The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Provides students with the skills, knowledge and ability to create a studio-based television program. Students learn how to design both editorial and technical content for the multi-camera studio environment. This may include segments produced in the field to be played back within the studio environment. Emphasis in this course is placed on student group collaboration and communication providing the opportunity to experience various studio production roles when completing assessment exercises and group-initiated projects.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of television formats for studio productions.

2. Design, write and critically analyse original TV ideas for both editorial content and aesthetic techniques within a TV studio environment.

3. Identify and critically reflect on the creative process related to TV studio practices.

4. Demonstrate effective and articulate professional communication skills when negotiating a safe TV studio production.


Topics to be covered are:

1.       Television formats that are studio-based.

2.       Designing and writing television content for studio-based productions.

3.       Aesthetic and technical content development for studio-based productions.

4.       Creative practice and processes for the television studio environment

5.       Television studio etiquette and risk assessment.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 and CMNS1240 . For students who enrolled before 2020, assumed knowledge is CMNS1230, CMNS1005 and CMNS1130. It will be assumed that students can demonstrate an ability to develop short video content, utilise single camera production techniques used in the field and can edit using non-linear software.

Assessment items

Journal: Learning Journal About Television Practice - 30%

Project: Project A - Studio Output Multi-camera TV program - 20%

Project: Project B - Studio Output Multi-camera TV program - 20%

Presentation: Debate - 30%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory online safety induction (equipment usage) by week 2.

Contact hours


Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 13


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 41 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

3 hours per week for 12 weeks + 1 hours per week for 5 weeks (Weeks 3-7).