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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.
Understand the key concepts and practical skills required to produce and edit a video advertising campaign. Learn how to use the cameras, lights, sound recording equipment and editing software.
In production groups, plan, shoot and edit a short film. Explore dramatic form and the aesthetics of filmmaking.
Devise, develop and deliver a factual film for a business, event or person. Learn the technical skills and creative practices required to produce a factual piece of work.
Get an introduction to sound design and recording techniques. Learn professional practices in audio production and mixing using digital audio mixers, microphones and sound editing software.
Develop and write a short film script. Learn about genre, narrative, structure, character, and how to create and correctly format a film script.
Study the key theoretical debates and approaches in the subject area of Film Studies (both historical and contemporary). Develop practical skills in film reading and film analysis.
Create a short film, in groups, geared towards the short film festival marketplace. Develop your critical understanding of dramatic techniques and technical ability in a variety of production roles such as director, cinematographer and editor.
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 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 queer theory.
Explore the key approaches to experimental film and digital film practice,video art and its practitioners. Conceive, plan, develop and edit a short video project and be encouraged to consider experimental approaches.
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.
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
Gain a complete understanding of motion graphics, animation and some compositing concepts, techniques and vocabulary. Produce an infographic and a series of TV adverts.
Develop your technical understanding of Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, and how this software is used to craft a video project. Develop your critical understanding of editing and audio mixing from a dramatic/artistic perspective.
Produce a major piece of practical work in the genre of your choice on an appropriate platform. Develop a practical project that incorporates one or more of the following: Television, Film or Web based media.
Create a high-end video project for a client of your choosing such as an individual, a business, or a band. Demonstrate your technical ability/skills in creating highly composed compositions, effective audio, and professional editing/grade.
Produce a substantial piece of work based on a 'live brief’ set by the client. Work closely with Drama students and create, develop, shoot and edit this film under the guidance of lectures and the client.
Further explore the documentary form and work in small groups to produce a short documentary. Take on one of the key production roles such as Director, Producer, Sound, Editor or Cinematographer.
Explore the role played by music, performance and genre in the evocation of emotion in cinema. Examine a rich variety of films drawn from international cinema, TV drama and the music video.
Study a film topic and further develop key theories and debates relating to this topic. This topic changes every year and in the past has ranged from the War Film, Superheroes, to Horror.
Examine a range of horror films’ construction of ‘the body’, asking what kinds of cultural fascinations, anxieties, pleasures and power dynamics might be being played out over the bodies of horror.
Examine the historical roots of the science fiction and fantasy genres, from its literary origins, through to its subsequent appearance on radio, film and more specifically television. Explore several key theoretical approaches to the study of the genre, including fan cultures, representation and dystopian/utopian futures.
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Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
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, 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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