Film, TV, Radio & Media Production BA
UCAS Code: W601|Duration: 3|Full Time|Creative Campus
UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Liverpool has a long and distinguished history of Film, TV and Radio production with a reputation for pushing the creative envelope on many occasions. This creative innovation continues in Liverpool to this day with its embracing of the latest in digital media production. Film and TV production in particular is of very significant economic importance to the city and its surrounding region.
Liverpool Hope has enjoyed a very strong tradition in Film Theory and Production; this new programme – which will have a convergent use of creative media production at its heart – will build upon this excellence.
Creative media production in the areas of Film, TV, Radio and Media Production will be underpinned by innovative approaches to analytical and theoretical enquiry.
Study activities might include areas such as the devising of an original film, television series or radio drama – including the pitching, scripting and budgeting stages on to the delivery of the pilot or taster episode, through to the creation of promotional blogs and podcasts. We believe that such a diverse approach to learning is the best way to prepare students to pursue a wide variety of careers in the creative industries, by giving them a well-rounded learning experience underpinned by both creative and critical practice.
- Study in the most filmed-in city in the country outside London.
- Our local partners include FACT, one of the leading independent cinema venues in the North West.
The course will be delivered by way of lectures which will present core repertoire themes and historical context. These will be supported by small-group seminars and practical workshop sessions to develop the necessary theoretical and production skills and techniques. These will be underpinned by student-led tutorials.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment will be by way of creative projects, presentations and contextual essays and written exams. These will grow in complexity as the course progresses.
This course will allow you to develop your:
- Film, TV, radio and mixed-media production skills
- Hone your analytical skills of a broad variety of film, TV and radio genres
- Capacity to create an original, film, TV or radio drama episode
- Techniques for the production of other digital media production
- Knowledge of the business management of the film, TV, and media production industry
- Awareness of the complexities of planning, budgeting, scripting, shooting and producing (pre and post) creative media content whether for film, TV and radio
- Analysis of film, TV and radio genre from a number of perspectives, including the historical evolution of creative digital media
- Knowledge of the convergent nature of creative digital media platforms and how they are allowing for a much more interdependent working environment.
These areas of study will increase in complexity and challenge as the programme advances.
Introduction to Film, Television, Radio and Media Production
Students will explore and interrogate the key theories and concepts that underpin film, television, and media studies. They will learn how to ‘read’ narrative film and television, and will study foundational elements such as narrative form, cinematography, editing, and music. They will look at concepts of authorship, genre and stardom, and explore the ways in which film and television represents themes of identity, gender, sexuality, race, and class. They will also explore the impact of digital connectivity and the twenty-first century rise of multimedia convergence culture.
Introduction to Filmmaking
Working in small groups, students may develop a studio based short film ‘adapted’ from one of the films screened as part of ‘Introduction to Film, Television and Media Theory’. In the process, students will learn how to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in areas of cinematography, editing and other basic principles of visual storytelling to their own practical work.
Introduction to Television
Working in small groups, students may devise a television mini-series in a genre of their choice and produce short-form audio-visual content as part of this series concept suitable for TV broadcast. Each group will produce a 30-second advert for their TV series proposal that would meet a traditional commercial broadcasting advertisement slot.
Introduction to Animation
This topic will involve the integration of theoretical and practical approaches to animation. Students will have the opportunity of producing a short, animated film in a variety of different styles, including stop-frame, pixilation, cut out, hand drawn or clay animation. Practical work is supported by theoretical study, with students examining the history, aesthetics and cultural significance of animation in their weekly lectures and tutorials.
Introduction to Radio
Students will learn about cultural history and the theory of radio, including the ways in which radio fits into the contemporary field of mass communications. Practical sessions will include demonstrating the industry-standard software and listening to a wide variety of radio texts, video documentary and group work will include digital editing of audio content, audio restoration, multitrack recording, mixing, and mastering.
Exploring Film, Television, Radio and Media Production
TV, Radio and Media Production students will build on the broad-ranging introductions to the core areas and apply their skills to a series of topics of practical projects underpinned by theoretical and critical study. These projects may include developing their knowledge of the TV News Bulletin format and advancing their knowledge of the radio studio environment and production facilities using on-air studio and recording resources to produce content for broadcast.
