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Television Production Technology

  • UCAS code(s): P311
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years, full-time


Do you want to work on the next big TV drama, be part of the crew on the biggest sporting events or maybe make the next big documentary?

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 director, floor manager, 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 - 2018
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2018’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

    Sound and Picture for Broadcast (20 Credit Points)

    Being able to understand the capabilities and scientific principles of broadcast technologies is essential for those working in the television industry. This module will allow you to explore the technical theory involved in camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting whilst developing your technical and craft skills working with equipment to achieve a broadcast quality to your work.

    Live Studio Production (20 Credit Points)

    In this module you will study the technology, principles, techniques and workflow required to produce content for broadcast in a studio environment. You will gain valuable knowledge through experiencing a range of production roles within the broadcast studio environment to enhance your understanding of this career path. You will then put this theory in to practice, working to the correct health and safety regulations, in the production of your own live production.

    Live Studio Planning (20 Credit Points)

    Pre-production is the starting point for any live studio production. The ability to undertake meticulous project planning is essential if you are to create successful content. During this module you will learn about the different stages of broadcast studio project management such as risk assessment, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting, working with scripts and scheduling. You will then work in small groups to project manage the technical requirements of a broadcast studio production demonstrating a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the television industry and in particular broadcast studio production.

    Post-Production Technology for Television (40 Credit Points)

    Technological changes in television post-production have seen a shift from linear tape based editing to digital non-linear editing, this module will explore the advances in technology responsible for this shift in television post-production workflow. Furthermore you’ll also develop 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)

    Throughout this module you’ll study the historical development of broadcast technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You’ll be given the opportunity to 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 Sound and Picture for Broadcast (20 Credit Points)

    The technical requirements for producing content for television have become more complex with the advent of digital technology and developments in specialist equipment in the production environment. Within this module you’ll 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’ll also explore and learn to perform the role of the digital imaging technician to ensure cameras are able to achieve their optimum performance in a given scenario.

    Advanced Post-Production Technology (40 Credit Points)

    The advent of digital technology has witnessed the emergence of multiple viewing platforms for audiences to access a range of content made for television. Content producers have used this to their advantage with the synchronisation of television programmes with second screen content to further enhance the audiences viewing experience. Within this module you’ll learn to prepare and distribute audio-visual content to audiences via multiple platforms adhering to the correct technical requirements. You’ll also need to develop more advanced skills in the areas of post-production such as grading, colour correction, audio dubbing and mixing. You’ll 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 you to plan content for a documentary production. You’ll be expected to research appropriate markets to inform the development and production of your own documentary to be entered into a relevant and well justified documentary festival. Working under the guidance of an industry partner you’ll undertake the pre-production, of your own documentary, ensuring that the correct health and safety regulations are fully considered. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgments in the planning of your production and demonstrate the ability to problem solve.

    Documentary Production (20 Credit Points)

    During this module you’ll be expected to apply the skills of both the journalist and the filmmaker in the production of your own documentary for television. You’ll need to adhere to the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that govern this area of television production whilst working with appropriate technologies to produce a documentary that meets broadcast standards and adheres to the codes and conventions of the genre. You’ll need to select appropriate technologies to use during the filming of the content for your documentary.

    Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

    During this module you’ll undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

    The nature of creative industries is increasingly defined by freelance and self-employed models of work. Consequently, individuals seeking work in industry need to appreciate the pressures of working on multiple projects to strict deadlines and the subsequent demands this place on time and resources. Similarly, an understanding of professional practice and the legal and economic imperatives in industry is important, as is effective communication, self-efficacy and autonomy. This module aims to develop these skills and knowledge by challenging you to develop a range of self-directed projects.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.


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.

Previous graduates now work in companies, such as ITV, Sky Sports and The Football Association.

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.

Fees and funding

Please see our applying and fees section.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

We advise you to budget between £50 - £250 for an external hard drive and SD cards. Whilst you will be provided with storage for your work on the servers it is also good practice to back up your digital files to an external source.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

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