Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

This is the only course 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.

It will provide you with varied and rewarding graduate career prospects by taking advantage of our expert teaching, professional industry-standard facilities and the reputation we have built alongside our music and sound recording (Tonmeister) course.

What you will study

On our BSc and BA Film and Video Production Technology courses you will learn the fundamentals of science and engineering that underpin film and video technologies, gain practical experience of professional standard film-making and broadcasting, and produce creative and analytical work related to film, television and other creative art forms.

The technical aspects of your studies will cover the components that contribute to modern film-making and broadcasting, while the practical elements of the course will provide you with experience of industry standard equipment. They will also allow you to apply the technical theory to making high-quality films in a wide range of styles.

Examining the creative arts will develop your analytical skills and provide opportunities for detailed study of creative disciplines such as storyboarding and animatics, visual storytelling, and cinematography.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BA (Hons) 48 months P313 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months P313 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement gives you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and 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

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 will help you to make important contacts in the industry and prepare you for a successful career following graduation.

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.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

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.

Study and work abroad

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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

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.

Facilities

You will 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 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 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 will 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 (GSA).

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 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.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus 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.

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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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.

Modules

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.

Professional Training Year (PTY)

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Students select one of the optional 15 credit modules.

Year 3 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Students select one of the optional 15 credit modules.

Professional Training Year (PTY)

Timetables

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).

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 of Music and Media 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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)

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. 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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: AAB.

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. 

Required subjects: Mathematics HL5/SL6.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

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.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB 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 at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students. Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

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.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BA (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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.

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