BA single honours Film, Radio and
Television with Foundation Year

Year of entry

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Film, Radio and Television aims to produce professionally skilled analytical thinkers. You will acquire specialist skills and produce practical work that reflects your passion and creativity, which will make you employable in the media industries and in a range of other professions. You will also develop an understanding of media theory and the ability to use it as a foundation for your own research. You will develop your ability to communicate with confidence both verbally and in written work.


FRTV Studies students gave a rating of 92% for teaching quality

National Student Survey, 2016

Film, Radio and Television offers you the chance to study a range of media in Year 1 before specialising in Years 2 and 3. You will explore the links between practice and theory in a way that will enhance your creative, analytical and communication skills. The course pays special attention to employability and you will be encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team. The course will help you to develop the transferable skills that are vital in the developing media industries while simultaneously giving you the opportunity to explore and develop your own relationship with the media. Your tutors are a creative mix of theoreticians and practitioners and you will have access to excellent studios and equipment.

We have professional standard television and radio studios, computing suites and portable equipment. We have an industry advisory panel and constantly use industry professionals to supplement full-time academics.

I am now well over a decade into my career in the media industry and looking back it’s hard to see how I would have progressed as far as I have without my higher education. After graduating in 2003 I joined a small television production company as an entry level engineer. I got this job on the strength of my practical skills and my broad knowledge of production equipment. Because of the foundation of skills I had built up over my years at Canterbury Christ Church I was able to progress up to a managerial position within a few years and within the same company made the step over to creative production. Again it was the FRTV course that had given me the breadth of knowledge to be able to work in both practical technical positions as well as creative roles. From there I moved to CBS where I have worked for the last 9 years working up from Video Producer to Content Director & Executive Producer. I manage a global team of creative film makers producing factual entertainment for CBS’s online division.

At every step up through my career I have relied on the skills I learned at Canterbury Christ Church. Initially mainly the functional practical equipment skills and as I progressed further and further I relied more heavily on the deeper theoretical and artistic part of the course. In my own work and in the training and management of others it’s that knowledge that sets me apart from others who have not had the benefit of such a wonderful course. In a brutal industry where competition for entry level positions is extremely high and the number of courses in various types of multimedia across the country is on the rise, it’s extremely important to select a course that not only gives students fulfilment, a true sense of learning and an enjoyable experience whilst absolutely preparing graduates to apply their skills in the marketplace.

The FTRV course at Canterbury Christ Church and the foundation of core, industry relevant, skills as well as a theoretical understanding of the mechanics and artistry of the full breadth of the media industry that it teaches is what underpins my career to this day. The expertise of the faculty and the resources available were a perfect blend of traditional and cutting edge, giving students the opportunity to prepare for the industry as it is whilst learning the discipline often lacking in modern media production.

The practical aspect that runs through all of the teaching is beyond doubt where the course stands out. Being able to put taught principles into practical effect from day one is amazingly stimulating and engaging and accelerates the learning process immensely.

Beyond the course the University as a whole, the Students’ Union and the city itself all created a wonderful safe, friendly and stimulating environment to continue learning outside of the lecture theatres. As someone who now is on the other side of the job interview table with hundreds of graduate CVs and show reels to process every year I can confidently say that, as a rule, graduates from the FRTV course at Canterbury Christ Church are better equipped to handle the real world responsibilities of working in the industry than any other course I have come across.

I owe my success in the industry to the FRTV course at Canterbury Christ Church and I can recommend it to anyone with aspirations of success in the British media Industry.

Drew Stern Creative Content Director and Executive Producer , CBS Interactive

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In Year 1 you will get an introduction to film, radio, television and animation production, using our excellent specialist facilities to make films, radio features and television shows. In Year 2 you will study creative film practice and digital broadcasting alongside optional modules that might include editing, screenwriting, cinematography, American independent cinema, popular television; you also have the option of undertaking a media project abroad. In Year 3 you will undertake a final project, which will demonstrate your professional skills, alongside optional modules that might include sound studies, art film and video and contemporary TV drama.

Work experience

Students are regularly encouraged and offered opportunities for work placements across the creative industries.

The Powell Building was named after local filmmaker Michael Powell and opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker Powell. Thelma is Martin Scorsese’s editor and has returned to offer master-classes and guest lectures to our students when her schedule has allowed.

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to Film Production

This module introduces you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment and techniques providing opportunities to develop creative, technical and organisational skills within the context of digital film production. The module encourages you to acquire team-working skills and integrate theoretical concepts within practical production.

Radio Production

You will acquire the skills needed to design and produce a live music radio show as part of a team, taking into account current professional practice. You will learn how to operate the radio studios and a range of audio software, digital audio-editing and multi-tracking on Adobe Audition, and studio and portable microphone techniques.

Animation Production

You will develop your understanding of a range of animation techniques from the most basic 2D techniques to the use of software such as Adobe After Effects. You will work individually and in groups to produce a short animation showreel.

