Magazine Features (20 credits)
Working in a group, you will be taught the skills to create short magazine features. These topical stories are key parts of programmes, such as BBC1's 'The One Show' or ITV1's 'This Morning'. You will research, plan and produce your nonfiction stories, while making sure that they appeal to your selected audience and take into account the demands of the broadcasters.
Television Studio Production (20 credits)
This hands-on practical module will teach you the skills needed to make a live studio television show. You will have the chance to work with presenters, music and create live content. You will be trained in the technology, equipment and industry procedures used in our fully-equipped television studio and gallery. Working as a team, you will be introduced to contemporary television production practices from the initial idea to the final product.
Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries I (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.
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 television and film. You will learn how to apply the analysis of moving image form and content to your own creative practice.
Mobile Filmmaking (20 credits)
The practice of shooting material for television on smart phones is one of the latest developments in broadcasting. This module aims to introduce students to this modern approach. Students will be shown effective camera techniques, sound recording and editing methods, to enable them to produce a mobile production. It also aims to introduce students to the history and development of mobile production.
Film Production (20 credits)
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.
Documenting the Real (20 credits)
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.
Popular TV (20 credits)
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 multiplatform medium.
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.
Live Studio Production (20 credits)
Working as part of a team you will build on your television expertise with further hands-on experience of live programming. The module will enhance your skillset with roles such as vision control, graphics, sound, directing and vision mixing. You will be part of a team working in line with industry practices to make a live show broadcast on social media.
Likely optional modules
Editing Practice and Theory (20 credits)
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.
Cinematography: Designing the Frame (20 credits)
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.
Creative Film Practice (20 credits)
The module develops your skills and understandings of specialist moving image production and postproduction technologies. You will develop a short creative film from initial concept to postproduction.
Screenwriting (20 credits)
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.
Global Experience in Media and Art 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.
Watching the Detectives (20 credits)
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.
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 team work. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, 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.
Pre-Production for Final Project (20 credits)
This module is the preproduction 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.
Final Project (40 credits)
The Final Project is a double 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.
Likely optional modules
Advanced Cinematography (20 credits)
The module introduces you to advanced motion picture camera techniques, lighting and equipment, extending your craft base and preparing for contributing towards your Final Project.
Dissertation (20 credits)
The Dissertation module is designed to support your extended research into an area of study proposed by yourself and agreed with your tutor. As well as this specific study, more general shared tuition will focus on research skills and methodology, introducing you to the skills of extended academic research.
Mixed Media Dissertation (20 credits)
The 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.
Sound Studies (20 credits)
The Sound Studies module is an interdisciplinary, cross-media module that 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.
Advanced Editing and Post-Production (20 credits)
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 project.
Contemporary TV Drama (20 credits)
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.
Laughing Matters (20 credits)
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.