Film, Television and Radio

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
W620
UCAS code:
W622
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option:
Part-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
27 September 2021

Excellent facilities

Including HDTV Centre, Radio Station and professional equipment

Top 20 for Film and Photography

Guardian League Tables 2021

Opportunity to specialise

Choose your specialty in an area of the entertainment industry

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.

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.

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

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

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

Course content

In Year 1, 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 in different media organisations such as the BBC.

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.

In Year 1, 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 in different media organisations such as the BBC.

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.

In Year 1, 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 in different media organisations such as the BBC.

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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio - TV Soap Drama Shoot

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio - TV Soap Drama Shoot

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Go behind the scenes with our BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio students on a soap opera drama shoot in our Cadman TV Studios.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Ideas Generation And Problem Solving For Media 15 credits
Major Project (Media) 30 credits
Production Skills For Media 30 credits
Team Project (Media) 15 credits
Theory And Practice In Media 30 credits

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Chris Steers - BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

Chris Steers - BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

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BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio graduate Chris discusses the highlights of his course, including win two awards at the Student Radio Awards.

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Careers

Many graduates from our Film, Television and Radio degree work in the media industry. They have worked on productions such as Men in Black, Ready Player One, Star Wars, Christopher Robin, The Voice UK, Hollyoaks, Geordie Shore, Made In Chelsea and Celebrity Big Brother. Their roles include film directors, production coordinators, production runners and researchers, radio presenters, camera and technical operators, TV directors and producers and screenwriters.

Leah Holt - BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

Leah Holt - BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

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Student Leah discusses why she chose to study our BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio degree.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical media equipment training sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical media equipment training sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical media equipment training sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Coursework feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students.

Coursework feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students.

Coursework feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students.

Cadman TV studio tour

Cadman TV studio tour

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Join our Technical Specialist Nathan for a tour around our new and improved Cadman TV studios.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Year 1

29% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
71% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
77% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

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.

Stephen Griffiths

Course Director

Stephen's teaching centres on broadcast programme histories and media performance, especially acting on television. His research interests include broadcast light entertainment and comedy, television drama, and children's programming.

Stephen's profile

Dr Agata Lulkowska

Senior Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata's background is in film practice, installations and photography. She is also a prolific interdisciplinary researcher with the main interest …

Agata's profile

Gavin Samways

Lecturer

Gavin is a radio presenter and producer. His main areas of interest are podcasting and radio documentary production.

Gavin's profile

Dr Mark Mckenna

Lecturer

Dr Mark McKenna is a lecturer in Film, Television & Radio. His teaching is focused on the theoretical and critical underpinnings of film production and draws upon his research which is focused on the film and media industries.

Mark's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 6 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Part-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio: Radio

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio: Radio

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Gavin Samways, Radio Strand Leader on our BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio explains what you can expect when you choose to focus on the radio strand of this course.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

£50 annual printing allowance.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

£50 annual printing allowance.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

£50 annual printing allowance.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of film, TV and radio production materials (around £50 per year, on average)

Optional field trips to media events (approximately £50 each year)

Additional printing over and above the £50 annual allowance

The cost of books that you might wish to purchase

Optional personal insurance when taking equipment out of stores on longer unsupervised shoots (£50-£100 approximately per shoot). It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance

The estimated cost of film, TV and radio production materials (around £50 per year, on average)

Optional field trips to media events (approximately £50 each year)

Additional printing over and above the £50 annual allowance

The cost of books that you might wish to purchase

Optional personal insurance when taking equipment out of stores on longer unsupervised shoots (£50-£100 approximately per shoot). It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance

The estimated cost of film, TV and radio production materials (around £50 per year, on average)

Optional field trips to media events (approximately £50 each year)

Additional printing over and above the £50 annual allowance

The cost of books that you might wish to purchase

Optional personal insurance when taking equipment out of stores on longer unsupervised shoots (£50-£100 approximately per shoot). It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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Film theatre

Radio studios

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TV studio

Filming in the TV studio

Students

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Green screen

TV gallery

Radio studio

Filming on location

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Past students and staff

Filming in the studio

Both the Students’ Union and the University have supported me throughout my final year, and no pandemic was going to stop that. Particular mention goes to lecturers Stephen Griffiths and Gavin Samways as well as the whole Students’ Union team. In terms of my final year project, both Stephen and Gavin transitioned our lectures to remote learning and checked in with me every week, to make sure I was keeping on top of my work. 

Regardless of where my journey takes me, I will never forget the transformative effect Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent has had my life and I will forever have a soft spot for the place. I am very Proud to Be Staffs!

Chris Steers

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

FTVRS was a fantastic course to be on for three years and really helped me grow, develop and magnify as not just a person, but an industry professional. I had superb lecturers who were all very supportive of me and understanding of any work placements that coincided with lectures. FTVRS has some quality facilities to offer which gave me a great head start into industry standard equipment and software, something I found very useful when first starting out on real productions!

Jade McKenna

FIlm, Television and Radio Studies BA (Hons) Graduate

The course I’m doing is phenomenal. My lectures all have industry experience which gives us an insight into how it would be once we graduate. The staff are literally amazing they are the ones who make our course so great 

The facilities are outstanding - they are honestly industry standard to the point I took a step back once I had a tour of the Cadman Studios.

The most important thing is the University actually cares about their students which is very rare. If you are ever stuck or having any type of issue there will always be someone their give you the assistance needed. 

Alyisha Vaughan

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

I’ve worked on everything from TV dramas like Call the Midwife, all the way up to larger feature films, the most well-known probably being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I’m currently aerial camera assistant for Steven Spielberg on Ready Player One.

Nick Thursby

Film, Television and Radio Studies graduate

Having the opportunities to work on projects that the University was doing helped me sharpen my skills. As Technical Manager at OMG, I got to experiment with new technology and playout systems, which I've then encountered in my day job, and when working on Cre8 Radio, I was able to present, produce and work on outside broadcasts such as the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Tour Series cycle races. The knowledge of lecturers with experience was also invaluable.

Oliver Needham

Film, Television and Radio Studies Graduate

I volunteered for a week at Sheff Doc/Fest where I met the head of sales at Molinare at a networking party. From that I got an interview, and then I got the job as a Runner. After 6 months of running I got promoted to Deputy Head Runner and after 3 months of being deputy I was promoted to Post-Production Assistant.

I actually never would have even known about Sheffield Doc/Fest if it hadn't been for Tom and Ash. It was because of them that I volunteered at the festival in the first place, so without the course I probably wouldn't be where I am now!

Natalie Gott

Film, Television, Radio Studies Graduate

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