Introduction to Television Formats
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Introduction to Television Formats
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of the course is to introduce the students to the different types of TV formats, formats market. Also the course introduces main television professions.
Brief description of the course
Introduction to different TV format genres, including game shows, reality TV, talent shows, variety shows, comedy and drama. Introduction to legal protection of formats, format market, market players, terms of sale. Introduction to the roles of TV host, writer, production manager, actor and director. Through case studies students will get acquainted to different technical and creative aspects of television production.
Independent work
Learning outcomes in the course
The students will be able to recognize different TV format types and perform basic analysis of these. The students have to create their own paper format at the end of the course
Assessment methods
Attendance, Home assignments, Test
Study literature
Suggested reading:
Moran, A., and Malbon, J. (2006) Understanding the Global TV Format. Intellect Books
Chalaby, J. K., (2015) The Format Age: Television's Entertainment Revolution. Global Media and Communication. Polity Press
Oren, T. (2012) Global Television Formats. Routledge
Bignell, J. (2012) An Introduction to Television Studies. 3rd edn. Routledge
Smethurst, W. (2009) How to Write for Television. 6th edn. How To Books
Esser, A., Smith, I. R. and Bernal-Merino, M. A. (2016) Media Across Borders: Localising TV, Film and Video Games. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies
Course materials:
Course materials will be available in Dropbox folder for download or viewing.
Additional information