module specification

SM5067 - Television Studio Practice (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
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
Coursework 60%   As-Live 15 minute television magazine programme
Running in 2019/20
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
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.

Module aims

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 development 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 performing, studio management, camerawork, and television production, and 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 and teaching

This module will be delivered through a combination of modes of delivery, including formal lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, and media practice work in the television studio. The mixed-mode module delivery will used to encourage a supportive environment for individual and peer-group learning. 

A blended learning strategy will be employed to enhance the learning experience, facilitate communication between students and tutors and develop collaboration among students. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used as a platform to support online activities including on-line discussions, evaluation of online resources, and access to electronic reading packs. The VLE will also be used to facilitate formative assessment and related feedback, as well as a tool to integrate useful online learning materials provided by research institutions, academic publications, professional organisations and other relevant sources.

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

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed via two items of coursework:

  1. The group based television studio script (40%) is designed as formative assessment towards the as-live recording of the television magazine programme. It will test the students ability to work collaboratively towards a creative media product and their understanding of the stages involved in producing television.
  2. The group as-live 15 minute television magazine programme  (60%) will test the students ability to work collaboratively towards a creative media product,  to manage the pressures of media production, and to contribute different roles to television production.  The television programme assessment will incorporate elements of reflective self and peer assessment in the production of an accompanying (1000 word) reflective report.


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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