Birmingham City University

Film Production Technology with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Want to study a Film Production degree? Film Production Technology with a Foundation Year ensures you will develop a range of academic and technical skills relevant to technology in film.

You’ll explore film-making fundamentals such narrative, composition and film theory to camera testing, designing digital production workflows and post-production.

Like the film industry itself, this course enables students to exercise a broad range of technical and creative skills with the support of the university’s cutting edge facilities and software, including our Parkside Media Centre.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

What's covered in the course?

The Film Production degree focuses on fundamental technical concepts, including the physics of sound and light being captured during production (and the tools and approaches used to do this), as well as the techniques used to digitally store and manipulate both images and audio in post-production.

The course aims to produce well rounded filmmakers with a mix of technical, creative and business skills, able to work with digital video in a variety of industries. To achieve this, as well as its focus on the process and practice of producing films, the course covers a range of important subjects, such as visual composition, narrative design, production design, the film business and cross-platform productions.

Birmingham City University is a great place to study - the city has an active and accessible film-making community, and you will be studying in the same campus as undergraduates studying a range of arts, including acting, music, photography, fashion and theatre.

You’ll also have opportunities to engage with industry, allowing a number of flexible paths to gaining work experience, including: basing selected modules around work experience, taking a placement year and working on commercial productions within the University.

Why Choose Us?

  • The Centre for Digital Media Technology is equipped with over 1,200 sq m of dedicated facilities, including two film/television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production suites, a MILO motion control rig and several editing and grading stations.

  • The course explores the fundamental technology and physics of film production, from working with light and sound, to understanding how different production and post-production tools affect the images and sound you capture.

  • The unique combination of technical knowledge and practical production experience makes our graduates more employable and able to move more quickly into key production roles.

  • Birmingham City University is a great place to study - the city has an active and accessible film-making community, and you will be studying in the same campus as undergraduates studying a range of arts, including acting, music, photography, fashion and theatre.

  • The course encourages you to engage with industry, allowing a number of flexible paths to gaining work experience, including: basing selected modules around work experience, taking a placement year and working on commercial productions within the University.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code WP6F
Institution code B25
Campus name Millennium Point Campus
Campus code A

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level BB Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma pass with minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 technical credits at Merit or Distinction.
Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
AS AC Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
Extended Project Combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language/English Literature
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Level 2 qualifications must be achieved at the point of application.

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Scottish National 5
Scottish Intermediate 2 - grade CC
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication.

Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22
HNC (BTEC) P
HND (BTEC) P
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates
"For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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