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.
Some of today’s biggest films are created at Pinewood Studios – Jurassic World, Paddington Bear, Star Wars, and more. With our support, it’s also where your success story in film production starts.
We’ve collaborated with industry specialists Creative Media Skills (CMS), based at Pinewood Studios, to create this unique course. It’s been designed by experts with industry needs in mind, so you’ll have the practical skills employers look for.
Taught by top film professionals from Bucks and CMS, you’ll explore all aspects of production, from casting actors and using all the kit, to managing budgets and measuring the success of films.
- Study in CMS teaching facilities, based at the iconic Pinewood Studios – centre of the British film industry, in your final two years
- Learn from Bucks academics and professionals who have written and produced award-winning films and TV shows
- Get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting, sound and editing software
- Explore different departments and how they fit into the bigger picture of film production.
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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Our collaboration with CMS, based at Pinewood Studios, is unique. A hand-picked team of experienced professionals are eager to pass on their expertise to the next generation of budding film producers, and will share insider knowledge throughout the course.
The Bucks teaching team also boast their own impressive list of credits. Course leader, Charles Brescia, has worked in New York, LA and London directing and producing for film and TV. Carson Black who is also part of the team has created prime time shows for 25 years including series like Doctors and The Bill.
Beginning with the basics
We’ll start the course by exploring the key theories and skills you need to analyse and deconstruct films. You’ll look at Hollywood cinema, documentaries, independent and art cinema, and more, as well as the impact of streaming.
Working in film production is hands-on – and so is this course. We’ll run demos on how to use the kit. You’ll also experience what it’s like to take on various roles like producing, directing and crewing.
You’ll also learn how to write for the screen. But there’s more to it than putting together a script – you’ll carry out documentary research, explore storytelling and discover how to craft a proposal.
Most of your first year is based at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus, where you can benefit from our impressive facilities.
We’ll hone your skills
In your second year, you’ll explore the ins and out of industry. We’ll cover different areas from makeup and costumes, to visual effects and stunts. At the same time, you’ll hone your practical script writing skills. We’ll run workshops and you’ll pitch your script to a highly experienced panel. They’ll analyse it for creativity and production viability.
At this point, you’ll really get to grips with pre-production. Experts from CMS will explain how budget is managed and show you how to use Movie Magic (this is the software used in industry to break down scripts for scheduling and budgeting, so it’s important you know how to use it).
Your second year is mainly delivered at Creative Media Skills, based at Pinewood Studios.
Applying your expertise
In your final year, you’ll explore casting of main actors and extras, assistant directing, production management, and more. We’ll help you understand how to use editing to create emotional impact and explore the impact of sound on storytelling.
CMS will bring in experts to explain what it takes for a film to be a financial success and how to generate profit. You’ll also look at different areas of marketing like creating press releases.
You’ll finish your degree by completing your own short film. It’ll be up to you to take on the role of writer, producer, director and editor. You’ll find your crew, shoot the film and edit it to industry standard. Because you’ll apply all skills you’ve learnt, it will be the centre piece of your portfolio.
Your final year will mainly be delivered at Creative Media Skills, based at Pinewood Studios.
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 Based Learning
- Introduction to Moving Image Production
Year One Modules
- Fiction Production
- Writing for Film and Television: Documentary
- Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
- Writing for Film and Television: Writing Fiction
- Screen Language
- Documentary Production
- Screen Form and Platform
- Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
Year Two Modules
- Professional Preparation
- Production Skills II: The Contextual Component
- Script Analysis & Pitching
Year Three Modules
- Production Skills III: The Applied Component
- Post Production
- Releasing & Distribution
- Independent Production Project
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks