What is the course about?
Analyse what makes a good children’s TV presenter, then have a go yourself. You will be taught how to talk to camera, read autocue, and create items specifically for a children’s audience. The tutor is a BBC trained TV director with over 25 years of experience directing mainstream programmes for BBC and ITV. She has extensive experience directing high profile children’s programmes including BBC’s Tweenies, Teletubbies and Record Breakers. Your recordings will be made in a well equipped TV studio environment and you will be given unedited files of your work.
What will we cover?
Presenting to camera, reading autocue, children’s ‘makes’.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Engage with your audience through the camera
• Read autocue
• Create a children’s ‘make.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly
• Understand instructions and be able to work to a brief
• Take direction, be adaptive, take notes
• Receive constructive feedback.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In-class practical exercises will be recorded on camera and played back with helpful constructive comments. There may be some weekly prep such as viewing and preparing items to record. Reading either or both of the following texts written by the tutor Kathryn Wolfe will prove vey useful for the course: So You Want to be a TV Presenter, published by Nick Hern Books, and The TV Presenter’s Career Handbook published by Focal Press.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Minimal extra costs to create a children’s ‘make’. Bring notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
TV Presenting for Beginners (intensive)
Presenting to camera for vlog and YouTube.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details