• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    4 September 2017 to 22 June 2018
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

HND Digital Film Production

Summary of course

This is a highly practical programme designed for anyone with a keen interest in films and film-making. It covers script development, casting, filming, editing and authoring your work to DVD. Additional modules cover documentary film-making and music video-making. This programme will prepare students for employment in the film and television industries and will also give them the confidence to set up as an independent film-maker. No prior experience of film-making is required.

The course enables students to develop specialised knowledge and skills in the area of video/moving image production and to develop the ability to transfer these skills into the workplace. The modules provide an underpinning knowledge of the moving image industry, film theory and the production process from scriptwriting to filming and editing.

Stage 1:

During the first stage of the course, students will learn essential film-making skills, from scriptwriting to filming and editing and be introduced to the workings of the moving image industry and to film theory.

Stage 2:

During the second stage, students will develop and refine their film-making skills and knowledge of film theory and film history.

Special course features:

  • Highly practical digital-video production course
  • Emphasis on independent and low-budget film-making
  • Discover how to write, direct and edit your own films
  • Learn how to make documentaries and music videos

Typical modules:

  • Documentary film-making
  • Editing single camera drama
  • Film and narrative
  • Film theory and history
  • Music video making
  • Post-production techniques
  • Script-writing and pre-production
  • Shooting single camera drama
  • Short film production
  • The media industry

View the detailed Programme Specification.

How is the course assessed?

This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course. Practical projects, assignments and essays are set for each module. The course culminates in a final major project where students take responsibility for the management of a major media project.

Who is this course for?

The HND Digital Film Production is a highly practical course designed for students with a strong interest in film-making. By the end of the course students will have written, produced and directed two short films, a documentary, a music video and an extended moving image product of their own choice.

Students will have written essays on narrative, film form and the Hollywood film industry. They will have produced reports on the media industry in the UK and will have reported on moving image technology and been examined in camera competence. As well as having watched and discussed a number of key film texts, at the end of each stage there will be a public screening of students' work.

This course will prepare students for employment in the film and television industries and will also give them the confidence to set up as an independent film-maker working outside the mainstream. The course will also give students the skills to take their education further on to the second stage of a film production degree or on to the third stage of the BA (Hons) Media Production at the University of Northampton.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This course will prepare students for employment in the film and television industries and will also give them the confidence to set up as an independent filmmaker working outside the mainstream.

Students on completing this course have found employment in the media and film industries at a technical or junior level. Examples include floor or production runner, lighting trainee, assistant grip, camera trainee, independent film-maker, media, film and television industries. Other jobs have included marketing, advertising, public relations and wider communications industries, as well as education.

This course will also give students the skills to progress further onto the second stage of a film production degree or on to the third stage of the BA (Hons) Media Production and Moving Image at the University of Northampton.

Entry Requirements for new students

All applications are handled by the University of Northampton through the UCAS system. To be accepted on a programme, you will need 48 UCAS points equivalent to two A Levels at Grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 3 Pass at Extended Diploma/Merit at Diploma or equivalent. You will also need a GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English. All qualified applicants will be sent a task to complete. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).

Applicants should be 18 or above.

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

Interview Requirements

For information please contact the University of Northampton on 0800 358 2232.

General Info (materials required for the course)

This course is a higher education programme and, as such, has a fee attached which is set by the University of Northampton and is paid for by the student either directly or through a student loan which can be applied for through the Student Loans Company. Further information with the fee for 2017/8 is available on the college website and advice about applying for loans is available from both Northampton College and the University of Northampton. A cash bursary of £800 will be given to all HE students who successfully complete the first year and return to the second year.

As a University of Northampton student you will be entitled to take part in University activities and to apply for University accommodation if you require it.

Successful completion of the two year programme will give you the opportunity to apply to progress to a top-up degree at the University of Northampton for a third year.

Course fee information

The course fee is £7,700 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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