Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
This course includes the options of:
*No fees are charged for this year
Why choose this course?
The Film and Television programme is a ScreenSkills and CILECT accredited course that provides an environment in which students can grow into confident television and film practitioners. We are proud to be among the top 20 for film production, nationally (The Guardian), delivering industry ready graduates into the workplace.
Our course is designed to put the industry and its needs at the heart of our teaching. Students learn professional skills from the outset, managing and producing their own location and studio-based shoots, and getting the opportunity to experience a variety of key roles on set and in post-production.
Our close partnerships with leading industry figures ensures that students hear about the latest commercial developments, while also putting into practice the long-established methods and techniques, workflows, and standards employed by film and television companies globally.
During your studies, you can take control of your own specialist career development, choosing to focus on those areas of production and post-production that best suit your passions and employment aims.
With modules covering the theory, history and contemporary practice of film and television, the course gives you an understanding of the industry’s past while preparing you to take an active part in its future.
Film and Television successes
We are proud to be winners of the prestigious Royal Television Society London Student Awards for Best Drama 2015, Best Sound Craft Award 2016 and Best Production Design Craft Award 2017, as well as being nominated for Best Documentary 2014, 2015, Best Entertainment Programme 2016 and Best Drama 2018.
Film and Television industry links
We are proud to be in partnership with the Edinburgh International Television Festival talent network scheme. The opportunity exists for final year students to apply for this highly acclaimed new talent programme. This can help fast track you to employment via mentorship and internships from leading companies and broadcasters such as BBC, Endemol, ITV and Sky.
In post-production, we are members of ENVY Academy which provides graduates with the chance to work with ENVY Post-Production in London. Several graduates have gone on to start the careers at ENVY working on productions including The Chase and Gogglebox.
Our red carpet event end of year show for final year students - Visions Festival - has sponsorship from a stellar list of industry partners:
- Avid – Best Post-Production Sound
- BFI – Best Dissertation
- Elstree Studios – Best Post-Production Editing
- The Kubrick Estate – Stanley Kubrick Prize for Fiction
- Warner Bros Studios Leavesden – Best Production Design
- The Lord Lew Grade Foundation - Lord Lew Grade Award for Individual Student Achievement
- Zeiss - Best Cinematography
This gives our students strong employability skills. Many prize winners go onto jobs with our industry partners.
Film and Television facilities
The course regularly invests in high quality production and post-production equipment, often making new purchases every year.
Our camera range includes Blackmagic URSA 4.6K digital cinema cameras, Canon C100, Canon XF305, and Panasonic 371; with lenses from Zeiss and Samyang. Our production equipment includes Kino Flo and Arri lamps; Sennheiser, SQN and Zoom microphones and recorders; and our professional grip equipment includes Steadicam rigs, Jibs, and Dollies.
The Mike Newell Sound Stage TV Studio is a large dedicated HD broadcast standard facility complete with a railed light rig and pedestal cameras with autocue systems, green screen and vision mixer.
Our post-production facilities consist of the 50 seat Walter Murch Post-Production Lab and a second 30 seat dedicated lab with major post production software available from Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools for picture and sound editing, Baselight and DaVinci Resolve for colour correction, and Final Draft and MovieMagic Budgeting and Scheduling for scriptwriting and production planning.
A 96 terabyte shared storage facility by EditShare enables students to edit projects collaboratively and simultaneously, mirroring industry standard workflows and practice, while also giving students access to our library of over 23,000 sound effects and 4,000 music tracks to use in their edits.
Additional dedicated individual post production suites ideal for colour grading, and dubbing studios for ADR and audio finishing are available for students to book.
Visiting Tutors and Professors
Prof. Val Kuklowsky
Visiting Professor of Sound Post-Production
Val is an Emmy and BAFTA award nominee working as a post-production sound supervisor, with credits including Game of Thrones, Independence Day, A Knight’s Tale, U571 and Moonlighting,
Prof. Kate Kinninmont M.B.E
Visiting Professor on Gender in Media
Kate is the former Chief Executive of the Guild in Women in Film and Television. An experienced director and producer in television, Kate acts as a visiting professor, engaging our students with industry developments including the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
Honorary Doctorate holder, Executive Producer
Jan was Stanley Kubrick’s Executive Producer and worked with him on his last five films; followed by working with Spielberg on AI: Artificial Intelligence. Jan’s teaching is known worldwide, and he has been teaching at Herts for eight years.
Honorary Doctorate holder, Director
Mike is the director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mike gives guest masterclasses, and invited students to the post sound mix of his films.
Film and Television student testimonials
"Since leaving the course I have worked on Wonder Woman, The Mummy and Solo: A Star Wars Story as a Set Production Assistant. Most recently, I just finished work on Spider-Man Far From Home.
I have been offered a job on Overlord and will get to work with J.J Abrams as a result!
I'm also working on my first short film outside of university and have the backing of Warner Brothers Creative Talent, I will be getting to use Panavision for all of our camera equipment and maybe shoot on film.”
- Ellie Rawlings, Graduate 2016
Warner Brothers Creative Talent Scheme
Our final year students are eligible to apply to become a Warner Brothers Creative Talent scholar. We are proud to have been the first undergraduate course in the country to be selected for this partnership. Now in its fifth year, the scheme provides professional mentoring and a bursary fund of up to £10,000.
Royal Television Society Bursary
We're pleased to announce that the RTS Bursary is again available for undergraduates Successful applicants will receive £1,000 each year for three years plus student membership of the RTS and the Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden – a private club popular with media professionals. Full details of the scheme are at RTS Bursary.
What's the course about?
