• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UoN

Qualifications on offer: 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

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Specialist Units:

  • 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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

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How is the course assessed?

This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course through:

  • Practical projects
  • assignments
  • 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.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths; applicants should be aged 18 or over

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

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).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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Josh Webb

Josh Webb

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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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