TV presenting for beginners
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DMP030
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Discover your TV presenting potential in this online course for complete beginners.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Overcoming nerves, presenting to camera, reading autocue, writing and memorising short scripts, hosting an interview, being a guest interviewee, talking to time, breaking into the industry.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Present to camera
Write and memorise short scripts
Conduct an interview, be interviewed
Talk to time
Understand how to break into the industry.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a reasonably fast-paced course for beginners. No prior TV presenter training is required, and it is suitable for those who have or do not have a performance background. Good communication skills are required. In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly
• Listen and respond to instructions
• Read a script accurately
• Give and receive constructive feedback
• Take notes
• Work within groups and on your own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques during this online course. Practical sets of exercises will be recorded on camera and played back with individual feedback. You will be given unedited files of your work, for review, at the end of the course.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notepad and pen or tablet on which you can write notes.
Recommended reading: So You Want to be a TV Presenter? by Kathryn Wolfe (Nick Hern Books, 2010), and The TV Presenter's Career Handbook by Kathryn Wolfe (Focal Press, 2015).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Enrol onto DMP061 Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube to gain more experience and 'on camera' techniques. Consider a course in general acting or improvisation to build confidence and develop skills in 'thinking on your feet'. City Lit offers a wide range of Screen acting and TV presenting courses.
Kathryn Wolfe is a highly experienced TV presenting coach who has taught a range of TV presenting courses at City Lit since 2005 and trained dozens of presenters who appear reguarly on TV and online. Formerly a BBC trained TV director with over 25 years TV directing experience, Kathryn was also Course Leader TV Production and Senior Lecturer Media Performance at University of Bedfordshire for 12 years. Kathryn has written two leading text books in this field: "So You Want to be a TV Presenter" (Nick Hern Books, 2010) and "The TV Presenter's Career Handbook" (Focal Press, 2014). Kathryn founded Pukka Presenting in 2003 to train presenters, and further info can be found on Pukka Presenting website and Instagram.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.