Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W610
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This BSc degree is for people who want to research, test, analyse and apply the latest film technology.

This unique course will provide you with the opportunity to become a filmmaker with production, business and technical skills. The course is designed and delivered by current industry practitioners working in film and TV, along with experienced academics, and it is accredited by Creative Skillset.

As a student on this course, you will focus on real-world production, along with an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurship. You’ll gain industry recognised skills, taught by professionals with ongoing film and broadcast projects. Our cutting-edge equipment and facilities include a large purpose-built multi camera HD studio and green screen studio, post production suites, state-of-the-art digital cinema and HD cameras.

The course has strong industry links which will help you to find work experience. These opportunities and the skills acquired on the course will be critical to your early success as a filmmaker.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Film 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.

Course content

During the course, you’ll study topics from a variety of film and TV modules. We will cover a wide range of subjects, including film and TV finance, sound, production, and technology. Our experienced industry practitioners maintain current projects and continued research to ensure the course is consistently up-to-date with the most current trends and practices.

You will have access to high-end production kit such as Canon, Sony and Blackmagic HD cameras, DSLR cameras and a wide range of grip equipment. An optional placement year is available after year two. Former students have gained work placements at places such as Envy Post London, Molinare London, and Disney.

In the final year, you will combine all of your skills in a major self-directed project. You will choose and dictate what you create as a final showreel piece which can include feature film production, documentary production, project development, product design and testing or technical skills projects such as cinematography or editing.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. 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
Pre-Production Compulsory
Production Compulsory
Post Production Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Film and TV Development 1 Compulsory
Pre-Production Compulsory
Production Compulsory
Post Production Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Sound Design for Visual Media Compulsory
Film Production Compulsory
Cinematography & Editing Compulsory
Studio Production (Multi-camera) Optional
Animation for Editors Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Film and TV Development 2 Compulsory
Film Production Compulsory
Cinematography & Editing Compulsory
Documentary Production Optional
Scriptwriting Optional

Year 3

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

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.