Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
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.
What you will study
Based on our world-famous Tonmeister degree in music and sound recording, this course combines the study of technical 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 post-production, 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.
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|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||P313||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with 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 many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
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
- One Dash 22 – Film and Video Production Company (Singapore)
- Squash TV, Professional Squash Association – Production and Engineering assistant
- Techex – Placement engineer
- Video Europe – Engineer.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. 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 the 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:
- 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. 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.
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.
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 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. 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 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.
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.
Year 1 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4
All modules are core or compulsory.
Year 2 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5
All modules are core or compulsory.
Year 3 (with PTY)
Professional Training Year (PTY)
|PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK)||Core||Year-long|
|PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR (FULL-YEAR STUDY)||Core||Year-long|
Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year
Students select one of the optional 15 credit modules.
Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
All modules are core or compulsory.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
All modules are core or compulsory.
|VISUAL NARRATIVE COLLABORATIONS||Optional||1|
|ADVANCED COLOUR SCIENCE||Compulsory||2|
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students select one of the optional 15 credit modules.
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.
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:
- Bafta -winning re-recording mixer Howard Bargroff (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Broadchurch)
- Martyn Humphries (Grass Valley)
- Katy Noland (BBC R&D)
- Ollie Waton (Freelance TV sound supervisor)
- Emmy-winning composer Michael Price (Sherlock, Unforgotten)
- Mike Jeffries (BBC News TV Director)
- Re-recording mixer Kath Pollard.
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.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Music and Media.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
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 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 Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development 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
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer following a successful interview as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.
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.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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"I most enjoy the modules where we get to see crossovers between engineering and creative realisation. At those moments, you can really begin to see where you’d fit in in the industry."
The Film Video Production Technology course is extremely diverse. It provides lots of broad, relevant experience preparing you for a wide range of career paths.