Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W620
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This BA degree is for people who want to focus on the research, analysis and practice of film, TV and radio production.

This course will give you a solid understanding of the critical and production elements of film and broadcasting. It is ideal if you want to gain skills in order to work in film, television or radio. You’ll also be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of the entertainment industry as you progress through your degree.

Our Film, Television and Radio degree focuses on writing, presenting, producing, editing, analysing and preparing programmes and films for audiences. There will be regular opportunities to attend film festivals, residential trips, networking events and studio visits.

Some of our lecturers have previous experience working in the broadcast industry and have association with a number of industry organisations such as The Royal Television Society, The Writers Guild and the Radio Academy.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

Course content

During your first year, you’ll gain practical skills in the three production areas of film, television and radio, as well as learning about their background contexts. You will also explore scriptwriting. To put your new skills into practice, you’ll then work on a production in our TV studio.

In Years 2 and 3, you will be given a choice of optional modules so you can specialise in film, television or radio. You’ll also choose broadcasting and cinema research topics that reflect your media interests, as well as gaining industry experience. We have close links with industry and will support you to gain work placements on BBC shows such as The Antiques Roadshow and The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Throughout the course, you’ll use our fully equipped media centre, complete with TV and radio studios, to create programmes and films. You will learn about the latest trends in broadcasting and benefit from visits by guest lecturers, such as film and TV directors, scriptwriters, agents and script editors.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Film Practice: Process & Deconstruction Compulsory
Creative Television Production Compulsory
Creative Radio Compulsory
Principles and Practices of Film, TV and Radio Studies Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Film Practice: Process & Deconstruction Compulsory
Creative Television Production Compulsory
Creative Radio Compulsory
Writing For Film, Television and Radio Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Researching Film & Broadcasting Compulsory
Film Production: Documentary and Drama Optional
TV Studio Production Optional
Radio Production and Presenting Optional
Radio Documentary Optional
Writing Pictures: From Script to Screen Optional
To Boldly Go: Science Fiction and Fantasy in Film, TV and Radio Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Researching Film & Broadcasting Compulsory
Film Production: Documentary and Drama Optional
TV Studio Production Optional
Radio Production and Presenting Optional
Radio Documentary Optional
Writing Pictures: From Script to Screen Optional
To Boldly Go: Science Fiction and Fantasy in Film, TV and Radio Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Media Project Compulsory
Media Entertainment: Performance and Drama Compulsory
Media Employment Research Project Optional
Media Work Placement Optional
American & International Cinema Optional
Contemporary Practices in the Radio Industry Optional
Screenwriting Feature Film Optional
Dissertation Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Media Project Compulsory
Media Entertainment: Performance and Drama Compulsory
American & International Cinema Optional
Contemporary Practices in the Radio Industry Optional
Screenwriting Feature Film Optional
Dissertation Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.