Course Details

  • This is a highly practical course in Filmmaking. With six Royal Television Society NW student awards and 16 nominations in the last four years, more than any North West University and a winner of the national award for best cinematography in 2016, this course is internationally renowned for excellence.

    Building on your existing knowledge we will help you develop your specialism in Writing, Directing, Production, Camera, Lighting, Sound, Set Design and Construction and Post Production.

    Past students have secured work on feature films from James Bond to Harry Potter, high end TV dramas from Downton Abbey to The Village and commercials for Sony, Dyson and Ford.

    Using our specialised, dedicated 3,000sq foot film studio, or fully equipped production vehicle, you will produce Films and TV programmes using the same equipment that is used on major feature films.

    With assistance from our dedicated production fund and teaching by experienced industry professionals, you will work with professional actors on up to six major Film or TV projects throughout the year, depending on your chosen specialism. You will also work on a range of independent productions throughout the year, which will enable you to develop your specialism.

  • • GCSE maths, grade C /grade 5 or above
    • GCSE English, grade C/grade 5 or above
    • Minimum 64 UCAS points or equivalent
    • Professional/industrial experience
    • Portfolio of practical work.

  • • Assessment is carried out through a series of practical projects approximately every eight weeks, using industry standards to assess how your professionalism is developing
    • There is no formal exam, but there are deadlines which you have to meet, come what may, just like the industry !

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Successful completion of the Foundation degree will allow you entry to the one year BA (Hons) top up, meaning you still achieve a BA (Hons) in the normal three years.

    There are many opportunities for post graduate study, past students have gone on to study at the National Film & Television School in London

    Past students have worked in all the recognised Film & TV production roles and have worked on:

    James Bond 007 (Skyfall, Quantam, Spectre)
    Harry Potter
    Shameless
    Downton Abbey
    Peaky Blinders
    This is England ‘90
    Maleficent
    Foyle’s War
    Thor
    Captain America
    Last tango in Halifax
    Happy Valley.

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  • Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

    Students are also expected to contribute £170-200 towards educational visits, and they pay 25-30% of production costs (set building, props, actors etc). There is no compulsory equipment apart from a camera phone. A laptop is advisable but not essential.

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