I owe my success in the industry to the Film, Radio and Television course at Christ Church and I can recommend it to anyone with aspirations of success in the British media industry.Drew
A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.
You’ll have access to:
Visiting industry professionals and former students will offer you guidance and advice through workshops and dedicated masterclasses.
Film, Radio and Television offers you the chance to study a range of media in Year 1 before specialising in Years 2 and 3.
The course explores the links between practice and theory in a way that will enhance your creative, analytical and communication skills. It pays special attention to employability and you will be encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team.
It will help you to develop the transferable skills that are vital in the constantly evolving creative industries while simultaneously giving you the opportunity to explore and develop your own relationship with the media.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.
"It's always fun talking to young filmmakers - it's very inspiring. I'm always really impressed when I meet them. They seem very serious, very committed and because of the training they get at Canterbury Christ Church University, they are very well versed in film history. I do tell them filmmaking is a very demanding profession, but very rewarding, very exciting and you grow constantly because of the way the work stretches you. I have the best job in the world working for Martin Scorsese. I encourage them to try and find something equally exciting."
Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell. Honorary Fellow Canterbury Christ Church University 3 time Oscar winning editor for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
The academic year consists of two semesters. You will study three modules in each semester, making a total of 6 modules per year. You will be taught through a combination of screenings, lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) in Year 1 who will be available to offer advice and guidance over the three years of your degree.
Year 1 provides you with the opportunity to experience a variety of creative media, develop your production and craft skills, and your ability to work as part of a team.
In Year 2, you will focus your study towards a specialist area of interest. There is also the opportunity to study abroad.
Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to extend your skillset and provide professional examples of practice for inclusion within your show reel.
You will use industry-standard software and facilities. You will have access to specialist facilities throughout your course. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through directed activities and self-study. Self-study typically involves looking at films, television and animation programmes, listening to radio, practicing with the production equipment, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. On Blackboard (the virtual learning environment) you will also find a range of video tutorials to help you recap core production skills.
For the major production projects in years one, two and three, you will work independently and in production groups that are under the supervision of a member of the teaching team. You will be expected to meet with your supervisor on a regular basis.
Your overall workload typically consists of 36 hours per week, including 12 contact hours and a further 24 hours of independent learning and assessment activity.
Total study time averages about 12 hours a week for each 20 credit module.
The teaching team is a creative mix of practitioners and theoreticians. Guest speakers from industry, including from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the independent television sector, provide industry insights and expert masterclasses. The programme’s Industry Advisory Panel ensures that the curriculum remains current and maintains industry standards.
All the members of our programme team hold postgraduate degrees and teaching qualifications and are research-active. They have experience in delivering both theory and practice-based teaching. Many modules are supported by visiting lecturers from industry who bring valuable insight and industry knowledge, which keeps the teaching of practice and process relevant. You can find out more about the current teaching on the ‘our staff’ webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.
BAFTA award-winning director Tony Smith, who has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years, runs workshops on the programme in which he shares his experience of the creative process which students can apply to their own creative practice.
You will be required to be creative, well-organised, reliable and enthusiastic, and will work both independently and in teams. We will endeavour to inspire you to learn, to create, to question and ultimately succeed in growing into a multi-skilled and creative individual.Eddie McMillanFRTV Programme Director
You will be assessed by a combination of practical and written assessments. In 20 credit theory modules normally by essay or dissertation. Typical word count for a theory module is 4000 words, generally spread over two assignments.
In practical modules you will normally be assessed by practical project accompanied by a reflective assignment. In 20 credit Practical modules, work is equivalent to 4000 words, generally a 5-8 minute practical production and an evaluation assignment to the value 400-800 words. Practical modules provide you with opportunities to develop and evaluate your understanding of the subject through workshops, seminars, production meetings and tutorials before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.
You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. Feedback is very important part of your learning experience and you will be encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor and incorporate how you have used this feedback in subsequent assignments.
Normally we aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (theory and practice assessments). There are no written exams.
Graduates of Film, Radio and Television go on to work in a range of professional roles in the film, radio and television industries, including camera operator, film editor, director and producer. They also progress to a variety of graduate level jobs in the wider media and nonmedia industries. Other graduates go on to postgraduate study at Canterbury Christ Church University and elsewhere. The course helps you become multiskilled, developing your technical and creative skills to the professional level needed for entry into the creative media industries.
A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.Martin WattsFoundation year Programme Director
FRTV students working on a live broadcast, editing and directing in the Powell building studios.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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