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BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production

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

2017/18 entry

UCAS code

W600

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2017/18)

International fees

£16,290 per year (2017/18)

Results 2017

Whether you're looking for a late place or you've already got an offer, find out all you need to know about joining us in September.

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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.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the skills council for the UK film and TV and video games industries. The accreditation means that our students learn the correct professional skills required by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg work placement opportunities with the BBC or ITV.

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Employment prospects

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.

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

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.

Study abroad

Here are some of the many opportunities to study abroad:

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.

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.

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Exercise a critical understanding of the creative processes and current practices in professional film and television production - including how different stages of these processes relate to and inform one another - by applying the knowledge and practical skills gained in appropriate professional situations. 
  • Initiate and produce work, both individually and collaboratively, by applying – with creative, technical and artistic flair - a range of independent and team-working skills in combination with specialist practical skills in the use of digital production technologies. 
  • Constructively contribute to a range of activities related to the film and television industries, gaining an advanced understanding of the role, function and use of digital technologies in contemporary film and television production, distribution and exhibition. 
  • Navigate and negotiate the complexities of the film and television industries in order to develop their own careers through applying a critical understanding of the structure and functioning of those industries and the issues which they face now and going forward 
  • Recognise and develop a capacity to intervene effectively into a range of issues relating to film and television culture through a developed and critical understanding of moving image forms and aesthetics and of how films and television programmes tell stories, create meaning and relate to social and cultural conditions. 
  • Identify how historical issues influence present working practices in the film and television industries by drawing upon a rich knowledge and understanding of both the chronological developments in and geographical diversity of film and television output. 
  • Exercise critical judgement, intellectual rigour and creativity in approaching new as well as familiar situations, and be able to communicate clearly and persuasively using appropriate written, oral and visual media.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,290

Additional costs

Access to all professional equipment required for the filmmaking and TV production processes is included in your fees.

Some expenses will be additional, for example you may voluntarily incur extra costs to lift production values, eg location fees, expenses, or insurance if you are taking equipment abroad.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, on Campus East.

Most of your contact hours will be in Theatre, Film and Television, with some additional teaching on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

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 and skills

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

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAB (not including General Studies and Critical Thinking)

Access to Higher Education Diploma Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate 80% overall average
International Baccalaureate Diploma with 35 points overall
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level

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.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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. 

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