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Media (Film) Production

BA (Hons)

94% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2017

Placement opportunities

You can choose to complete a period of work experience each year

Expert facilities

Including 4K camera technology and industry-standard editing suites

UCAS code:
W600
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This BA degree is for people who want to write, produce and direct their own creative short films and develop their practical production skills by crewing for other students.

Our multi-award-winning vocational film production course will provide you with the skills and expertise to succeed in the film and media industry, pursuing careers such as film director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor.

One of the UK’s leading practical film production courses, it is accredited by Creative Skillset - the industry kitemark of quality - and has been approved by the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS). We are members of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI).

Join us and you’ll learn how to research, develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote your own creative portfolio of short films. You’ll also develop professional skills in areas such as camera operation, sound recording, art direction, editing, sound design and post production.

If you are creative, driven and hardworking – and dream of working for companies such as Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, BBC, ITV, Double Negative, Disney and Endemol, on productions such as Baby Driver, Dunkirk, James Bond, This is England or Hollyoaks – this course could be for you.

Each year, you'll complete a period of work experience to develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice. Many of our students make contacts for future employment during these placements.

You'll enrich your academic and practical studies by attending field trips to art galleries, film screenings and leading film festivals - in the UK and abroad. You'll also visit some of the UK's leading production facilities and attend residential trips to shoot films on location.

You'll have access to industry leading film production equipment and you'll spend the majority of your time working in our professional film production studio and post-production facilities.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production

Course content

To develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice, every year, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a period of professional work experience. This is also a great opportunity to make valuable contacts for future employment.

To enrich your academic and practical studies there will be field trips to art galleries, film screenings and leading film festivals in the UK and abroad. You’ll also visit some of the UK’s leading production facilities and attend residential trips to shoot films on location.

Thanks to our relationships with leading production companies, we are also able to offer internship opportunities with organisations such as Double Negative, QVC and Fuzzy Duck Creative.

To develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice, every year, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a period of professional work experience. This is also a great opportunity to make valuable contacts for future employment.

To enrich your academic and practical studies there will be field trips to art galleries, film screenings and leading film festivals in the UK and abroad. You’ll also visit some of the UK’s leading production facilities and attend residential trips to shoot films on location.

Thanks to our relationships with leading production companies, we are also able to offer internship opportunities with organisations such as Double Negative, QVC and Fuzzy Duck Creative.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

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.

Accredited by the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

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.

Accredited by the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

BKSTS logo
BKSTS logo

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Crew: Production Process
Studying Film & Media Production
Crew: Film/Programme Production
Independent Skills Development
Year 2 compulsory modules
Individual: Preproduction & Film/Programme Production
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image
Professional Film Practice
Developing Sound & Moving Images
Year 3 compulsory modules
Negotiated Film Project For Media (Film) Production
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment
Individual Negotiated Film Project
Design Futures for Media Production

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview.

Facilities

Careers

You’ll find graduates from our Media (Film) Production degree working in the film and television production industry around the world – from Hollywood to New Zealand. They work in a broad variety of production roles, including directors, producers, scriptwriters, cinematographers, production designers, camera operators, sound designers, editors and special effects artists.

Teaching

You’ll learn how to make films by making films! This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the  theoretical underpinning  is taught alongside the technical knowledge, the film production craft skills and the creative, practical elements of filmmaking. 

You’ll learn how to make films by making films! This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the  theoretical underpinning  is taught alongside the technical knowledge, the film production craft skills and the creative, practical elements of filmmaking. 

Assessment

There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a visual notebooks, short film productions, word-processed reflective evaluations, preproduction material and production file. It may take the form of an essay or report. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one professional working relationship with you throughout each production.

Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer- or self-assessment exercises.

There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a visual notebooks, short film productions, word-processed reflective evaluations, preproduction material and production file. It may take the form of an essay or report. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one professional working relationship with you throughout each production.

Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer- or self-assessment exercises.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

All of our academic and technical staff are passionate about sharing their many years of industry experience. In fact, many of them are current professionals working in the fields of documentary, drama and commercial production.

The ethos of the Media (Film) Production course is to foster an atmosphere of collegiate learning. One of the major strengths noted by students in feedback and in formal reports from external examiners is the friendly social community, group bonding and enabling atmosphere that the hardworking and committed team create within the course.

Colin Mottram
Colin MottramCourse Leader

Colin is an approachable Course Leader who’s dedicated to helping his students do their best work. An active film and video production practitioner with over 500 productions under his belt, Colin brings his ongoing practical knowledge and experience directly into his teaching.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

If your course includes a placement year there will be no cost for this year of study in 2018/19.* However, you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, as well as accommodation and any other associated costs.

*Placement fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed. Further information will be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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