General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Maddalena Fedele

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Joan Jordi Miralles Broto
Eloi Aymerich Casas 
Maria Fernanda Luna Rassa 


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E6_Design, plan and perform with multicamera, live and on set, according to all facets of the product (both in the artistic design and content and in the technique)

  • E8_Design the lighting needs of a space according to its characteristics and the final purpose of the product to be recorded, photography or video

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

  • E14_Acquire knowledge of the history, aesthetics, evolution and dynamics of cinema, television, radio, press, Internet and video games, how to recognize aesthetics through viewing and analysis

  • E18_Analyze the structures, contents and styles of television and radio programming according to the technical characteristics of their realization. Design, produce and make programs for television and radio in the technical part: production room or radio control, respectively

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


Contemporary Television Production is part of the subject Image and independently complements the subject "Television" of the second year of the Degree in Audiovisual Media. The course aims to bring together thinking and praxis about television in different aspects such as politics, culture, sports, new audiences and the technological and social challenges facing contemporary television in Catalonia, Spain and the rest of the world.

The subject, based on the technical, narrative and teamwork knowledge already learned previously, raises the development of the critical spirit on television that is possible to produce today, in the midst of technological transformations and the need for a balance. between market, experimentation, innovation and cultural diversity.

The subject envisages, based on this knowledge of context, the development by groups of students of innovative and quality television format projects in practical sessions in which the ideation, production and realization of pilot programs will be carried out. in exteriors and, if necessary, in the equipment of set and control of the university.

Learning outcomes

Learning Resources (RA) .-

LO1. Identify the concepts of audiovisual language.

LO2. Perform a basic video post-production to assess the understanding of fundamental aspects of an audiovisual production with moving images.

LO3. Use interior and exterior lighting techniques to determine and control expressive, formal and technical quality.

LO4. Know how to work in a team and fulfill a specific role within the group that allows you to manage with maximum efficiency.

LO5. Know the current television market and know how the television industry works.

LO6. Know the structure of audiovisual companies and television channels.

LO7. Master the language of television and have notions of how to create a real program.

LO8. Have the ability to analyze television programs, understanding their language.

LO9. Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the different tasks when producing a television program (entertainment or informative).

LO10. Encourage the study and analysis of the audiovisual as a narrative language with the intention that the student develops his own critical and stylistic capacity when developing a project or valuing others.


Complementary learning resources (RAC) .-

RAC1. Capture and analyze current issues related to gender issues, both during the examples presented in class and in the students' own creative work.

RAC2. Adapt the works and the written part of the exam, as well as the oral presentations to the public, to the specific lexicon of the television medium and, in general, of the field of audiovisual media.

Working methodology

The course has 3 hours / week of theory and 2 hours of fortnightly practice.

The teaching methodology formula will be based on expository class sessions focused on the teacher’s explanation. Presentations and explanations by students in the classroom will also be encouraged. Teachers' readings will be accompanied by schematic presentations and audiovisual capsules that will be screened in the classroom. Occasionally there will be a lecture by a relevant speaker to complete the class explanations.

Therefore, three theory sessions and one practice session will be dedicated every two weeks. Of the three theoretical sessions, two will be dedicated specifically to master classes in the corresponding syllabus. The third session will focus on aspects that complement the theory, such as spaces for debate, small non-evaluable monitoring activities, projection and analysis of programs in new formats, guest assistance or brief presentations of the chosen television format. Pre-assigned readings and case studies will also be proposed and analyzed in face-to-face forums in the classroom.

Class attendance and group activities will also have their weight in sections assigned individually to each student.

Real and current examples from the professional world will be shown. The activities of a practical nature will be simulations of how a television program is created and produced. The interest and contributions of students are essential to advance and increase the level of internships.

Students must develop their own process throughout the course as a production team for a production company that develops its television project format. The groups will work in coordination from the thematic proposal to the writing of booklets of the design of the program. The duration of the program will be between 17 and 21 minutes. Preferably, the programs will be designed so that they can be performed outdoors, although they may be linked, in part, whenever necessary and desirable, to interiors (television set, control).

Students will prepare a sales dossier of the final project that they will present to the teachers during the hours of directed activities; these, then, are very important and are part of the learning and assessment process.

Face-to-face and non-face-to-face tutorials will be guaranteed throughout the teaching. In this second case the student will have telematic resources such as e-mail and various resources of the virtual classroom or intranet of the Tecnocampus.


