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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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Introduction to the course

This film 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 practises, exploring special effects, and discovering how to get your work out there.

Your future career

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


  • Industry-standard digital film cameras
  • iMac suites
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Pro Tools
  • Green Screen
  • Professional studio 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. You’ll also undertake a wide range of industry and work-related opportunities through live projects, Confetti’s 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 working, 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.