FdA Film and Media Production

Whatever your specialism, our Foundation Degree in Film and Media Production will help you build a portfolio that showcases your skills and creative voice. A love of story is at the forefront of all our courses and at the heart of production, and we’ll support you as you learn to find and tell imaginative and diverse stories that resonate with audiences everywhere.

Film and Media Production

Key information

Award:

FdA

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

64

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

The media and creative industries are flourishing and the North West is the key digital powerhouse outside of London. Traditional career routes in areas such as film and TV continue to seek new recruits, but exciting opportunities are also available with the broad range of organisations that now need moving images for their websites, social media platforms and promotional adverts. They want people who can create new and interesting content using their great storytelling skills and sound knowledge of the production process and workflow. This course aims to prepare you to begin your career in this exciting sector and offers transferable employability skills such as resilience, adaptability and problem solving that are highly attractive to employers.

Creative, practical and industry-focused, this course introduces you to all aspects of the pre-production, filming and post production workflow in film, TV and multi-platform formats. Our lecturers and technical staff will support you as you develop a wide range of technical and creative skills, guiding you as you learn about the production process from concept to completion. We’ll also focus on helping you appreciate how differing production roles are interdependent, and support you to learn essential skills in collaboration, communication and teamwork.

Our experienced team take pride in getting to know our students as individuals, and you can become part of our welcoming and supportive production family. Offering you the chance to share in our immense wealth of award winning industry experience, this course allows you to explore the various gateways into the vibrant media industry in North West England.

Highlights
  • Our lecturers have first-hand experience across a range of creative media and our excellent industry contacts mean we can offer regular guest lectures from professionals in the industry.
  • You’ll have access to first-rate broadcast-quality digital equipment.
  • We provide production budgets for student films to cover essential costs, and bring in professional expertise to advise and support you.
  • You’ll benefit from work experience through our dedicated industry placement module, as well as by getting involved with live briefs and commissions from outside agencies. These opportunities offer you the chance to develop industry contacts that could be helpful in your future career.
Key Features
  • Eight dedicated video edit suites with sound processing capability.
  • Computer facilities for each student with dedicated media software.
  • Two fully-equipped studio facilities with lighting rigs, screens and equipment.
  • Sound recording facilities.
  • Professional HD film production equipment and a supply of ancillary equipment for professional production.
  • Guides for each individual module provide information about the programme.
  • On successful completing this course, you could take your studies to degree level with our BSc (Hons) Film and Media Production (top-up) course. This allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for an additional 12 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

  • 64 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This programme offers you a sound knowledge of working in a variety of film, TV and multi-platform formats. We aim to nurture your love of story and story-telling and help you develop a wide range of technical and creative skills so that you’re ready to contribute professionally to the creation of engaging and innovative moving image media.

A key part of the course is your chance to benefit from creative industries placements, and extracurricular opportunities to help build appealing CVs, showreels and portfolios in preparation for employment.

As a graduate, you’ll possess a range of transferable skills such as creativity, communication skills, teamwork, project management, and commercial and cultural awareness.

What can I do with this qualification?

Film and Media Production foundation degree graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work can include television and radio, film and video, digital media, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice. Some of our graduates have set up their own companies or worked collaboratively with small production companies. Others have gone on to make films that have won accolades in film festivals around the world.

After graduation, you could choose to continue your studies to degree level by taking an honours-level top-up course, such as our BA (Hons) Film and Media Production (top-up) programme.

Alternative career options

Foundation degree graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Possible roles include:

  • Arts administration
  • Event organisation
  • Teaching
  • Local government
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • PR consultancy
  • Communications
  • Publishing

Course fees

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Much of the work involved in this course is based around practical media projects. You’ll be expected to create different types of content as well as write essays, presentations and pitches. Some online course activities are student-generated and controlled to resemble the practices you are likely to encounter in the media industries.

We place emphasis on group work, activity-based assignments, workshops, demonstrations, projects and guided independent study. Some of the modules will be delivered in a more conventional way through classes, lectures and presentations. You’ll be taught by tutors who have extensive industry experience, and by specialist guest lecturers.

You’ll also be expected to devote a significant amount of time to independent study, and our online resources will assist you with this. Assignments will require time outside of lessons to complete. Work-based learning is a key element of the course, and the completion of industry briefs and professional quality work are designed to ensure you are ready for employment when you graduate.

There are no examinations. All assessment is through coursework. You can expect formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills and summative assessment on which you’ll be graded. Your summative assessment briefs will contain tasks such as making films, writing essays and reports, writing scripts and outlines, giving presentations and pitches, carrying out practical exercises and work-placements.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • From Story to Screen
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 1
  • Collaborative Media Project 1
  • Experimental Film Making
  • Screen Culture: An Introduction
  • Digital Industries
  • Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 2
  • Creative Producing and Director's Vision
  • Collaborative Media Project 2
  • Client Commission
  • Industry Work Placement
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Level twoCoursework 78%, Practical exams 22%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 67%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Liza Ryan-Carter
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

L.Ryan-Carter@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903343

Neil Dougan
Assistant Teaching Professor

N.Dougan@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903265

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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