BSc Film and Television Production

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W600 AAB (See full entry requirements) 3 years full-time
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Student crew on location

Recording a programme in Studio 1

Studio 1 control room

Students on this Creative Skillset accredited programme will develop their technical and  production skills in film and television. Students from the first cohort to graduate are now working in the film and TV industries, on programmes like Dara O'Briain's Science Club, The One Show, Mastermind and Party House; or for facilities and production companies like CTV; or have gone on to specialist film and TV training, such as the five students who are now at the National Film and Television School.

Course overview

About This Course

The programme:

  • Is accredited by Creative Skillset, the film and TV industries sector skills council.
  • Is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds and with many different interests.
  • Combines theory and practice so you will acquire the creative and technical skills to be able to write, direct, shoot and edit films and television as well as understanding their aesthetic, technological, industrial and historical contexts.
  • Engages with film and television as artistic and cultural forms, and as scientific and technological media.
  • Emphasises high quality academic learning informed by cutting-edge research, complemented by advanced skills training relevant to current practices in the film and television industries.
  • Makes extensive use of our state-of-the-art digital production facilities and equipment.
  • Ensures that you will have regular contact with leading film and television practitioners via our highly successful professional visitors programme.
  • Will equip you with the knowledge and skills for pursuing a career in film and television, and is also relevant to a wider range of jobs and careers that rely on digital communications media - including advertising, curatorial work, marketing, new and interactive media and public relations.

BSc in Film and Television Production Brochure (PDF  , 1,163kb)



Course content

What you'll study

Stage one

A foundation in Film and Television Production, comprising:

Three introductory modules on different aspects of film and television production and their relationship:

  • the process of storytelling
  • the technological basis of sound and image production
  • the practical application of camera, audio and editing technologies on location and in studio

Two modules exploring:

  • critical, theoretical and historical issues in film and television, involving close analysis of individual media texts

One end-of-year module on:

  • content development - how all the topics in year one combine to inform the creation of content in the professional worlds of film and television

Stage two

Developing your individual production skills:

  • concentrated hands-on production via modules in single camera film-making and multi-camera studio TV environments
  • consideration of the importance and function of genre
  • optional modules on screenwriting, non-fiction production, and technical sound and image processing

Stage three

Specialising and preparing for the professional world:

  • group-centred creative projects in film and television based on real-world requirements and constraints
  • an individual-centred project exploring screenwriting, documentary, image and sound technology, or other film and television related areas
  • optional modules on specialist production skills in the film and television industries, for example: advanced cinematography or audio, directing, TV research skills and more
  • an industry-facing module on current developments and industrial practices in Film and TV.

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.


How you'll be taught

The characteristic teaching methods on the BSc in Film and Television Production include:

Lectures: usually an hour in duration but sometimes two, these range in subject from the analysis of films and television programmes and their contexts, to the consideration of technological, scientific and practical issues relating to media production. 

Seminars: groups of 12-20 students, under the direction of one or more tutors, working together on previously arranged topics.

Workshops and Practicals: hands-on sessions typically lasting between one and four hours depending on the
nature of the session.  For production work, students will be divided into groups of about 4 (for film and lab work) to about 16 (for TV studio work).

Tutorials: one-to-one consultations with your module tutor - for example, on feedback sessions on written assignments in Year 1, and on planning sessions for your Research Projects in Year 3.

Screenings: These will be timetabled and will normally take place in the fully-equipped, Dolby certified Digital Cinema.

Masterclasses: We think it's very important that you should have the opportunity to listen to the views of, engage in dialogue with, and observe the work of film and television professionals who have achieved distinction in their careers. Regular masterclasses will provide you with this opportunity.

VLE: The department uses the university's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); as well as posting information, schedules and lecture notes, there are forums where students can discuss any topics or issues that have arisen.


How you'll be assessed

We set you assessments for three reasons:

  1. So you can demonstrate what you’ve learned, and practise your skills. The assessments also give you something to aim for, and an extra reason to learn.
  2. So that we can assess how you’re doing, and help you in areas where you are weaker by giving you constructive feedback.
  3. So that we can use the average marks that you get to award you an appropriate qualification at the end of the degree course.

Across the three years of the BSc programme you will be asked to produce several different kinds of written and practical assignments for assessments, including examinations, practical work, essays and reports. 

In Years 2 and 3some of the written assignments will be on topics and projects you design for yourself with advice from your module tutors. In the TV studio work, you will carry out some "observed" assessments - where the tutors watch as you direct and crew for TV. Practical skills like these are assessed using clear marking criteria provided to you when the assignment details are made available. In production areas, this typically involves a comparison of the technical production quality (such as image quality, smoothness of camerawork, clarity of sound, etc.) against established industry norms.

Some of the assessments - eg essays - are individual; some - eg the production projects - are group work. The group mark is never more than 50% of the total mark for the particular assessment.



Careers and employability

The BSc in Film and Televion Production combines rigorous academic work (as you'd expect in a Russell Group university) with practical training. When you graduate, you will have range of valuable transferrable skills:

  • thinking
  • teamwork
  • leadership
  • planning
  • communiction
  • discipline
  • writing clearly

These skills will make you suitable for graduate jobs in many areas of work. To see where our graduates get jobs, see our Graduate Achievements page.

You will also have learned professional and technical skills that realate specifically to the film and TV industries, so you can find work in technical and creative roles such as sound recordist, camera operator and vision engineer; higher creative roles such as lighting director or sound designer; and production roles such as researcher, director or producer. The course is Creative Skillset accredited, which means graduates are seen by thye industry as having relevant, up-to-date skills.

You will also have learned to think about the context and meaning of what you do - so will be well suited to management and leadership roles in the years to come.

During your degree there will be many opportunities for professional work experience. We are often asked to supply runners for shoots, or student crews to create video work, from camera-assisting on top-end drama to working on live sport. We highly recommend that you take up some of these opportunities, as they enhance your CV.

Further information


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How to apply

All applications to undergraduate degree courses at York must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).


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

Invitations will be sent out from the department at least two weeks prior to the date of interview. The afternoon will include a talk about the BSc in Film & Television Production and tours of the department's state of the art facilities. We will normally ask you to prepare a pitch for a TV show or film that you will discuss with your interviewer.

University Open Days

All students considering study at the University of York are invited to attend a full University Open Day.

Entry requirements

A levels


A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

We consider all other A level subjects; extra-curricular interests and experience will be taken into account when considering the application as a whole.


We look for a good standard at GCSE or equivalent, across a range of high quality subjects. Note that it is not necessary to have GCSE Theatre Studies to apply for the BA.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with 35 points overall.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate



BTEC National Diploma: DDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

European Baccalaureate

80% overall average.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2

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

Other qualifications are accepted by the University: please contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally asked to provide evidence of English language ability. Exceptions may be made where an applicant's other qualifications provide sufficient evidence of ability to use English in an academic setting at degree level.

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
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O Level in English (as a first language): grade C

Mature students

The Department welcomes applications from mature students.

Information about Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing 2016

Any questions?

Contact our admissions tutor if you've got any questions. If you can, please use email for inquiries in the first instance:

Ed Braman 


University Open Days

All students considering study at the University of York are invited to attend a full University Open Day.


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