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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 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This degree explores the evolving nature of television and its relationship with a range of interrelated media forms – radio, 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

Year 1 includes both practice and theory, and introduces you to the study of television and other broadcasting media. You will consider how television has developed in the UK, how it is produced and how it is perceived. We will train you to ‘read' television critically, and place it within social, cultural and historical contexts. You'll also learn about professional TV production, including studio shooting, on-location shooting, green screen compositing, editing, lighting and camera work.

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

In the third year, you can specialise in your own areas of interest. Special Study modules offer in-depth analyses of a range of key areas, including horror, science fiction and sport, while the dissertation enables you to develop your own area of study. Practical work focuses on 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 core module introduces key skills and concepts which are fundamental to the study of television including narrative structure, genre, aesthetics and composition of both long and short form television programmes. In addition, the module considers key technological developments in the history of television, both locally and globally. The module explores the relationship between television as an institution, the mechanics of production, exhibition and distribution and the role that audiences and fans play in contemporary television cultures. Key skills, including critically watching and writing about television, are integrated into the module to provide the analytical and scholarly skills which are fundamental to studying television. This module will also provide you with transferable skills for the core production module, Getting on the box.

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  • This practice-based module provides an opportunity for students to acquire a foundation of historical knowledge of the television industry. Particular focus will be on the British television industry, with additional readings of European and American programmes. Students will build on technical and creative areas of their practice that will equip them to undertake key roles defined by professional TV practice like:

    • pre-production planning and writing
    • multi-camera and single camera shooting
    • on-location shooting
    • visual effects, compositing and lighting
    • post-production editing
    • camera work.

    This module enables students to develop their practice and highlight technical skillsets. Consideration will be given to developing projects that need a high level of cross-disciplinary collaboration. This reflects the increase in televisual convergence of media in the industry and is indicative of how commissioning bodies practice in the TV industry. All teaching, learning and assessment is progressive throughout the undergraduate degree and culminates in a final year, multi-camera live internet broadcast.

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Year 2 (Level 5)

  • 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 critical commentary on key material on detection and investigation in TV and Film.

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  • This module provides students with an understanding of the politics, spaces and histories of TV and film comedy and entertainment and broadens critical awareness of comedy as a TV and film form.

    'The Light Programme:' in the first term students will look at the history, development, culture and theories of British light entertainment television. Using a diverse range of 'classic' and modern TV programmes we investigate what we mean by 'light' in entertainment and discuss how it embraces working class phenomena as well as how it engages a set of programmes, old and new.  We will also look at the histories and traditions of this format, looking comparatively at a set of global texts.

    'Film and Television Comedy:' in the second term we look more broadly at British, American and global forms and traditions of comedy taking in British seaside comedy, romantic comedies, traditions of Black and Jewish comedy and contemporary postmodern film and TV comedies.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This is the module that can make you rich! Television is allegedly the second highest paid industry in the country (working in oil is more lucrative - but very uncomfortable). A reliable route to creative success and untold wealth in television now is the drama series. Mainstay of both terrestrial and digital channels, the returning series is TV's holy grail – pulling audiences back for episode after episode, season after season, box set after box set. It can be a goldmine.

    Taught by two highly experienced TV professionals, this module will consider how a returning drama series is conceived and constructed. Students are introduced to concepts of dramatic structure and story-lining, using case studies of successful US and British models, together with practical exercises on serialisation and script writing. Working from concept to storyline to script, students develop their own original drama series (or comedy), and undertake research into the current broadcasting landscape – its channels, schedules and market imperatives.  The final assessment is an industry-standard pitch accompanied by a short script sample, aimed at UK television. Students demonstrate their research and a knowledge of social and commercial context in a supplementary market evaluation.

    This module isn't just for would-be writers: it's for anyone keen to understand contemporary broadcasting, refine their communication skills, and learn how to present their work and themselves in a professional context. At the end of this stimulating and entertaining course, students will have created their own drama series and (potentially) their own industry calling card.

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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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