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Television: History and Future


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Our Television: History and Future short course introduces you to the key developments of the medium of television in the context of broadcasting - from radio to satellite, cable and digital transmission. The ongoing digital switchover has already brought about sea changes in the production and reception of television programmes. Case studies on the public service role of television and the aesthetics of televisual texts will address these changes.

You will develop skills in the textual analysis of the televisual image in its various historical and current manifestations, including:

  • news,
  • documentaries
  • entertainment programmes.

Assessment is via four essays of 1000-1500 words each (25% each).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.