BA single honours Film, Radio and
Television with Foundation Year

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will have access to:

  • Our £350,000 Television studio and gallery
  • Film and post production equipment including the Arri Amira and Black Magic digital film cameras, the DJI Osmo, AVID and  Pro Tools
  • Four dedicated radio studios, a student radio station CSR (Canterbury Student Radio) run in a collaboration between FRTV students in CCCU and the University of Kent

FRTV Studies students gave a rating of 92% for teaching quality

National Student Survey, 2016

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 explore 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.

Your tutors are a creative mix of theoreticians and practitioners and you will have access to professional standard television and radio studios, computing and editing suites and specialist film production equipment. The course is taught in the Powell Building, which is named after local filmmaker Michael Powell and opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, who is Martin Scorsese’s film editor and an Honorary Fellow of the university. Thelma occasionally visits the School to deliver master­classes and guest lectures. The course has an Industry Advisory Panel and constantly uses industry professionals to teach alongside full­time academics. The programme provides a blend of practice and theory and offers you a highly marketable mix of technical, production and academic skills. The creative industries are a thriving sector of the UK and global economy and there is high demand for multi-skilled and engaged students in this sector.

We have professional standard television and radio studios, computing suites and portable equipment. We have an industry advisory panel and constantly use industry professionals to supplement full-time academics.

I am now well over a decade into my career in the media industry and looking back it’s hard to see how I would have progressed as far as I have without my higher education. After graduating in 2003 I joined a small television production company as an entry level engineer. I got this job on the strength of my practical skills and my broad knowledge of production equipment. Because of the foundation of skills I had built up over my years at Canterbury Christ Church I was able to progress up to a managerial position within a few years and within the same company made the step over to creative production. Again it was the FRTV course that had given me the breadth of knowledge to be able to work in both practical technical positions as well as creative roles. From there I moved to CBS where I have worked for the last 9 years working up from Video Producer to Content Director & Executive Producer. I manage a global team of creative film makers producing factual entertainment for CBS’s online division.

At every step up through my career I have relied on the skills I learned at Canterbury Christ Church. Initially mainly the functional practical equipment skills and as I progressed further and further I relied more heavily on the deeper theoretical and artistic part of the course. In my own work and in the training and management of others it’s that knowledge that sets me apart from others who have not had the benefit of such a wonderful course. In a brutal industry where competition for entry level positions is extremely high and the number of courses in various types of multimedia across the country is on the rise, it’s extremely important to select a course that not only gives students fulfilment, a true sense of learning and an enjoyable experience whilst absolutely preparing graduates to apply their skills in the marketplace.

The FTRV course at Canterbury Christ Church and the foundation of core, industry relevant, skills as well as a theoretical understanding of the mechanics and artistry of the full breadth of the media industry that it teaches is what underpins my career to this day. The expertise of the faculty and the resources available were a perfect blend of traditional and cutting edge, giving students the opportunity to prepare for the industry as it is whilst learning the discipline often lacking in modern media production.

The practical aspect that runs through all of the teaching is beyond doubt where the course stands out. Being able to put taught principles into practical effect from day one is amazingly stimulating and engaging and accelerates the learning process immensely.

Beyond the course the University as a whole, the Students’ Union and the city itself all created a wonderful safe, friendly and stimulating environment to continue learning outside of the lecture theatres. As someone who now is on the other side of the job interview table with hundreds of graduate CVs and show reels to process every year I can confidently say that, as a rule, graduates from the FRTV course at Canterbury Christ Church are better equipped to handle the real world responsibilities of working in the industry than any other course I have come across.

I owe my success in the industry to the FRTV course at Canterbury Christ Church and I can recommend it to anyone with aspirations of success in the British media Industry.

Drew Stern Creative Content Director and Executive Producer , CBS Interactive

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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"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.

Foundation Year Zero

As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills. 

Core Modules

Semester One

  • Life and Study 

A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here. 

  • Understanding Arts and Humanities 

A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading. 

Semester Two

  • Being Human

A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature. 

  • School Core Module 

A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.   

Complementary Modules 

In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:

Semester One

  • Foundation Media and Visual Communications 

You will explore key creative processes, aesthetics and principles that underpin work in the creative sector, such as pre-production, experimentation and the use of these skills to produce work in a suitable format. 

Semester Two

  • Ways of Seeing Aesthetics

You will be introduced to some of the key ideas and principles that explain the ways we see and understand the world around us. 


  • Analysing British Cinema 

You will study the key principles of textual film analysis using examples from British cinema. Each lecture will study a different aspect of a given topic, such as History, Genre, Landscape and Politics and be studied via a close analysis of a specific film.

