Digital Film and Post Production Technology

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: W619, W618 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This BSc degree is for people who want to specialise in editing, colour grading and post production effects.

Accredited by Creative Skillset, our degree combines technical, creative and artistic learning. If you dream of becoming a renowned video or film editor, or if you love short films, feature films, television, documentaries or music videos, this course could be for you. It’s ideal if you want to specialise in editing, colour grading or post production effects.

Our strong links with industry will help you to secure a work placement that will, ultimately, be critical to your early success as a filmmaker or post production specialist. You’ll also get to work on live industry briefs and listen to guest speakers who will provide inspiration.

Our academics and alumni have worked on BAFTA, Emmy and Oscar nominated films. They have exhibited and premiered films at festivals such as Raindance, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and London Short Film Festival.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Digital Film and Post Production Technology

Professional body accreditation

This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

You’ll develop skills in post production, filmmaking, ideas generation, creative and technical post production. You’ll cover fundamental and professional techniques that will enable you to create and produce short films, documentaries and music videos. These include editing, grading, post production effects, production planning, producing, directing, cinematography, lighting and sound recording, editing and grading.

From day one, you’ll be using cutting-edge equipment and facilities. These include a large purpose-built TV HD studio with green screen, post production suites, state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras, HD cameras and DSLR cameras. You’ll use software such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Da Vinci Resolve, Autodesk, The Foundry, Pixel Logic and Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

This course is highly practical and you’ll develop your teamwork skills from the start. You’ll learn through practical workshops, seminars, lectures and field trips. Our staff and students have worked on films screened at film festivals including: London, Raindance, Sundance, Melbourne and Berlin. Opportunities like this will give you experience of working on a range of film and TV productions, and therefore enhance your employability.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. It may be subject to change. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Sound Compulsory
Production Compulsory
Post Production Compulsory
Digital Compositing for Editors Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Film and TV Development 1 Compulsory
Production Compulsory
Post Production Compulsory
Digital Compositing for Editors Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Animation for Editors Compulsory
Film Production Compulsory
Cinematography & Editing Compulsory
Sound Design for Visual Media Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Film and TV Development 2 Compulsory
Film Production Compulsory
Cinematography & Editing Compulsory
Colour Grading for Digital Video Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Music Video Compulsory
Film Technology Research Project Compulsory
Film and TV Development 3 Compulsory
Work Experience Optional
Advanced Studio Production Optional
Advanced Scriptwriting Optional
Work Placement Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Streaming Media Technology Compulsory
Film Technology Research Project Compulsory
Film Technology Portfolio Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.