Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: P313

4 years with professional training

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Why choose this course

Combining broadcast engineering, artistic storytelling and professional film making, this course will give you an all-round education in this fascinating subject and prepare you for a vast range of careers across the film and broadcast industries.

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What you will study

Based on our world-famous Tonmeister degree in music and sound recording, this course combines the study of engineering theory with practical skills development. You’ll study the fundamentals of signals, computing and broadcast technologies, video and audio engineering, wireless links and video over IP. On the practical side, you’ll study camera skills, cinematography for cinema, film sound postproduction, TV production, titles and graphics. See some of our students’ work.

All of our technical modules have practical labs, giving you a hands-on illustration of topics. Our professional facilities will familiarise you with industry-standard equipment and allow you to make informed choices. This, along with a focus on professional attitudes to work and health and safety, will prepare you for professional industry.


You’ll benefit from a range of facilities that are of the highest professional standards. These facilities were built in close collaboration with professionals from the broadcast and film industries, so that they closely match the professional world and equip you with the skills necessary for a successful career.

You’ll 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 Sony F55 and F5 4K 35mm sensor cameras with a range of professional PL mount prime and zoom lenses, along with ARRI lighting, Sound Devices field recorders and a range of professional microphones.

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

You’ll also have access to a motion capture and green screen studio, several edit suites, plus a 24-hour-access Mac lab. These feature a range of industry-standard software including Avid 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.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

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

Created with industry involvement from the beginning, this degree will equip 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.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.


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

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:


Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


Our award-winning teaching staff have professional experience across the film, television and sound recording industries. This includes 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.

Read more about our staff: Alan Haigh, Susan Pratt, Femi Adeyemi-Ejeye, Andy Gilbert.

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

We also run a comprehensive programme of industry workshops with visiting professionals. These have included:

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 of Music and Media has many links to industry and other parts of the University and you’ll 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.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements


Overall: AAB-ABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34-32. 

Required subjects: Mathematics HL5/SL6.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%-78%.

Required subjects: Maths with at least 7.5.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

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

Scottish Highers


Required subjects: Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students. Offers are normally made in terms of grades following a successful interview.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £18,500

Professional training £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.


You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Film and Video Production Technology placements

While a university degree in itself opens the door to many careers, the Professional Training placement programme that is offered as part of our course provides a significant extra dimension to the qualification and can dramatically enhance your employability in today’s job market.

The industry experience provided by our Professional Training programme gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that cannot be gained by academic study alone.

We believe that professional training is one of the main reasons that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability.

During your second year, you’ll be assisted to find appropriate placements in industry, and we try to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations. We have established strong relationships with industry over the few years the course has been running, and the unique combination of content in our degree addresses the shortage of candidates for certain jobs in the industry, so there is a great demand for our students. This ensures that there are many interesting and challenging opportunities on offer.

During the Professional Training placement year, you remain a member of the University but are also a paid, full-time company employee.

Recent placements include:

  • Arena TV - Outside broadcast technical assistant 
  • AVMI – Projects placement engineer
  • Bold Content – Video storytellers
  • China Film Group - Audio Post Production Intern
  • CTV - Placement engineer
  • Disney - Broadcast Technology and Operations Intern
  • Dolby - placement engineer
  • Endemol Shine - Digital Operations Intern
  • ITN - placement broadcast engineers
  • One Dash 22 – Film and Video Production Company (Singapore)
  • Squash TV, Professional Squash Association – Production and Engineering assistant
  • Techex – Placement engineer
  • The Look - Grading trainee
  • Video Europe – Engineer.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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

  • La Trobe University, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • University of Central Florida, US
  • University of Cincinnati, US
  • University of North Carolina, US.

Find out about the benefits of studying abroad during your course.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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