Core Modules

Year 1

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries (20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the key skills, knowledge and understanding for orientation to undergraduate study and research and begins your academic journey in preparation for work within the creative industries. The module will build on your pre-existing skills to enable you to make a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. The module encourages a more independent, reflective and self-managed approach to your study, time management, research and work-readiness.

Television Production (20 Credits)

This module is designed as a hands on practical module teaching you the skills needed to make a live studio television show. You will have the chance to work with presenters, music and create live content. Working as a team, you will be introduced to the technology, equipment and industry procedures used in contemporary television production from the initial idea to the final product.

Radio Production (20 Credits)

This module introduces students the skills needed to design and produce a live music radio show for a particular audience, taking into account current changes and professional practice in the radio industry. As a professional team you will work together to produce a live show. You will learn how to operate the radio studios and myriad playout software, digital audio editing and multi-tracking on Adobe Audition and studio and portable microphone techniques.

FRTV in Context (20 Credits) Core for both Single and Combined Honours

This module focuses upon the historical and cultural contexts of film radio and television. Additionally it aims to give you an understanding of the historical and critical discourses surrounding film radio and television, while also applying critical and theoretical approaches to contemporary developments in the media. Lastly, the module aims to provide you with a critical and theoretical context for your own production work in film, radio and television.

The Animation Production (20 Credits)

The Animation module introduces students to the basic principles and history of animation and its relationship with film. Students are introduced to a range of animation techniques and technology ranging from the most basic 'hand-made' to the use of software such as Adobe After Effects. Students in groups and individually to produce a short animation show reel.

Film Production (20 Credits)

The film Production module offers you the opportunity to engage with contemporary digital film practice introducing you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment and techniques providing opportunities to develop creative, technical and organisational skills within the context of digital film production. The module encourages you to acquire team skills and to integrate theoretical concepts within practical production.

Year 2

Creative Film Practice (20 Credits)

This module develops your skills and understandings of specialist moving image production and post-production technologies. You will develop a short creative film from initial concept to post-production.

Digital Broadcasting (20 Credits)

You will develop radio production skills including scripting, vocal delivery, content research and creation, studio and location recording and editing by designing and producing a professional podcast. You will also build on your television production skills, including vision control, graphics, sound, directing and vision mixing, through the creation of a live show suitable for broadcast.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 2 (20 Credits)

This is an optional module that prepares you for work-related experience in the creative industries, which is an important step towards your future employment. Tailored workshops and industry guests will help you to understand popular trends, issues and markets in order for you to make the best of these opportunities.

Year 3

Pre-Production for Final Project (20 Credits)

This module is where you will research and plan your final production, which is produced in semester two. You will follow industry-standard planning and pre-production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or ‘pitch’. You will develop your proposal into a pre-production portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.

Final Project (20 Credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to synthesise the technical expertise you have acquired throughout the programme to work as part of a team to create an ambitious professional production. The Final Project will add to your showreel and act as your ‘calling card’ when seeking professional employment.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 3 (20 Credits)

The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and team-work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Film Sound and Music (20 Credits)

You will examine the theoretical frameworks in which film sound has been understood and relates them to production practices and developments in film sound technology. You will also consider the ways in which sound works to produce meaning and emotional effects for the audience. The module aims to enable you to make critical connections between film and other forms of auditory experience in order to better understand the use of sound in cinema.

World Cinema (20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to a variety of international films and develop their ability to critically engage with specific expressions within the context of national identity, industry, genre/movements, themes and style. You will examine a number of movements and styles and be encouraged to interpret the significance of films and place them in the context of the larger cultural systems of which they are a part.

Popular TV (20 Credits)

In Popular TV, you will analyse the industrial practices and cultural contexts of popular programming on British television and evaluate key debates and theories relating to popular formats and genres such as quiz shows, lifestyle programming and talk shows. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the multitude of ways that TV producers engage with the popular audience across a multi-platform medium.

Editing - Practice and Theory (20 Credits)

This module develops your critical understanding of the process of editing through practical exercises and the analysis of cinematic texts. The module introduces you to the theory of editing and provides practical opportunities for you to develop your understanding of the importance of the editing process in film and television production.

Screenwriting (20 Credits)

Provides you with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of the craft of scriptwriting. You will learn the techniques of scriptwriting and build your creative skills to make original and imaginative dramatic narratives while also studying a variety of theoretical approaches to scriptwriting.

Documentary (20 Credits)

This module examines different forms of television documentaries and how they have been shaped by social, institutional and technological circumstances. Drawing on a range of examples, you will critically consider the ethical and contextual issues when filming with real people. These conventions and methods will also help you to create your own short documentary, which aims to engage an ever more demanding audience.

