Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

International Television Industries

The UK has a mature and highly successful TV industry with exports of programmes and formats worth over �1.3 billion annually. Broadcasting is still an expanding industry in many parts of the world, and is a crucial driver for the creative and cultural industries more generally. This course provides the wide perspectives and specific skills that are essential for success in the broadcasting industry. This innovative course examines the different ways in which broadcasting is organised around the world. It has a particular emphasis on the production techniques of British television, approaching them through a comparative international lens. Students study a major BBC drama series in depth (currently the Saturday evening series Casualty) from conception, through to scripting and production organisation. The course includes visits to the production base in Cardiff as well as crucial skills training in the industry-standard MovieMagic budget and schedule software. Each student takes creative control of their own television or radio production to complete the course. The Media Arts department�s extensive range of industry-standard equipment, our TV production studio, state-of-the-art Mac Labs and location store (all of which has recently benefited from a �100,000 investment), is available to all students and training is provided in using it as part of the course.Located near London, the course provides students with a privileged insight into the production practices of the UK television industry. You will have guest lecturers from both production and management in the broadcasting industry. The wide range of past guest lecturers include:- Alex Graham (CEO of Wall to Wall TV, executive producer of Who Do You Think You Are), - Karen Mullins (Project Manager for Channel 4 Racing, London Olympics, Rugby World Cup) - James Quinn (Executive Producer My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding) - Pip Clothier (Producer of undercover documentaries including BBC�s Panorama: Cash for Questions). What you will study:- The nature of television as a medium: scheduling, genres, formats - How to produce your own short television or radio programme, using industry-standard equipment - The changing ways in which digital programming is being produced and delivered - The ways in which formats and programming are traded globally - The organisation and regulation of broadcasting around the world - The differing industrial structures of TV - The crucial skills of scheduling and budgeting, including training on the industry standard Movie Magic software. - TV series narrative arcs and character development - The TV production process, planning and execution, (including lectures by the producers of BBC�s Casualty You will be taught by world-leading scholars including: - Professor John Ellis (author of Visible Fictions, Seeing Things; independent TV producer; formerly deputy chair of PACT, the UK independent producers� trade organisation) - Dr George Guo (graduate of Westminster University and Communication University of China who publishes on TV drama in China) - Dr James Bennett (author of Television as Digital Media, Television Personalities) - Mike Dormer (producer of The Whale (2013), Blue Murder (2007-9) New Tricks (2003-5)) a team that combines an international perspective, substantial experience in the TV industry, and innovative theoretical thinking.

Entry requirements

UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Students with relevant professional or creative experience will also be considered. English language requirements:IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. Additional requirements: You are required to submit with your application form an essay in English of up to 2,000 words, entitled 'An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the broadcasting industry in my country.' We may also conduct a telephone or skype interview after receiving your application.

Course modules

Core course units: Structures of broadcasting; TV aesthetics; production study; production practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including: Seminar presentations; written essays; research portfolios; project work; self-assessment documents.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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