The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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:
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry and Research Skills
- Introduction to Moving Image Production
Year 1 Modules
- Screen Language
- Documentary Production
- Screen Form and Platform
- Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
- Writing for Film & Television: Writing Fiction
- Fiction Production
- Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
- Writing for Film and Television: Documentary
Year 2 Modules
- Advanced Technical Skills
- Art Film & Music Video (optional)
- Breaking Film & TV Conventions
- Introduction to Sports & Events Production (optional)
- Production Choices
- Writing & Producing Fiction (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Applied Sports & Events Production (optional)
- Creative Portfolio Production (optional)
- Independent Production Project (optional)
- Independent Script Project (optional)
- Industry Practice Research Project (optional)
- New Media & Current Trends
- Professional Preparation
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
The Outdoor Broadcasting module is the best thing about the course. Being a football fan, it’s great that we can film 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.
Studying at Bucks gave me the basics to succeed in the TV industry. The course taught me the practical knowledge of how to create video but also the importance of being able to work in a team.
Bucks encouraged my ambition to succeed as a freelancer by creating an education programme that required a hard work ethic away from the campus.
If it wasn't for the camera knowledge I gained from my education at the university, I wouldn't be working in the TV industry as a director now.