BA Digital Film & Television Production
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Duration: 3 years full time
Start date: September each year
The BA (Hons) Digital Film & Television Production programme embraces the demands of the contemporary film and TV industries, looking forwards to future developments yet steeped in traditional filmmaking techniques. Building on close industry connections, the course aims for you to develop the technical, creative and professional skills necessary to forge careers in film and television.
The course is highly practical, with 80% being practice-based and 20% theoretical. The course provides training and guidance in the fundamental technical skills of current digital film and television production from camerawork and sound recording to editing and post-production. The course also provides you with an understanding of the many roles in the production process by taking a multi-skilled approach while also giving you the opportunity to specialise later on. As an established Avid academic partner with an in-house Avid certified instructor, we are able to offer you the opportunity to gain certification in professional editing packages if you are preparing for careers in high-end film and television editing.
You will learn primarily through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and there is an emphasis on the teaching and acquisition of key skills. The modules Film & TV Production 1 and Post Production 1 introduce key concepts and begin developing craft skills in these areas. In addition, a module in Scriptwriting provides an understanding of storytelling for the screen as well as the craft of writing in this form. In Visual Studies for Film & Digital Media, you learn fundamentals of visual grammar including composition, lighting, mise en scene, together with important underlying ideas that will inform your practice. Having two semester-long Creative Practice modules allow you to create your own pieces of work under the guidance and supervision of Faculty staff. Two semester-long Contextual Studies modules provide you with wider knowledge of relevant philosophical, historical and theoretical themes that feed into your practical work.
While the continuing teaching and acquisition of keys skills remains important, you will be expected to take greater responsibility in directing your learning as their knowledge increases. The modules Film & TV Production 2 and Post Production 2 continue the development of key skills in these areas through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and exercises. A module on Entrepreneurship gives you an understanding of business and professional issues related to working in the film and TV industries. The Commercial & Commissioned Filmmaking module, gives you the opportunity to make works such as music videos, title sequences, fashion films, idents and advertisements and gain an understanding of these different forms. Having two semester-long Creative Practice modules allows you to create your own pieces of work under the guidance and supervision of Faculty staff. Two semester-long Contextual Studies modules provide you with skills in research practices, in preparation for dissertation work and the major project in the third year.
You will continue to work increasingly under your own direction, discussing the development and creation of projects with advice and guidance from Faculty staff. In the first semester, the Advanced Film & TV Production module, you will work on projects that are aimed at industry, such as creating a short film targeting festivals, a teaser for a film or TV project or live briefs for student awards, while honing your specialisms. In addition, you will commence your Major Project, work originated by you, with support and guidance from Faculty staff. Also in the first semester, you will write a Dissertation related to your practical work. In the second semester, you will continue and complete your Major Project and write a Critical Review, reflecting on your work.