CONTENT 1. History of Contemporary Television: From the social and political context to the possibilities of experimentation with the television archive.


4 face-to-face hours


This module raises the social and historical context of television from its origin and the development of the principles of television as a public service. A first approach is sought to the possibilities of a television that from the university experiments with the possibilities of innovating in the medium.

1.1. The 3rd golden age of television (History, evolution and current affairs)

1.2. The uses of television (Social context)

1.3 Television and the archive (Open archive sources)

1.4 Experiments with television (Found Footage-Video Essay)

Related activities

Proposal exercise (story line and booklet) of an archive television capsule (1 min) that proposes the analysis of a concept. Based on innovative aesthetic approaches, it will adapt the class contents to the language of the medium.

Activities 1, 2 and 3



CONTENT 2: Screen cultures: Television and aesthetic innovation


4 face-to-face hours


2.1 Television, art and culture: The encounter of television with other forms of expression such as literary adaptations, philosophy, tele-theater, comics.

2.2 Television as an artistic performance and video installation.

2.3 Television as a ritual. Innovation in the treatment of popular culture topics such as sports, music and travel.

Related activities

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.



 CONTENT 3: Political television, memory and proximity.


4 face-to-face hours


3.1 Political television: Citizen participation, humor and political satire, television activism. 

3.2 Relationships between television, history and memory.

3.3 Local television: local and community media.

3.4 Youtubers: Global proximity.

Related activities

Exercise to create a television capsule on a theme of rescuing memory or diversity in the Maresme.

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.



CONTENT 4: Crossmedia, transmedia and cultural resistance


4 face-to-face hours


How to think and make contemporary television for a cross-platform, transmedia and changing environment?

4.1 Cross-media, transmedia and video games on quality television.

4.2 Connected television: present and future of transversal television social media (prosumers, communities and cultural resistance)

4.3 New perspectives, interfaces and technological applications of television: iptvs, HD, 4K, 3D and VR

4.4 Children's television as a source of narrative and formal innovation for new audiences.

Related activities

Preparation and delivery by the producers of the final dossier of the television program format.

Activities 4, 5 and 6.


CONTENT 5: Programming and distribution of contents in the University Television


2 face-to-face hours


5.1 Set of quality television production and programming strategies

5.2 Discussion: what it means to program / distribute audiovisual content in the digital environment

5.3 The Miniput, learning about quality formats in contemporary television

Related activities

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.



Learning activities

Internship activities


Activity 1: Ideation, production and realization of a new format television program

Practice sessions 1,2, 3,4 and 5.

RA1, RA2, RA3, RA4, RA5, RA7, RA9, RA10, RAC1, RAC2, G2, G4, E5, E6, E8, E10, T2


Session 1.


Students will be divided into two groups, which will be explained in detail what the practical sessions will consist of (make a Final Program that must last between 17 and 21 minutes, based on a television format devised by the students themselves, which will have to include staging, filming sets, camera positions, VTR´s of a maximum of 45 seconds, videography, sound effects and music) and will be invited to think about group and theme proposals as a group. television formats that can be developed in a viable way and abroad. During this process and throughout the sessions, teachers will direct, assist and advise based on the proposals received and the programs that are carried out.

There will be an in-depth review of the roles that are developed in each space (on set: camera operators, councilor, production assistant, sound assistant, etc .; and in control: director, production assistant, mixer, sound technician, graphic designer, video and VTR operator, CCU operator, etc.). Specific roles will be distributed.

Once the topic of the program has been agreed upon, the task 1, which will consist of devising and developing the following: program title, editorial, storyline, synopsis, type of format, aesthetic approach, examples and references.

This task has the value within the final grade of 10%.


Support Material:

- Plato


- Video wall


Specific objectives:

- Participate in brainstorming sessions, offering ideas, accepting criticism and constructively debating the proposals of other classmates.

- Encourage creativity, associate ideas and look for solutions.

- Know and identify the elements that make up the set and television control.


Session 2.


The material presented by the different groups will be reviewed. Those errors detected will be discussed and discussed together with all students.

The task 2, which will consist of writing a literary script, preparing a production plan, deciding whether to work exclusively outdoors or whether to record some parts on set, find locations, think of a possible casting, finally cast the roles and produce a teaser.

This task has the value within the final grade of 10%.


Support Material:

- Television set.

- Video wall.


