We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and practical filmmaking activities. Classwork will include production meetings, project work and independent research.
Learning will be supported by Google Classroom, which hosts a range of educational resources for you to access online.
Teaching will support the development of essential transferable skills, including leadership, IT, communication and team working.
Self-directed study aims to build on and develop the knowledge and skills learnt in class. This is equally relevant to individual and collaborative projects.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Assessments are designed to be interesting, relevant and contemporary, with the aim of enhancing personal and professional development, while also evaluating performance.
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.
Module assessments such as practical film projects, pitches, presentations and research projects require learners to demonstrate a critical understanding of technical and theoretical concepts of film and television production.
In the case of collaborative projects, where students will be working in teams, peer assessments will support tutor observation reports to determine an individual's contribution to the production of the final project.
You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
Regular informal feedback is supportive and helps to develop students' practical filmmaking and academic skills by encouraging reflection and an understanding of how to improve further.
Written assessment feedback is provided within 20 working days of the submission date for each module.
Leanne Knapman - Raising Standards Leader
As Course Leader and Teacher for the FdSc and BSc awards in Film & Television Production Technology, Leanne is responsible for the planning, delivery, assessment and management of the courses. Leanne has 12 years experience producing commercial video productions for the likes of Dell and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Digital Feature Film Production Technology. Having produced several feature films and documentaries, she won a Royal Television Society award and has 9 years teaching experience in Higher Education.
Ian Cawley - Teacher
As a Course Tutor, Ian is responsible for delivering lectures, workshops and assessing assignment work. Ian is a graduate of the Northern School of Film & TV with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting. As a published author, he has also written, produced and directed dramas and documentaries, along with working for broadcasters such as the BBC. He has over twenty years teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Tarlochen Singh-Mohr - Teacher
As a Course Tutor, Tarlochen is responsible for delivering lectures, workshops and assessing assignment work. Tarlochen has over 30 years experience filming Asian weddings and photography. Completing his Masters in Freelance Photography in 2012, he has been teaching media for 7 years. Tarlochen has provided tutorials on filming Sikh weddings and is currently writing a book on ‘How to Shoot Sikh Weddings’, as well as studying a part time PhD, researching mixed marriages within the Sikh community through the lens.