Global Experience in Media and Art Design (20 Credits)

This is an optional module that will develop your appreciation of cultural differences and how these affect your professional practice by carrying out a media project abroad. To complete the project you will need to apply the skills that you have learned on the programme so far, and engage with the host culture.

Watching the Detectives (20 Credits)

This is an optional module were you are introduced to the detective as a literary, film and television narrative and stylistic device. You will evaluate the distinction between the police detective and the private detective and the gender and/or ethnic identity of the detective. The creation of original content by streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon will also be considered to examine how the detective genre is shifting in terms of audience reception, narrative fluidity and genre expectations.

Year 3

Contemporary TV Drama (20 Credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary television drama and the way in which its evolving forms affect its consumption and definition. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse examples of contemporary television and understand how contemporary television drama relates to the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.

Laughing Matters (20 Credits)

This module will develop your critical understanding of comedy, humour and laughter, both in terms of comprehending the pleasures laughter offers an audience and the ways it is necessary to structure a given text for comedic purposes. You will study a variety of theoretical positions on comedy, the comic, humour and laughter and the socio-political contexts in which comedy takes place.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 3 (20 Credits)

The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and team-work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.

Critical Practices (20 Credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to reflect critically on your practice during your programme of study. You will evaluate your creative workflow and how your practice has been effective for your chosen target audiences. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate how your work fits within the broader creative landscape.

Sound Studies (20 Credits)

This interdisciplinary, cross-media module develops your understanding of a range of audio production practices and associated critical theories. The module places sound practice in its historical and cultural contexts and introduces you to concepts and theories that will allow you to analyse audio-visual texts and practices. You will produce a practical sound project and relate it to relevant theoretical concepts.

Realtime Visual Performance (20 Credits)

The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and practice of real-time visual performance. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to produce and perform visuals for live events, theatre or music performances and gallery installations or to produce digital artworks. The module aims to place real-time visual performance in an historical and cultural context.

Art Film and Video (20 Credits)

This module will enable you to place art film and video within a critical context in relation to the avant-garde in other art forms and to contemporary audio-visual culture. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts of art film and video production, which will enable you to engage with questions of expression, representation, meaning and affect. The module will allow you to make informed connections between film and video and production, key works in art cinema and video art, and contemporary cultural discourse.

Cinematic City (20 Credits)

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the meanings of space and place in contemporary cinema, with particular attention to the construction of the cinematic city. You have all visited cities in your imagination through film and television representation and this module explores the theoretical framework for thinking through how the “real” city and the “imagined” cinematic city are intertwined.

Mixed-Media Dissertation (20 Credits)

This module develops your skills in research, analysis and the construction of an academic argument through the production of a mixed-media dissertation on a chosen subject. A mixed-media dissertation may take the form of a written dissertation or an alternate practical form, for example a film that introduces theoretical concepts.

Utopianism (20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to theories of utopian representation and develop your ability to evaluate social dreaming in a number of relevant cinematic texts. You will learn to distinguish between utopias, anti-utopias, critical utopias and dystopias and to understand their significance.

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 graduate­level 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.

The course helps you become multi-skilled, developing your technical and creative skills to the professional level needed for entry into the creative media industries.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Text books No purchase is mandatory.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Learning and teaching

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 2015-2020.

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

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.

Academic input

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 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.

The course uses a fully equipped television studio featuring Sony cameras, Vinton Osprey Elite Pedestals and green screen. The studio gallery has a 2 ME Ross Carbonite desk with Expressions Designer Graphics, Vision 2 Lighting software, Vision Control area, and a Calrec Brio digital sound desk. There are also several radio studios and a dubbing suite.

Portable equipment includes a range of HD digital video cameras including the Panasonic HPX 250, Black Magic Cinema and URSA cameras and the Arri Amira. Postproduction facilities include Avid and Adobe After Effects software on an Editshare network.

Our new creative arts building on our Canterbury campus is scheduled to open in the academic year 2018/19. The building will have bespoke learning spaces for our art and design students and will be equipped with the latest technology.

Film, Radio and Television has an Industry Advisory Panel made up of industry professionals and alumni/a of the FRTV programme who are now established media industry creatives. The panel advise on curriculum design and contribute to the employability and enterprise strand that runs through the programme.

"I chose to do FRTV principally because it had a significant part of the course geared towards practical training. This was of particular use to me in the beginning of my career as it enabled me to ease into roles that otherwise I would have had to have had significant training for".

Andrew Swann Senior Operator, BBC

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • P307 Film, Radio and Television with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.



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