You will complete the following taught modules:
Development and Production Processes for Film and Television
This module is delivered through a combination of small project assignments, masterclasses from industry experts, and group seminar work. It provides you with a realistic overview of the challenges and processes of research, development and commissioning for film and television.
This module acquaints you with critical concepts in documentary filmmaking, recognisable across histories, genres, nationalities and media. Weekly seminars cover a range of styles and tones of documentary film from early cinema to reality television, providing you with a strong appreciation of the technical and editorial complexities of documentary filmmaking, and an understanding of the relationship between intention and form.
Research Skills in Film and Television
This module helps you to decide on a topic and plan for your audio-visual or written dissertation. It guides you through using research resources such as academic journals and online databases, and it shows you how to plan your final piece of work.
Guided Editing/Guided Reading
This module trains you in the technical skills necessary to film, capture and edit digital film and video projects. You will produce a five-minute film on a subject of your choice. Alternatively, those who plan to submit a written dissertation complete a 5,000 word guided reading essay.
In addition, you will complete a placement and a dissertation:
After the first semester, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in the production and broadcast industries, lasting up to 12 weeks. You might want to work in a well-known company or gain experience at a specialist or newer production house. We have strong links with local companies and there is also a possibility of working in London, other cities in the UK or even abroad, and many students split their placement experience across more than one organisation. We will work with you to identify and target the right company or companies - helping you to become proactive about networking and learn to seek out your own opportunities in a freelance career path. During the placement you can build on your skills and contacts in a highly competitive industry.
You have the option of submitting either a written or an audio-visual dissertation (which must be a factual piece). Most students take this opportunity to build their production skills further, creating a 20-25 minute documentary film for their showreel or portfolio, that showcases their filmmaking skills and their ability to produce content that has both intellectual and aesthetic integrity. Your film will be underpinned by independent research and academic supervision. If you choose to do an audio-visual dissertation you will also submit a 4,000-word evaluation. If you choose to do a written dissertation, its length will be 15,000 words.