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Overview Develop your creative, production and analytical skills while learning to tell great stories in the rapidly evolving worlds of film and television


UCAS code

W600

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Length

3 years full-time

Film and television are exciting, creative and rapidly evolving industries. They are consistently on the look-out for new ideas, new stories and new talent. Choose this highly creative and highly practical course to learn the latest techniques for producing exciting film and television content. You'll also gain analytical skills that will allow your imagination to flourish in a professional industrial environment.

You will have access to professional-standard single and multi-camera facilities from the outset. With the guidance of expert staff, many of them film and television professionals, you will develop the directing, editing, camera-operating, writing and recording skills you will need to tackle a range of genres and a range of professional disciplines. Over the three years, you will have the chance to imagine and make your own dramas or documentaries and your own studio programmes and to hone your specialist skills in large-scale group productions.

This Creative Skillset accredited programme was developed with input from practising industry specialists. The teaching staff come from a range of media and academic backgrounds and include documentary and feature film-makers, broadcasting executives, scriptwriters and technical practitioners alongside media historians and theorists with national and international reputations.

By studying Film and Television Production at York you will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of graduates who are already making a name for themselves, as cinematographers and writers, as film and studio directors, as editors and vision mixers, as production managers, production designers and researchers.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the skills council for the UK film and TV industry.

Ranked third in the sector in the Guardian 2017 league table, and first in England and Wales. 

I had a brilliant time at York. The training we received in the TV studio was fantastic. We learnt how all of the different roles in multicamera production work together all while using industry-standard kit. I discovered how much I loved vision mixing and went on to study at the National Film and Television School. I'm now working as a Vision Mixer for BBC Studioworks, primarily on Eastenders.
Eleanor, Graduated 2014

Course content What you’ll study


General

You'll experience creative production, develop technical skills and explore key areas of theory and history on this rigorous course. You'll spend around half of your time in hands-on activity and practical projects. We'll encourage you to explore and realise your ideas. At the same time you'll develop an understanding of how film and television have influenced our world, and how you might contribute to the industries in the future.

You will be based in a £30 million purpose-built complex, home to some of the best production facilities at any UK university. Our facilities are regularly updated to meet the latest technical standards. Currently they include two professional-standard HD television studios, shooting stages, extensive vision and sound postproduction suites and a 140-seat 4K digital cinema with surround sound.

Year 1

Your first year will introduce you to some of the key technologies, core production processes and major ideas and theories that drive film- and programme-making.

You'll study the art of storytelling and start working on screen stories of your own. You will learn about cameras, editing and sound technologies both on location and in the multi-camera television studio and you will explore some of the underlying science that will allow you to use equipment effectively to achieve exciting creative results.

You will study the history of film, from Hitchcock to Tarantino and beyond, and the history of television, from Coronation Street to Game of Thrones, and you will learn to analyse both media on the way towards developing your own ideas.

A unique module on content development will give you your first taste of creating film and TV ideas in a professional context.

The modules running for our current students are: 

  • Storytelling and Story Analysis
  • Introduction to Film and Television Production Methods (single camera and multi-camera studio techniques)
  • Cinema: History and Analysis
  • Television: History and Analysis
  • Content Development
  • The Science of Sound and Cinematography.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

In your second year you will hone your production skills and study a full range of professional disciplines on the way towards creating your own projects. You'll learn to develop, write, cast, budget and produce your own short film, drama or documentary. And you will experience a variety of roles and a variety of different formats in the multi-camera television studio, before working up and directing a studio show of your own. You will explore film and TV content production through all its stages, from concept to completion.

The core modules currently on offer are: 

  • Filmmaking
  • Studio Television Production
  • The Discipline of Genre.

The module on genre will acquaint you with the importance of terms like Thriller, Horror, Western and other definitions in the development and production of professional film and television.  Meanwhile, to start you own your way towards your own areas of specialisation, we currently offer options in screenwriting, documentary and in designing digital effects tools, among others.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll be able to make a statement about what you want to be in the professional world: film-maker or programme-maker, technician or producer, writer or director and more besides.

