About the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production Sept 2023 entry programme
Do you want to craft the next Netflix original, develop the next major documentary, or create the next YouTube sensation? This dynamic and innovative degree allows you to immerse yourself in the craft of film production and imaginative theoretical concepts as you develop your own creative ideas. Through hands-on experience you will produce original content, delivering across multidisciplinary platforms mirroring real-world practices.
Working with experienced industry professionals, production crews made up of your peers and other courses (SFX & Props, Performing Arts, Creative Writing) you will develop and produce the content you want to see, giving you the opportunity to enter regional, national, and international film competitions bringing your skills and ideas to the forefront of this fast paced and exciting industry.
- Network with industry professionals through the Screen Yorkshire Connected Campus programme. This gives you access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses, and special events, including visits to current sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and reviews of project pitches.
- Collaborate on live projects with experienced industry professionals and your peers in this exciting and fast-moving industry.
- Have the option to have your work entered into the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards as well as film festivals.
Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a media related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4.
A portfolio/body of work will be required to evidence an informed interest in and appreciation of the subject area.
Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). An applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications.
All such non-standard applicants will be assessed through an interview assessing their overall interest in the subject matter as well as current academic skills, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay and practical task), a judgement is then made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and skills. For example, a person may not have a background in media, but have excellent problem solving and teamwork abilities and have a desire to change careers through training. In line with a strengths-based approach to widening participation, students without direct experience will be offered extra support from the Success Coaches, as well as the Academic Support Coach, and will also benefit from regular tutorials with the Programme Leader so that they feel they are fully supported during their educational journey.
Accreditation of prior learning
TEC Partnership encourages student transfers from other institutions. Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL). Please refer to the HE21 Student Transfer and the Accreditation of Prior Learning.
TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above, please contact TEC Partnership’s admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext. 434.
International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening, and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
What you will learn
Level 4 – Year 1 (Certificate Stage)
In your first year, you will build a solid base of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, giving you a deeper understanding of the filmmaking process and its results. You will be given the opportunity to work alongside other student productions as members of the crew.
Intro to Screen Production
Cinematic Skills and Postproduction
Level 5 – Year 2 (Diploma Stage)
In your second year, you will expand and test your skills and passion to a higher creative standard. Ensuring that you are developing a professional skillset, you’ll engage with cinema on a deeper critical level. You will have the opportunity to develop as department heads across short film productions.
Screen Ideas and Research
Object Based Media
Screen Concepts and Meaning
Advanced Production Practice
Postproduction and Distribution
Level 6 – Year 3 (Honours Stage)
At this level you are expected to be self-led and set your own defined projects. You will spend a significant amount of time developing, producing, and distributing a short film, working collaboratively across other departments readying you for industry in this fast-paced environment.
Final Research Project
Final Major Project Pre-Production
Final Major Project
Learning & Teaching Methods
On this film degree you will develop your craft and knowledge of cinema through hands-on practical projects, screenings, discussions, and analysis. You will learn to create, work, and negotiate with others in a practical environment mirroring industry practices and workflows, preparing you for this dynamic industry.
You will have the opportunity to develop and produce your own short films, work with live clients, as well as attend masterclasses and bootcamps from industry professionals and scholars. You will learn through seminars, collaborative workshops, tutorials, and peer review sessions.
Students should expect to be in classes at least two days a week, with the remainder of their time split between professional practice and working on their own assignments.
- Collaborate on live projects with experienced industry professionals and your peers in this exciting and fast-moving industry
- Have your work entered into the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards
- Become members of the Royal Television Society (RTS). Entitling you to a range of benefits including extra industry workshops, and specialist lectures
- The course is part of the Screen Yorkshire Connected Campus scheme giving you access to leading industry professionals across the region and more
- Create your own portfolio of work that will help get you employed in the media industry, with real skills that employers are looking for
- Attend the international Aesthetica Short Film Festival and get the chance to watch a variety of short films as well as attend guest speaker programmes.
Once you’ve successfully completed the BA (Hons) degree, you’ll have a clear understanding of the industry, relevant practical skills, as well as the academic understanding that will allow you to progress into the film industry.
Past students have progressed into working across a variety of production companies (BBC, ITV, Channel 4), established their own successful media companies, as well as traveling the world working on commercials!
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“I am applying the techniques and practices I’ve learned while at the University Centre Grimsby. The videos I’m making now are more polished, engaging, and follow a narrative structure.”