Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W600
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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

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).

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.

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
Crew: Production Process Compulsory
Studying Film & Media Production Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Crew: Film/Programme Production Compulsory
Independent Skills Development Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Individual: Preproduction & Film/Programme Production Compulsory
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image Compulsory
Professional Film Practice Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Developing Sound & Moving Images Compulsory
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image Compulsory
Professional Film Practice Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Negotiated Film Project For Media (Film) Production Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Individual Negotiated Film Project Compulsory
Design Futures for Media Production Compulsory

Teaching 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.