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Film and Television Production

BA (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: P309
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

On studying this course you will develop as a student to become a highly skilled, experienced professional with a comprehensive understanding of the Film and Television industries. You will be introduced to the creative and technical aspects of single camera filmmaking and multi-camera television production, supported by film and media theory to inform your practice. You will learn how to generate and develop ideas and adopt a creative approach to your work. In the final year you will undertake a major production project and experience how media theory underpins your practice. There will be opportunities for work experience with our partners at the BBC, other production companies and to work on projects for external clients.

In the second and third years there are a range of options to enable you to develop your own areas of interest and expertise. Between the second and third year you can also take a year out to study abroad at a partner university or to do a placement in industry if you choose to study our four year course.

The course is designed for those students who want to learn to make films and television programmes in a range of different formats and genres, using the most up to date industry standard technologies. It is intended for anyone who has an interest in film, television and media and whilst we are not subject specific the programme typically attracts students with an arts and humanities background in subjects such as Creative Media Production, Media Studies, Film Studies, English, Politics, Art and Design, Psychology, Economics or Music. We welcome students who have A-level, BTEC or equivalent qualifications.

If you choose to study Film and Television Production at the University of Bradford, you may be eligible to apply for a Royal Television Society Bursary.

Showcase

See examples of work produced by our Film and Media students.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the sector skills council for the creative industries, which ensures that it is work-based and industry relevant. Industry professionals also make regular inputs into this course.

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"I particularly enjoy the practical side of studying a media course with access to industry-level equipment."

BSc Media Technology and Production

Why Bradford?

You will have access to the National Media Museum's extensive archives and resources, and on-site specialist video production, photography and digital design facilities, including our full-scale HDTV Outside Broadcasting Truck and television studio, plus a range of media resources held within the University's extensive library collections.

Students can undertake professional-style production projects as part of their course that replicate the creative industrial experience.

Rankings

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM - there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The BA (Hons) Film and Television Production is intended to provide you with the opportunity to engage with the moving image both on an intellectual and practical level.

All modules are core.

Year 1

  • Creativity and Imagination (20 credits)
    The module is intended to foster and develop students' ability to create new ideas and to develop appropriate creative strategies for making artefacts, media production, other forms of digital media production, or for self-expression.
  • Reading the Screen (20 credits)
    The aims of the module are to introduce students to a variety of approaches applicable to reading various screens, and explore how meanings are generated via an understanding of visual literacy.
  • Moving Image Production (20 credits)
    To gain the skills required for basic video production in both single camera and multi camera situations.
  • Editing (20 credits)
    To gain an advanced understanding of non-linear editing.
  • Film – Narrative and Genre (20 credits)
    The aims of the module are: to investigate the variety of ways in which filmmakers have constructed narratives, both fiction and non-fiction, to explore the principles of narrative construction in cinema and to explore genre as a critical tool within Film Studies.
  • Institutions and Audiences (20 credits)
    The module aims to introduce students to the analysis of key theoretical approaches to film and media audiences and institutions.

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Factual Film and Television (20 credits)
    To explore the ways in which (predominantly) British film and television documentary texts have utilised established modes of practice, and how these have impacted on historical, social and political representations.
  • Soundscapes (20 credits)
    An understanding of the properties and uses of sound production and related theoretical perspectives. Use of theoretical models to analyse a subject related to sound. Understanding of working with sound.
  • Factual Production (20 credits)
    To develop an appreciation of audio and video theory within television production. Ability to analyse and understand different television genres.
  • British Film and Television Fictions (20 credits)
    The aims of the module are to explore British film and television drama as a genre, in order to develop an understanding of its social, cultural and political importance.
  • Drama Production (20 credits)
    To develop further appreciation of roles in TV production and consolidate understanding of TV production techniques as applied in current industry practices and standards.
  • Storytelling for Multiple Platforms (20 credits)
    The module aims to introduce students to the concept of creating content intended for a variety of media platforms.

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Major Project Pre-Production (20 credits) - core
  • Individual Project (40 credits) - core
    To integrate material from other modules into a major digital media project; to provide you with a platform for autonomous learning within your chosen area of specialism; to develop a self-critical, editorial awareness of one`s own body of work; to present that body of work in a visually impressive video; to develop presentation skills.
  • Alternative Film and Media (20 credits) - optional
    To research and critically analyse the ways in which 'alternative' (eg third cinema, avant-garde filmmaking, cult cinema, etc) film texts are made and can be interpreted.
  • Experimental Filmmaking (20 credits) - optional
    Explore the creative possibilities of digital film making encouraged by the introduction of new forms of media production.
  • Major Project Production (40 credits) - core

Students may be eligible to exit with the fall back award of Ordinary Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 300 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

82% of our 2016 graduates in Film, Media, Animation, Games and Visual Effects found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for a career in film and television production in research, content creation, scriptwriting, camera, sound, lighting, editing, studio and location management, production management, producing and directing or you may prefer to continue your studies on our Master's course in Digital Filmmaking. Graduates have also gone into teacher training.

Our graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Thames Television, Channel Four, Home Box Office, Endemol, the National Media Museum, Warner Brothers, MGM, True North Productions, MTV and many others. Our graduates have worked on hit TV shows including Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Big Brother, Emmerdale, BBC Look North and BBC Reporting Scotland as well as blockbuster movies including War Horse, The King's Speech, The Theory of Everything, Skyfall and all of the Harry Potter films.

87.5% of our 2014 Film and Media graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Over the last five years our post-graduate employment and study rates have been considerably better than the national average for film and media studies courses in the UK.

Facilities

Production facilities include HD video and broadcast TV cameras, broadcast TV studio, Outside Broadcast Truck, lighting rigs, track and dolly, jib arm crane, Steadicam, audio recording studio, photography studio, digital stills cameras, digital printers, Macs and PCs with Adobe Creative Suite and industry standard editing software. Equipment is free for students to use and small budgets are provided for project work.

All course books, journals and online resources are provided in the library.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

If you choose to study Film and Television Production at the University of Bradford, you may be eligible to apply for a Royal Television Society Bursary.

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