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.
|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:
- 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.
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.
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.
"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.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
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.