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Film and TV Production

UCAS Code: W690

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Full-time | 2021


Film production

Television production

This award aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to gain employment within the national and international Film and TV industry. Emphasis will be placed on working to nationally recognised occupational standards to ensure students gain the skills required by industry.

The award takes as its starting point; Skillset’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Film and TV industry placing these standards in an educational context where students can gain the requisite skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment. The award will do so through a series of creative projects, the majority of which will be initiated by the students themselves. Technical instruction will be firmly based on these NOS and primarily delivered by freelancer practitioners and other industry professionals. The purpose of this is to ensure industrial currency within the curriculum structure along with creating vital professional links. The breadth of such industry links fostered through pro-active engagement, will offer a range of work placement opportunities for students throughout their studies. Large volume, work based learning opportunities will be secured through this route.

Students at all levels will be encouraged to be mentees or mentors, thus preparing them further for the ‘freelance world’ and building professional networks which will be maintained long after graduation as individuals’ progress in the industry. This ethos will be reinforced by the essential requirement to develop strong team working skills. All films are shot in teams, usually involving between 8 and 20 specific roles and students will frequently be challenged to take on secondary as well as preferred roles. A strong emphasis will also be placed on exhibition of finished work via screenings, festivals and competitions, both regionally, nationally and internationally.

In addition to industry standard skills and knowledge acquisition, students will also be challenged to embrace creativity within a range of roles (individually and as part of production teams) and to develop a sense of risk taking and enquiry by utilising appropriate research and critical reflection skills. In doing so this award will prepare students not only for industry, but also the challenges of higher study.
Significant emphasis is placed on both teamwork and industry engagement, both of which underpin all units. Skills and knowledge are acquired through participation in a wide range of practical projects which also deliver transferable skills, which enable students to seek employment in a wide range of sectors.


Examples of current modules-

Intro to Film & TV production roles
Students are introduced to the nationally recognised Film & TV Crew roles as defined by NOS.This Introduction to basic film & TV production equipment and processes will enable students to start to identify which roles they would like to invedstigate further whilst still developing a wider appreciation.

Application of Film & TV production skills (30 credits)
This unit aims to give the students a series of opportunities to undertake a range of industry standard roles in Film & TV production in a practical environment. The emphasis on practical application of their knowledge and skills will give the students the opportunity to further define their chosen role/s.

Professional Practice
This unit encourages students to identify and develop a specialism within recognised industry roles. The unit gives students the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in a practical environment, working on live briefs, responding to the guidance of tutors, mentors and peers.

Professional and Academic Development
This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing Students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers. The unit will support students in developing employability skills and aid them in developing their professionalism in relation to their subject area.

Experimental Practice
This unit encourages students to apply their chosen role within a practical context. This can include work experience. Students should clearly demonstrate a sound understanding of their role, but still appreciate the benefit of testing, experimentation and producing pilots.

Professional Practice 2
This unit encourages the student to work collaboratively on one or more live briefs. It provides opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of the nationally recognised roles. Work experience can form part of this unit.

Industry engagement
This unit encourages the students to work to an external brief, competition or festival. Work produced iin this unit can be the culmination of a years work where experimentation and development has taken place in previous units. Working to a professional standard is central to this unit.

Practice Based Research Project
The Unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to further explore discipline-specific knowledge and undertake a research project in a self-selected area of professional practice with the context of the Award studied.

Assessment methods

Year 1- 63% Coursework 37% Practical

Year 2- 100% Coursework

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