Independent Filmmaking is the future of the film industry in the UK. Every year more and more films are financed and made independently, outside of the large studio systems, many of which go on to win major awards at national and international film festivals such as Sundance. Independent filmmakers are known for their capacity to create thought provoking and exciting stories as well as their technical ability, problem solving and communication skills. The UK is a world leader in award winning independent short and feature films and Futureworks is a frontrunner in educating passionate dedicated students in the art of filmmaking. Working with award winning professionals on industry-standard equipment and the latest software, every student has the opportunity to realise their creative potential. The main activities within the programme will take place within a classroom/studio/online setting. This will allow you and the staff to develop a mature and informative relationship concerning your study. Not only is this a supportive and welcoming environment but it mimics the professional arena where you will be expected to organise your working patterns based upon set goals. Upon graduation you will achieve not only a recognised degree qualification, but will also be equipped with a strong showreel and a feature film portfolio making you ready to hit the ground running on an exciting and fulfilling career.
HE Level 4 (Year 1): Independent Production 1 (40 Credits) History of Independent Film Production (20 Credits) Scriptwriting 1 (20 Credits) Editing for Independent Film (40 Credits) HE Level 5 (Year 2): Independent Production 2 (40 Credits) Contemporary Independent Film Production (20 Credits) Scriptwriting 2 (20 Credits) VFX for Independent Film (20 Credits) Audio Production (20 Credits) HE Level 6 (Year 3): Independent Production 3 (40 Credits) Scriptwriting 3 (40 Credits) Honours Project (40 credits)
We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers. The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the art of filmmaking, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.
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
- Year 2
We are unable to accept applications from students requiring a Student visa.
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Additional entry requirements
Interviewer: Richard Hellawell (Programme Leader) If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to talk about your work, influences and interests. Ideal applicants will have a keen interest in film, television, and production. You are welcome to bring any relevant examples of work with you, if you have them.
English language requirements
GCSE level 4 & above or equivalent
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