Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) /BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Film making is the chance to live many lifetimes.

What you'll study

Film and TV offer many exciting careers, if you have the right credentials.

This is the only degree that unites the three vital streams of learning you’ll need to succeed: rigorous technical and scientific study, professional operational knowledge and experience, and stimulating study of the creative arts.

Programme overview

This programme will open varied and rewarding graduate career prospects for you by taking advantage of our expert teaching, professional industry-standard facilities and the reputation we have built with our Tonmeister Sound Recording degree, the sister programme of Film and Video Production Technology.

Our world-leading Tonmeister degree in Music and Sound recording has been running for 45 years. Its graduates have won a hundred major awards including Oscars, Grammys, Baftas, Emmys, and MPSE Golden Reel awards. They have also designed equipment and undertaken world-leading research. We are focused on high quality, and to this end we keep class sizes small to give you the best possible study experience.

Our degree comprises three areas of study:

  • The fundamentals of science and engineering that underpin film and video technologies
  • Practical experience of professional standard film-making and broadcasting
  • Creative and analytical work related to film, television and other creative art forms

We believe that all of these components are essential for graduates working in today’s rapidly changing film and TV industries, where developing technologies are closely linked with creative endeavour.

The technical aspects of your studies will cover the components that contribute to modern film-making and broadcasting, such as:

  • Theories of light
  • Lenses
  • Electronics
  • Computer programming and systems
  • Video signals
  • Digital image systems
  • Audio
  • Moving
  • Image compression
  • Large scale systems and workflow

The practical elements of the degree provide you with tuition in film-making, including:

  • Single camera techniques
  • Lighting
  • Film grading
  • Editing
  • Graphics
  • Multi-camera TV studio operations
  • Critical observation

They also allow you to apply the technical theory to making films in a wide range of styles.

Examining the creative arts will develop your analytical skills and provide the opportunity for detailed study of creative disciplines such as:

  • Storyboarding and animatics
  • Visual storytelling
  • Cinematography

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

This programme is studied full-time over four academic years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BA(Ord)/BSc (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40% and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 and level P.

Students will be required to decide at the end of their second year of study whether to pursue the BA option, which provides a creative/artistic focus to the programme, or the BSc option, which provides a technical focus. The decision to pursue either the BA or the BSc is made when enrolling for final year modules. Students wishing to pursue the BA will elect to take the Dissertation option, while those wishing to pursue the BSc will take the Technical Project option.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

Our award-winning teaching staff have professional experience across the film, television and sound recording industries, including the BBC (engineering and TV studio operations), CNBC (multi-camera directing and vision mixing), CTS studios (maintenance) along with freelance work in major dubbing theatres, film labs and premiere cinemas.

The teaching methods that we use encompass a mixture of lectures, seminars, in-depth projects and practical work. In Years 2 and 3, you will spend a significant part of your time managing your own filming sessions or being part of a film crew, and in Year 1 you will learn by a combination of practical teaching and assisting other students. 

We also run a comprehensive programme of industry workshops with visiting professionals.

We encourage all of our students to participate in the many practical opportunities that are available. These include a wide range of music and theatre workshops, performances and events related to Digital Media Arts and screenings.

Your final-year project gives you the chance to specialise in an area that is either of interest or of use in your chosen career; you are supervised individually by a member of the academic staff.

The Department has many links to industry and other parts of the University and you will have the opportunity to help with professional media training courses with BBC journalists and producers, as well as in the making of professional-standard promotional videos.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

The Film and Video Production Technology degree programme benefits from a range of facilities that are of the highest professional standards.

These facilities were built in close collaboration with professionals from in the broadcast and film industries, so that they closely match the professional world and equip students with the skills necessary for a successful career.

You will have access to a broadcast-standard, multi-camera TV studio, which has at its heart a Sony MVS-8000G broadcast production switcher/vision mixer.

This is probably the highest specified mixer in education in the world, and this model is used worldwide for major sporting events and light entertainment shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

There is also a dubbing theatre featuring Avid’s Pro Tools software and 5.1 sound, plus a range of professional documentary and ENG-style camera equipment.

For cinematography and narrative film we have a Sony F55 4K 35mm sensor camera with a range of professional PL mount prime and zoom lenses, along with ARRI lighting, a Sound Devices 8-channel field recorder and a range of professional microphones.

There is also an editing/grading room with Adobe Media Cloud, Avid Media Composer and Da Vinci Resolve software. 

You will also have access to a motion capture studio, several edit suites, plus a 24-hour-access Mac lab. These feature a range of industry-standard software including Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and Adobe Creative Cloud.

There are also excellent possibilities for collaboration with students from other disciplines, including musicians and composers of all styles, the recording engineers from the world-renowned Tonmeister degree, and the actors from the highly acclaimed Guildford School of Acting.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You could have the chance to go to one of our partner universities:

  • Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Czech Republic)
  • University of Cincinnati (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • North Carolina State University (USA)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • La Trobe University (Australia)

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The integrated Professional Training placement helps you to gain valuable experience by working for a year in a commercial company, such as a film studio, a broadcasting company, a TV production company, an equipment manufacturer, a computer games developer or a post-production facility. It helps you to make important contacts in the industry and makes you career-ready when you graduate.

You can expect to be employed in a variety of responsible tasks, often as part of a relatively small team, tackling work ranging from filming and editing through technical maintenance to product support. We maintain contact with you through formal visits by Professional Training tutors and other informal means.

Graduate prospects

Created with industry involvement from the beginning, this degree equips you for careers in all aspects of the film and television industries as well as further study and research. Most jobs in the industry are in-between the scientific and artistic ends, and so our focus on technical knowledge, artistic appreciation and soft skills will give you choices in your career path throughout your life in a changing industry. 

Career possibilities include:

  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Broadcast Engineers
  • Camera Directors
  • Lighting Designers
  • Colour graders
  • Production assistants
  • Digital data wranglers
  • Digital imaging technicians
  • Developers and creators of engineering hardware or software for the film and broadcast industries
  • Creative directors
  • Programme researchers
  • Technical co-ordinators
  • Post-production editors
  • Academic researchers

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

AAB

Mathematics A-Level is required.

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) /BSc (Hons) 4 years P313 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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