This is a unique course, built on our long tradition of practical and theoretical cross-media teaching working across film, video, photography and new media. Our approach combines the creative exploration of art school traditions with academic and professional excellence.
To support you in your ambitions we have extensive professional-level facilities and equipment. To develop your skills and knowledge we use a variety of assessment methods, including practical projects, presentations, written work, research tasks and portfolios; approximately two thirds of assessments are practical.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Your first year is concerned with the transition into higher education, establishing your core media production skills, and those applicable for research and analysis of media culture. Alongside technical workshops in all course media (photography, interactive media and moving image) you will develop practical projects around given themes, which introduce key skills in conceptual development and encourage your creative abilities. Theory is linked to practice, with some modules setting both practical and written assignments. You also choose an option module to develop a particular area of interest selected from new media, film or photography
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
The second year opens out the range of possibilities available to you in both practice and theory. This is the point in the course at which we require you to develop skills and knowledge of your chosen media in depth. We ask you to investigate the opportunities and potential for cross-media working and to make a selection of media and themes in line with your own career ambitions. You therefore become increasingly self-directed, while working under the guidance and supervision of staff. You again have an opportunity to extend your particular interests through a course option in scriptwriting, sound, animation, or curating.
We require all students to undertake work experience in the second year. Students have been placed with a wide range of successful media companies and organisations. These include BBC, Channel 4, Miramax, Endemol, Framestore, Rankin Photography, Light Surgeons, Unruly Media and many others.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
By your third year you are sufficiently experienced and skilled to determine your own themes, and sustain substantial and high-level self-managed work over a longer period. Your final project and dissertation are the culmination of your studies, offering extended theoretical and practical research, and the chance
for you to produce substantial self-defined work. Typically our students make short films, documentaries, interactive installations, photographs and many other hybrid forms. This work is then given a public exhibition and screening. You will prepare a showreel, website or portfolio to aid your professional career
The course is designed to set high standards for professional achievement in specific media industry roles and prepare you for the challenge and opportunity of a multi-skilled portfolio career. Our graduates have a high employment rate in many aspects of the media industries and professions, including film direction, production and editing; broadcast television; new media; commercial photography and photojournalism; curating and film programming; and fine art practice.
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