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BA (Hons) Digital Film Production and Screenwriting

This unique programme is equally divided 50/50 between filmmaking and screenwriting, which no other university currently offers. It provides real links to the journalistic side of Media Studies, with its practical based work linking students directly to producers. Students here will be among a wide variety of musicians, dancers, composers, scriptwriters and film makers, which will help develop skills in team work, production and filming.

Student view

Marc Farrell
Looking back, I only have fond memories of Chichester. The course is fundamental to gaining experience within the industry, and as such I had the pleasure of working for the BBC. Upon leaving the University, my knowledge was more than enough to set up my own media company, with a priority in corporate and wedding videos. I owe a great deal to the staff of the Media department for teaching techniques, inspiring ideas and above all believing in me.

Course content

This is a 75% practical programme focused on a wide range of skills for filmmaking and screenwriting. Underpinned and driven by storytelling, on set practice and employability skills, students learn through hands on experience guided by staff, professional filmmakers and experienced practitioners.

Students also consider real world issues such as audience needs and effective team working whilst engaged on production activity that emulates professional practices. This may include working with actors or pitching project ideas to a panel of tutors and filmmakers.

Students also regularly have the opportunity to contribute to production based staff research projects and multi-camera live event filming. Students can also engage with relevant contemporary practice through annual attendance at the ‘Encounters’ short film festival.

All of our degrees include a range of practical, contextual and skills-based modules offering you the opportunity to undertake a major project, either in dissertation, screenwriting, or digital film production form in your final year.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.



At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.



The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

In addition, the Media Department has a dedicated Green Screen facility and studio for student use as and when projects require it. Within the Creative Hub you will find two Mac Suites for all your creative needs with highly trained support staff ready to answer any of your questions.

Our seven Edit Suites are of professional specifications with high level of soundproofing and hardware, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the postproduction of drama, documentary and performance projects.

Students will receive training on a wide range of industry standard creative software packages such as:

  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Photoshop 6
  • Celtx
  • Compressor 3.5
  • DVD studio Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Draft 8
  • Nuke X
  • After Effects
  • Plura Eyes
  • Frame Forge
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Avid Media Composer 7
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic 9
  • Adobe Premier 6
  • Blender

Where this can take you

The skills you will obtain in  this degree are particularly well suited to work with film production companies, TV production studios, radio outlets, newspapers, PR firms and advertising agencies. Many of our graduates go on to complete Masters degrees, using their undergraduate experience as the foundation to advanced study and/or practice.

Career paths include:

  • Commercials and advertising
  • Film, production, writing, cinematography, and postproduction
  • Television, researchers and journalists
  • Management training
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • Local government
  • Marketing organisations
  • Postgraduate study at international film schools

     

Work placements

Students are offered a varied pallette of extra-curricular opportunities to gain more ‘real world’ experiences. This can range from volunteering, on-set training with professional filmmakers or even paid filming work for both external and internal clients. Most recently students have crewed for award winning short drama productions, live concert filming and international conferences.

Indicative modules

Year One Module Information:

  • The 21st Century Story
  • Media, Music and Identity
  • Classical Hollywood
  • Filming Performance
  • Television Cultures
  • Digital Film Operations
  • Script to Screen
  • Practice Toolkit
  • Theory Toolkit
  • Introduction to Industry
  • Industry – Professional Bodies

Year Two Module Information:

  • Writing the Short Film
  • Writing TV Drama
  • Drama Craft
  • Documentary
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • British Film
  • European Art Film
  • Multi-Camera Live Events
  • Short Drama
  • Horror
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • Media and Popular Music
  • Reality TV
  • Events Management
  • Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

Year Three Module Information:

  • Industry, Engagement and Film Festivals
  • Individual Project
  • Personal Study – Production
  • Personal Study – Screenwriting
  • Personal Study Support – Producation
  • Shocking Texts
  • Men, Women and the Movies
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Personal Study Support (Screenwriting)
  • Music, Media and Culture
  • Global Television
  • Business Project
  • Introduction to Fundraising in The Arts

     

Teaching and assessment

We believe a hands-on, interactive and participative workshop approach to learning with modest group sizes is the most effective way to develop the types of skills that employers look for in graduates.  Each module you’ll undertake is usually supported by a weekly tutor-facilitated workshop of approximately 2.5-3 hours. Group sizes are typically 20-25 students.  At the end of the workshop, you’ll normally be tasked to undertake intersession work that then feeds into the next workshop.



Our approach encourages you to be proactive and offers an environment that’s well suited to enabling you as a student to share your thinking and explore different ideas.



You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, project work and presentations and seminar discussions.  Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
P313
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time