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.
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.
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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.
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. 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.
We have HD production equipment for location and studio work, an array of advanced equipment for camerawork, lighting and sound, and a wide range of “industry standard” software. Currently this includes a range of Sony cameras using the broadcast-quality XDCAM format, Hague jibs and cranes, the Adobe CC suite (Premiere, After Effects etc), and Final Cut Pro X. We use both Mac and Windows platforms, and encourage students to become adept on both.
Your studies will be supported by technicians and a full-time technical demonstrator.
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.
Adam Kossoff (Reader in the Moving Image) is an artist-filmmaker and writer whose films have been shown on Channel 4, and at leading film festivals around the world. He teaches on a range of modules, most often focusing on documentary. His work as a film-maker and researcher addresses and questions the relationship of the moving image to different spatial and technological contexts.
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.
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.”
If you have ambitions to work in film, television or related media, this course prepares you for key roles such as editor, camera operator, producer or director. The nature of the media industries is such that you are most likely to pursue a path as a freelance media professional, which entails portfolio working, and this course will set you up well for this.
The course also gives you highly valuable transferable skills – in areas such as project management and creative collaboration – which will also prepare you for graduate jobs in a variety of other fields.
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.
The course aligns technical skills development and professional development to the Creative Skillset National Occupational Standards for Film and Television and Digital Content Creation. We are beginning a process towards attaining the Creative Skillset Tick accreditation.
Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.
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.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
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These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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