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BAFilm, Television and Digital Production

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Film, television and digital media affect every aspect of our lives. When you understand them and have a passion for how they work – in practice and theory – you’ll find doors to any number of careers in the creative industries, media arts and beyond.

Studying Film, Television and Digital Production, you will become part of our creative and critical community, learning how to analyse and judge a range of cinematic, televisual and digital media forms. Then you’ll create them, from screenwriting to cinematography, directing to digital media, sound design to documentary. It’s this equal combination of critical theory and creative practice that makes this course at Royal Holloway so uniquely compelling and rewarding.

You will develop critical and creative skills, including the ability to produce a range of work across media forms – from short films, screenplays and documentaries to a range of digital, interactive and immersive media. These creative practices are underpinned by a range of critical abilities, from historical and ideological analysis to an understanding of aesthetics, economics and power structures that inform media production.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Media Practice 1
This module will ground you in key skills and creative thinking across both fiction and non-fiction audio-visual content creation. The focus is on non-fiction work and the ability to work creatively in small groups in order to understand key creative roles in production. You will make both a short documentary and undertake TV Studio production, experiencing a range of creative and technical skills workshops, one-to-one feedback, and in-class critique sessions with sessions delivered by experienced professional as well our world-leading staff.

Film, Television and Digital History
This module introduces you to film, television and digital media history with a particular emphasis on how and where digital media intersect and converge with these moving image forms. The module spans the late 19th century through to the current epoch of convergence media. You will consider how even ‘old’ technologies were ‘new’ at some point, exploring the relationship between technological, social and aesthetic developments in new media forms. This broad historical sweep provides you with a chronological knowledge to complement and contextualise the bespoke theoretical emphasis of other core modules in either Film and Television or Digital Culture.

Critical Theory and Textual Analysis
This module concentrates on how we study film and television, introducing you to key debates in critical theory. Over four distinct blocks of lectures and seminars, you will gain an opportunity to explore a range of different methods in studying film, television and digital media—including artistic achievement and critical interpretation; close textual analysis; ideological analysis; national cinema and psychoanalysis. Each method asks questions about the relationship between the intentions of individual film- and programme-makers and wider processes. Across the module you will study films and television programmes in close detail, examining one a week, thinking about the relationship between how something is achieved and what it means.

Introduction to Media Practice 2
Following on from Introduction to Media Practice 1, you will concentrate on fiction filmmaking, producing two screenplays and collaborating on the production of two fiction films. Since screenplay and story are the fundamental building block of fiction work, it’s essential that you understand, through practice, the principles of story construction and the screenplay form. In production teams of six, you will select two screenplays from your group, and these will be produced in the summer term. The scripts will be used as the basis for film production workshops, introducing you to areas of production specialism, including: producing, direction, cinematography, sound design, production design and editing.

Year 2

Creative Industries
In this module you will develop an understanding of how creativity is constrained and enabled by the industrial logics of the creative industries. As part of your employability journey, you will be provided with a range of key transferable skills as well as a critical and practical understanding of what your career path may look like. You will focus on film, television and digital media to explore a range of issues, such as, economics and financing; pitching and commissioning; policy and regulation; copyright, formats and global trade; ratings and audience measurement; branding and marketing; digital production logics; and production cultures. This module will be taught through a combination of theory-based lectures and practical case studies that will illustrate the relevant critical perspective. There will be also be a series of special guest lectures from industry leaders and practitioners who will present their own case studies in relation to one of the critical approaches outlined above. You will also be introduced to a number of important industry-oriented research skills such as interviewing, market / demographic analysis, locating and interpreting legal documents, and archival research.

Year 3

All modules are optional

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Career opportunities

Step towards a thriving career in the creative arts, media industries and beyond. The focus of this innovative degree course is developing both critical and creative skills. You will develop the transferable skills most valued by employers, such as written communication, presentation, working as part of a team and critical thinking.

We use our strong links with industry to run an award winning work placement scheme, which provides not only a fantastic opportunity to apply your skills in a real-life environment, but the chance to practice the skills required when applying for a job or making a pitch.

Graduates go on to produce films, television programmes and documentaries while others use the skills they have gained during their degree to pursue careers curating exhibitions and international film festivals, working in social and digital media, marketing or starting editorial careers. Alumni have won prizes at international film festivals and shown their films on major channels including BBC, Channel 4 and Vice. Many graduates also go on to advanced study in a variety of fields.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States