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Passionate about film? Excited about movies? Want to work in film or produce high-end TV? Do you want the opportunity to direct short films and documentaries? Or are you interested in becoming a cinematographer or editor? If you’ve said yes to any of the above, this course is for you.
Explore filmmaking, documentary production, directing, cinematography, and scriptwriting or editing. Develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge that will set you up for your own exciting and rewarding career, turning your creativity into reality.
Through practical projects you will develop skills in screenwriting, camera, sound, editing, lighting, colour grading, producing and directing. Learn from our highly experienced and skilled lecturing team, using first-class equipment.
You’ll have access to specialised digital cameras, sound recording equipment, lighting kit, Steadicam rigs, and professional editing software packages such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premier Pro and Da Vinci Resolve.
In the first year – the foundation year – you will study five modules; a module about the foundations of art, design, performance and media production, an essential study skills module, a foundation project module, practical numeracy skills, and an introduction to creative practice module. After completion of this foundation, you will then move onto the Film Production honours degree course.
Through lectures, workshops and project work, you will learn practical skills and develop your knowledge in a variety of filmmaking roles to set you up for a career in the film and TV industry.
Our teaching methods develop subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that enhance employability. These include skills in communication, analysis, research, teamwork, writing and presentations.
You will be taught via lectures, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, screenings, group and individual projects, and independent learning.
Assessment methods include portfolios of practical work (short films, documentaries, advertisements, music videos, showreels, scripts), production files, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
The Creative Industries: Arts, Design, Performance, Media Production Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Gain an introduction to the procedures and techniques of single camera video production. Learn the technical practices and creative skills required to produce a video. Originate, develop, script, shoot and edit a production of three minutes in length, working in a production crew.
Develop the skills needed to competently record and mix audio with the appropriate hardware and software. Consider how sound operates as a standalone element, how it affects the listener and how it interacts and informs other types of media such as film and television and online. Evaluate the roles of practitioners within the industry.
Learn the key skills of storytelling through workshops on narratives and formats and use those skills to inform your work and your professional development. Work on the production of an independently written short script as well as a treatment and pitch. Learn how to develop an idea through to treatment stage, and finally into scripts suitable for short films, TV/streaming service, radio, or podcast. Cover genre, narrative structure, plot lines and character development and learn how to format a script for various forms. Develop your critical awareness in relation to your own work and that of others and develop your analytical skills and understanding of conceptual issues in relation to scriptwriting and the finished product.
Discover the concepts, theories, methods and approaches that have shaped the discipline of film studies. Develop skills in hands-on film analysis of a wide range of films, including how to analyse a shot, editing techniques, narrative structures, relationships between image and sound.
Gain an introduction to the world of film production. Prepare and present your film ideas to a panel of experts. Discover visual language, visual storytelling, film grammar and lens language, light. Undertake practical workshops, exploring on-set etiquette and how to actualise your ideas in the film form (moving image). Explore practical filmmaking techniques and learn how to use camera technology to realise your vision on film. Produce a short film, which can be shot in the virtual studio environment.
Introduction to TV and Virtual Production (20 credits)
Focus on the basic concepts, procedures and techniques employed in a modern television studio. Gain and introduction to a wide variety of production roles (vision mixer, floor manager, camera operator, director, lighting director, etc.), and produce a short multi-camera studio programme for a specific audience. Discover new and exciting virtual production techniques and explore how this can be used in real-time to fundamentally transform traditional production methods, from planning to the production itself.
Devise, develop and deliver a short documentary in groups. Analyse the documentary form and further develop production skills such as planning, organisation, production management, camera, lighting, sound, digital workflow, and post-production techniques.
Develop contextual, practical and critical skills you’ll need to survive in the screen and audio industries. Focus on mapping your employment journey through different industry sectors and make media content about this via a podcast and digital content. Set up work placements and make professional contacts in the creative industries. Learn about essential legal, ethical, compliance and diversity issues. Meet key industry and University services such as BBC Careers Hub; ScreenSkills, mandy (and other directories and agencies), North East Screen; the University’s Enterprise Centre, Sunderland Futures, the Digital Incubator and Faculty initiatives Media Hub, Spark platforms and the Sunderland Creatives Agency.
