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 (20 Credits)
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 (20 Credits)
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 (20 credits)
The module extends your filmmaking 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 (20 Credits)
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 (20 Credits)
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 film and television. 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 (20 credits)
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.
Film Production: Project Development (20 Credits)
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop scripts and pre-production materials in preparation for your main film project in semester 2. Building on the discoveries made at level 4 within scriptwriting and filmmaking you will study more complex techniques of screenwriting, paying attention to character and dialogue.
Film Production: Main Project (20 credits)
The emphasis of this module is to select the pilot films that have been tried and tested in the pre-production module and re-imagine them as high quality short films that are suitable for public exhibition.
Documentary (20 Credits)
The documentary module provides an opportunity for you to engage with non-fiction filmmaking and to produce a short film within a critical and industrial context. Through examining the form and conventions within the genre, you will critically consider the ethical and contextual issues when filming with real people, as well as expanding your own creative and intellectual development.
Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries II (20 credits)
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.
Likely Optional Modules
Students also choose TWO modules from the list of Year 2 options, subject to numbers.
Cinematography: Designing the Frame (20 Credits)
You will gain practical handson experience of movingimage production technologies and learn how to light, control exposure and compose for the camera. The module is delivered through practical workshops, lectures and screenings.
Directing (20 Credits)
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 nonactors are examined, offering creative solutions that students can take into their main assessed projects.
Editing: Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
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.
American Independent Cinema (20 Credits)
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 (20 Credits)
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.
World Cinema (20 Credits)
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 (20 credits)
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.
Film Production: Pre-production for Final Project (20 Credits)
This module is the pre-production phase for the Final Project. You will follow industrystandard planning and pre production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or ‘pitch’. You will develop your proposal into a preproduction portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.
Film Production: Final Project (40 credits)
The Final Project provides 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 Perspectives in the Creative Industries III (20 Credits)
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, selfemployment, and setting up a microbusiness. 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.
Likely Optional Modules
Students also choose TWO modules from the list of Year 2 options, subject to numbers.
Screenwriting: Script Formatting and Editing (20 Credits)
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 longform material that could be developed into a production in Year 3.
Advanced Cinematography (20 credits)
This module is for those students who have taken the Level 5 course Cinematography: Designing the Frame. You will be introduced to advanced motion picture camera techniques, lighting and equipment, extending your craft base and preparing students for contributing towards their major film projects. The module provides opportunities for you to study emerging trends in the field of cinematography, considering the debates and changes to technology by examining the work of influential cinematographers and directors. It is expected that the module assessments will make an informed contribution towards your showreels/portfolios. Supported by visits from guest practitioners the practice afforded by this module will increase your opportunities for future employment.
Advanced Editing & Audio Post Production (20 credits)
This module builds upon the specialist study of editing and is designed for those students who have taken the Level 5 course Editing Theory and Practice. You will be introduced to ‘advanced’ editing and post-production techniques in the capacity of both visual and audio editing specialists, thereby extending your craft base and preparing for contributions towards the major film project. The module will provide opportunities to practice grading and visual effects work. Additionally, editors will have the opportunity to learn advanced sound mixing and dubbing processes. By studying this creative practice you will strengthen your showreel and thereby increase opportunities for future employment.
Film Distribution, Marketing and Festivals (20 credits)
You will be introduced to the creative business and sales practices that are used to market and promote both commercial and student films. You will gain an understanding of the national and international film markets and festivals and learn how these avenues support the distribution process of screen media. Through practical coursework assignments you will have the opportunity to develop an informed marketing strategy for your own work.
Art Film and Video (20 Credits)
This module will enable you to place art film and video within a critical context in relation to the avantgarde in other art forms and to contemporary audiovisual 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.
The Cinematic City (20 credits)
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.
The Horror Film (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop student responses to film by focusing upon the genre of horror. This will refine critical and theoretical notions including those of genre and auteur theory, mise en scène, audience response, the grotesque, the uncanny, narrative and representation in relation to the specific context of the horror film, where necessary, connecting this to specialised critical vocabulary.
Dissertation (20 credits)
This module will support individual research into an area of study that you have proposed and negotiated with your tutor. Tuition will concentrate on research methodologies and will equip you with the skills that are necessary to sustain a ‘substantial’ piece of academic writing and lay the foundations for future study at post-graduate level.