Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) /BSc (Hons) – 2017 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

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 1 of our Film and Video Production Technology degree programme provides you with a foundation in technical audio and video engineering as well as filming techniques and skills.

The technical modules cover the fundamentals of how equipment operates, so that you can understand how pictures are generated, captured, stored, modified and reproduced.

The film modules cover a range of topics, including the thorough grounding necessary for you to act in different contexts in film or broadcast sessions.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

The technical modules in Year 2 provide you with a more detailed understanding of film and video engineering processes and allow your knowledge to be applied to practical filming, multi-camera filming and outside broadcasting.

In addition, the video streaming and compression modules provide you with an understanding of technologies used in film and television dissemination and storage, and audio post-production gives you an insight into dubbing processes, mixing and deliverable formats.

Compulsory modules:

  • Sound in Film and TV A
  • Video in Film and TV A
  • Computer Imaging and Video over IP
  • Sound in Film and TV B
  • Video in Film and TV B
  • Laboratory Experiments

Optional modules:

Professional Training year

The integrated Professional Training placement year provides you with first-hand experience of working in professional film and TV.

It helps you to make important contacts in the industry and makes you career-ready when you graduate.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

The main components of Year 3 are the technical project/dissertation and the portfolio of works. Each of these allows you to specialise in whichever areas of film and TV you consider the most interesting or useful.

Compulsory modules:

  • Portfolio of work

Optional modules:

Professional Training Year

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.

We maintain contact with you through formal visits by Professional Training tutors and other informal means.

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.


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. 


Degree results are based on examinations during Years 2 and 3, and continuous assessment of coursework. Year 1 results will not count towards your degree classification.

The first year provides the foundation of knowledge on which the remainder of the programme is built and will determine whether you are able to proceed to Year 2.

You will be required to decide at the end of your 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.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 15 per cent medium group teaching
  • 19 per cent large group teaching
  • 66 per cent studying and revising in your own time


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.

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.

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)

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Discover where our global opportunities can take you.

Career opportunities

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

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

Mathematics A-Level is required. Physics plus an arts or humanities A-level, or equivalent are desirable.

Students with a third science or engineering-based A-level will also be considered, where they can demonstrate an active commitment to the discipline through non-curricular activity.

This may be demonstrated by gaining appropriate qualifications or by passing written tests at interview.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day where they will be interviewed.

During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

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.

Course Options

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

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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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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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