Television Studio Production

This hands-on practical module will teach you the skills needed to make a live studio television show. You will have the opportunity to work with presenters and musicians in order to create live content. You will be introduced to the technology, equipment and industry procedures used in contemporary television production from the initial idea to the final product.

FRTV in Context (compulsory for Combined Honours students)

You will study the historical and cultural contexts of film, radio and television and the theory relating to them. The module will provide you with a critical and theoretical context for your own production work.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 1

This module builds on your pre-existing skills to help you to make a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. The module will encourage a reflective and self-managed approach to your study, time management, research and work-readiness, which will begin to prepare you for work in the creative industries.

Year 2

Creative Film Practice

The module develops your skills and understandings of specialist moving image production and post-production technologies. You will develop a short creative film from initial concept to post production.

Digital Broadcasting

You will develop radio production skills including scripting, vocal delivery, content research and creation, studio and location recording and editing by designing and producing a professional podcast. You will also build on your television production skills, including vision control, graphics, sound, directing and vision mixing, through the creation of a live show suitable for broadcast.

Year 3

Pre-production for Final Project

This module is the pre-production phase for the Final Project. You will follow industry-standard planning and pre-production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or ‘pitch’. You will develop your proposal into a pre-production portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.

Final Project

The Final Project gives you the opportunity to synthesise the technical expertise you have acquired throughout the programme to work as part of a team to create an ambitious professional production. The Final Project will add to your showreel and act as your ‘calling card’ when seeking professional employment.

Likely optional modules

Please list example optional modules by year - these should be ones that usually run. You may provide an indication of likely optional modules, including whether there are any optional modules that are generally provided each year.

Year 2

Editing Practice and Theory

This module develops your critical understanding of the process of editing through practical exercises and the analysis of cinematic texts. The module introduces you to the theory of editing and provides practical opportunities for you to develop your understanding of the importance of the editing process in film and television production.


Screenwriting provides you with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of the craft of scriptwriting. You will learn the techniques of scriptwriting and build your creative skills to make original and imaginative dramatic narratives while also studying a variety of theoretical approaches to scriptwriting.

Cinematography: Designing the Frame

You will gain practical hands-on experience of moving-image production technologies and learn how to light, control exposure and compose for the camera. The module is delivered through practical workshops, lectures and screenings.

Radio Studies

This module allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the radio and audio industries including public service broadcasting, commercial and community radio, music radio, new platforms for radio distribution, pirate radio, women in radio and radio art.

Film Sound and Music

You will examine the theoretical frameworks in which film sound has been understood and relates them to production practices and developments in film sound technology. You will also consider the ways in which sound works to produce meaning and emotional effects for the audience. The module aims to enable you to make critical connections between film and other forms of auditory experience in order to better understand the use of sound in cinema.

Watching the Detectives

The module will introduce you to the detective as a literary, film and television narrative and stylistic device. You will evaluate the distinction between the police detective and the private detective and the gender and/or ethnic identity of the detective. The creation of original content by streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon will also be considered to examine how the detective genre is shifting in terms of audience reception, narrative fluidity and genre expectations.

Popular TV

You will analyse the industrial practices and cultural contexts of popular programming on British television and evaluate key debates and theories relating to popular formats and genres such as quiz shows, lifestyle programming and talk shows. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the multitude of ways that TV producers engage with the popular audience across a multi-platform medium.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 2

This module prepares you for work-related experience in the creative industries, which is an important step towards your future employment. Tailored workshops and industry guests will help you to understand popular trends, issues and markets in order for you to make the best of these opportunities.

American Independent Cinema

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of American independent cinema since the end of the 1950s and its relationship to mainstream Hollywood cinema. You will study the work of the pioneers of the independent cinema aesthetic. You will reflect on what might constitute the independent aesthetic and explore oppositional, transgressive approaches in independent cinema and its symbiotic relationship with the mainstream.

Animation: Contextual and Historical Perspectives

This module is designed to deepen your knowledge of the context and history of animation by exploring what has made animation so central to the creative industries and to contemporary culture.

World Cinema

This module aims to introduce you to a variety of international films and develop their ability to critically engage with specific expressions within the context of national identity, industry, genre/movements, themes and style. You will examine a number of movements and styles and be encouraged to interpret the significance of films and place them in the context of the larger cultural systems of which they are a part.

Global Experience in Media, Art and Design

You will develop your appreciation of cultural differences and how these affect your professional practice by carrying out a media project abroad. To complete the project you will need to apply the skills that you have learned on the programme so far, and engage with the host culture.

Year 3

Laughing Matters

This module will develop your critical understanding of comedy, humour and laughter, both in terms of comprehending the pleasures laughter offers an audience and the ways it is necessary to structure a given text for comedic purposes. You will study a variety of theoretical positions on comedy, the comic, humour and laughter and the socio-political contexts in which comedy takes place.

Sound Studies

This interdisciplinary, cross-media module develops your understanding of a range of audio production practices and associated critical theories. The module places sound practice in its historical and cultural contexts and introduces you to concepts and theories that will allow you to analyse audio-visual texts and practices. You will produce a practical sound project and relate it to relevant theoretical concepts.

