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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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    Film, Television, & Media - BA Fairfield University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,650 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Film, Television, & Media
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    Film and Television - Creative Producing - BFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Film and Television - Creative Producing
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    Film and Television Production - BA (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Film and Television Production
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    Digital Communications and Mass Media – Concentration: Radio, TV and Digital Broadcasting Media - BA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,103 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,120 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Digital Communications and Mass Media – Concentration: Radio, TV and Digital Broadcasting Media
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    Film and Television - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,467 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,340 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Film and Television
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Associate in television

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    Film, Television and Electronic Media (for Transfer) - ASc Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
    Show program overview about Film, Television and Electronic Media (for Transfer)
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Diploma in television

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    Radio and Television - Radio - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,356 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,010 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Radio and Television - Radio
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    Film & Television Production (Montreal Campus) - Dip Trebas Institute, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,488 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,630 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
    Show program overview about Film & Television Production (Montreal Campus)
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    Acting for Film and Television - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,102 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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 - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Broadcasting - Radio, Television, Film & Digital Media
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Television graduate programs

Master's in television

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    Film and Television Studies - MA Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,262 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Film and Television Studies
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    Directing Film and Television - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Directing Film and Television
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    Film, Television and Digital Narratives - MA SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,000 EUR

    Start date
    October, March
    Show program overview about Film, Television and Digital Narratives
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    Film and Television Directing - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,680 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Film and Television Directing
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    Film and Television - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Film and 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
    Annual tuition fee
    18,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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 & Film - Business - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television & Film - Business
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    Advanced Television and Film - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,837 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,905 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Advanced Television and Film
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Television Writing and Producing
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    Broadcast Journalism - Television News - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,686 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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.