Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 10 x 2 hour Workshops per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assessment 1 (3 x 500 Word)  ASSESSMENT 1 Portfolio of 3 x 500-word self-reflective critiques on studio practice, based on sessions 3-7.  30%
Semester Assessment Assessment 2 (2000 Words)  ASSESSMENT 2 Essay (2000 words) to demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical and contemporary context of studio production.  30%
Semester Assessment Assessment 3 (Studio Examination)  ASSESSMENT 3 Studio-based Examination  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit: Essay  Word limit agreed by Director of Teaching and Learning.  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students will have specific knowledge as well as the generic skills of multi-camera studio practice as demonstrated in B3.

On completion of this module students will:

1. Demonstrate a critical approach to multi camera studio production.

2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of Producing, Directing and Presentation, Set Design, Floor Management, Vision Mixing, Camera Operation and Sound Mixing, Mise-en-Scene.

3. Gain specific knowledge regarding the creative process of multi camera studio production.

4. Be able to work constructively as part of a production team.

5. Be able to work effectively in a self-disciplined manner as an individual within a group.

Brief description

This module will provide the students with further practical and academic knowledge in the creative process of devising Multi Camera Television Programmes (having successfully completed module TF21520). Due emphasis is given to teamwork, technical ability and creativity within the confines of a basic studio. Organisational and communication skills will be carefully monitored as valuable disciplines within the learning outcomes brief.


The 10 studio workshops will be taught sessions. The examination will be in addition to the above and will take place during the University examination period.

Sessions will cover the the following:

1. Re-acclimatisation of studio resources. Personal tutoring following previous year's experiences so as to ensure an evolving teaching process. A short lecture on the history of Studio Production, Introduction to Blue Screen.

2. An introduction to Timing and Autocue. A prepared demonstration will involve the students' participation in recording one news item. Instigate the preparation process for Week 2. Each group will be given a specific brief which will involve (a) thinking individually and in an original manner as to the specific requirements of the following week's project (b) convening as a group for two hours so as to devise a working script. This will involve compromise and an understanding of teamwork (c) the meetings have to produce as many drafts as it takes to ensure that all aspects of the production are satisfactory to the group and to the course requirement. This pattern of preparation will be repeated each week prior to the studio workshop.

3 + 4. Two consecutive weeks focusing on a Current Affairs programme involving an interviewer and five guests. The skills gained in the previous weeks will be implemented. Each student will gain experience of all aspects of studio work.

5. A Sports programme with interviewer and five guests. Emphasis will be given as to the differences of genre, e.g. between Sport and the previous week's Current Affairs. Content, pacing and technique will be highlighted.

6 + 7. Two consecutive weeks based on two Drama scripts devised by the students, one of which will be a comedy and the other a tragedy. Casting will involve using no less than three actors.

8. A visit to BBC/Tinopolis/Barcud which involves being guided around a working live studio by programme professionals and gives an insight into realities of working in the broadcast media. Talks and Q and Q sessions as well as 'hands on' experience form the basis of these visits. (Students will be reminded during this visit for the need of a detailed analysis of their impressions of the visit. This will be included in their written log).

9. Music and Choreography. The disciplines of this session are in sharp contrast to the other sessions and will demand greater rehearsal time due to the nature of the performance.

10. An intricate News programme (in contrast to session 3). This will combine all the skills that have been learnt e.g. Chroma Key, Autocue, timing, fast camera shots and an ever changing running time.


The requested change in credit weighting (from 20 to 30 credits) will accurately reflect the academic nature and the practical intensity of the work involved in the module. The requested change is also in response to student feedback. The 10 x 2 hour sessions will remain as at present, but the preparation work which takes place outside of the studio will be specified and defined in terms of self-directed learning. This reconstruction will reflect the input of research, writing, set design, costume and make up design that will be involved in the new module.

Each age of broadcasting needs innovation based on instinct and research. The embryonic digital age is no exception, and this premise will be developed during each session. TF21520 (the pre requisite of this course) provides a basic TV studio grammar; this reconstructed module offers progression as to the use of that grammar.

The requested change should be applied in time for provisional registration in April and be fully implemented from September 2009-10.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Timing programmes and elements within programmes correctly is much emphasised. This can be quite challenging and every effort is made to assist and nurture this skill so that all programmes are timed to the second. The group is given a budget for the final production - the Producer is responsible for accounting for all money spent. Weekly expenditures are managed by the week's producer.
Communication Developing good communication skills is very much encouraged and is essential for the success of students weekly team production.
Improving own Learning and Performance Working effectively to their own strengths within a team is encouraged. Working effectively and to their own strengths regarding the effective use of a range of equipment is essential. Voicing opinions within the team is developed.
Information Technology Students will be given opportunities to develop using electronic research on the web. An Aberystwyth Facebook site is used to advertise for Actors/Singers/Presenters/Performers on a weekly basis.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop self confidence as each team member in turn takes responsibility (with a co-producer) to produce one programme. Their communication/organisational skills are tested at this point. The trips to the various studios often influence career choices and contact are made in these situations for work experience etc.
Problem solving Students will identify and solve the logistical problems which inevitably occur whilst producing a television programme.
Research skills Each programme requires a new understanding of the proposed audience and so students will need to research that audience before writing scripts etc. Students will be encouraged to evaluate, interpret and reflect upon a variety of sources, and to make links to accommodate new ideas.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be developing and enhancing the technical skills learnt on the pre requisite course (TF21520) within a more critical framework, specialising in camera and sound work/DVD and VT operation/Floor Managing/Directing/P.A. work/Vision Mixing. Although not assessed on performing in front of the cameras, students will have further experience of this aspect so as to make them aware of skills that are needed to work with performers effectively during production.
Team work Learning to apply all the skills learnt on this course and applying them to produce effective teamwork is a very high priority during this module. Weekly discussions between Tutor and team member to monitor and actively encourage successful teamwork are held at beginning of each session. Creating a good balance of the weekly workload is the students responsibility.

Reading List

General Text
Bennet, James & James Brown (eds) (2008) Film and TV After DVD Routledge Primo search Higgin, A.P. (ed.) (1992) Talking About TV BFI Primo search Palmer, Gareth (1993) Discipline and Liberty Manchester University Press Primo search Philo, Greg (1995) The Influences of T.V. Routledge Primo search
Recommended Text
Booker, Christopher (2004) The Seven Basic Plots Continuum Primo search Fairweather, Rob (2001) Basic Studio Production Focal Press Primo search Hobson, Dorothy (2003) Soap Opera Blackwell Primo search McKee, Robert (1998) Story Methuen Primo search Musgrove, Jan (1993) Make Up/ Hair/ Costume for TV Focal Press Primo search Richards, Ron (1992) A Director's Method for Film and TV Focal Press Primo search Tolson, Andrew (2001) TV Talk Shows London: LEA Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6