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Television & New Broadcasting Media BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time See course combinations for joint honours UCAS codes 2016 and 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

This degree explores the evolving nature of television and its relationship with a range of interrelated media forms – radio and the internet, journalism, mobile phones, tablets and iPods. You will learn how to analyse visual texts and create your own. You will gain a thorough understanding of television and new media histories, enabling you to go forward to shape the future of television.

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What you will study

In an age of globalisation, new technologies and multiple channels, contemporary television is no longer a box in the corner, but a dynamic form that operates across media platforms.

Year 1 modules introduce you to the study of television and other broadcasting media to help you consider how television has developed in Britain, how it is produced and how it is perceived. We will train you to 'read' television and its programmes critically, and place them within social, cultural and historical contexts. We will also equip you with the skills to undertake the key roles in professional TV production: such as studio shooting, on-location shooting, green screen compositing, editing, lighting and camera work.

In Year 2, modules focus on different key genres of television, such as detective fiction, light entertainment and comedy. The practical module in Year 2 will develop your skills in digital production, while theoretical modules encourage more independent research. During the second year, you will also have the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad at one of our prestigious partner universities.

In Year 3, option modules enable you to specialise in your areas of interest. Special Study modules offer an opportunity for in-depth analysis of a range of key areas, including TV horror, science fiction and sport, while the dissertation will enable you to develop your own area of study. Practical work will focus upon studio production, and a work placement module offers the opportunity for learning within the sector. Your practical and theoretical work will become even more self-sufficient and independent.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • This module will introduce students to the various study skills demanded by degree level study by locating them within the exploration of the theory and practice of television. Students will learn to read Television and its programmes and place them within social, cultural and historical contexts.

    Students will be introduced to vocabularies and methods for discussing the technical elements of television: methods that are essential to work in university and in the television workplace. To encourage a growing understanding of these academic issues, and also to develop self-awareness as programme makers, students will be introduced to a range of classic texts writing about TV and modern culture. 

  • This module will examine the historical development of British television. It will enable students to identify and critically examine the significant milestones in television’s development from 1936 to the present day. You will consider the impact of social, economic and political concerns on this historical development and develop a critical awareness of the forces and dynamics which have influenced British television. Topics covered include: public service broadcasting, independent production and digital television.

    In addition, by students undertaking practical projects drawing upon the contexts deriving from this historical and contextual study, the module will provide a basic introduction to the practical production skills which are necessary to make a television programme. It will cover pre-production skills, including: developing TV ideas; preparing and writing scripts and outlines; Image and sound recording skills; Managing a location shoot; Post-production skills, and, critical reflection through the reading and analysing of one’s own work.


Year 2 (Level 5)

  • This module examines the theory and practice of comedy in television, film and radio.  Core work studied is from television and film – both classic and contemporary.   Students will also be encouraged to look at examples of comedy from a huge range – from ancient rituals and pagan carnival though to modern satire, the internet, and new broadcast media.

    Theories of comedy will be central to the course – why is humour central to human experience, and how does is relate to issues of class, race, and sexuality?  Why is “family” entertainment such as pantomime so often drawn to taboos such as bisexuality, perversity, and mis-rule?

    Students will be encouraged to devise and consider their own ideas for comedy films and television.

    A key issue is “light entertainment” and “popular culture”.  What are the politics and psychology of these ideas – especially in British society with its rapidly changing configurations of class, gender, and ethnicity?

    Other themes will include:  the family; stardom; masquerade;  “screwball” and “newball” comedy;  psychoanalysis and fantasies of the body.

  • This module defines and contextualises Streaming Media within the practical industries of interactive, 21st Century TV. It will focus on introducing students to forms of rich media distribution via the web that utilise contemporary distribution platforms to allow audiences to consume their video anywhere and anytime. Practically, you will work in small groups in order to create your own short series- of between 3 and 4 episodes- that will be Streamed online, via our New Broadcast Media web channel.

  • This core module will introduce students to the production of sustained academic writing based on research and the weighing and application of theory.

    Detection remains a central genre in film and TV and from a practical as well as critical point of view students should be aware of the defining features and key stylistic features and devices of the genre (this will aid them both as critics and aspiring cultural producers).