Realtime Visual Performance

The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and practice of real-time visual performance. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to produce and perform visuals for live events, theatre or music performances and gallery installations or to produce digital artworks. The module aims to place real-time visual performance in an historical and cultural context.

Art Film and Video

This module will enable you to place art film and video within a critical context in relation to the avant-garde in other art forms and to contemporary audio-visual culture. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts of art film and video production, which will enable you to engage with questions of expression, representation, meaning and affect. The module will allow you to make informed connections between film and video and production, key works in art cinema and video art, and contemporary cultural discourse.

Contemporary TV Drama

The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary television drama and the way in which its evolving forms affect its consumption and definition. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse examples of contemporary television and understand how contemporary television drama relates to the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.

Professional Perspective in the Creative Industries 3

The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and team work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.

Cinematic City

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the meanings of space and place in contemporary cinema, with particular attention to the construction of the cinematic city. You have all visited cities in your imagination through film and television representation and this module explores the theoretical framework for thinking through how the “real” city and the “imagined” cinematic city are intertwined.

Mixed-Media Dissertation

This module develops your skills in research, analysis and the construction of an academic argument through the production of a mixed-media dissertation on a chosen subject. A mixed-media dissertation may take the form of a written dissertation or an alternate practical form, for example a film that introduces theoretical concepts.


This module aims to introduce you to theories of utopian representation and develop your ability to evaluate social dreaming in a number of relevant cinematic texts. You will learn to distinguish between utopias, anti-utopias, critical utopias and dystopias and to understand their significance.

Graduates of Film, Radio and Television go on to work in a range of professional roles in the film, radio and television industries, including camera operator, film editor, director and producer. They also go on to a variety of graduate-level jobs in the wider media and non-media industries. Other graduates go on to postgraduate study at Canterbury Christ Church University and elsewhere.

The course helps you become multi-skilled, developing your technical and creative skills to the professional level needed for entry into the creative media industries.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,165 N/A
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2018/19 only. Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Text books No purchase is mandatory.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the Course

The degree is structured to provide a balance of practice and theory.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, screenings and workshops.

Each year of the course is made up of modules totalling 120 credits. Each 20-credit module has up to 50 hours of directed learning including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one and group tutorials and feedback on assignments. Teaching is supported by online resources containing suggestions for reading, ideas for class discussion and guidance on preparation for lectures, seminars and assignments. The online resources help you to learn flexibly and in a way that suits you and are of central importance to the delivery of independent creative practice and project work.

You are also expected to put in 150 hours of self-directed study and practical work for each 20-credit module.

BAFTA award-winning director Tony Smith, who has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years, runs workshops on the programme in which he shares his experience of the creative process which students can apply to their own creative practice.

Academic input

The course team is a creative mix of theoreticians and practitioners including two Principal Lecturers and several Senior Lecturers. This experienced team is supported by experienced technicians and supplemented by industry professionals who contribute as sessional lecturers or guest speakers.

You will be assessed by a combination of practical and written assessments. In theory modules this is almost entirely by essay or dissertation although there is one exam in the Year 1. In practical modules you will normally be assessed by practical project accompanied by a written evaluation.

We are building a new £12m arts facility in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

We expect our new arts building to open on the main campus in the academic year 2018/19.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

The course uses a fully equipped television studio featuring Sony cameras, Vinten Osprey Elite Pedestals and green screen. The studio gallery has a 2 ME Ross Carbonite desk with Xpression Designer Graphics, Vision 2 Lighting software, Vision Control area, and a Calrec Brio digital sound desk. There are also several radio studios and a dubbing suite.

Portable equipment includes a range of HD digital-video cameras including the Panasonic HPX 250, Black Magic Cinema and URSA cameras and the Arri Amira. Post-Production facilities include Avid and Adobe After Effects software on an Editshare network.

Film, Radio and Television has an Industry Advisory Panel made up of industry professionals and alumni of the FRTV course who are now senior members of the media industries. The panel advise on curriculum design and contribute to the module Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 3, providing briefs for students to work on and assessing the students’ ‘pitches’. Some students go on to take up internships, work placements and full-time employment on the strength of the work they produce in that module, which was used in a recent HEA report as an example of best practice in directed independent learning.

"I chose to do FRTV principally because it had a significant part of the course geared towards practical training. This was of particular use to me in the beginning of my career as it enabled me to ease into roles that otherwise I would have had to have had significant training for".

Andrew Swann Senior Operator, BBC

BA (Hons) Film, Radio and Television Studies with Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree.

One of the School’s recent graduates, Anna Louise Walter, won silver for Best Student Radio Personality at the New York Festival’s Radio Programme Awards.

Jane Milton is a documentary filmmaker who has won a BAFTA and Grierson award for her television programmes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy for her teaching.

Tim Jones is a documentary filmmaker who has won awards at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival, The Cinema World Fest and Headline International Film Festival. He has also won awards at the Canterbury Christ Church University for his innovative teaching and a Canterbury City Council award for his research on archive film.


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UCAS course code

  • P307 Film, Radio and Television with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.



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