Specific objectives:

- Demonstrate the ability to develop the parts of a television project conceived and developed by the student teams themselves. Know how to put it on the floor and set.

- Consolidate the specific roles during the making of the teaser, and direct the innate abilities of the students to the service of the future final project (Final Program).

-Demonstrate the ability to make a creative production with the available resources and to propose and find solutions to common problems in filming


Deliverables and links to the evaluation:

Assignment 1. This assignment has the value within the final grade of 10%.


Session 3.


The material presented by the different groups will be reviewed. Those errors detected will be discussed and discussed together with all students.

The task 3, which will consist of amending the literary script, presenting graphic proofs (masks, curtains, kyrons ...), presenting the sound system (music, bursts ...), VTR, costumes and art.

This task receives an overall grade of 5%.


Support Material:

- Television set.

- Video wall.


Specific objectives:

- To test the knowledge acquired during the theoretical sessions and in the previous activities.

- Develop and improve the skills of television practice in most of its main roles.

- Demonstrate the ability to develop the parts of a television project conceived and developed by the student teams themselves. Know how to put it on the floor and set.


Deliverables and links to the evaluation:

Assignment 2. This assignment corresponds to 10% of the final grade.


Sessions 4 and 5.


The material presented by the different groups will be reviewed. Those errors detected will be discussed and discussed together with all students.

The task 4, which will consist of drawing up a scale, solving and correcting the missing parts (VTR, graphics, sounds). A communication plan consistent with the needs of the proposed program must also be submitted.

In the last session, the results of the productions of each producer and the resulting provisional edition will be projected. Strengths and possible improvements will be detected in each of the proposals. Students will be asked to correct any errors and vulnerabilities in this version of the program.

This task has an overall grade of 5%.


Support Material:

- Television set.

- Video wall.


Specific objectives:

-Demonstrate the ability to develop a television format project conceived and developed by the student teams themselves.

- Demonstrate teamwork skills.

- Test the staging, presentation and television production skills of student teams. Also show a capacity for surprise and television quality innovation.

- Follow the format of the Production Dossier in a coherent and satisfactory way.

- Satisfactorily complete their own television project.


Deliverables and links to the evaluation:

Tasks 3 and 4. These tasks have an overall grade of 10% (5% + 5%).

Final program.



Activity 2: Presentation of the program (Pitch)

RA1, RA4, RA5, RA7, RA9, RA10, RAC1, RAC2, G2, G4, T2



It is the last activity linked to the final practical project or also called Final Program. Students will prepare this activity for performance teams.

It is the final presentation of the sections of the program elaborated in the joint process and will have to produce of complete form and with all the foreseen contents. The activity must represent a presentation or pitch with a desire for excellence, linked to the premises of the teachers who have acted as executive producers. The final program format dossier will also be submitted.

The producers will perform this activity in 10-minute shifts.

It is essential to highlight the coordination between the figures of the program director, the program director, the program producer and the program councilor and screenwriter.

Students will have to deliver on the last day of theory class the Production Design of the Project in television format, which the teacher will have given them at the beginning of the course and which they will have co-evaluated and reviewed during the practical sessions.

The power of the program created, reflected in the Production Design Plan or final dossier, the schedule and the first video materials will be evaluated. Finally, the ability to convey a staging and a specific realization will be taken into account, as well as knowing how to explain and sell it in the presentation.

The overall grade for this activity will mean 10% of the final grade of the subject.


Support Material:

Computer and audiovisual projector.


Specific objectives:

- To test the knowledge acquired in the theory in class and in the previous activities.

- Demonstrate the ability to develop a television format project conceived and developed by the student teams themselves. Know how to put it in writing and present it in a rigorous way, betting on the strengths and opportunities presented by the format.

- Satisfactorily complete their own television project.



Theory activities


Activity 3: Presentation of the chosen television program formats

RA1, RA4, RA5, RA7, RA8, RA10, RAC1, RAC2, G2, G4, T2



This activity will be carried out in a theory session, and always after the first practical session. Each of the groups must present the idea of ​​the television program format they have thought of and chosen. In this way, all programs are presented to the rest of the students.

The producers will perform this activity in 10-minute shifts.

It is essential that the language used and the graphic material presented (text, images, references) are impeccable.

The overall mark of this activity will mean 10% of the final mark of the subject.


Support Material:

Computer and audiovisual projector.


