Cardonald College

Kickstart your television career with our hands-on, practical television production courses. Our approach is simple: learn about programme making by making programmes. You’ll shoot on broadcast-quality kit, edit in our state of the art post-production suites, and follow other students in winning awards and jobs in the industry.

Taught by experienced professionals, you’ll make contact with industry insiders; last year’s guest speakers included key players from the BBC, STV, and major independents. You’ll get to work on real productions and live shows, and work placements make our courses ideal stepping stones into higher education or work in the industry.

In the past few years, our students have gained work placements in BBC Scotland, STV, IWC, the Comedy Unit and many more production and facilities companies.

We offer courses at two levels: NQ and HNC/D; both are focused on practical experience and building technical skills. You’ll get an introduction to the key skills of programme making: camera, sound, lighting, editing, directing and production.

HNC/D Creative Industries: Television

Our HNC/D course is all about getting students into work in television. In the first year, you’ll get a solid grounding in the essential skills of programme making with training in camera, sound, edit and lighting. In your second year, you’ll build up a showreel showcasing your technical and editorial skills, and make contacts in the industry through work placement and our regular guest tutors. You’ll spend much of your time in production, with guidance from our experienced tutors. And you’ll have access to industry-standard kit that would make many professionals green with envy. We have one of the best resource single camera production and post production facilities in any educational establishment in the country.

Students from Cardonald have won several awards for their work in the past few years, including Best Factual programme at the 2008 BAFTA Scottish Students on Screen Awards.

Graduates of this course have found work with BBC Scotland, Endemol, Tern Television and many other independent companies. Students from the course have worked on major productions such as the BAFTA Scotland Awards, and benefitted from masterclasses and industry experience with award winning camera and editing specialists, as well as writer, producers and directors.

Entry Requirements

Two Highers including English or NQ Group Award in relevant area (including Communication 4), or relevant professional experience. Interview plus submission of showreel and treatment and completion of brief.

Progression Routes

Direct entry into the two year BA(Hons) Television degree at Edinburgh Napier University; entry into the third year of BA (Hons); Broadcast Production or Film making and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland; 2nd or 3rd year entry to various film and TV courses in English HE establishments, including Ravensbourne College and the University of Westminster; direct entry into the BA (Hons) Television degree at Edinburgh Napier University; employment in the industry or freelance work.