Film and television production is one of the largest growth areas in the creative industries, with major international productions coming to the UK to find the best crews and creatives in the world. Taught by industry professionals and using the latest technology, you will develop the practical skills, creative abilities, technical expertise and business know-how to really kick-start your career. You’ll also take advantage of our excellent links with industry partners, including Warner Bros Studios Leavesden and Elstree Studios, as well as opportunities for work placements and employment.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
The course is taught as a range of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. Practical workshops run each week in location kit and post-production, and dedicated TV studio sessions; while theory modules have screening programmes; and students organise and schedule their own film shoots off campus during filming weeks.
There are field trips to Broadcast Studios such as the BBC and Elstree Studios to attend live TV recordings such as A League of Their Own, Celebrity Juice and other entertainment shows. RTS and BFI lectures are also offered to students, and we have annual trips to the Cannes Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Edinburgh International Television Festival.
During my degree, my tutors taught me invaluable lessons about the industry, including everything from producing a film to pitching a short film idea of your own. I learned the importance of expressing myself and my own opinions when working in groups with others. I found the importance of having confidence in your own ideas. Without my degree from the University of Hertfordshire, I would not be the same person I am today. I now consider myself to be a more confident person with enthusiasm, organisational skills, and an eagerness to learn, and I am ready to apply my skillset and experience to a career in film and television.
Emily A - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course.
On Sundays before the week starts, I like to go through the lecture slides and make any notes in the margins of my notebook to prepare for the lectures I have that week. I also do any directed reading at the weekend to get ahead. However, now that our lectures are online, I just listen to and make notes on all my lectures at the start of the week.
As my course is quite practical, we have workshops throughout the week, as well as seminars, so I always try to do a bit of extra reading before those sessions to prepare.
My friends and I also work on our own film projects outside of the course, so it is important to be organised and complete classwork early to be available for these projects.
On a non-course related note, I also like to meal prep at the start of the week, by washing and chopping fruit and vegetables and keeping them in the fridge, so that I always have healthy snacks on hand, as the week gets busier.
I also have a part-time job freelance editing, so it is important to me to plan my days so that I can fit in my editing work alongside my uni work.
Emily A - Guide to the facilities
Guide to the Film and Television Production Facilities at Herts
The Film, Music and Media Building
The building that you will spend most of your time on campus in on the Film and Television production course is the Film, Music and Media Building (the FMM for short). This is where we have our editing and camera workshops. The Walter Murch editing lab on the second floor is a great resource and it becomes extremely busy in the days leading up to a deadline. It is filled with 27” iMacs each equipped with customised Avid Media Composer keyboards.
The Loan Store
The Loan Store is a great resource to have as it allows us to not only rent out equipment for our assignment projects, but also for our own independent projects that we produce throughout the year. It is in the basement of the Art and Design building. There are also three bookable edit suites down the hall from the loan store, equipped with Dell true colour monitors, Avid colouring desks and 2.1 surround sound systems. There is also a dubbing suite that is especially useful for recording Foley and Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) for our projects.
Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)
Both the College Lane and de Havilland campuses have their Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), which are great tools when writing our film and television histories and contexts essays. There is a shuttle bus that takes you between the campuses that runs every ten minutes so if there’s a book that you need on the other campus, you don’t need to worry! The University has a wide range of books and academic journals on their online library, which is a great tool for wider reading and including supporting evidence and references in our essays.
Emily A - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course. I have absolutely loved my first year at Herts, and I would recommend this course and University to anyone thinking of studying film and tv production.
Moving away from Guernsey to attend university seemed quite daunting at first, but I settled in a lot quicker and easier than I thought I would. Everyone here seems nice, and I have made some amazing friends in my first year here.
I always knew that I wanted to attend a big university with a lot of students, so the University of Hertfordshire was perfect! I also love that they have such a high focus on sport and extracurricular activities, and the Sports Village on the de Havilland Campus is a great resource.
My advice for students coming to university would be to do your research and really figure out what you want to get out of university and what you want to experience during your time here, to find a university that is right for you. I would also recommend that you try and visit as many prospective universities as you can at their open days because I had already visited five other universities by the time I came to the University of Hertfordshire’s open day, and (excuse the cliché) but from the moment I stepped on campus, I knew this was the university for me.
Thank you for reading and I wish you all the luck in your university journey!
Meet Tomi Ojo who has been exploring her career opportunities and learning new skills since graduating. Tomi currently works within Elevation Networks as a National Citizen Service (NCS) Programme Intern.
|Current job role||Senior Programme Coordinator - Youth Media|
|Year of graduation||2017|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Photography|
University experience and opportunities
Tomi took advantage of all of the opportunities that were available to her both inside and outside of her course. She says, 'The University gave me lots of opportunities to develop public speaking skills, both on my course and while being a Student Ambassador. This helped when being a team leader to speak to my group of 15 teenagers and lead them on their daily activities.'
Tomi had a great time at the University and says, 'I really enjoyed my course. It was mainly coursework based which worked well for me as exams made me nervous. My course mates were very supportive, and I found it really interesting to hear their opinions. I have some friends for life! The loan store was also very useful too as it provided free equipment for us to use for the duration of the course!'
She encourages future and current students to make the most of what the University has to offer. She says, 'Don't be scared because you're going on your own. Be open to criticism and other people's creative ideas. Not everyone sees your vision and that's okay as there's always room for improvement.'
Tomi is determined to continue to develop in her role and possibly take her next steps overseas. She says, 'I would like to continue in the job role that I am currently in. Hopefully, I can move into social media and advertising. I would love to move abroad to America or Australia to work in a similar role. I'm really excited about my future!'
Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.