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Television Production Technology

TV students in production studio
  • UCAS code(s): P311
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: CCT
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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We consume TV content every day using laptops, smart phones, and tablets rather than the traditional TV set. Whether it’s the latest YouTube sensation, Netflix drama,  cutting edge documentary, global sporting event, or the latest reality TV programme, content is still king.

This innovative new course embraces the ground breaking technology that continues to change our viewing habits and will equip you with the necessary technical skills required to work in the video production process whilst developing a strong portfolio of work. So if you want to be the next Youtuber, Music Video Director, Documentary Filmmaker or you want to produce a big budget online drama then this is the course for you.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

You will study a broad range of disciplines including:

  • camera operation
  • audio and visual post production
  • documentary production
  • studio production
  • graphics
  • lighting
  • audio acquisition.

The course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills you will need to work successfully within the global television industry whilst offering a broad range of work based learning opportunities.

Key features

  • Enhance your employability by developing your Imdb profile with broadcast credits earned working on Notts TV
  • Gain valuable work experience every week on Notts TV and allow your work to reach a global audience
  • Learn from world class visiting guest lecturers (past guests have included Shane Meadows, Nick Broomfield and Vicky McClure)
  • Have your work entered into the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards
  • Film live sporting events and gigs at some of Nottingham’s most prestigious venues helping you develop a world class portfolio of work
  • Experience television production in different countries with exciting overseas trips
  • Collaborate on real world projects with your peers and professionals in this exciting and fast moving industry
  • Deliver content across multiple platforms and devices
  • Exhibit your final year’s work at the Confetti Degree Show and be eligible for a paid internship
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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2017
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2017’s showcase

What you'll study

You’ll study a wide range of disciplines, including camera operation, audio and visual post-production, graphics, lighting and audio acquisition.

  • Year One

    Audio-Visual Broadcast Technologies (20 credit points)

    This module will allow students to develop technical skills in all three of these areas. You will examine the scientific principles that underpin television production technology whilst demonstrating the ability to use appropriate equipment to produce content for television. You will also monitor and evaluate the performance of a range of technologies used within different television production environments.

    Television Studio Technology (20 credit points)

    This module focuses on developing the skills required to operate appropriate equipment and produce content for television in a studio environment. You will learn the technology, principles and workflow required to operate and maintain a range of equipment in a television studio whilst working to the correct health and safety regulations. Your understanding of the television studio environment will be enhanced as you undertake a range of production roles.

    Television Studio Project Management (20 credit points)

    You will learn how to project manage the technical requirements of a television studio production. You will also write and break down a script in terms of its technical requirements and learn about the different stages of project management in the preparation for studio recording including, risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting and scheduling. You'll demonstrate a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry and in particular television studio production.

    Post-Production Technology For Television (40 credit points)

    This module will explore the advances in technology responsible for this shift in television post-production workflow. You will d the skills required to operate industry standard audio and video post-production software used to create, manipulate, and distribute content for television in both offline and online environments.

    The History of Broadcast Technology (20 credit points)

    You will study the history of broadcast technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You'll compare broadcast technologies past and present, in order to assess the impact technology has had and continues to have on the changes in television production, distribution and access.

  • Final year

    Advanced Broadcast Technologies (20 credit points)

    Within this module you will examine the engineering capabilities of specialist equipment used in the television industry and develop skills operating a range of specialist camera equipment in order to shoot more complex sequences. You will also learn to perform the role of the digital imaging technician; ensuring cameras are able to achieve their optimum performance in a given scenario.

    Industry Practice (20 credit points)

    You will undertake appropriate work-based learning allowing the direct application in the workplace of the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. You'll develop an understanding of the employment market and learn about working in the television industry from both an employment and self-employment perspective.

    You will learn how to operate as a freelancer and how to set-up, operate and run a production company. This module will develop entrepreneurial skills and you will develop a range of self-promotional material to help prepare for entering the television industry.

    Advanced Post-Production Technology for Television (40 credit points)

    In this module you will learn to prepare and distribute audio-visual content to audiences via multiple platforms adhering to the correct technical requirements. You'll develop advanced skills in the areas of post-production such as grading, colour correction, audio dubbing and mixing. You will work with an industry partner or client to deliver an edit for multiple platforms working to the correct technical specifications.

    Documentary Development (20 credit points)

    This module focuses on developing academic research skills which will enable the planning of a documentary production.

    Students will be expected to research appropriate markets to inform the development and production of their own documentary to be entered into a relevant and respected documentary festival. Working under the guidance of an industry partner, you will undertake the pre-production, of your own documentary, ensuring that the correct health and safety regulations are fully considered. You will be expected to make appropriate judgments in the planning of their production and demonstrate the ability to problem solve.

    Documentary Production (20 credit points)

    You will apply the skills of both the journalist and the filmmaker in the production of your own television documentary. You will adhere to the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that govern this genre whilst working with appropriate technologies to produce a documentary that meets broadcast standards and adheres to the appropriate codes and convention. You will work independently to produce film and direct your documentary, but are able to appoint members fellow students to assist in the production process

You'll explore the disciplines and processes of different roles within television production.

How you’re taught

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group tutorials
  • academic tutorials
  • workshops
  • presentations and pitches
  • visiting industry professionals
  • team working
  • independent study.

Assessment

There is a varied range of assessment methods throughout the course, which includes:

  • television production development work
  • television productions
  • research tasks
  • case studies
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • lab reports
  • essays
  • visual and verbal presentations.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based on your final year work.

Industry Week

As part of the course, students are given access to bespoke activities during Confetti’s Industry Week where a host of industry guest speakers gather for talks, lectures and workshops. Previous guests have included:

  • Director Shane Meadows
  • BAFTA winner Vicky McClure
  • SB:TV’s Jamal Edwards
  • Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).

Work with a real television station - Notts TV broadcasting on Freeview, Virgin and to a global audience On Demand.

Careers and employability

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.


You’ll be prepared for specialist technical roles from camera operator to gallery producer. TV technical roles and will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, media, and freelance design.

Connecting with industry

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects will help you to gain real experience of the industry, make contacts and build your portfolio and CV.

You will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you'll be meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the Creative Industries.

Through the Confetti Media Group Head of Talent Development, you'll be offered a range of real work opportunities to help build your portfolio of experience.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

This course will prepare you to work in creative industries in specialist technical roles, in areas such as, television, media production and advertising

Work in a real TV studio at Notts TV and in our brand new 144m2 production studio.

Entry requirements

  • A-levels - DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - two at grade C, including English and Maths.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Please see our applying and fees section.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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