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Study television abroad

An in-depth guide to studying television as an international student.

Television degrees abroad

Television is a recent field of academic study where students develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to produce, analyze, and criticize videos. Television degrees are sometimes called television production, television and broadcasting, or film and television.

You’ll study a wide range of videos and consider how they’ve been influenced by the social and historical contexts in which they were set or produced. You’ll gain industry-level skills in camera-operating, producing, presenting, directing, writing, and editing, and use state-of-the-art equipment to create your own content.

Television is a global industry that is changing faster than ever as online streaming services emerge and take hold. By studying television abroad, you’ll be at the forefront of new developments and trends. You’ll connect with international professionals, explore new audiences, and gain a global understanding of the media landscape.

Television program structure

At the bachelor’s level, television programs are offered as both a BA and a BSc. The difference between the two programs is minimal, although you might find slightly more practical modules on a BSc program. Bachelor’s courses last for a minimum of three years, but most universities recommend that you take an extra placement or sandwich year to gain hands-on industry experience.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you can choose to study a postgraduate qualification. These programs are more research-focused and will ask you to specialize in a particular area. A master’s degree can be studied over one or two years, whereas a PhD can take between four and seven years of work.

You’ll encounter a variety of teaching methods on your degree, including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and screenings. You’ll have the chance to use industry-standard equipment and many universities will arrange for professionals in the field to deliver guest talks.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of exams, essays, presentations, close analyses of television clips, and practical assessments.

Differences in cultural contexts and industry practices mean that television programs will vary between universities around the world. However, here are some core areas of study you can expect to find in most courses:

  • Principles of television production
  • Technical skills for television
  • Understanding media
  • Editing for video
  • Researching the media
  • Presenting and writing for television

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Television undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in television

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    Theatre - Film and Television - BA
    Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Theatre - Film and Television
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    Radio / Television - BA
    University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Radio / Television
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    Film and Television Studies - BA
    University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,280 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
    Show program overview about Film and Television Studies
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    Scriptwriting for Film and Television - BA (Hons)
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Scriptwriting for Film and Television
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    Film and Television Production - BA (Hons)
    University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Film and Television Production
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Diploma in television

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    Acting for Film and Television - Dip
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Acting for Film and Television
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    Broadcasting - Radio, Television, Film & Digital Media - Dip
    Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Broadcasting - Radio, Television, Film & Digital Media
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    Radio and Television - Television - Dip
    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,010 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Radio and Television - Television
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Television graduate programs

Master's in television

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    Television Content Development and Production - MSc
    University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television Content Development and Production
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    Directing Film and Television - MA
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Directing Film and Television
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    Television Fiction Writing - MA
    Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,220 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television Fiction Writing
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    Film and Television - MSc
    DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,680 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Film and Television
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    Writing and Producing for Television - MFA
    Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,618 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Writing and Producing for Television
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Doctorate in television

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    Film and Television - PhD
    University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Film and Television
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Diploma in television

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    Broadcasting - Television and Film Production - OCDip
    Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,380 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Broadcasting - Television and Film Production
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Certificate in television

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    Television Writing and Producing - PGCert
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television Writing and Producing
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    Television & Film - Business - PGCert
    Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television & Film - Business
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    Broadcast Journalism - Television News - OCGCert
    Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,430 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Broadcast Journalism - Television News
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Future television careers

Your degree will prepare you with the skills you need to begin a successful career in the television industry. Although you may be offered entry-level employment at first, there’s plenty of scope for you to work your way up into high-level positions.

Here are some of the most common roles secured by television graduates:

  • Camera operator
  • Studio technician
  • Studio manager
  • Presentation scheduler
  • Videographer
  • Creative producer
  • Assistant television editor
  • Floor runner

Employers in the television industry are always on the look-out for individuals with passion and practical experience. Some universities have a media society or television channel that reports on campus life and sporting events, so it’s a good idea to get involved and boost your employability.