Whether your interest is action, animation, documentary, horror or Sci-Fi, this course provides an excellent environment for you to develop your own exciting and rewarding career in the film industry. With a mix of practical skill and theoretical knowledge, you’ll be set to turn creativity into reality.
In the first year – the foundation year – you will study 4 modules; a subject-related module, a numeracy skills module, a study skills-related module called 'Succeeding at University and Beyond' and a foundation project module. After completion of this foundation year, you will then move onto the Digital Film Production honours degree course.
Develop practical production skills including camera, sound, editing, post-production, lighting, colour grading, producing and directing. Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced by our top class equipment including specialised digital cameras, Steadicam rigs, drones and professional editing software packages like Avid and Final Cut Pro.
You will increase your understanding of the history of cinema and different film genres with our theory based modules. Options include European Cinema and Contemporary Cinema. You will gather a broad understanding of many varied aspects of the film industry.
We encourage you to take full advantage of our creative and business services, which prepare you for careers in digital film and broadcast industries. Supported by our experts you will engage with industry from year one through work experience with a number of broadcasters and film shoots.
Students have gone on to win awards from the Royal Television Society and have seen their work used in promotional material for organisations and cities.
You will acquire transferable skills in communication, teamwork and creativity which are essential to success in the industry. This course will give you the skills and experience to move into rewarding jobs in the media.
Teaching and assessment
Our teaching methods develop subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that enhance employability. These include skills in communication, analysis, research, teamwork, writing and presentation.
You will receive lectures, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, screenings, group and individual projects, and independent learning.
We encourage you to take a work placement module. Developing relevant experience of work is an integral part of the course, and throughout your time at Sunderland, you will be encouraged to continuously liaise with the digital film production industry with work experience placements and industry-run master classes.
Assessment methods include portfolios of practical work, production files, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
The Media, Humanities and Creative Industries Integrated Foundation Year includes four modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
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.
For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.
The Foundation Year will be £4,000. For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250, but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the three years.
In addition, you will receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region, and you may be eligible for means-tested scholarships if you are from a low-income household.
Register with StudyPLUS and enjoy up to £200 worth of books and university study essentials.
If you are a full-time UK student you will be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more 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. In addition, your training in communication, teamwork and creativity will be highly relevant to roles in many different businesses and in the public sector.
Our students have gained placements or graduate roles with employers such as BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Channel 4, Heart FM, Metro Radio, Sky TV, BBC Sport, MTV, ITV Studios (Coronation Street), Talk Sport, The Guardian, Jamie Oliver Productions, Lime Pictures, Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, I Daniel Blake, BBC World Service, regional newspapers and PR companies.
We actively encourage students to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you will be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies.
You will undertake a number of practice modules throughout your course, which can include live briefs from clients from outside the University. You will build up a portfolio of work, to show future employers.
In your second year, you may have the opportunity to take a work placement module. Many of our students have used this time to work for media and film companies such as the BBC, Tyne Tees Television or one of the region’s many smaller production companies.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Digital Film Production courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
We encourage you to take part in competitions; our students have a record of winning awards from organisations such as the Royal Television Society.
Our students also submit work to, and attend, BBC North Developing Talent events. We are involved in the BBC Connect and Create Partnership and we have links to Community Media Association.
Throughout the course, we invite guest speakers to run workshops and master classes that allow you to relate your learning to real-life experience.