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.
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.
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
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- 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
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
How is the course assessed?
This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course through:
- Practical projects
- essays 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?
This course is ideal for you if you are interested in the practical elements of film-making and wish to gain a Level 5 qualification in film production.
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 independent filmmakers working outside the mainstream.
Graduates of 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. Several have started their own companies and found international success in the film industry.
This course will also give students the skills to progress further onto the second year of a film production degree or on to the third year of the BA (Hons) Media Production and Moving Image at the University of Northampton.
Entry Requirements for new students
48 Ucas points and GCSE English and maths at Grade 9-4
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.