In year one you study a combination of practical and academic subjects providing you with the key critical and professional knowledge and abilities. Analysing Film explores the form and style of motion pictures. International Film Industries introduces you to the contemporary international film industry. Introduction to Scriptwriting explores ideas generation and development, narrative structure, and character development. Camera, Photography and Lighting provides a practical understanding of videography and photography. Audio Production introduces concepts and practical skills required in recording and producing audio for film and television. Editing/Post-production provides a practical understanding of video editing utilising a suite of post-production/non-linear tools. Through the Professional Development and Placement module you learn how to present and sell yourself to employers in the media sector and complete a six-week professional placement.
In your second year you study a combination of core and option modules, allowing you to create your own pathway according to your own interests and passions. Each pathway requires you to choose options from a suite of academic modules and from a suite of practical modules so that you gain a broad-based knowledge of film, but how you balance the academic and the practical is up to you.
Core modules include Researching Media, Film and Culture, which introduces you to a range of approaches to research in the fields of media, film and culture, and to the processes involved in formulating a research proposal; Theorising Film, which develops your ability to theorise about the cinema, contributing to your core knowledge of the medium and your critical thinking skills; and a Professional Development and Placement module building upon your year one work, with a further six-week professional placement.
Options include practice-based modules covering short-film production, digital effects, radio and podcast production, documentary filmmaking, and digital narratives; and academic modules covering the UK film industry, understanding Disney, television genres, online community management, and a negotiated study module where you choose you own area of study.
In your final year you design and conduct a research project applying the full range of knowledge and skills developed in years one and two to produce an original piece of work to a topic of your own choosing, with the option of completing this project as research by practice.
A greater choice of option modules in year three enables you to shape your degree according to your interests, choosing from practice-based modules covering advanced short-film production, advanced documentary filmmaking, audio production, creative medium and transmedia production; and from a range of academic modules covering European cinema, contemporary cult tv, computational film analysis, film and television adaptation, science fiction, entrepreneurship and creativity, professional learning through work, and a negotiated study module.