Duration:
2 years full-time for FdSc (Foundation Degree)

Upon successful completion of this course you'll have the option to join our BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology and top up to a Level 6 qualification.

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAS course code:
P311

Institution code:
N91

Entry & admission criteria:

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE - English and Maths Grade C / 4
    We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.
  • This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Fees & funding

Visit our fees & funding pages for more information.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

We advise you to budget between £50 - £250 for an external hard drive and SD cards. Whilst you will be provided with storage for your work on the servers it is also good practice to back up your digital files to an external source.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to Apply

This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University and all applications must be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Do you want to work on the next big TV drama, be part of the crew on the biggest sporting events or maybe make the next big documentary

This innovative course embraces the ground breaking technology that continues to change our viewing habits and will equip you with the necessary technical skills required to work in the video production process whilst developing a strong portfolio of work. So if you want to be the next director, floor manager, documentary filmmaker or you want to produce a big budget online drama then this is the course for you.

Key features

  • Enhance your employability by developing your Imdb profile with broadcast credits earned working on Notts TV
  • Gain valuable work experience every week on Notts TV and allow your work to reach a global audience
  • Learn from world class visiting guest lecturers (past guests have included Shane Meadows, Nick Broomfield and Vicky McClure)
  • Have your work entered into the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards
  • Film live sporting events and gigs at some of Nottingham’s most prestigious venues helping you develop a world class portfolio of work
  • Experience television production in different countries with exciting overseas trips
  • Collaborate on real world projects with your peers and professionals in this exciting and fast moving industry
  • Deliver content across multiple platforms and devices
  • Exhibit your final year’s work at the Confetti Degree Show and be eligible for a paid internship

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group tutorials
  • academic tutorials
  • workshops
  • presentations and pitches
  • visiting industry professionals
  • team working
  • independent study

95% of our degree students would recommend studying at Confetti to others. (National Student Survey 2019)

Trips

Our TV students have the chance to go on exciting and enriching trips - recently, a group visited the BBC where they enjoyed a studio tour and masterclass on how to produce a live broadcast.

What our current students think

"The course is the perfect level of practical to theory and the class sizes are small allowing you one-on-one time with tutors."

Kirsty Macadam

Advice from our alumni

"Confetti provide all of the industry-standard software, and help direct you on a career path if you haven’t yet decided. The tutors are very helpful and it is a great atmosphere to learn in."

Elliot Macey

There is a varied range of assessment methods throughout the course, which includes:

  • television production development work
  • television productions
  • research tasks
  • case studies
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • lab reports
  • essays
  • visual and verbal presentations

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

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 of the equivalent BSc degree to ‘top up’ to a full honours degree.

What you'll study in year 1

Being able to understand the capabilities and scientific principles of broadcast technologies is essential for those working in the television industry. This module will allow you to explore the technical theory involved in camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting whilst developing your technical and craft skills working with equipment to achieve a broadcast quality to your work.

In this module you will study the technology, principles, techniques and workflow required to produce content for broadcast in a studio environment. You will gain valuable knowledge through experiencing a range of production roles within the broadcast studio environment to enhance your understanding of this career path. You will then put this theory in to practice, working to the correct health and safety regulations, in the production of your own live production.

Pre-production is the starting point for any live studio production. The ability to undertake meticulous project planning is essential if you are to create successful content. During this module you will learn about the different stages of broadcast studio project management such as risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting, working with scripts and scheduling. You will then work in small groups to project manage the technical requirements of a broadcast studio production demonstrating a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry and in particular broadcast 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'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.

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.

On this course you’ll study at Space2 - our film & TV hub.  You'll have access to:

  • Industry-standard broadcast cameras
  • A 25 seat media production lab running Avid and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • A 25 seat screening room with Dolby Atmos audio facilities
  • A 37m2 Green Screen VFX studio with VFX infinity curve screen
  • A 144m2 Television Studio space with broadcast standard digital video cameras and full lighting rig
  • Broadcast spec production gallery with 4k production facilities
  • Brand NEW television studio

Degree Showcase

Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.

Splendour

Our students documented the entire event through filming and photography, and some worked with our industry partner Notts TV to film and record all of the backstage action.

At Confetti, we offer students the chance to ‘Do It For Real’ – get out into real industries and experience working in various roles that take their interest.

Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the local and regional film and TV industries.

Notts TV

Confetti participates enthusiastically in the life of Nottingham. One of the key ways in which we do that is through Notts TV. Launched in 2014, we’re proud to have received 17 Royal Television Society award nominations in our short time on the airwaves. Every single day, NTU and Confetti students work alongside professional broadcasters to create news, sport, factual and lifestyle programming. Every single week this amasses over twenty hours of original content, thousands upon thousands of hours since launch.

This unrivalled opportunity to ‘Do it for Real’ in the fast-moving and hungry environment of live television is the perfect training ground. As you’d expect, this is borne out in the numbers of our graduates who go on to work in the industry. You can see them today on Sky, ITV and the BBC as well as many others – have a look at some of our alumni profiles to see what they’re up to now.

52 Notts TV pathway graduates now work for major broadcasters including Sky, the BBC and ITV.

Industry Week

We also hold an annual Industry Week, where guest speakers and mentors from the film and TV industries are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • BAFTA-nominated actor Stephen Graham
  • Director Shane Meadows
  • BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure
  • Documentary Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay
  • Key Grip Rupert Lloyd-Parry

Continue your studies

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.

Future careers

You can also move straight into a variety of careers in the TV industry:

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

You'll 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.

Previous students are working at companies, such as:

  • ITV
  • Sky Sports
  • The Football Association
  • UEFA

Open Days