    Detection and detectives in film, TV, and literature, have been a fertile ground for the application and development of theory.  Detection has been the subject of major theoretical writing from a range of critical traditions; these include including psychoanalysis, Marxism, post-modernism and feminism.

    Students will produce written work that demonstrates a knowledge of primary theoretical texts, an ability to distinguish them, and the ability to apply and/or test this knowledge to the detailed study film and/or TV texts.

    The module will be assessed by written work and a commentary/research log reflecting on methodology.


Year 3 (Level 6)

  • The module offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it is like to work within the media industries. Students will arrange and carryout a period of work experience within a media organisation working in a professional environment. The placement will typically be for two weeks, and usually completed over the summer period, although students who show initiative in negotiating more substantial work experience will be able to extend this. This practical hands-on experience will be supported in the classroom where students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience, evaluate their skills and plan for future in relation to graduate employability. Students will also locate and evaluate their experience in relation to wider debates and issues relating to work in the media industries, changing production contexts and new professional identities.

  • The Dissertation is an individual piece of work, supervised by a member of staff, in which you will undertake a sustained exercise in research and investigation into a film- and / or television-related topic of your own choice.

  • Watch The Skies: Science Fiction Film and Television will introduce students to a range of fiction film and television texts. The module will engage with key issues surrounding Science Fiction film and television and its cultural and historical development. It will demonstrate how the genre has engaged dramatically and politically with contemporary social anxieties and chart its development from the post-war period in both Britain and America where it became a mouthpiece for fears and anxieties over the cold war, silent and insidious invasion, nuclear power and the ‘red’ threat. 

    The module will also examine and discuss the changing relationship between television and cinema through the genre of Science Fiction, and engage with debates around “the popular” and “low culture”, modernity and postmodernity. In addition to discussing the convergence between Science Fiction film and television, the module will chart the genre’s evolution into the contemporary era of new media technologies and interactivity. Finally, it will discuss Science Fiction audiences and their practices, the concept of ‘cult’, and theories surrounding fandom.

  • The module will offer an investigation into how TV drama is written and constructed through an introduction to the principles of dramatic storytelling and script-writing, with reference to contemporary television drama. The module will consider the centrality of the returning drama series – both US and domestic – and offer students an understanding of how the form is developed and constructed, within its specific commercial and cultural context. The creation of treatments (story outlines), storyboarding, scene description, characterisation and dialogue will be considered in theory and illustrated by practical exercises, and combined with research into the current broadcasting landscape. Students will be guided to the development of their own drama series, aimed at UK television and written as an industry-standard pitch, designed for the current social and broadcasting context.

  • The module will discuss drama within a generic framework, encountering ideas of nationhood, heritage, class and culture, and examining the relationship between TV, literature, theatre and cinema.The module will trace the history of British Television Drama and consider the relations between commissioners, writers, directors and actors. It will  analyse the form and content of British television drama programmes in comparison with American television drama. It will explore notions of TV Commissioning and the Canon, the single television play and television as the writer’s medium. In addition the module will consider how television drama reflects, and influences British culture, the effect of technology on television drama and competition from American forms in the digital era.

  • This module will explore the relationship between filmic and televisual horror through a global, transmedia and transnational perspective. While the beginning of cinematic horror can be traced back to the cinematic adaptation of stage plays of literary classics including Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, contemporary horroris as much televisual as it is filmic with television series based upon films and vice-versa as the recent success of Bates Motel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Hannibal on the small screen and the X-Files films on the large screen demonstrate. In addition, cult Japanese films including Ring and Ju-On were preceded and anteceded by television series, while One Missed Call (Nakata: 2002) gave rise to a short-run series in 2005. Furthermore, the success of K-horror on the global stage revitalised the television series Hometown Legends/Korean Ghost stories in 2009 which is based upon traditional myths and folk tales. Finally, the Master of Horror television series which ran for two seasons (2005-2007), had episodes by Dario Argento (Jenifer & Pelts), Miike (Imprint) and Nsuruta (Dream Cruise). As such, this module is concerned with modern horror as both a global and local product and a televisual as well as cinematic genre.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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