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Film Production

Course Code: UFM0006

Level: 5
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: First year: Mondays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Wednesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Second year: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Wednesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm Thursdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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About the course

Armed with a ‘learn through doing’ approach, the Foundation Degree offers you the opportunity to produce your own films, developing both theoretical and technical understanding on your journey. 

Specific training in television and film production techniques, alongside advanced theory, will support your development and generate material for a solid portfolio.  

Our aim is to inspire the next generation by developing and nurturing talent as well as supporting a thorough understanding of how the industry works.  

You will be able to gain experience working within a student-led production company with live client briefs. 

The course offers strong industry links and the College has benefitted from working with the BBC, Twofour, Eddystone Media and Radio Plymouth.

What you'll learn

The Foundation Degree takes a hands-on approach to learning and this principle is embedded into our curriculum design and chosen methods of delivery and assessment. 

You will be given the opportunity to be creative across every unit and you will graduate from the course with a comprehensive portfolio alongside an excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen subject.

You will also complete part of your course through One20 Media (our student-led production company), enabling you to work on live client briefs and work experience projects. All of which will add to your portfolio potential. 

The course delivery will also be supplemented by guest lecturers – all of whom have a wealth of industry knowledge.

First year modules:

Introduction to visual studies
The focus is on the history and development of the film, television and wider media industry, considering both technological advancements that have driven it forward and also the ways in which audiences read, interpret and understand a wide variety of media texts. 

Screen craft
In this practical module, you will explore the principles and practice of digital film production, focusing on technical and practical skills with a range of industry standard resources. You will have the opportunity to gain and develop an understanding of the necessary craft skills for film production. 

Defining the difference: film roles and responsibilities
Collaborating with creative media, performing arts and make-up artistry students, you will create a fictional film, developing a knowledge of film industry working practices and legislation, as well as looking at professional standards throughout pre-production, production and post-production processes. You will develop an understanding of roles throughout film production. 

Digital editing for the moving image
This module introduces you to a range of post-production considerations, exploring the theoretical and practical elements to create meaning and storytelling. 

Stories for the screen
How do we as filmmakers, go about telling stories on screen? This module will allow you to explore the relationship between writing and directing moving image products,  providing an opportunity to gain fundamental skills in script writing. 

Digital film production
Utilising the skills you have developed from the other modules, this final project module will provide the opportunity to put your skills to the test. You will create a short fictional film which focuses on the entire production process, with the consideration of marketing and distributing your film across a range of media platforms, including submission to film festivals.

Second year modules:

Advanced visual studies
The focus is on deepening your understanding of the history and development of the film and television industry, considering alternative forms, subcultures and anti-mainstream using semiotic language. 

Screen craft two
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of digital film production, creating short films within a group.  

Sound and film “you ain’t heard nothin’ yet”
This module introduces you to the principles of sound design, exploring the theoretical and practical elements to creating meaning with sound. 

Documentary film
Considering the history of documentary filmmaking, you will research, plan and create a documentary on the subject and in the style of your choice. This practical module will develop skills in interviewing, filming and editing.

Cult cinema: beyond the mainstream – controversy and cultures
This theoretical module will enable you to explore theories of transgressive cinema, with a focus on fandoms, subcultures and mainstream appropriation.

Digital film production
Utilising the skills you have developed from the other modules, this final project module will provide the opportunity to put your skills to the test. You will create a short fictional film which focuses on the entire production process, with the consideration of marketing and distributing your film across a range of media platforms, including submission to film festivals.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (to include a full level 3 qualification)
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

You will be interviewed before an offer is made.

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and have the equivalent of the above level 3 qualifications or professional experience.

Assessments/Exams

You will be assessed through a combination of practical and written coursework. There are no exams.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the BA (Hons) Film and Creative Media top-up degree at the College.

You will graduate from the course with the requisite skills to be able to work as an independent filmmaker and with a film portfolio to support future applications for industry employment.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2019/20 (August 2019 – July 2020). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2020/21.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Full-time

Course Code: UFM0006

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact info@cityplym.ac.uk or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

Course Code: UFM0006

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact info@cityplym.ac.uk or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.