including Avid Media Composer and the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as exploring the art of motion graphics, colour correction and soundtrack production.

Want to ask any questions about this course? Contact us on bsc@confetti.ac.uk.

Year 1

Audio-Visual Broadcast Technologies (20 Credit Points)

Television is a technologically driven medium with camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting being the three key skill sets required to produce content for this platform. This module will allow you to develop technical skills in all three of these areas. You’ll examine the scientific principles that underpin television production technology whilst demonstrating the ability to use appropriate equipment to produce content for television. You’ll also monitor and evaluate the performance of a range of technologies used within different television production environments.

Television Studio Technology (20 Credit Points)

This module focuses on developing the skills required to operate appropriate equipment and produce content for television in a studio environment. You’ll learn the technology, principles and workflow required to operate and maintain a range of equipment in a television studio whilst working to the correct health and safety regulations. You’ll gain valuable knowledge through experiencing a range of production roles within the television studio environment to enhance your understanding of this career path.

Television Studio Project Management (20 Credit Points)

This module will develop your ability work in small groups to project manage the technical requirements of a television studio production. You’ll be taught how to write and break down a script in terms of its technical requirements whilst also learning about the different stages of project management in the preparation for studio recording including, risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting and scheduling. You’ll be expected to show a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry and in particular television studio production.

Post-Production Technology for Television (40 Credit Points)

Technological changes in television post-production have seen a shift from linear tape based editing to digital non-linear editing, this module will explore the advances in technology responsible for this shift in television post-production workflow. Furthermore you’ll also develop the skills required to operate industry-standard audio and video post-production software used to create, manipulate, and distribute content for television in both offline and online environments.

The History of Broadcast Technology (20 Credit Points)

Throughout this module you’ll study the historical development of broadcast technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You’ll be given the opportunity to compare broadcast technologies past and present, in order to assess the impact technology has had and continues to have on the changes in television production, distribution and access.

Year 2

Advanced Broadcast Technologies (20 Credit Points)

The technical requirements for producing content for television have become more complex with the advent of digital technology and developments in specialist equipment in the production environment. Within this module you’ll examine the engineering capabilities of specialist equipment used in the television industry and develop skills operating a range of specialist camera equipment in order to shoot more complex sequences. You’ll also explore and learn to perform the role of the digital imaging technician to ensure cameras are able to achieve their optimum performance in a given scenario.

Advanced Post-Production Technology (40 Credit Points)

The advent of digital technology has witnessed the emergence of multiple viewing platforms for audiences to access a range of content made for television. Content producers have used this to their advantage with the synchronisation of television programmes with second screen content to further enhance the audiences viewing experience. Within this module you’ll learn to prepare and distribute audio-visual content to audiences via multiple platforms adhering to the correct technical requirements. You’ll also need to develop more advanced skills in the areas of post-production such as grading, colour correction, audio dubbing and mixing. You’ll work with an industry partner or client to deliver an edit for multiple platforms working to the correct technical specifications.

Documentary Development (20 Credit Points)

This module focuses on developing academic research skills which will enable you to plan content for a documentary production. You’ll be expected to research appropriate markets to inform the development and production of your own documentary to be entered into a relevant and well justified documentary festival. Working under the guidance of an industry partner you’ll undertake the pre-production, of your own documentary, ensuring that the correct health and safety regulations are fully considered. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgments in the planning of your production and demonstrate the ability to problem solve.

Documentary Production (20 Credit Points)

During this module you’ll be expected to apply the skills of both the journalist and the filmmaker in the production of your own documentary for television. You’ll need to adhere to the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that govern this area of television production whilst working with appropriate technologies to produce a documentary that meets broadcast standards and adheres to the codes and conventions of the genre. You’ll need to select appropriate technologies to use during the filming of the content for your documentary.

Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

During this module you’ll undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

The nature of creative industries is increasingly defined by freelance and self-employed models of work. Consequently, individuals seeking work in industry need to appreciate the pressures of working on multiple projects to strict deadlines and the subsequent demands this place on time and resources. Similarly, an understanding of professional practice and the legal and economic imperatives in industry is important, as is effective communication, self-efficacy and autonomy. This module aims to develop these skills and knowledge by challenging you to develop a range of self-directed projects.

Final year

Advanced Studio Production (40 Credit Points)

This module focuses on the advanced technical knowledge required to operate television studio technologies in order to produce broadcast content for television.  Working in a professional broadcast television studio you’ll apply the technology, principles and workflow required to operate and maintain a range of equipment in a television studio whilst working to the correct health and safety regulations. You’ll need to demonstrate the ability to work proficiently in a specific role and be able to work as part of a production team to produce appropriate content for broadcast.

