TV presenting: introduction

Course Dates: 11/03/20 - 01/04/20
Time: 14:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to be a children’s TV presenter? How do you start? Blue Peter or YouTube? Sticky back plastic or silly voices? This intensive course will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like being a children’s TV presenter (within City Lit TV studio). You will be taught how to engage with your viewers, for pre-school or older children. We have many City Lit success stories who have gone on to present on high profile channels such as Channel 5’s Milkshake. Why not you?


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?

Beginners/general standard.

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

Tutor Biographies
Kathryn Wolfe Tutor Website

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.

Book your place

Course Code: DMP066

Please choose a course date 

Wed, day, 11 Mar - 01 Apr '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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