Film, Radio and Television

The Film, Radio and Television BA programme pays special attention to employability and students are encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team.

The works included in this showreel are drawn from students in the final year of the Film, Radio and Television BA. The programme pays special attention to employability and students are encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team. This helps to develop the transferable skills that are vital in the constantly evolving creative industries while simultaneously providing the opportunity to explore and develop an individual relationship with the respective medias. The tutors are a creative mix of theoreticians and practitioners and all students have access to professional standard production equipment. The Programme is taught in the Powell Building, which is named after local filmmaker Michael Powell and opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, who is Martin Scorsese’s film editor and an Honorary Fellow of the university. Thelma occasionally visits the School to deliver masterclasses and guest lectures. The Programmes offer access to industry professionals to advise students and teach alongside fulltime academics. The programmes provide a blend of practice and theory and offer a highly marketable mix of technical, production and academic skills. The creative industries are a thriving sector of the UK and global economy and there is high demand for multiskilled and engaged students in this sector.

The Year 3 Specialised Study by Practical Project allows final year students specialising in film the opportunity to create a group project developed in semester one and produced and edited in semester 2. Each project is meticulously planned and co-ordinated with regular weekly tutorials as the students build individual role specific portfolios designed to showcase their talents. Once shot, the films are edited and readied for festival submission. The two films presented here [Apollo and Retrospect] showcase the creativity, resilience and production talents of the students involved.

The Year 3 Specialised Study by Practical Project module also provided the opportunity for students specialising in television to make a longer and more sophisticated programme than in previous years. The TV students worked together during both semesters to produce Battle of the Voice, a live music programme inspired by The X Factor. Filming live music during a pandemic was challenging and this necessitated the programme being made in sections during class sessions. The finished programme provides a compelling and interesting take on the X Factor format.

Radio is taught as part of the FTRV programme which delivers a curriculum focused on Film, Radio, Animation and TV production. Students learn through practical creative projects in radio production including location, remote and studio work, where we have professional standard radio studios and an Adobe Audition editing suite.

In the first year, students produce a live music show for our student station CSR and learn how to script, record, present, edit and mix audio work, core skills which they develop further in year 2 when students make bespoke podcasts as part of the Digital Broadcasting module. In year 3 students can work on individual final projects in radio documentary, podcast or drama, where they are supported to make professional style work. You can hear examples of podcast and documentary work in the year 3 final project examples below.

Film, Television & Radio

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Radio Production

Luke Finch - Rave Talk

Dom Brown - It's time to talk

The Screening - Film in 3 Days Competition

Finally, students have been back on campus for the ‘Film in 3 Days’ project ’22. The winning film is called ‘Caught on a summer’s day’. The winners were Year 3 FRTV student Samuel Graham and Film Production students Jess Wellington, Jack Parsons, Ryan Lubbock.