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FdSc Film Production Technology

Key Information

Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

Duration:
2 years full-time for FdSc

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to join our BSc Film Production Technology (one year top-up)

Location:
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham

UCAScourse code: 
P313

Institution code:
N91

Entry & admission criteria:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (160 points in old UCAS tariff) from A-Levels, BTECs, or equivalent
  • A* – C in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent

Fees & funding

Visit our fees & funding page for more information.

Introduction to the course

Throughout this film production degree you’ll learn the skills needed to work in a variety of technical roles within the film production process. You can also expect to gather a wide range of experience whilst developing a specific area of expertise and develop a strong portfolio of work, tailored to your career aspirations. All students on the film production degree have the opportunity to take part in Industry Week and learn from industry professionals. By the end of the course you’ll have a strong portfolio of film work, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career in the film industry.

Connecting with Industry

During the course, not only will you be taught by expert tutors but also from a range of guest speakers and mentors; learning from the people who have real, current industry experience.

As part of the course students are given access to a week of bespoke activities during Confetti’s ‘Industry Week’ event 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 and The Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley.

Confetti’s Head of Talent Development also works closely with the course, linking students with opportunities across the local and regional film industry.

Facilities

  • Industry-standard broadcast 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 Television Studio space with broadcast standard digital video cameras and full lighting rig
  • Broadcast spec production gallery with 4k production facilities
  • Brand NEW television studio

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and learning is designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking. Classes are a mixture of practical workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professionals.

In some modules you’ll work on ‘live’ projects, where you’ll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.

Guest lectures from professional filmmakers and producers will also help enhance your knowledge and experience of the film industry.

What you’ll study in year 1

Audio-Visual Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

This is your introduction to a range of equipment used on a film set. Develop the skills and understanding required for camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting techniques for film. Examine the scientific principles behind the skills that inform the film-maker’s ability to achieve a cinematic quality product when using lighting, audio and camera technologies.

The Evolution of Film Technology (20 Credit Points)

Study the historical development of film technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You’ll be given the opportunity to investigate a range of film examples, past and present, in order to assess the impact technology has had, and continues to have, on changes in film production and distribution.

Film Project Management (20 Credit Points)

You’ll develop your ability to project manage the technical requirements of a film shoot. You’ll learn how to break down a script in terms of its technical requirements, whilst also learning about the different stages of project management in preparation for location filming – including location scouting, risk assessments, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting and scheduling. You’ll be expected to show a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the film industry and in particular, location filming.

Applied Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

You’ll work collaboratively as a part of a production team on a film set. As part of the team, you’ll be expected to demonstrate your proficiency working with a particular piece of hardware in a particular discipline. You’ll also need to demonstrate a detailed understanding of camera, lighting and audio technologies.

Post-Production Technology for Film (40 Credit Points)

You’ll learn how to use post-production software for both visual and audio. You’ll develop an understanding of the technologies involved and impact on the creative process. You’ll gain experience and understand the relationships between different software, developing skills that will enable you to apply post-production theory in a practical way.

What you’ll study in year 2

Advanced Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

This is your introduction to the technical specifications and requirements of a range of complex film grip equipment. You’ll learn to operate equipment whilst also investigating the scientific principles surrounding camera and lighting technologies when shooting for visual effects content. You’ll plan and shoot a technically-complex sequence using appropriate specialist equipment.

Short Film Development (20 Credit Points)

During this module, you’ll research markets, festivals and competitions to inform the development and production of your own short film. Working under the guidance of an industry partner, you’ll undertake the pre-production of your own short film. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgements in the planning of your production and demonstrate the ability to problem-solve.

Short Film Production (20 Credit Points)

You’ll produce a short film aimed at a film festival or competition. You’ll learn how to work in film production environments working to the necessary health and safety regulations. You’ll also develop your production management skills, learning to effectively manage workflow and processes in the successful delivery of your own short film.

Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

Advanced Post-Production Technology for Film (40 Credit Points)

Within this module students will develop more advanced skills in the areas of post-production for film. This will involve visual effects, colour correction and picture grading for film post-production; and dubbing, mixing, ADR and Foley for audio post-production. Using the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in these module students will work with an industry partner or client to post-produce a product to be shown in the cinema.