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Post Production Technology

BSc (Hons)

Top 20 for Film and Media

Guardian League Tables 2020

Strong industry links

These will help you secure a placement

Excellent facilities

Including editing suites, colour grading, Foley and sound mixing

UCAS code:
I703
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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This BSc degree is for people who want to specialise in editing, colour grading and post-production effects.

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) Post Production Technology

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

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

The structure of this course provides the opportunity for you to take a year away from your studies in a relevant industrial/professional placement. The school has a dedicated Academic Practice Learning Manager who will be able to guide, advise and support you with regards to placement opportunities. Placement years provide context for students’ academic studies and can often lead to graduate employment opportunities.

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 HD TV 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 the experience of working on a range of film and TV productions and therefore enhance your employability.

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 HD TV 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 the experience of working on a range of film and TV productions and therefore enhance your employability.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Cinema Studies 15 credits
Craft Skills For Film Production 30 credits
Film Production Processes 30 credits
Ideas Development And Pre-Production 15 credits
Non Fiction Film Production 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Craft Skills For Film Production 30 credits
Digital Compositing Ppt Specialism 30 credits
Fiction Film Production 30 credits
Film Industry Practice 15 credits
Screenwriting 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Bsc Film Project (Production Technologies) 30 credits
Contextual Studies And Research Methods 15 credits
Film Dissertation 30 credits
Personal Presentation And Portfolio 15 credits
Show 2 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A Levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A Levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

Facilities

Careers

Many graduates work for major companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Weta, Granada, Technicolor, Envy Post, Double Negative, Framestore, Endemol, BBC, Manchester United, Manchester City, Title Role, ITV and BBC Sport. Some of our graduates are also independent filmmakers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs.

Teaching

Level 4 introduces core skills across the main areas of production including development and communication of film, TV and content ideas, pre-production planning and scheduling, production skills including camera, lighting and sound and post-production skills including software training. Cinema studies is taught at this level to build your overall awareness of the development of the art and technologies behind film production. Teaching at this level includes lectures, tutorials and interactive technical demonstrations to develop practical skills, research skills and communication skills.

Level 5 progresses the craft and production skills and introduces specialised content. Aspects of law and compliance are introduced along with film industry practices including working practices and employment. The specialist content is related to the in-depth study of digital compositing and motion graphics including 2D and 3D techniques. Teaching at this level includes lectures, tutorials and interactive demonstrations with a greater emphasis on problem-based learning.

Level 6 emphasises student-led learning with major individual projects and advanced optional modules in specialised areas. There is a major project which is negotiated with your supervisor. Examples include feature film production, drama series development, product design and testing. Teaching at this level becomes more industry focussed with supervised projects and open discussions and seminars along with formal lectures and tutorials.

Level 4 introduces core skills across the main areas of production including development and communication of film, TV and content ideas, pre-production planning and scheduling, production skills including camera, lighting and sound and post-production skills including software training. Cinema studies is taught at this level to build your overall awareness of the development of the art and technologies behind film production. Teaching at this level includes lectures, tutorials and interactive technical demonstrations to develop practical skills, research skills and communication skills.

Level 5 progresses the craft and production skills and introduces specialised content. Aspects of law and compliance are introduced along with film industry practices including working practices and employment. The specialist content is related to the in-depth study of digital compositing and motion graphics including 2D and 3D techniques. Teaching at this level includes lectures, tutorials and interactive demonstrations with a greater emphasis on problem-based learning.

Level 6 emphasises student-led learning with major individual projects and advanced optional modules in specialised areas. There is a major project which is negotiated with your supervisor. Examples include feature film production, drama series development, product design and testing. Teaching at this level becomes more industry focussed with supervised projects and open discussions and seminars along with formal lectures and tutorials.

Assessment

A range of assessments are employed to test a wide range of your abilities. These include a mixture of tests, practical work, presentations and structured written work. Coursework includes individual and group work, peer assessment and presentations.

The course aims to reflect specific areas of development, production, post-production and distribution in the film and television and content production industries and as such module assessments are tailored to current industry practice. There is also a strong emphasis on personal development from individual reading, research and testing.

You will be assessed on the creation and delivery of film and TV industry focussed work including pitch and proposal documents, video pitches and promos, formatted scripts and pre-production paperwork. You will be assessed on technical production skills in camera, sound, lighting and editing and your ability to bring all of these aspects together into complete film productions. These include drama and documentary film productions, studio and location-based productions in both short and long form.

You will be assessed on your core and transferable skills through presentations, reports and a major research and portfolio project in your final year.

A range of assessments are employed to test a wide range of your abilities. These include a mixture of tests, practical work, presentations and structured written work. Coursework includes individual and group work, peer assessment and presentations.

The course aims to reflect specific areas of development, production, post-production and distribution in the film and television and content production industries and as such module assessments are tailored to current industry practice. There is also a strong emphasis on personal development from individual reading, research and testing.

You will be assessed on the creation and delivery of film and TV industry focussed work including pitch and proposal documents, video pitches and promos, formatted scripts and pre-production paperwork. You will be assessed on technical production skills in camera, sound, lighting and editing and your ability to bring all of these aspects together into complete film productions. These include drama and documentary film productions, studio and location-based productions in both short and long form.

You will be assessed on your core and transferable skills through presentations, reports and a major research and portfolio project in your final year.

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 AccessAbility Services support 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. 

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. 

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 and part-time or specialist lecturers are engaged to enrich the course with highly specialist delivery.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

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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BSc (Hons)
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16 September 2019

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