• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

We want your ideas and your imagination to become part of our course. Whether that's in writing the scripts, filming on location, editing, digital effects, or directing and producing the  whole film, you'll find you have lots of opportunities to be a creative filmmaker at Bucks New University.

From the lecture hall to the cutting-room floor
Through a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, we help you learn the skills you need in a modern media business. You’ll cover camera, lighting, sound, editing and all elements of planning and pre-production, bringing them together to produce a range of fiction and non-fiction films.

We treat you like professional filmmakers. Films are analysed and deconstructed so you can apply those techniques to your work. Our students don't just stop at learning about film and television, they cover webcasting as well.

Expert teaching from professionals in their fields
The course team have a range of experience in the film and television industry. We teach in professional standard recording and filmmaking facilities. As well as lectures, we have professional masterclasses, guest speakers, and work experience opportunities designed to prepare you for a career in film and television.

Students also benefit from filming weeks, location shooting and outside broadcasts. All of these have different demands and require flexible and organised thinking.

We are accredited by the following bodies:

Course Details

UCAS CODE: PW36

Our course has been awarded the Creative Skillset tick. This is the industry’s recognised approval that we give our students the skills needed for a job in the media.

We create the industry on campus, giving our students every opportunity to collaborate across courses, just like the real world. Work with our audio specialists on the Audio and Music Production course and our selection of new stars in the Performing Arts course.

Film and Television is mostly taught in our newest building, the Gateway building. It’s equipped with modern suites and brand-new facilities.

We use professional Panasonic and Canon cameras. And in our private and communal editing suites, you’ll get the chance to become skilled with all our post-production software including Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Work for the BBC
Every month, Bucks students work with BBC Introducing, a project for unsigned artists to promote themselves online. Working with Audio and Music Production students, you’ll record, edit and direct all footage.

Recently, our students have been working with Watford FC filming their matches in the Championship. They recorded live footage from the home games and some of our 2015 graduates were taken on by CTV as soon as their studies were completed, and are now working on productions such as Sky’s coverage of Ashes cricket and the BBC’s Match of the Day.

Other students and graduates have worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Pan (2015), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and lots more.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 319 hours
Independent learning: 881 hours

Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 316 hours
Independent learning: 884 hours

Year 3: 12 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 142 hours
Independent learning: 1058 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

60 percent coursework 10 percent written exams 30 percent practical

Year 2

75 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Year 3

50 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 50 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis. You are also required to submit an electronic portfolio.

Once you have submitted your application through UCAS we will contact you to request your electronic portfolio of work in order to assess your suitability to study this course. Read our portfolio guidance notes (PDF format).

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Film Language and Analysis
  • Production Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Writing for Film and Television

Year 2 Modules

  • Advanced Technical Skills
  • Art Film and Music Video (optional)
  • Breaking Film and TV Conventions
  • Introduction to Sports and Events Production (optional)
  • Production Choices
  • Writing and Producing Fiction (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Applied Sports and Events Production (optional)
  • Creative Portfolio Production (optional)
  • Independent Production Project (optional)
  • Independent Script Project (optional)
  • Industry Practice Research Project (optional)
  • New Media and Current Trends
  • Professional Preparation

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Daniel James

“The Outdoor Broadcasting module is the best thing about the course. Being a football fan, it’s great that we can film Reading FC’s home games as well as filming The Hornets Show with Watford Football Club. This Outside Broadcasting module is extremely unique and it truly does set you aside from other students as you gain vital experience into the industry"

Employability

What are my career prospects

We provide you with the opportunity to work in placements where you’ll gain real experience. Many of our students end up being fully employed by the company they worked for during their placement.

Some of these companies include: BBC, Chyron-Hego, BT Sport, CTV, Celador Productions, Nickelodeon, Pinewood Studios, Sky Sports, SKY TV and Talkback Thames.

You’ll get the chance to work on big projects In 2012, we had more than 25 undergraduates employed across many of the London Olympics sites, from Dorney Lake to the Olympic stadia. These students have now graduated and are working in sports and live events broadcast, a direct result of our commitment to working closely with our industry partners for the benefit of our graduating students.

In 2015 Bucks graduate Rob Brandon directed the chart-topping video ‘Budapest’ for artist George Ezra.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout the time you spend with us, we’ll support you on route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable, and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop within a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.