module specification

SM5067 - Television Studio Practice (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Television Studio Practice
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Coursework 40%   Group television studio script
Practical Examination 60%   As-Live 15 minute television magazine programme
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides practice based learning experience of television studio production, introducing students to the stages involved in planning, scripting and rehearsing an as-live television programme and providing experience of different roles in the television production process including performance roles and behind-camera production roles.  Students will be encourage to work collaboratively and reflectively.
The module aims to:

1. Enable students to gain experience of television studio production and develop skills in television studio practice
2. Enable students to develop a range of transferable skills in audio-visual production.
3. Encourage students to work collaboratively towards the production of an as-live television programme.
4. Encourage a critical, reflective and collaborative approach to practice based media work


The module will allow students to develop media practice skills by working towards the recording of a 20 minute as live television magazine programme.

The module will address planning, scripting, performing, and producing television studio productions and allow students to experience different roles in the television production process. 

Typically students will be introduced to the main roles in television studio production including
studio management,
camerawork, and;
television production.

Students are given opportunities to practice each of those roles in the television studio. Students will also learn about the aesthetics of television production and formats and genres of television programmes. Students will be encouraged to work toward the production of a 20 minute television magazine programme, rehearsed as-live in week 14 and recorded as-live in week 15.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Weekly sessions will provide students with critical feedback on their work and will introduce students to areas of the theory, history and practices of contemporary documentary photography and photojournalism. Each week also includes a practical photography session, in which students will have the opportunity to develop their photographic skills and practice. Web based resources will be used, in addition to print based materials, to enable students to access a broad range of materials pertinent to the subject. Students are expected to devote time to developing their practice in between weekly sessions in order to obtain a substantial body of material that can be used to develop their final portfolio.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Undertake research across academic and industry sources about TV practices and their relationship to the texts and/or audiences of television (LO1).

2. Contribute to the production of a television studio script for television production and demonstrate an understanding of the different roles in television production (LO2). 

3. Contribute to the production of an as-live television show and demonstrate the ability to adopt and complete a formal role in the television production process (LO3).


Reading List

Brown, L. and Duthie, L. (2016) The TV studio production handbook. London: I.B. Tauris. Available at:
Austin, T. & Wilma de Jong, (2009) Rethinking Documentary. London: McGraw Hill
Bernard, S. C. (2016) Documentary storytelling: creative nonfiction on screen. 4th edition. New York: Focal Press. Available at:
Bignell, J., Orlebar, J. & Holland, P. (2017). The New Television Handbook. London: Routledge
Bruzzi, S. (2000/2006) New Documentary. London: Routledge
Creeber, G., (2002) The Television Genre Book. London: BFI Publishing
Creeber, G., (2006) Tele-Visions. London: BFI Publishing
Crisell, A. (2002) An introductory history of British broadcasting.  2nd edition. London : Routledge
Ellis, J. (2011), Documentary: Witness and Self-revelation. London:  Routledge
Ellis, J., (2000). Seeing Things: Television in the Age of Uncertainty. London: I.B. Tauris.
Geraghty, C. &  Lusted, D. (1998) The Television Studies Book. London: Arnold
Hilmes, M. (2002) The Television History Book. London: BFI Publishing.
Lees, N. (2010) Greenlit: developing factual/reality TV ideas from concept to pitch. London: Methuen Drama. Available at:
Miller, T. (2002). Television Studies. London: BFI Publishing
Nichols, B. Introduction to Documentary (2001/10)  Indiana: Indiana University Press
Owens, J. (2020) Television production. Seventeenth edition. New York: Routledge. Available at:
Singleton-Turner, R. (2010) Cue and cut: a practical approach to working in multi-camera studios. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Spiegel, L. & Jan Olsson. (eds.) (2004) Television after TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition.
Durham & London: Duke University Press
Van Hurkman, A. (2014) Color correction handbook: professional techniques for video and cinema. 2nd edition. [San Francisco, California]: Peachpit Press. Available at:
Williams R. (1992). Television: Technology and Cultural Form. London: Routledge. (Original work published 1975).
Winston, B. Claiming the Real: The Documentary Film Revisited (1995). London: BFI

Journals and Articles
New Review of Film & Television Studies
European Journal of Cultural Studies
Television & New Media
International Journal of Cultural Studies
Journal of British Cinema and Television

Industry documents/magazines
New Media Age
BBC Public documents
Department of Culture Media and Sport legislation and policy documentation
Ofcom consultations/findings