FdSc TV Production Technology
Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.
2 years full-time for FdSc
3 years full-time for BSc (Hons)
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham
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Entry & admission criteria:
- 64 UCAS tariff points (160 points in old UCAS tariff) from A-Levels, BTECs, or equivalent
- A* – C in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent
Fees & funding
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Introduction to the course
Totally unique, this science-based TV production degree course is the only one of its kind in the UK – offering you the opportunity to work directly with local broadcaster Notts TV on the production of a range of news, sport and entertainment programmes. You’ll study a wide range of disciplines, including camera operation, audio and visual post-production, graphics, lighting and audio acquisition.
Connections with Industry
During the course, not only will you be taught by expert tutors, but also from a range of guest speakers and mentors; learning from the people who have real and current, industry experience. Throughout the course you will also work closely with local TV broadcaster Notts TV.
As part of the course, students are given access to bespoke activities during Confetti’s ‘Industry Week’ where a host of industry guest speakers gather for talks, lectures and workshops. Previous guests have included director Shane Meadows, BAFTA winner Vicky McClure, SB:TV’s Jamal Edwards and Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley.
- Industry-standard broadcast cameras
- iMac suites
- Adobe After Effects
- Avid Media Effects
- Pro Tools
- Green screen
- Brand NEW television studio
Teaching & Learning
Teaching and learning is designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking. Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.
In some modules you’ll work on ‘live’ projects, where you’ll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.
Guest lectures from professional directors and producers will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the TV industry.
What you’ll study in year 1
This module will help develop your technical skills in the key areas of camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting. You’ll learn the scientific principles that underpin television production technology, whilst acquiring the necessary skills needed to produce content. You’ll also monitor and evaluate the performance of a range of technologies used within different television production environments.
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 take on a range of production roles and gain a broad understanding of the TV studio environment.
You’ll write and break down the technical requirements of a script, learning about the different stages of project management in preparation for studio recording – including risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting and scheduling. You’ll learn to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry, and in particular, television studio production.
This module explores the changes in television post-production workflow. Advances in television post-production technology have seen a shift from linear tape-based editing to digital editing. You’ll learn to operate the industry-standard audio and video post-production software used to create, manipulate, and distribute content for television in both offline and online environments.
You’ll learn to compare broadcast technologies past and present, developing your understanding of how history has shaped the way TV content is produced. You’ll assess the impact technology has had, and continues to have, on the changes in television production, distribution and viewing habits.
What you’ll study in year 2
As digital consumption begins to dominate, the technical requirements for producing content for television have become even more complex. Within this module, you’ll examine the engineering capabilities of specialist equipment and operate a range of specialist camera equipment in order to shoot more complex sequences. You’ll learn to perform the role of the digital imaging technician; ensuring cameras are able to achieve their optimum performance in a given scenario.
During this module you will 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.
Digital technology means there are more ways to watch, influence and interact with TV content. Content producers are increasingly synchronising television programmes with second-screen content to further enhance the viewing experience. You’ll learn to prepare and distribute audio-visual content via a variety of different platforms. You’ll develop advanced post-production skills such as grading, colour correction, audio dubbing and mixing, working with an industry partner to deliver an edit for multiple platforms.
Working under the guidance of an industry partner, you’ll undertake the pre production of your own documentary, including researching relevant markets and film festivals to help inform its development. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgments in the planning process and demonstrate the ability to problem-solve.
During this module, you’ll apply the skills of both journalist and film-maker in the production of your own television documentary. You’ll focus on the important legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that govern this genre to produce a documentary that meets broadcast standards.
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