Foundation Year Zero
Students on all of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:
- Academic Writing and Study Skills
- Personal and Career Development
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
- Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities
In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:
- Dangerous Ideas
- Foundation English Language and Communication
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Media and Communications
- Analysing British Cinema
- Historical Foundations
- America and the World (subject to validation)
- Music and Performing Arts in Context
- The Languages and Theory of Music
Screenwriting: Foundations in Narrative Storytelling
In this module you will study the practical and theoretical application of writing for the screen. You will analyse the elementary building blocks of writing for film and television and apply them creatively through a series of writing exercises that culminate in the script for a short film.
Introduction to Film Production
This module introduces you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment. It provides the opportunity to develop creative, technical and organisational skills through active participation in a series of exercises.
Film Production Project
The module extends your film-making skills and develops you knowledge of industry practices through the production of a short film. You will work as part of a team and be expected to take on a specific and significant production role.
The Art and Craft of Film Editing
This module provides you with an understanding of editing practice and looks at the development of the editor’s craft in classical cinema as well as other key influences upon film form. Through the production of a number of short editing exercises you will examine the relationships between practice and theory.
Reading the Moving Image
This module places the study of moving image production into a historical context, looking at how narratives and meaning are negotiated and how they impact on the viewer. You will study key concepts, for example authorship, genre, mise-en-scene and consider the ways in which filmmaking practices impact on the creation of texts for television and film. You will learn how to apply the analysis of moving image form and content to your own creative practice.
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.
This module explores the relation between director and actor and considers the ways in which the camera and edit mediate the performance. Through practical workshops and exercises topics such as casting and working with non-actors are examined, offering creative solutions that students can take into their main assessed projects.
Film Production: Script Development
Using screenplays developed in the screenwriting module, you will learn how to produce an animatic and/or filmed response that will be the pilot for a more substantial short film.
Film Production: Main Project
The emphasis of this module is to select the pilot films that have been trialed in the pre-production module and re-imagine them as high-quality short films that are suitable for public exhibition.
Students also choose THREE modules from the list of Year 2 options, one of which must be practical, one theoretical and one professional.
Screenwriting and Script Editing
This module builds on your earlier study of screenwriting and enables you to explore more substantial drama formats. You will examine scripts from an industry perspective and consider the needs of specific audiences. There will be the opportunity to write long-form material that could be developed into a production in Year 3.
Film Production: Pre-production
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.
Film Production: Final Project
The Final Project is a double-weighted module that 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.
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 teamwork. 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.
Students also choose ONE module from the list of Year 3 options.
Likely optional modules
Students must choose ONE of the following Practice modules:
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.
Documenting the Real
This module examines different forms of television documentaries and how they have been shaped by social, institutional and technological circumstances. Drawing on a range of examples, you will critically consider the ethical and contextual issues when filming with real people. These conventions and methods will also help you to create your own short documentary, which aims to engage an ever more demanding audience.
Editing: Practice and Theory
You will develop understanding of the historical development of editing practice and examines the relationships between practice and theory. A key element of your learning will be the production of a number of short visual exercises.
Students must choose ONE of the following Theory modules:
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.
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.
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.
Students must also choose ONE of the following Professional modules:
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.
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.
Students must choose ONE of the following modules:
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.
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.
Editing: History, Technique, Art and Craft
This module will further your critical awareness of editing practice and theory and the historical development of editing procedures. You will analyse a range of relevant cinematic texts, practical productions and technical exercises and learn how editing is used to create meaning, which will inform your own production work.