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Develop the creative and practical skills you need to succeed in digital filmmaking
Our highly-practical BA (Hons) Digital Film Production degree provides you with a wide range of skills needed for a successful digital filmmaking career through both hands-on experience and classes with industry professionals and experienced filmmakers.
Explore a variety of areas, including:
- Production management
- Sound recording and design
- Production Design
Take part in practical filming projects
Underpinned and driven by on-set practice, you will be involved in everything from developing the creative brief, to writing, shooting, and editing real-time projects with our team of professional directors, producers, animators, and screenwriters.
Our award-winning department-led films have enabled students to work alongside some of the UK’s most highly-respected film professionals.
Experience real-world professional practice
Throughout your degree, you will 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.
All of this will help develop your employability skills, guided by staff, professional filmmakers, and experienced practitioners.
Enhance your employability
This course provides you with the technical skills and knowledge of wider filmmaking practice to enhance your employability, as well as offering modules that allow you to build professional online portfolios and job search packages tailored to your ambitions.
Learn from expert and experienced staff
Our team of dedicated, high-qualified professional film practitioners and current industry figures, including award-winning directors, producers, actors, writers, editors and composers from across animation, film, TV, and games.
Join our collaborative community
Throughout your degree, you will collaborate with students across the Department of Creative Industries to gain an exceptional understanding of production practices and technology application, enhancing your vital employability skills.
As part of the Department of Creative Industries you will benefit from our industry partnerships with companies including HyperX, DXRacer, Twitch, ARRI, and AVID, and be able to access to industry standard software such as Nuke, Maya and Houdini.
Learn the fundamentals and work on real-world digital filmmaking projects
In your first year, you will gain a solid groundwork of functional, technical, and contextual skills in and knowledge of digital film production.
You will learn the fundamentals of digital equipment operation, practical and post-production skills, and an introduction to film theory and contexts.
Your second year introduces you to wider digital film productions aspects, as you learn to apply your newly-acquired knowledge and skills to practical film projects and contexts.
These include working with actors, digital cinematography, location recording, multi-camera operations and more advanced post-production elements.
In your third year, you will work towards your final major project, which acts as the culmination of your degree.
You will also look to develop your employability skills as you develop an online portfolio of work, learn the business of film production, and engage with the industry through film festivals and other professional events.
Select a year
Digital Film Operations
This module is designed to provide a foundation ‘toolkit’ of practical skills to aid understanding of current creative media industries.
You will be introduced to a range of technical and procedural skills including audio, video, photography, web, and digital design.
These skills will develop your understanding of the processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of audio-visual presentations within the creative industries.
Introduction to Film Studies
This module will explore Hollywood films and independent US cinema as textual and cultural products. You will place these in a context that traces their aesthetic and formal development to gain a firm grounding in film studies.
This module aims to provide you with a wide-ranging knowledge of the different ways in which artists and filmmakers have challenged the narrative and stylistic conventions of mainstream cinema.
The module encompasses pre-production & planning, location filming, post production and exhibition. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work, collaboration and professional practice as students explore creative forms of expression through digital film production.
This module aims to introduce you to, and provide a foundation for all you in the specialised skills involved in, all aspects of post-production.
Theoretical learning is combined with practical and technical exercises through a series of workshops. You will study the basic application of all post-production specialisms.
This module will develop your understanding of and deepen your theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of post-production workflows.
This module is designed to provide a foundation ‘toolkit’ of practical skills to aid understanding of current creative media industries.
You will be introduced to a range of technical and procedural skills including audio, video, photography, web and digital design. These skills will develop your understanding of the processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of audio-visual presentations within the creative industries.
It aims to develop transferable skills in information technology.
Sound and Vision
This module engages you in fundamental practice and principles of camera and microphone operation.
You will learn about:
- Camera setup and preparation
- Camera audio setup
- Connectivity and microphone preparation
- Eyepiece function and the graticule
- Tripod and safe practice
- Safe camera handling
- White balancing and exposure
- Basic picture composition and shot types
- Audio metering
- Monitoring and level adjustment
- Microphone placement
- Method and discipline of camera craft
- In-camera shot sequencing
- Basic coverage.
You will be assessed through a short documentary film shot in a small team.
This module explores the key concepts and practices of digital cinematography.
The role and responsibilities of the cinematographer within the production team are defined and you will investigate relationships between cinematic content and visual forms.
Directing Actors: Single Camera
This module is an opportunity to explore the craft of directing actors, as you focus on the relationship and communication established between director and actor.
You will consider the distinctive styles and approaches used in the forms of cinema and TV drama, as you learn to apply this to your own work.
This module builds on the “Script to Screen” module and explores the drama techniques that apply primarily to drama production.
You will investigate topics including teamwork, cinematography, art direction and set construction, directing and sound design.
This module will develop your awareness in audio visual technology and production health and safety.
Field and Location Recording
During this practical module, you will develop the skills and specialist techniques required for recording sources in the field as well as actor dialogue and sound on set and location for film and TV productions.
You will work alongside peers and professionals to record dialogue and sound during the department’s commissioned short film.
Multi-Camera Live Events
This module explores the use of multi-camera recording techniques and the management of various events. It aims to provide you with a range of technical experiences and knowledge of events practice, while developing transferable skills in creating material to a client’s requirements.
This module builds upon Post Production 01 and aims to develop your creative input to the post-production process, and develop more specialised skills involving all aspects of post-production. Theoretical learning is combined with practical and technical exercises through a series of workshops.
