Working with industry-standard equipment
One of the reasons that makes studying at York so compelling is the industry-standard equipment and facilities that York boasts! From RED Cameras and Steadicams to sound mixing rooms and Foley suites: York has everything you need to make the best content possible.
In fact, the state-of-the-art building cost £30 million to make, meaning that every student really does get a bang for their buck! A lot of the equipment we have is the same equipment used out in the field. So, you will have everything at your disposal to learn industry disciplines and techniques, making your skillset more attractive for employers providing you put the work in.
One of the proudest moments you can have being a Film and Television student is having your work screened in the Holbeck Cinema — our in-house 143 seat cinema which has a Dolby Digital Sound system and 4K play out capabilities. Not only this, but we get regular screenings of films and television shows in the cinema to support our studies. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and enjoy at the same time.
Making TV shows in the studio
What I love about this course is the TV studio facilities where we make our own television shows and learn how to work in a multi-camera studio setting. So far during my degree, I have worked on game shows, soap operas, magazine shows and a sitcom. From learning to write a TV studio script to shooting live on the day, you get to understand and learn about the full process of TV show production. With so many roles to try out, you’ll never get bored of practising and developing new skills.
There are two studios and each studio is split into two sections: the gallery and the floor. The gallery is the operational side of the studio where a Director leads a team comprising of a PA, Vision Mixer, Sound Mixer, Lighting and Autocue who all work together to control and capture what is seen on the floor. The Floor Manager is based on the floor and is in charge of liaising between the floor and the gallery. It is their job to oversee actors/ guests and work closely with camera operators. You will get to know all these roles in time. You’ll soon get to experience the excitement of live television where all your skills will be put to the test.
Collaborating with your cohort
Film and Television Production attracts students from all around the world because of its high quality teaching and incredible facilities. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to learn about film and TV industries from students’ different countries which can provide interesting insights. Not only this, but students from all around the UK are also drawn to the course, creating a diverse cohort that will enrich your studies.
Film and Television Production is a very group-based course. You’ll forge close friendships and work closely together to learn and create some amazing content. Some students even get together in their own time to make short films and work on projects, so there is plenty of opportunity to find collaborators and practice filmmaking skills outside the course.
Every year, TFTI even puts on ‘48 Hour Challenges‘. This is where you can get into groups with the challenge to make a short film in just 48 hours. I have had some of my best times doing this challenge and working with other students from the course and I’m sure you will too!