You will fine-tune your specialist skills by working alongside your student colleagues in ambitious, large-scale film or studio television productions. You'll explore your interests and enthusiasms by focusing on an independent research project on a subject of your own choosing. And you will prepare to enter the film and TV industries by studying the latest creative, business and political issues that affect budgets, audiences, broadcasters and movie studios. 

The core modules currently on offer are:

  • Group Project – large-scale film or television studio production
  • Independent Research Project and Dissertation
  • Current Issues in Film and Television.

You'll also have the chance to choose an optional area of study to complement your areas of specialisation: advanced cinematography, advanced audio production, TV research skills and directing for screen and stage are among the modules that are currently on offer.

Study abroad

Here are some of the many opportunities to study abroad:

70 per cent of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating.  90 per cent of our first set of graduates are working in the film or TV industries.

Using industry standard hardware and software alongside a strong theoretical background, TFTV prepared me for life in the 'real world' of the television industry. I now get to edit anything - from glossy fashion entertainment shows, to gritty cop documentaries - for the UK's leading TV channels.
Sam, BSC Film and TV Production (2013).
Staff editor at Shine, one of the UK's largest independent production companies.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed


Teaching format

You'll progress rapidly, guided by our experienced academics who will ensure you're in contact with the latest ideas, trends and technologies.

You'll take part in hands-on-workshops and practical sessions with close instruction from specialists. You'll be able to meet industry experts in our masterclasses and professional visitors programme.

Production is important to this course. You'll make films and TV shows: refining your skills and knowledge as you work through, organise and shoot your ideas and stories.

You'll explore the theories and history that make film and television what they are and that point the way towards their future. Your intellectual development and critical thinking will be supported by lectures, screenings, tutorials, workshops and round-tables.

You'll find our staff accessible and ready to discuss your ideas. With high levels of contact time, you'll never be short of support and advice.

Assessments

Assessment methods vary according to modules and include productions, practical exercises, presentations, essays, scripts, project proposals, reports and blogs. A small number of modules feature exams, most of them ‘open book’. In the TV studio some of your work will be assessed by live observation with tutors watching you direct and crew.

In the majority of cases you will assessed individually. The collaborative nature of the film and TV industries however means that some of your modules will involve group work. In these you will be assessed on the actual film or television programme you have produced as a team, as well as on your individual contribution to the project.

Careers Where you’ll go from here


You will graduate with the practical, technical and creative skills and the experience needed to enter a variety of media industries or to begin a career in independent film and TV production.

While many of our students choose a career in film or television, our course is also designed to offer you a range of transferrable skills that are relevant to the media, the wider world of work or to further academic study. 

Career opportunities

The majority of our graduates move into staff or freelance roles in the film, television and video industries. Recent roles include:

  • Directors and producers
  • Writers and researchers
  • Cinematographers and camera operators
  • Visual effects artists
  • Sound designers and picture editors
  • Production designers and production managers
  • Vision mixers.

Transferable skills

Transferrable skills developed on the course include:

  • Team-working and collaborative skills
  • Leadership
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Creative and persuasive writing
  • Independent research capabilities
  • Critical and analytical thinking.

Entry requirements How to get here


Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Once your application has been reviewed by the admissions tutor, you may be invited to attend an interview afternoon.

Your personal statement will be read very closely and we will be looking for a range of interests and extra-curricular activity. Previous experience of film and TV is not a requirement.

We do not require a portfolio.  If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to prepare a short exercise to present to your interviewer. 

A-levels and GCSEs

AAB (not including General Studies and Critical Thinking)

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers:
AAAAB at Higher level

BTEC National Diploma: 
DDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma:
DDD

Cambridge Pre-U:
D3, D3, M2

Access to HE:
Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher

International options

International Baccalaureate:
Diploma with 35 points overall

Irish Leaving Certificate:
AAAABB

European Baccalaureate:
80% overall average

English language

If your first language is not English you will normally be asked to provide evidence of English language ability. We normally request one of the following:

  • IELTS: score of 6.5 overall, with 5.5 or better in each section
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 61 overall with no less than 51 in all components
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): grade A

Full list of accepted tests and exemptions.

Unistats for this course

Enquire Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions