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BSc Film Production Technology (top up degree)

Key Information

Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University

One year full-time

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

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Fees & funding

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Introduction to the course

This film production top up degree will develop and hone your skills required to work across a variety of technical roles within the film production process, covering the latest digital film production practices, exploring special effects, and discovering how to get your work out there.

Our campus

We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Your future career

On this film top up degree you’ll be equipped with the skills to work in a variety of roles within the digital film production industry, from camera operating and post production to lighting and colour grading. You’ll also have an understanding of how exhibition events work, how to create special effects, and how to apply these to a film production.

As part of the course students are given access to a week of bespoke activities during Industry Week where a host of industry guest speakers gather for talks, lectures and workshops with students. Past guests have included:

  • Director Shane Meadows
  • BAFTA winner Vicky McClure
  • SB:TV’s Jamal Edwards
  • The Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley.
  • Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield
  • Emmerdale actors Sammy Winward and Roxy Shahidi


  • Industry-standard cameras
  • A 25 seat media production lab running Avid and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • A 25 seat screening room with Dolby Atmos audio facilities
  • A 37m2 Green Screen VFX studio with VFX infinity curve screen
  • A 144m2 studio space with industry-standard digital video cameras and full lighting rig
  • Industry spec production gallery with 4k production facilities

 Teaching & Learning

You’ll learn about a broad range of disciplines including areas such as 4K cinematography & short film production, 4K data management & post production workflow, lighting, audio acquisition, animatronics, brand management & event screening, practical effects, and visual effects. You’ll also complete a self-directed technology investigation on a subject of your own interest. Throughout the course you’ll undertake a wide range of industry and work-related opportunities through live projects, Industry Week, guest lectures and work based learning.

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, group tutorials, academic tutorials, workshops, presentations and pitches, visiting industry professionals, team work, and independent study.

What you’ll study on our film top up degree

Technology Investigation (40 Credit Points)

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake sustained investigation into a specific area of creative technology that builds on your previous knowledge, experience and skills acquired during levels 4 and 5. This module will allow you to explore critically a specific issue or area of personal interest within your chosen field allowing you to explore individual lines of enquiry connected to your career goals. You will achieve this by undertaking a self-initiated practical research project supported by tutor supervision.

Digital Film Production (40 Credit Points)

The aim of this module is to develop an innovative and ambitious 4K digital film of your own design. You will need to work independently and in collaboration with others as you explore the 4K workflow from shooting to delivery. Alongside developing professional production skills, you will also extend your theoretical knowledge in order to develop your understanding of creative film practice.

Exhibition (20 Credit Points)

You will undertake planning and project management to host your own film festival. You will explore how to organise a film festival, build partnerships and identify a suitable programme of films for exhibition. Working with your peers you will investigate the operational issues and technical considerations required; how to raise appropriate finance and work with budgets and cash flow. You will also explore the press and marketing of film festivals and plan and execute appropriate marketing strategies.

Special Effects (20 Credit Points)

You will experience the practical art of creating special effects achieving a broad range of technical and aesthetic skills whilst developing an understanding of the relevant art, science and technology behind the creation and methods of special effects design and production. The module will offer you a breadth of experience across a range of effects (animation, animatronics, prosthetics, make-up and model making) which will enable you to focus their application in your own original film productions.

See our students’ work

Check out the work of our talented Film graduates below and see the final year projects from our FdSc Film Production Technology and BSc Film Production Technology (top up) students.