Students will be introduced to a range of different film movements and stylistic approaches from the early twentieth century to the present day, including the French New Wave, the British New Wave, the Hollywood Renaissance, and other avant-garde in international cinema. These will develop students’ knowledge and skill-set in a variety of cinematic techniques, and will feed into their practical filmmaking and media portfolios.
Introduction to Photography
This topic will explore the basic practical techniques in Photography. There is synergy between practice and theory with photography relating to discussions of lighting, depth of field and shot structure in lectures and tutorials. Working individually to produce an original portfolio, the students will be introduced to camera technique, studio lighting and framing.
In keeping with the ongoing emphasis in the theory classes on cinema and society, students will work in groups to produce short films projects based around ideas of setting and character. Students will learn intermediate skills in scripting, story development, scheduling, location shooting, editing, and postproduction, and in contrast to year one, the short film will be shot on location.
Working in groups, students will devise an idea for an original television series to include pitching, scripting, budgeting the series, and delivery of a pilot episode. Creative work is informed by lectures and tutorials on the history and theory of television. Here, students may explore key debates surrounding topics such as ‘liveness’, flow, intimacy, and ‘quality’, in addition to looking at the advantages and the limitations of television as a storytelling medium.
Radio and Media Production
Radio students will develop knowledge of the radio studio environment and production facilities using on-air studio and recording resources to produce content for broadcast using industry-standard software for audio post-production and multitrack recording.
They will learn how to write and disseminate original creative content online through the production of blogs, podcasts, video essays, and radio content, all of which will be underpinned by relevant theories on digital creativity.
Contemporary Film and Television Theory
Students will study in-depth, contemporary developments in film and television. Topics may include contemporary British and Hollywood cinema, the national cinemas of countries such as Iran, New Zealand, and Japan. Students may also explore current tendencies in British and American television, including the trends towards ‘quality’ long-form series, serialisation, and multimedia convergence. In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete a research project on a topic of their choosing, or to write a screenplay.
Students will work individually to produce an original portfolio of portrait work. There is a strong integration of practice and theory, with photographic projects responding to critical discussions of Hollywood stardom in the lectures and tutorials. Through photography, students will gain further practical skills in the key areas of studio lighting, composition, post-production, and workflow.
Students will work individually to produce an original animated film. There is a robust integration of practice and theory, with animation projects responding to critical discussions in the lectures and tutorials. Through animation, students will gain further practical skills in the key areas of development, timing, storyboarding, set design, lighting, composition, and pre & post-production techniques.
Short Film Production
Building on the practical introductions in the first and second year, this topic allows students to apply their new skills to an individual project. Here, students produce a short film as part of their practical workshops. This practical work will be supported by relevant critical and theoretical perspectives on contemporary developments in live-action cinema and animation in the lectures and seminars.
This topic will develop filmmaking skills learned in years one and two, challenging students to produce a short feature based on real-world events/issues. Alongside their weekly practical seminars, students may study the history and theory of documentary in lectures and tutorials. These theory classes feed into practical work by introducing students to key filmmakers and modes of documentary, as well as prompting them to consider the ethical implications of depicting actual people and events.
Radio/Podcast & Drama Production
Building upon the areas developed in the Media Production of the previous stage of study students will have the opportunity to produce a portfolio of original work in the area of radio and podcast work. These could cover a broad variety of content from modern-day drama, radio magazine programme, documentary, fiction, through to other creative content. Students will gain skills in audio recording, editing, and mastering of their work to an advanced standard.
|UCAS Tariff Points
|104 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
|Access to HE
|104 Tariff Points
|Irish Leaving Certificate
|104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
|This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
|All applicants will be required to attend an audition/interview.
International entry requirements
|Specific Country Requirements
|Select your country
6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
Film, TV, Radio and digital media production is of significant economic importance to the City of Liverpool the North West Region and to the whole of the UK. It is also an area of expanding employment regionally and nationally.
Work Placement Opportunities
Work placement opportunities will be sought from the many Liverpool-based media production companies that Liverpool Hope University already has good working relationships with.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2024/25 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.