Outside Broadcast (20 Credit Points)

This module introduces you to the broadcast systems that deliver programme content on location utilising outside broadcast technologies. This includes providing, operating and maintaining all the technical systems used on an outside broadcast, such as power systems, communications, satellite links and radio cameras. You’ll be taught about the different aspects of this complex technical live production environment and be given the opportunity to experience and work on outside broadcasts. This is a unique opportunity for you to gain the professional skills, knowledge and experience necessary to gain employment in an ever-expanding industry, where understanding of the latest developments in technology and delivery platforms is paramount.

Broadcast Technology Workflows (20 Credit Points)

This module introduces you to the broadcast technology workflows concerning global content creation and data exchange in relation the television industry. With the ever-increasing need to exchange vast amounts of content within and across boundaries there is the increasing emphasis on a set of common standards and specifications to ensure compatibility between broadcasters and independent producers. The module will teach you how to work with different types of data and deliver content to the correct technical specifications using industry-standard practice and processes. You’ll also be introduced to the concepts of a global production and post-production marketplace made possible by internet-led tools and services that is transforming the content creation process which in turn is creating new relationships between customers and suppliers. 

Technology Investigation (40 Credit Points)

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake sustained investigation into a specific area of creative technology that builds on your previous knowledge, experience and skills acquired during levels 4 and 5. This module will allow you to explore critically a specific issue or area of personal interest within your chosen field allowing you to explore individual lines of enquiry connected to your career goals. You’ll achieve this by undertaking a self-initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision.

As part of this investigation you’ll also enhance your abilities to communicate your findings with an audience and consolidate your skills in project management and self directed work, both of which are vital for a career within the creative media industries.

The module serves to acquaint you with the key skills and practices required to undertake and complete independent project research and to create practical creative media technology products as a response.

You’ll learn about a broad range of disciplines including areas such as camera and lighting operation and workflow, broadcast regulation, DPP standards, transmission, studio operation and broadcasting live from different locations.

Teaching and learning experiences will include lectures, seminars, group tutorials, academic tutorials, workshops, presentations and pitches, visiting industry professionals, team working and independent study.

Alongside this, you’ll develop employability skills that will enable you to design and shoot documentaries and TV shows, direct live TV and gain employment within the TV industry.

In addition, you’ll complete a self-directed technology investigation on a subject of your own interest.

You’ll also undertake a wide range of industry and work-related opportunities through live projects, Confetti’s Industry Week, guest lectures and work-based learning.

On this course you’ll study at Confetti’s Space2. You’ll have access to:

  • Industry-standard cameras from Sony and Blackmagic
  • 25 seat media production lab running Avid and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • 25 seat screening room with Dolby Atmos audio facilities
  • 37m2 green screen VFX studio with VFX infinity curve screen
  • 144m2 studio space with industry-standard digital video cameras and full lighting rig
  • Broadcast spec production gallery with 4K production facilities

Upon successful completion, you’ll have the option to progress to Confetti’s MA Creative Technologies or MSc Creative Technologies, apply for internships or job roles within industry.

Typical job roles in industry might include:

  • camera operator
  • cameras assistant
  • gaffer
  • DIT
  • auto cue operator
  • vision mixer
  • director
  • floor runner
  • edit assistant
  • offline-editor
  • online-editor
  • colour grader

You will also be able to run live productions from out in the field, and have an understanding of broadcast regulations and how to apply these to productions.

Right for you?

A three year Bachelor degree is a great choice if you’re looking to gain a full Level 6 qualification. With a higher UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more theoretical approach to your studies combined with significant elements of practice. After graduating you will be able to progress onto a postgraduate course or start your creative career.

A two year Foundation degree is a great choice if you want to have the option to graduate with a Level 5 qualification and start your creative career early. With an accessible UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more practical approach to your studies. After completing two years you will graduate with an FdSc/FdA qualification and choose whether you want to continue and enroll on a top up year for a full BSc qualification or whether you would rather stop your education and start your creative career.

Topping up your existing qualification

If you already have an FdSc, HND or equivalent you can join this BSc course by direct entry into year 2 or 3, depending upon your qualification and experience.

Each case will be considered individually, but if you have passed an FdSc from Confetti and decided you want to continue your studies, you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year to ‘top-up’ to a full honours degree.

How to Apply

Applications for this course must be made through UCAS. Find out more about how to start an application, write a personal statement and the deadlines on our Application page.

Contact us

As part of your course you’ll also have access to Confetti’s annual Industry Week.

Our heavyweights have included the likes of award-winning filmmakers Nick Broomfield, Shane Meadows, Aardman Animations – the Oscar winning creators of Shaun the Sheep, TV’s Stacey Dooley, Rockstar Games, Playstation, as well as some of the most respected names in the music industry – from Radio 1’s Andy Rogers and Mistajam to Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and Professor Green.