Specific objectives:

- To test the knowledge acquired in the theory in class and in the previous activities.

- Demonstrate the ability to develop a television format project conceived and developed by the student teams themselves. Know how to put it in writing and present it in a rigorous way, betting on the strengths and opportunities presented by the format.



Activity 4: Miniput Exercise

RA1, RA5, RA6, RA7, RA8, RAC1, RAC2, G2, G3, G4, E14, E18, T2



This activity is related to the Miniput (Barcelona Quality Television Show). Students will have to attend the sample, choose one of the programs presented and prepare a work.

Groups of 4 to 5 students.

The overall grade for this activity will mean 10% of the final grade of the subject


Support Material:

Presentation in the virtual classroom or by e-mail.


Specific objectives:

Test the knowledge acquired in the theory in class and in the previous activities.

- Demonstrate their critical and analytical ability in the face of new quality television formats.

- Write consistently, coherently and in an articulated way (appropriate vocabulary, appropriate associations, well-structured foundations) on aspects related to the audiovisual media.



Activity 5: Final exam

RA1, RA5, RA6, RA7, RA8, RA9, RA10, RAC1, RAC2, G2, G3, G4, E18



Final exercise of the subject where it is asked and evaluated about the totality of the theoretical corpus taught. It will be divided into a multi-answer test type part and an analysis, interpretation and writing part. Misspellings penalize 0,2 points.

This grade is equivalent to 40% of the subject.


Support Material:

Exam delivered to be completed by the student.


Specific objectives:

- Demonstrate the global and solid knowledge of the theoretical corpus of the subject in a transversal and comprehensive way.

- Demonstrate the global capacity to describe, identify and relate different concepts linked to the theory taught in class as well as to the basic and complementary bibliography of the subject.

Evaluation system

The aim of the subject is to complete the vision on television and its communicative and social phenomenon; the learning, the evolution of the student and his creativity will be highly valued, but also the critical analytical capacity applied to a solid final project and with a will of innovation and excellence. The ability to work in a team, to contribute to solving problems and to propose effective and realistic production strategies with the available resources are key factors in the assessment of practices.

The evaluation of the subject will have the separation between content and laboratory practice. The theoretical content will be evaluated in a single exam and with class activities. The final exam will count for 40% of the overall mark of the subject, and it will be necessary to obtain in its evaluation a minimum mark of 5 out of 10 to be able to average with the rest of the qualifications of the subject. Class activities and individual and group exercises (Miniput, presentation of the chosen format), therefore continuous work and attendance, will count for 20%

The evaluation of the subject will also take into account the practical activities. In their set of evaluable tasks (tasks 1, 2, 3 and 4) they account for 30% in total.

Finally, and with the aim of evaluating in an evolutionary way the progress of the television process, activity 3 (Pitching of the television format worked on, which includes the elaboration and presentation of the final dossier of the television program format project as well as its programming strategies) has 10% of the value of the final grade of the subject.

Only the theoretical part can be recovered with a resit exam.

Students who do not participate in the practical part (collaborating properly and equitably with the rest of their classmates or producer) or who do not attend the mandatory minimum sessions, will get a 0, which will be listed as a No Presented (NP) . Likewise, those students who have suspended the internships will not be able to recover them.


About misspellings and proofreading.

En el context universitari i d'educació superior, la redacció i la qüestió formal en els documents lliurats en llengua catalana i castellana són objecte d'avaluació. Misspellings are penalized with 0,25 for foul, not counting duplications. Serious inaccuracies in the wording or impossibility in understanding the text can also be penalized, with no limit as to the note. The wording in English must be appropriate and correct, although specific errors will not be taken into account at the assessment level (not so repetition or serious errors).


About plagiarism.

It is the responsibility of the student to prevent plagiarism in all its forms. In the case of detecting a plagiarism, regardless of its scope, the deliverable in question and all the activity that is part of it will automatically have a grade of 0. In addition, the teacher will inform the Head of Studies the situation so that the applicable measures in the matter of sanctioning regime are taken.



Papers submitted after the deadline will get a 0.



Activity 1 - Tasks 1,2, 3 and 4: 30% (practice)

Activity 2 - Pitch and final dossier: 10% (practice)

Activity 3 - Presentation of chosen formats: 10% (theory)

Activity 4 - Miniput Exercise: 10% (theory)

Activity 5 - Final exam of the subject: 40% (theory)



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