You will develop your understanding and application of all post-production specialisms in a creative context by producing a portfolio of work which fall within the appropriate technical constraints and deepen their theoretical, creative, technical and practical knowledge of post-production workflows.
This module will give you a solid foundation to the main areas of production design from concept initiation to realisation.
You will investigate elements of art direction, mood boards, props and make-up (including prosthetics) and explore how to decipher aspects such as design metaphor, colour scheming, and spatial awareness.
This module will explain the aesthetic, narrative, and technical facets of the craft.
You will be assessed through a portfolio of work.
This module addresses operational areas in filmmaking, as embodied in the role of the production manager.
You will deepen your specialist theoretical knowledge and skills in areas that are vital to successful drama filmmaking through thorough analysis, planning and application.
It introduces you to the knowledge and skills required primarily for the pre-production phase of filmmaking, whilst touching upon filming and post-production.
SFX Pyrotechnics: Practical and Digital
This module develops your understanding of the practical application of Special Visual Effects as used in the film & high-end TV industries.
You will be guided through the planning, practical acquisition and digital enhancement of SFX as applied by industry, with a concentration on risk assessment, safety, workflows and conceptual awareness.
This module builds on your knowledge from the Drama Craft module and explores recent technical developments in the fast-changing landscape of the media and creative industries. You will be introduced to advanced filmmaking techniques as you adapt scripts from Writing the Short Film. You will be assessed through a journal and a 15 minute group presentation.
This practical module builds upon key skills acquired in the Sound Engineering and Music Production, Mastering Music, and Sound Design, ADR and Foley modules and explores the complex technical and creative post-production processes involved in ‘dubbing’ or ‘mixing’ sound and music for film and TV.
Business of Production
This module explores business practise in our ever-evolving film and TV industry.
With a focus on how to establish and run a film / TV / digital production company, this module is designed to prepare you for professional, working life in the creative screen industries.
You will develop a professionally focused ‘toolkit’, enhanced by theoretical and practical knowledge of the requisite skills base the contemporary screen production industry demands.
Digital Cinematography 02
This module aims to support those who require a deeper knowledge of digital cinematography.
The module will cover key concepts of camera and lighting by the exploration of both theory and practice with an emphasis on applied techniques.
Directing Actors: Multicamera
This module will introduce you to the hands-on production methods of TV production. With a focus on how to create and deliver a multi-camera, studio-based TV show, this module is designed to prepare you for professional, working life in the broadcast industry.
During this module, you will be given the opportunity to create a short documentary from concept to completion.
Guidance on pre-production will include advice on narrative structure, ethical consideration, risk assessment, research techniques and scheduling.
This will be followed by training in practical production and camera skills for documenting reality and the experiences of real people.
Post-production will navigate editing disciplines including modifying and refining narrative structure in the light of coverage acquired in the production phase and awareness of technical processes and standards.
Final Major Project: Film Production
The aim of the Final Major Project is to produce a substantial body of work sustained over two semesters. It aims to develop transferable skills in creating, analysing and evaluating large scale production projects. You are expected to work professionally with an industry focus to produce a short drama film with high production values.
Industry, Engagement & Film Festivals
This module offers you the opportunity to learn about the dynamic and rapidly changing ways in which films are consumed in the public arena.
Festivals are a key element of the filmmaking market place, where films are sold by independent producers and bought by distributors. But they also offer audiences the opportunity to experience a rich variety of cinema, such as animation, shorts and documentaries.
This module will encourage you to engage with the world of the film festival, the industry networking opportunities they offer and apply analysis to both audio-visual content and festival management.
Online Editing, Grading & Deliverables
This module will introduce you to the range of skills you need in the online environment of the post production industry. You will gain some experience of the essential role the online editor and colourist.
You will receive a grounding in the competencies required to work within the industry as an industry professional and be assessed through a portfolio.
In this module, you will be expected to enhance your career prospects by producing an online portfolio that aligns your skills with your commercial and professional objectives. It aims to develop transferable skills in balancing creative and strategic career objectives.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of our experienced and expert staff
You will be taught by a range of experts in digital film production including professional filmmakers and experienced practitioners, with extensive and successful careers in the industry.
This course is 75% practical to help you develop the skills you will need in your career through on-set work, placements, and experience with industry standard software.
Smaller class sizes to help your development
Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment and allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Classes include lectures, seminars, skills sessions, technical classes, and practical workshops. You will need to complete independent study outside scheduled teaching and will take on practical individual and group work throughout your degree.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:
- Project work
- Seminar discussions
Discover industry standard software and equipment
Discover our £35 million Tech Park
Our Bognor Regis Campus boasts the £35m Tech Park and brings together science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics courses on one state-of-the-art site.
- 300sqm film studio
- 80 square-metre green screen stage for motion capture and Chroma work
- Professional standard postproduction facilities and recording studios.
- Idea Labs
- Animation Labs
Film and Green Screen Studios
Post-production facilities and recording studios
Learning Resource Centre
Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad
As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.
Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.
You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.
Prepare for a wide range of careers within digital filmmaking
This BA (Hons) Digital Film Production degree prepares you for a range of careers and is particularly suited for roles in film production companies, TV production studios, radio outlets, newspapers, PR firms and advertising agencies.
You could pursue a career in:
- Commercials and advertising
- Film and TV production, writing, cinematography, and postproduction
- Management training
- Public relations
- Local government
- Marketing organisations
You could decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.
Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCEs and Masters degrees:
- MA Screen Acting
- MA Composition for Film, TV and Games
- PhD Research
Course Fees 2023/24
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
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