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MFCO251 Television Studio Production

An introduction to the practical elements of studio-based television production.

This paper applies film theory to continuing development of practical skills within the studio. By completing this paper, students communicate ideas and information through filmmaking as well as develop critical and creative thinking in that context. Students will become conversant with elements of the studio.

The primary assessed tasks are two creative projects and related analytical and critical written and video assignments. These non-fiction and fiction short films are created in groups acting as film 'crews'. Crews employ informed thinking along with the tools of filmmaking, sound design, visual composition, lighting, both single and multi-camera cinematography, script development, editing, and location filming to realise their collective, and creative, vision.

Paper title Television Studio Production
Paper code MFCO251
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 COMS, FIME or MFCO points
COMS 250, MFCO 250
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Due to restrictions on the facility, numbers for this paper may be capped. Please contact the department ( if you have any questions.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Bernard Madill
Paper Structure

Time commitment is balanced between:

  • Management of a practical studio based filmmaking project
  • Aesthetic and structural analysis
  • Learning and experiencing studio and video technology
  • Theoretical film concepts relating to the above projects


Students have both individual and group opportunities:

  • Individual: Two written critical and video interpretations, 50%
  • Group: Two short films, and accompanying documentation, 50%
Teaching Arrangements
  • Twelve 1-hour lectures
  • Twelve 1-hour informal seminars for film analysis and group meetings
  • Twelve 3-hour studio sessions

Essential readings will be provided, plus a recommended reading list.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:

  • An understanding of the process of studio-based filmmaking
  • Application of critical thinking focused on their own creative projects
  • Productive and creative group processes towards an effective audio-visual item that communicates ideas to audiences
  • Broad skills that can translate into short film making more generally

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
T4 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41