Develop your theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of Guerrilla filmmaking. Form your own production company and originate, develop, script, perform, shoot and edit a Guerrilla short film project.
Engage in an in-depth analysis of the major areas of film theory and criticism and gain a heightened capacity for critical thinking and an ability to analyse film ‘texts'. Focus on recent and contemporary film theories such as feminism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and post-structuralism.
Build upon the skills you developed at stage 1 and learn about the important concept of pitching. Explore the current critical issues around film distribution and marketing. Gain analytical and practical experience promoting your creative ideas in the global marketplace. Continue to explore virtual production through practical filmmaking techniques and interactive workshops that are modelled on industry codes and practices, preparing you for a real-world virtual production environment.
Develop your understanding of moving cameras, their images and the impact of those images on screen. Explore and learn to control moving camera equipment including Steadicams, Track and Dollies, Jib-arm, and sliders in order to create professional moving compositions.
Expand the post-production knowledge and skills that you have acquired at Stage 1 with a primary focus on Avid’s Media Composer, Pro Tools and Adobe’s After Effects. Develop an understanding of visual editing, motion graphics/video effects and audio from a dramatic/artistic perspective and then focus your skill sets on crafting a fully realised video project. Finish, check and deliver a project after critically assessing its strengths and weakness.
Understand the concepts and techniques employed in writing drama or comedy suitable for television or steaming service such as Netflix or Amazon. Learn how to develop an idea through the treatment stage, and finally into a script.
Produce a major piece of media work in the genre of your choice on an appropriate platform. Work in a group to develop work that incorporates one or more of the following: Television, Film, Web based media. Create a Concept Document during pre-production which outlines the development of the project. Write a 2000-word critical essay in which you evaluate the development of the production, your individual role and an analysis of the final piece.
Expand on skills developed at stage 1 and 2. Produce a short film following a commission or live brief. Establish your own small production company and develop an online presence, working in groups. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism as you interact with clients. Take advantage of opportunities to specialise in production and project management, directing, camera, sound, editing and postproduction.
Explore what makes watching films such a compelling emotional experience and how such experiences affect interpretations of key ideological discourses. Focus on the role played by music, performance and genre in the evocation of emotion on screen. Examine how texts encourage audience identification and empathy, especially in films dealing with sensitive, or contentious topics. Consider the emotional power of all media texts and recognise feeling as a vital part of the overall fabric of our experience of watching and listening.
Work in small groups and find a client to create a high-end corporate video project. Demonstrate your technical ability in creating professional visuals effective audio levels/mixing/score, and professional editing/grade. Produce a video that showcases your development over the three years of your studies. Create a video showreel of your best work from this module and upload it to an online platform, highlighting your professionalism and technical ability.
Gain an advanced understanding of digital video effects and post production skills devise a plan and develop an advanced digital post production project which explores and incorporates advanced digital video post, production techniques such as advanced digital video special effects work, colour correction and grading, and sound design. Critically examine the position of your work with regards to current digital post production practices.
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Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, T Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you are a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for careers in the film and TV industries. Your training in communication, teamwork and creativity will be highly relevant to roles in many different businesses and in the public sector.
Our graduates have gained employment working as freelance crew on film sets and TV shows in a variety of roles such as Camera Trainee, Foley Artist, Cinematographer, Digital Content Manager, Production Manager, Editor, Director, Producer, Script Supervisor, Sound Recordist, Production Coordinator and Digital Imaging Technician.
Previous employers include the BBC, ITV, Pinewood Studios and a huge variety of independent production companies. Other graduates take a more entrepreneurial route and have set up their own production/media companies.
We actively encourage you to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you'll be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies.
You'll undertake a number of practice modules throughout your course, which can include live briefs from clients from outside the University. Get the opportunity to gain production experience with independent production company Fulwell 73 and build up a portfolio of work to show future employers.
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