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.
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham
UCAS course code:
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.
- For a list of our language, requirements please visit our English language page.
- If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.
Fees & funding
Visit our fees & funding pages for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
- group tutorials
- academic tutorials
- 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)
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.
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
- 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
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'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
Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our degree students.
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.
The Confetti Classroom
At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.
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 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
- Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley
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.
You can also move straight into a variety of careers in the TV industry:
- camera operator
- cameras assistant
- auto cue operator
- vision mixer
- floor runner
- edit assistant
- 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:
- Sky Sports
- The Football Association