The BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production programme aims to develop students' filmmaking skills in specialist production areas amongst a continuously evolving industry. In order to prepare our students to work in the film industry, whether it is for television channels, independent movie productions, corporate films or as freelancers, we help our students develop specialist skills with the aim to stand out amongst a highly media-literate generation. Most of this learning takes place in small learning groups, which allows for more individual guidance and personal goal setting. Students will learn how to operate successfully in each production department in a professional context whilst developing their specialism, with many opportunities to interact with employers and industry mentors. Content will be produced continuously throughout the course whilst also developing a critical understanding of how audiences perceive and buy into such content. We offer a very practical approach to learning about the core aspects of filmmaking whilst providing a solid understanding of the theory underlining successful practice in the areas of screenwriting, production management, cinematography, post-production and audio design. Professional practice and employment skills are covered throughout the course to provide a solid foundation for entry into the industry. Course lecturers all come from a professional background in the film or media industry with many working as active practitioners, which ensures all production knowledge is up to date and reflective of current industry practices.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. Further information on the modules currently offered on this programme can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. All theory-focused modules - Audience Theory, Marketing & Distribution as well as Experimental Cinema - culminate in the production of relevant video essays rather than traditional written essays. There are formal or ‘summative’ assessments at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as video essays, reports, portfolios of work, produced films, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. All modules contain an element of practical filmmaking as a summative assessment point, which means you will produce dozens of pieces of video work during your degree. Feedback: You will receive frequent feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. Some feedback is given in-person, in written form or as voiceover with annotations on your video submissions.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£8250||Year 1|