TV STUDIO PRACTICE - 2025/6

Module code: FVP2007

Module Overview





If you are interested in working in any part of media, broadcasting, streaming or TV production this module will introduce all the roles required to complete a live programme or broadcast.  From the planning and pre-production to the craft and transmission skills to broadcast the production. 

The module is a practice based approach to learning many of the skills required in a studio production.  You will have the chance to design a new TV studio programme format and then selected formats will be made and broadcast live at the end of the module.  You will experience planning for the production and could work on the music and sound design, graphics, titles or animations, lighting, research on the production, script writing or even be the producer, if your programme pitch is chosen by the other students. 

You will have the opportunity to learn about the roles and skills required during the live production from camerawork, graphics, video replay, vision mixing, lighting, sound mixing, vision engineering, floor managing or be the producer or directors’ assistant in the gallery.  While you will develop one particular role there will be many rehearsals that you can volunteer for other roles too. 

With experience from this module many students have achieved freelance jobs at well known outside broadcasts and you may use these skills in your placement year and after you graduate





 

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

PRATT Susan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 30

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 6

Guided Learning: 1

Captured Content: 1

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Programme formats

  • Programme preproduction

  • Studio lighting

  • Studio sound mixing and sound effects

  • Studio cameras

  • Production talkback

  • Scriptwriting for TV

  • Studio layout and design

  • Vision mixing

  • Graphics

  • VT editing for play-in

  • Vision engineering

  • Floor managing

  • Working with studio presenters, actors and others

  • Live studio broadcast


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework TV STUDIO ROLE 15
Coursework PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT 15
Coursework INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO PRODUCTIONS 30
Coursework MAIN TV PRODUCTION - GROUP MARK 10
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL CRAFT SKILLS CONTRIBUTION TO PRODUCTIONS 15
Coursework PERSONAL REPORT ON GROUP PROJECT 15

Alternative Assessment

Reports will replace some practical elements of the failed or incompleted assignment of TV programme making

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to give students the opportunity to show their understanding specific roles necessary for a multicamera TV studio broadcast.  The assessment will also evaluate their operational skills and pre-production for the programme.  wich will develop very employable skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • 1 –TV studio role assignment

  • 2 – programme development

  • 3-  individual contributions to productions on this module 

  • 4- Main TV production

  • 5- practical programme contribution to productions on this modules

  • 6- reflective report



Formative assessment

Formative assessment and feedback will be given to individual students, as required, during in-class exercises, and in practical workshops and during critiques. 

Feedback

Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • Develop students understanding of multi-camera and television studio production process
  • Introduce students to a range of considerations associated with television studio based programme production
  • Build technical, production and operational television studio skills
  • Allow students to demonstrate responsibility and teamwork for the production of the programme.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Interact with operational studio roles in the areas of lighting, sound, cameras, vision, VT, vision mixing, floor managing, graphics, streaming or studio production KCP
002 Perform a specific studio operational role including pre-production development and live studio operation to a high level of competency KCP
003 Evaluate a range of considerations associated with television studio based programme production KCP
004 Work within the tight discipline of team practice in a broadcast setting with an understanding of gallery etiquette and production procedures KCP
005 Undertake programme production or development from concept to realisation; working effectively as a member of the production team KCPT
006 Group work PT
007 Leadership skills T
008 Time management PT
009 Person management T
010 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching is designed to give students hands on experience in turning the theory of programme production into a live broadcast that they will make over the course of the module.  The lectures introduce aspects of theory required for making a live studio programme production and practical sessions introduce studio skills  required in any broadcast environment.  You are encouraged to book extra sessions in the studio to further develop your skills or work with student societies like Stag TV to develop your skills in your own time. You will have the opportunity to specialise in some of the roles.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  •  lectures 

  •  studio rehearsal workshops

  • Tutorial support for programme development and production

  •  independent learning

  • Additional practical experience as independent study


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information

The Department of Music and Media is committed to developing graduates with attributes encompassing employability, digital skills, global and culture awareness, sustainability as it relates to media production and broadcast engineering and, finally, resourcefulness and resilience.

Employability: this module allows students to both understand, and actively participate in developing a Television production.  The module includes the production, craft skills and operational skills required for theses professional roles.  Students have gone onto work in TV studios and outside broadcast in both their placement years and as a job after gaining experience from this module.   The focus  of  the assessment  strategy  will  help  to  prepare  students  for the  realities of the  world  of  work  because  they will work as they would on a television production and that will help students gain employable skills.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: Students are guided to develop the ability to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and respond flexibly to the role they have taken responsibility in the production.  After feedback they have the opportunity to improve their specialty.  Students also have to work in a live studio environment which requires resourcefulness during the fast high pressured broadcasts.  They will constantly have to react to the live situation which will help to build their resilience.

Digital capabilities: Students are shown how to use a number of online and stand-alone digitally-enabled and industry-standard tools in the Production Gallery, Sound Gallery and vision Engineering. These include specialist software for production equipment which contributes to the programme output.  Students will be introduced to many of these software and they may specialize in one or two for their productions. In this module they also use online meeting tools and online collaborations platforms for the production development

Sustainability: Use of  storyboarding and animatic techniques reduce the time and preparation required for production to be on set, which is good for resources and the impact on the planet.  Studio has all LED lighting so we are reducing the power required to light the set.  Students are encouraged to design sets from recycled  material to reduce waste.

Global and cultural capabilities: Students will develop an awareness of the demographic of their proposed audience and can demonstrate cultural awareness of how their production could address different demographics for the purpose of the production The module will nurture awareness of the demographic to the look, feel , colour, tone and delivery of the production.  clearly reflect cultural viewpoints as part of storytelling.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.