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BA (Hons) - Film and Television (with integrated foundation year)

If you want to break into the film and TV industry, we can help. Our dynamic, practical film and television course with an integrated foundation year will immerse you in a diverse range of projects where you will develop high-level technical, creative and industry skills, plus the confidence to make the leap into the professional world.


Course Overview

The practical nature of our film and television degree ensures you will develop a complete range of production skills covering all aspects of the film and TV making process, from idea to finished product. This will help prepare you to become a filmmaker, scriptwriter or TV producer.

Throughout this BA (Hons) Film and Television with an Integrated Foundation Year, we will focus on developing your ‘voice’ as a creative. This is done through weekly practical tasks that build to a cohesive set of production skills.

Together, these will equip you with all you need to make great content and enhance your employability in film and television. Short films, multi-camera TV productions, documentaries, scriptwriting and experimental/music videos alongside regular workshops from professional practitioners will help you find your voice.

Our production facilities and specialist staff provide all the tools and support you need to bring your creative ideas to life. Between them, our staff have over 20 years' experience in this exhilarating and vibrant industry.

Our students regularly win awards and attain festival success. What better way is there to kickstart a career in film and TV?

On this course you will...

  • Study within a safe, creative and vibrant environment that allows for individual approaches to filmmaking. There is an emphasis on practical learning with practical tasks and collaborative work.
  • Develop close but meaningful working relationships with industry partners and critical friends to enhance learning and experiences for our students.
  • Benefit from a flexible programme that reacts to industry/market needs when shaping the course.
  • Have access to industry-standard equipment with managed access to kits where individual personal projects are encouraged.
  • Prepare for the employment of tomorrow by learning future-proof, broader skill-base, transferable skills and adaptation – learners must show resilience, confidence, and ingenuity.

Course Structure

What you will learn

This full time 4-year degree in film and TV production has been designed to ensure that you not only graduate with writing, shooting, and editing technical skills, but also as a creative practitioner with your own unique voice. Each year will build on the skills you developed in the previous year as you take on more challenging projects of bigger scale.

Our foundation course will teach you the core academic skills you need to progress onto the full degree programme.

We see your time with us as an opportunity to embark upon a voyage of discovery. One where you are given the freedom and confidence to discover yourself, who you are and who you wish to become. One where you are guided through and towards possibilities that you never even considered were even options for you. Whether that be in the creation of new ideas to developing a love for technical proficiencies. A discovery where you stand at the very centre of your education.

Year one

The foundation year gives you extra time to develop your experience and confidence, studying a broad range of media in a way that is designed to prepare you for the BA (Hons) Film and Television degree.

We ensure that you are taught how to focus your studies at undergraduate level, ensuring not only that you have the skills you need, but also the right mental attitude for further study.

  • Media in Context
    Explore key theoretical frameworks and debates relating to modern media texts and media based practice.
  • Professional Practices
    Develop an understanding of the structures applicable to a range of media organisations, fully exploring their diversity and viability.
  • Media Narratives
    Explore approaches to fiction and non-fiction narratives in reference to a variety of media forms.
  • Published Media Products
    Develop conceptual, practical and technical awareness, at an introductory level, of the production phases for print and online material.
  • TV and Film Production
    An introduction to the basic technologies and production processes involved in television and digital film production.
  • Student Initiated Photographic Project
    An introduction into, and the experience of, using traditional and contemporary technical photographic processes.
Year two

You are introduced to a broad range of skills which will benefit your future projects, including TV studio production, script-writing, lighting, camera operation, shot choice, composition, location sound recording, producing, directing and a host of other relevant skills and technique.

  • Media Craft Skills
    Develop an understanding and working knowledge of a range of key technical skills in the media production making process.
  • Lens and Edit Craft
    Introduction to projects and tasks that give you a focused working knowledge of key technical skills in film and TV, and professional photographic production, postproduction, and disciplinary practices and processes.
  • Cultural Contexts
    Introduction to the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which creative work from a range of disciplines will be discussed, examined, and analysed.
  • Applied Storytelling
    Introduction to the technologies and production processes involved in Film and Television production, promoting an understanding of the research techniques underpinning dramatic scripted fictional and non-scripted factual productions.
  • Collaborative Practice
    Explore professional scenarios through problem-solving and project-based learning.
Year three

You will start to specialise and build on your technical & creative skill set through a range of production and large scale projects, including advanced script-writing, TV production, cinematography, experimental film, documentary, and short film.

  • On Set
    Work on a series of full Film & TV productions to study single and multi-camera work.
  • Scene Craft
    Tackle creative and professional challenges with space for experimentation and production of visual work, narrative, ideas, and concepts.
  • Script and Narrative
    Introduction you to the concepts and techniques employed in writing for a variety of media forms.
  • Unscripted TV Idea and Concept
    Explore the creative and professional challenges in designing ideas, presentations, and pitches for unscripted television, factual programming, documentary films and digital production commissions.
  • Professional Development
    Explore career attributes, ambitions, and trajectory within the context of an evolving ‘professional development portfolio’.
Year four

All your acquired knowledge, creative technique, and skills will be focused on professional production, putting into practice all you have learned in the creation and exhibiting of award-winning, festival-ready work.

  • Research Portfolio
  • Promotion and Pitch
    Prepare to engage with creative industries and external audiences through the promotion of media professionalism, self-confidence, collaboration, and team strategies.
  • Graduate Project
    Consolidate the practical and conceptual skills developed throughout the course into one final project.
  • Festival and Exhibition
    Perfect the skills necessary to identify and successfully engage with media industries post-graduation.

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