This HND qualification focuses on film and broadcasting production, aiming to give a real-world production experience. You will undertake a variety of roles such as producer and director on client-led briefs, alongside development of practical skills in promotional video, music video, documentary, television news production and live auditorium multi-camera production work.
The College is based in the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter in the city centre, only 10 minutes walk from New Street Station. Digbeth is home to numerous creative enterprises and music venues. With regular performances and music events in our 300+ seat industry standard auditorium, you will produce multi-camera recordings using up to 8 cameras with vision mixer, sound recording tracks and crane & jibs, allowing you to perform a variety of job roles from director to camera assistant.
Our location shooting kit includes DSLR cameras with a range of lenses, Blackmagic Design cinematic cameras as well as specialised TV studio equipment from BlackMagic Design and Newtek. For post-production we use various editing packages including Adobe Premiere, Final cut X, Davinci Resolve, Adobe After Effects and Fusion 8. There will be opportunities to undertake productions commissioned by local and national organisations. You will be developing links, working with clients and developing skills and strategies that will enhance your future employability whilst giving you experience of a professional working environment and productions.
What areas will I study?
Year 1 modules:
Individual project (Pearson-set): This unit is designed to apply creative practice in response to a theme and topics set by Pearson. You will carry out and apply the knowledge and skills developed through other areas of your studies to complete and present an individual project.
Creative media industry: You will explore both the creative industries and the specific areas of creative media production. By developing a broad contextual understanding of the industry, business practices, and specific skills, you will be able to situate your work and skills within the specific industries and the wider sector.
Professional practice: This unit aims to support your development in reflective practice and define areas for personal professional development; in the context of a growing awareness of the broad scope of creative media production. You will define and implement personal professional development plans; through an investigation of the skills necessary to successfully pursue a career in the creative industries.
Film practices: This unit will explore the stages of a film/television production, from concept generation through to public display of the completed product. By the close of this unit, you will have an awareness of the processes and practices required to develop, shoot, and exhibit a film or television production.
Film studies: This unit explores the foundation and growth of the film industry, including technical, cultural and social changes. You will explore film spectatorship, examining the changing contexts of exhibition and conditions of reception. The unit will also consider how narrative has been shaped as the industry has grown, highlighting forms of character and story development, as well as traditional and non-traditional structures. You will reflect on the key concepts, questions and methodologies within film studies.
Editing for film & television: This unit gives you the opportunity to engage with the processes and practices of film and video editing. You will learn how to create edits to set mood, communicate information, and create suspense, structure and meaning for your productions.
Interview & presentation techniques: This unit gives you the opportunity to study and practise interview and presentation techniques for a range of different purposes. You will learn how to fact-find and verify information that will support the preparation for a successful interview.
- Single camera techniques for TV: This unit aims to develop your skills in single camera operation and understanding of single camera techniques. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and technologies to enable you to record images and sounds.
Year 2 modules:
Collaborative project (Pearson-set): You will have the opportunity to work in small groups, work with external partners or collaborate as an entire cohort to undertake creative media production work as part of a shared experience. Wherever possible, the unit will simulate working studio conditions, which will enhance and develop professional industry skills and practice.
Personal professional development: This unit aims to support your transition from study to employment or freelance work. Building upon previous study (professional practice unit), you will now apply your skills and knowledge to the development of a strategy for your future career, whether in employment or self-employed.
Advanced film production studies: This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop film-making skills in greater depth and detail. From the initial pitch to a completed short film, you will explore the practical, creative and management aspects of film production.
Multi-camera production: This unit explores the implementation of a multi-camera production using professional equipment and methods in response to a media brief. You will have to work collaboratively with others on set or location and operate equipment professionally.
Documentary: You will explore the documentary genre conventions, context, origin and consider its future. You will learn how to find a subject, research, plan and produce a short documentary.
Live studio operations for TV: Working in teams, you will develop technical and communication skills to produce complex, live studio-based programmes. You will review yours and your team’s work in terms of its achievement of intentions, technical and aesthetic qualities.
- Producer and Director for TV production: Working as the Producer, you will develop a project idea as a commercially budgeted proposal and a pitch. You will manage the planning, personnel, logistics and resources required for the production. Acting as Director, you will assume responsibility for the look, style and creative elements of the production.
What are the entry requirements?
You must be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year that the programme commences.
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:
- Two A Level passes
- One A Level pass and AS level passes in appropriate subjects
- BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
- BTEC National Certificate
- Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
- A recognised (Kitemarked) Access course
- Other relevant international qualifications
It is recognised that some learners may have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications and therefore may be admitted to the programme following a discussion and advice from the programme team.
To find out more about UCAS points, please visit https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-entry-requirements.
Where can I progress to next?
The HND in Creative Media Production - Film, prepares you for a range of careers in the media sector, including those at technician level such as video technician, audio visual technician (e.g. video editing and live events) and studio assistant. You can also progress onto a top-up to reach degree level; the point of entry will depend on the chosen institution, the subjects studied and the grades achieved at HND.