Film and Television

Gain the hands-on experience of designing, creating and managing your own digital film or television programme

2yrsPart Time 1yrFull Time

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

The course equips students with the technical, academic and professional skills required to pursue a career in film, television and associated industries.

It is project-based, allowing you to define the focus of your work, whilst building creative and technological expertise and gaining the hands-on experience of designing, creating and managing your own digital film or television programme.

The course encourages your exploring solutions for delivering product across media platforms – in an era of cross-platform convergence.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Access industry standard digital film equipment through our CCi loan store, including the C300, EX3 and Canon 7D cameras and the Mix Pre-D portable sound mixer
  • Edit using the professional software Avid Media Composer
  • Shoot on location or multi camera in the newly built New Theatre Royal facilities
  • Record on high-end location sound equipment, e.g. Tascan multitrack recorders
  • Have the option to engage in real-world client based research

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our course specialises in a multi-skilled approach, much favoured by the film and television industry. By the completion of your studies you will be a prepared, skilled and thoughtful practitioner with the expertise to fulfil a range of industry-related jobs. Students are encouraged to explore non-linear storytelling as well as high-end aesthetic and technological visualisation and sound technology. In an age where media content providers (in other words multi-media corporations) are looking for cross-platform solutions to moving image digital design and production, this places our graduates in a good position afterwards in relation to the market place.

Key Facts

1 year full time, 2 years part time
A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject such as TV and Film Production, broadcasting, moving image, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £5,200, part time: £3,470 in Year 1 and £1,730* in Year 2
2017/18 entry: full time: £5,200, part time: £3,470 in Year 1 and £1,730* in Year 2

Full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,700, part time: £8,470 in Year 1 and £4,230* in Year 2
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300, part time: £8,870 in Year 1 and £4,430* in Year 2

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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School of Creative Technologies
Programme specification


Film, Media and Performing Arts

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The creative atmosphere that encourages students to explore their own interests and ideas
  • The excellent facilities which you will have access to
  • The lively mix of creative practice and critical understanding, ensuring that knowledge and learning is stimulating, cutting-edge and relevant to the wider world

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Here are the units you will study:

  • Professional, Academic and Research Development: This is a taught unit covering planning and managing development projects.
  • Project Context and Definition: A unit of self-directed study that will help you specify your project’s scope and plan.
  • Project Design and Development: This unit is a self-directed study covering a critical review of existing work.
  • Project Evaluation and Resolution: This unit covers the development and evaluation of your project artefact.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is research based, focusing on your own chosen project. Taught units are limited to the first semester, although there is ample opportunity for contact with the staff through regular tutorials and workshops.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is solely based on your research-based project – its proposal, the artefact itself and your evaluation and technical report.

Searle Kochberg

Tutor's view

Searle Kochberg
Course Leader

I am very excited to be the Course Leader of the new MSc in Film and Television which focuses on digital storytelling. The staff are all subject specialists, and this is the unique selling point of the course: ethnographic documentary (Searle Kochberg), cross platform narratives (Damian Toal), film funding and distribution (Yael Friedman), women in digital film technology (Jenn Foray).

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Specialist filming equipment

You will have access to a wide range of technical resources including industry-standard professional filming equipment that includes:

  • The latest professional cameras, e.g. Arri Alexa
  • Canon EOS C300 Super 35mm Digital Cinematography cameras
  • Canon 5D / 7D DSLR cameras
  • Tascam multi-track location audio recorders
  • Avid Media Composer editing facilities
  • Foley and ADR Sound Studio
  • Multi-Camera TV Studios

We are accredited with Avid to offer certification in Avid Media Composer 7.0.

TV Studios

We have purpose built TV studios that allow the production of all types of television and film work. The studios are fully equipped enabling you to get loads of practical experience and ensure you are working to an industry standard.

CCI Channel

Our student-run TV channel, CCI Student TV, will also enable you to regularly contribute content that is screened live over the internet and around the University. You can submit your work or even be part of the presentation team.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

Sundry materials and CDs, DVDs may be required costing around £50-£100 each year.

If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase additional materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project. Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. These may be in the region £50 - £100.

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Mortarboard Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Two projects which crossed the desk of the MSc Film and Television Course Leader recently best exemplify what is happening in the Industry today, and is the logic behind the MSc in Film and Television.

Transive Limited (London) is exploring with the staff and students in Creative Technologies (particularly in film and television) cross media solutions to promote high end retail parks on TV, on the internet and on social media. The idea is to make short, sizzles for cross-media platform promotion.

The Guardian too has piloted a project called Interesting Stuff based in Cornwall and SW England which harnesses digital technologies to deliver combinations of film, arts and editorial content to audiences in social venues, on mobile phone devices and in the home.

At the heart of these two projects is exploring solutions for delivering film and ancillary content cross-platform. Graduates in MSc Film and Television are in an optimal position to be part of just such convergence projects, projects that can have regional and global dimensions.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry are:

  • Wednesday 1 March 2017, 1pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm
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We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more about our self-guided walking tours

If you are unable to visit us, contact the admissions team – see the 'Key Facts' section above for contact details.

Further information

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan entry, plus scholarships and bursaries available, visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.

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