Introduction to Film Production
This module introduces you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment and techniques providing opportunities to develop creative, technical and organisational skills within the context of digital film production. The module encourages you to acquire team-working skills and integrate theoretical concepts within practical production.
You will acquire the skills needed to design and produce a live music radio show as part of a team, taking into account current professional practice. You will learn how to operate the radio studios and a range of audio software, digital audio-editing and multi-tracking on Adobe Audition, and studio and portable microphone techniques.
You will develop your understanding of a range of animation techniques from the most basic 2D techniques to the use of software such as Adobe After Effects. You will work individually and in groups to produce a short animation showreel.
Television Studio Production
This hands-on practical module will teach you the skills needed to make a live studio television show. You will have the opportunity to work with presenters and musicians in order to create live content. You will be introduced to the technology, equipment and industry procedures used in contemporary television production from the initial idea to the final product.
FRTV in Context (compulsory for Combined Honours students)
You will study the historical and cultural contexts of film, radio and television and the theory relating to them. The module will provide you with a critical and theoretical context for your own production work.
Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 1
This module builds on your pre-existing skills to help you to make a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. The module will encourage a reflective and self-managed approach to your study, time management, research and work-readiness, which will begin to prepare you for work in the creative industries.
Creative Film Practice
The module develops your skills and understandings of specialist moving image production and post-production technologies. You will develop a short creative film from initial concept to post production.
You will develop radio production skills including scripting, vocal delivery, content research and creation, studio and location recording and editing by designing and producing a professional podcast. You will also build on your television production skills, including vision control, graphics, sound, directing and vision mixing, through the creation of a live show suitable for broadcast.
Pre-production for Final Project
This module is the pre-production phase for the Final Project. You will follow industry-standard planning and pre-production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or ‘pitch’. You will develop your proposal into a pre-production portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.
The Final Project gives you the opportunity to synthesise the technical expertise you have acquired throughout the programme to work as part of a team to create an ambitious professional production. The Final Project will add to your showreel and act as your ‘calling card’ when seeking professional employment.
Likely optional modules
This is an illustrative sample of some of the options we offer. Please note that not all optional modules will run each year.
Editing Practice and Theory
This module develops your critical understanding of the process of editing through practical exercises and the analysis of cinematic texts. The module introduces you to the theory of editing and provides practical opportunities for you to develop your understanding of the importance of the editing process in film and television production.
Screenwriting provides you with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of the craft of scriptwriting. You will learn the techniques of scriptwriting and build your creative skills to make original and imaginative dramatic narratives while also studying a variety of theoretical approaches to scriptwriting.
Cinematography: Designing the Frame
You will gain practical hands-on experience of moving-image production technologies and learn how to light, control exposure and compose for the camera. The module is delivered through practical workshops, lectures and screenings.
This module allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the radio and audio industries including public service broadcasting, commercial and community radio, music radio, new platforms for radio distribution, pirate radio, women in radio and radio art.
Film Sound and Music
You will examine the theoretical frameworks in which film sound has been understood and relates them to production practices and developments in film sound technology. You will also consider the ways in which sound works to produce meaning and emotional effects for the audience. The module aims to enable you to make critical connections between film and other forms of auditory experience in order to better understand the use of sound in cinema.
Watching the Detectives
The module will introduce you to the detective as a literary, film and television narrative and stylistic device. You will evaluate the distinction between the police detective and the private detective and the gender and/or ethnic identity of the detective. The creation of original content by streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon will also be considered to examine how the detective genre is shifting in terms of audience reception, narrative fluidity and genre expectations.
You will analyse the industrial practices and cultural contexts of popular programming on British television and evaluate key debates and theories relating to popular formats and genres such as quiz shows, lifestyle programming and talk shows. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the multitude of ways that TV producers engage with the popular audience across a multi-platform medium.
Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 2
This module prepares you for work-related experience in the creative industries, which is an important step towards your future employment. Tailored workshops and industry guests will help you to understand popular trends, issues and markets in order for you to make the best of these opportunities.
American Independent Cinema
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of American independent cinema since the end of the 1950s and its relationship to mainstream Hollywood cinema. You will study the work of the pioneers of the independent cinema aesthetic. You will reflect on what might constitute the independent aesthetic and explore oppositional, transgressive approaches in independent cinema and its symbiotic relationship with the mainstream.
Animation: Contextual and Historical Perspectives
This module is designed to deepen your knowledge of the context and history of animation by exploring what has made animation so central to the creative industries and to contemporary culture.
This module aims to introduce you to a variety of international films and develop their ability to critically engage with specific expressions within the context of national identity, industry, genre/movements, themes and style. You will examine a number of movements and styles and be encouraged to interpret the significance of films and place them in the context of the larger cultural systems of which they are a part.
Global Experience in Media, Art and Design
You will develop your appreciation of cultural differences and how these affect your professional practice by carrying out a media project abroad. To complete the project you will need to apply the skills that you have learned on the programme so far, and engage with the host culture.
This module will develop your critical understanding of comedy, humour and laughter, both in terms of comprehending the pleasures laughter offers an audience and the ways it is necessary to structure a given text for comedic purposes. You will study a variety of theoretical positions on comedy, the comic, humour and laughter and the socio-political contexts in which comedy takes place.
This interdisciplinary, cross-media module develops your understanding of a range of audio production practices and associated critical theories. The module places sound practice in its historical and cultural contexts and introduces you to concepts and theories that will allow you to analyse audio-visual texts and practices. You will produce a practical sound project and relate it to relevant theoretical concepts.
Realtime Visual Performance
The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and practice of real-time visual performance. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to produce and perform visuals for live events, theatre or music performances and gallery installations or to produce digital artworks. The module aims to place real-time visual performance in an historical and cultural context.
Art Film and Video
This module will enable you to place art film and video within a critical context in relation to the avant-garde in other art forms and to contemporary audio-visual culture. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts of art film and video production, which will enable you to engage with questions of expression, representation, meaning and affect. The module will allow you to make informed connections between film and video and production, key works in art cinema and video art, and contemporary cultural discourse.
Contemporary TV Drama
The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary television drama and the way in which its evolving forms affect its consumption and definition. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse examples of contemporary television and understand how contemporary television drama relates to the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.
Professional Perspective in the Creative Industries 3
The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and team work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the meanings of space and place in contemporary cinema, with particular attention to the construction of the cinematic city. You have all visited cities in your imagination through film and television representation and this module explores the theoretical framework for thinking through how the “real” city and the “imagined” cinematic city are intertwined.
This module develops your skills in research, analysis and the construction of an academic argument through the production of a mixed-media dissertation on a chosen subject. A mixed-media dissertation may take the form of a written dissertation or an alternate practical form, for example a film that introduces theoretical concepts.
This module aims to introduce you to theories of utopian representation and develop your ability to evaluate social dreaming in a number of relevant cinematic texts. You will learn to distinguish between utopias, anti-utopias, critical utopias and dystopias and to understand their significance.