This course is highly vocational and offers a well-considered blend of practical assignments and academic study
You will learn multi-skilling through working on a range of projects that involve you either directing small team productions or taking a variety of leading roles in larger scale films and productions
You will have the opportunity to produce, direct and edit a range of adverts, promotional and entertainment videos, dramas and documentaries, which are taught in conjunction with industry professionals
You will receive technical and production advice and guidance from industry professionals in all aspects of film production skills and sensibilities
You will have access to broadcast digital video cameras, non-linear edit suites, film cameras including Arriflex and Bolex, Steenbeck film editing tables, a multi-camera broadcast TV studio, radio studio, film dubbing facilities, location lighting, dollies and tracking.
The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Year One - Level C
Production of a self authored, narrative film. You will need to demonstrate an interest and an understanding of images, narratives and audiences as applied to film production. You will also gain skills in working independently to produce a short film.
Group production of a narrative film through which allows you to develop your understanding of a wide range of technical and production skills - camera, lighting, sound, production management, directing and producing.
Critical Media Concepts & Contexts
This unit will develop your understanding of key ideas and concepts that shape the contemporary media environment. You will learn how to carry out independently study and research as well as critically reflecting upon your own beliefs and understandings within a media context.
Year Two - Level I
Media Theory Option
Critical study of film form with particular emphasis on the centrality and importance of narrative. You will be asked to focus in on one key media theory and reflect upon the implications of the theory in your practice. You will gain an understanding of the concepts, ideas and theories of your chosen area and you will be asked to create a creative task to explain your theory.
Production of an individually authored documentary or fiction film. You will develop your own creative voice and demonstrate a flair and ability for film making. Finally, you will be asked to critically evaluate your work and reflect on various debates and conventions.
Development of research skills which are designed to enable you to operate efficiently within a professional media environment. Yon will learn key skills in media research, you will need to draw upon various research methods to carry out your own piece of independent research. This will be invaluable when you start working on your dissertation in your final year.
Film & Cinematography Project
Press, media, new media and photography - understanding the impact of the full range of new and traditional media on the production, distribution and marketing of film.
Research and engagement with industry companies and practitioners. It is intended that industry contacts will be developed by you throughout the remainder of your course and can then be used as an ongoing link upon graduation.
Year Three - Level H
Development of a film project and accompanying marketing and distribution strategies. This experience will initially grow through a work placement you will undertake. You will then be expected to pitch your idea for this significant project and then develop these ideas through to their final form.
Production of a film including the implementation of marketing and distribution strategies. You will need to demonstrate a knowledge of industry-standard production techniques and cinematography skills, you will also need to recruit and manage a team of people to produce a minor film project.
Production of a significant piece of written academic critical work - the subject matter of the dissertation will be decided through consultation with your course tutor and will relate in some way to the genre or style of the practical work undertaken throughout the course.
Professional Placement - 4 weeks minimum
The majority of Wiltshire College Salisbury students have gone on to work in the film or TV industries. Credits during the past few years have included The Bourne Identity, Mamma Mia, Woodlanders, Mrs Brown, Chocolat, James Bond, Event Horizon, BBC & ITN News, 999, Time Watch, London’s Burning, Wildwatch, Ground Force, Ruby Wax, Drop the Dead Donkey, Alan Partridge, Survivor, The Blue Planet, Kumars at 42, Eyes Wide Shut, Band of Brothers, Watchdog, Hotel Babylon, Bad Lads Army, Casualty, Formula One Motor Racing and many more.
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