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Film, Television and Digital Production BA

UCAS code W625
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3 years full time
Department Media Arts »

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.

  • Make use of our exclusive 24-7 media labs and post-production rooms, complemented by our impressive range of professional location filming equipment, TV and sound studio facilities, supported by our dedicated and approachable technical team.
  • Thrive on our creative campus – we have regular industry visitors and close contact with other arts departments and student societies. 
  • Work with world-leading experts in European and World cinema, and award-winning practitioners from across the media industry. You'll trace the development of film, television and digital production across a range of national and international contexts.
  • Join a creative, critical community that ranks in the top 10 for research quality in Media Arts (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Core modules

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.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Women's Cinema
European Cinema and Culture
Avant Garde
Hollywood Star Performances
Television Genre
Modern European Cinema
Post-Classical Hollywood
Television and Identity
The Cultures of Celebrity
UK Film Industry - Contemporary
US Television Fiction
Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Beyond Bollywood
Television Aesthetics
Directing Screen Fiction
Screen Documentary
Producing Film and Television
Creative Digital Arts
Creative Sound Design

Year 3

The Gothic, Gender and Sexuality
Television Histories 1
World Cinema
Contemporary British Cinema 1
German Cinema
Transnational Cinemas 1
Film Aesthetics 1 - Issues of Interpretation and Evaluation
Film Aesthetics 2 - The World and its Image
Psychoanalysis and Cinema
Film, TV and the Holocaust
360º Cinema
Political Cinema
Media Technologies
Multi Media Modernism
Contemporary British Cinema 2
Transnational Cinemas - Issues and Identities 2
Directing Screen Fiction
Screen Documentary- Video
Advanced Screenwriting - Screenplay
Producing Film And Television
Creative Digital Arts
Creative Sound Design
Screen Documentary - Production Paper
Advanced Screenwriting - Outline and Short
Creative Digital Arts - Research and Paper
Creative Sound Design - Practical Theory and Analysis
Media Research Project

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, screenings, online tools, group work, guided independent research and practical workshops, including location work or using our purpose-built TV studio and multimedia labs. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Tutor to support you academically and personally.

Assessment is carried out by a combination of written and practical work. Critical written assignments include essays, blogs, reviews, reports, dissertations and exams. You will produce a wide range of creative work, from short films and documentaries to TV studio productions, interactive installations, screenplays and production portfolios.

Outside the tasks and assessments required by their curriculum, students are encouraged to take full advantage of our technical facilities which are available on a 24/7 basis to create a portfolio of individual creative work.

Typical offers

Typical offers


The offer will take into consideration:

  • Your performance at a selection interview
  • the educational context in which academic achievements have been gained.
Required/preferred subjects

 A portfolio of work will be required at a selection interview
We also require five GCSEs graded A*- C including English and Maths.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a related subject, plus one A-Level grade B
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction plus A-Levels grades B,B
Welsh Baccalaureate A non-subject specified A Level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AB at Advanced Higher Level plus Higher requirements.
Scottish Highers AABBB at Advanced Level plus Advanced Higher requirements.
Irish Leaving Certificate H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if you have had a considerable break from education.

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
 IELTS 6.5 overall
  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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. To find out more about what our graduates are doing now, please see the department’s website.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: £80 to £500

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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