Wolverhampton School of Art

Film and Television Production

BA (Hons) Full-time 1 year, Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

Do you want to make films and TV programmes? Do you have ambitions to become a director, producer, editor, or camera operator? This course can help you in a number of ways.

Do you want to make films and TV programmes? Do you have ambitions to become a director, producer, editor, or camera operator? This course can help you in a number of ways.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P311
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Colaiste Dhulaigh College, Dublin, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

Do you want to make films and TV programmes? Do you have ambitions to become a director, producer, editor, or camera operator? This course can help you in a number of ways. The main aim is for you to develop the skills needed to create and produce films and television programmes in a variety of existing and evolving contexts for viewing and distribution – including broadcast television, online, and in cinemas. Additionally, the course will extend your understanding of the reach, responsibility and influence of “content”, the means of production, and distribution. It has a particular emphasis upon the sensibilities of social action and inclusion that underpin global citizenship and that could shape the entrepreneurial and employment landscape that production graduates will enter - and influence – when they complete their studies.

We have strong links with industries thorugh our Screen School programes, including the BBC, with visiting lectures and live briefs with organisations around the West Midlands.  Creating meaning and identity through storytelling is a unifying element of the course, whether through drama, documentary or other forms of film/programme. Examples of community engagement are our longstanding involvement with Deaffest, the UK’s only International Deaf Film and Television Festival, our annual Meet the Directors screenings and panel discussions, and the many social action projects that students deliver for voluntary/not- for-profit organisations in the region.

The emphasis on the management of challenging, complex productions will provide you with a powerful set of skills, which will enhance your employability in any field, as will the experience of effective working with others as you collaborate with fellow students, clients, commissioners, actors and other participants in the films/programmes you make.

On completion of the course:

  • You will be a videographer/programme-maker/film-maker who may have chosen to develop a specialism in one or more areas of production, such as directing, producing, editing, camera, sound, writing.
  • You will have worked on a range of film/programme types, including documentary, drama, social action, commercial and studio-based productions – including, when appropriate, live briefs and commissions.
  • You will have abilities in the analysis of media texts, skills in project management and effective methods of working with other people and organisations.
  • You will have had the opportunity to take part in live briefs in conjunction with industry
  • You will have explored a range of entrepreneurial and industrial contexts in which you might find employment and you will have prepared an action plan for your future employment and your continued professional development.

What happens on the course?

This hands-on, highly practical production course will see you engage in a wide range of film and television practices that will prepare you for employment in the creative industries or in other industries where media production and authorship play a part.

Technological developments and social change mean that film and television production is an ever evolving, innovative and exciting field of study. Right from the start of the course you will work on project briefs grounded in professional production. These briefs may be imagined, ‘live’ (from real clients), or facsimiles of real world commissions. Researching, coming up with ideas, designing responses, pitching and actually rehearsing, shooting, editing, screening and then distributing short film and television programmes will be your daily experience on this course. The practical projects, the lectures and investigative tasks promote an awareness of the need for adaptation and change, and emphasise the experimentation, authorship and leadership that engenders innovation in “content” and “distribution”. It encourages the expression of self and group identities, and an awareness of global film and television cultures.

As well as the formal curriculum, additional live briefs from local businesses, university and community partners are offered to students as enrichment activities, and such activities can lead to real content for show reels and enhancing of CVs. Personal development planning, employment preparation, work experience, hosting and presenting screenings and discussions are all part of the course journey.  In addition we have great links with regional community broadcasters and cinema/performance venues, which means that you may make use of opportunities to promote your work on television and radio and at regional screening venues.

From 2021 Film and Television will be part of our new multi-million pound, Screen School.

 

Screen School represents a radical transformation of our educational offer – providing an impetus for our ongoing commitment to regional upskilling, nurturing talent for the careers of tomorrow for local regeneration. Ongoing course development will dovetail with industry requirements, economic regeneration and social mobility of students in our increasingly ‘buzzing’ region to offer a new epicentre of screen based creativity for the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton School of Art Graduate Showcase 2021

We are delighted to announce our end of year graduate showcase highlighting the work of our final year students in Art, Design and Screen based subjects.

Additional Information

BA (Hons) BA (Hons) Film and Television Production

  • The member of academic staff who leads this course is Phil Nichols
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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is genuinely inclusive and nurturing of local talent, and we have helped many students to produce award-winning work and gain employment with major broadcasters and production companies. That said, we also attract students from across the UK, the EU and around the world. We work very closely with the local community, as well as regional and national organisations, to provide learning experiences that benefit not only each individual student but also the wider communities that the university serves.

We have an array of state of the art equipment in our brand new Screen School.

Your studies will be supported by technicians and a full-time technical demonstrator.

Further Information

You will be taught by staff with professional experience in media production, who are also qualified teachers and active researchers.

Don Adamson (Principal Lecturer) has professional experience in theatre and video production. He has an MA in Multimedia, and also serves the University’s Faculty of Arts as Principal Lecturer for the Student Experience.

Tracy McCoy (Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Production) has a professional background in social action video production, and a track record of helping young people find a voice through drama and film. She has an MA in Multimedia, and her PhD research investigates the impact, tensions and contradictions of supporting individuation and special needs while fostering creativity.

Phil Nichols (Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Production) has a professional background in the technical side of production. He has an MA in Screenwriting, and his PhD research deals with screenwriting in relationship to literature. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Senior Advisor to The Centre for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.

We offer lower fees for international students to this course, please see fees and finance section for details.

You will gain skills in camerawork, lighting design, sound recording, editing, studio and location operations, script writing, sound design, directing and producing. You will also gain skills in analysis of texts and media texts, essay writing and research, giving presentations, working in teams, managing your own work, and planning and managing complex projects.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

 Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or Creative Media Production & Technology - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Film-maker Andrew Webber, one of our graduates, has had his films screened at international festivals in the UK, Jamaica and West Africa. He says, “The University has been extremely supportive, through my studies and after graduation.”

Niki Gandy has pursued a teaching career, and now teaches photography and art in a High School. She says, “I'm a proud graduate of Video and Film Production, a course I chose for its practical content and which helped furnish me with numerous transferable skills necessary to forge my career in teaching. Almost a decade on, my lecturers continue to provide me with support and guidance - I feel certain that my relationship with the university will continue for many years to come.”

Actor and director Brian Duffy, another graduate, came up with the idea for Small World – a comedy series about a group of deaf flatmates which has been shown on TV and online – with a friend. Brian says, “Studying at the University of Wolverhampton helped me with networking and organisation – especially as filmmakers came to Wolverhampton for Deaffest, the UK’s leading deaf film and arts festival. My lecturer could also sign which was a great help and a huge weight off my shoulders – I could talk to her one-to-one. That’s something I never had the pleasure of pre-university.”

Lauren Shinner has been working in media production ever since graduating. She says, “My time at the University was invaluable, I wouldn't be where I am today without it. The tutors were always helpful and push students to do their best with plenty of support and understanding and the course prepares you well for your prospective career. I've gone on to work as a video editor in education, ran my own media business and have done videos for high end charities and new bands, and am now working in media in another area. Without my degree, none of this would have been possible.”

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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