Film students working with professional camera and equipment

Develop your skills with industry equipment and work with professionals across the film industry

IP73
3 years Full Time
Bognor Regis Campus

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Overview

Develop your creativity

This BSc (Hons) Digital Film Technologies degree introduces you to creative apparatus and equipment from your first year. You will use industry standard hardware, software and the digital workflows in specialist academic and practical modules.

You will have a range opportunities to apply your skills while you study, including the chance to work on live briefs such as drama productions, multi-camera filming and post production projects. You will engage with numerous drama, performance and voice related projects with fellow students, staff and professional associates, and gain an understanding of production practices as you work with filmmakers, writers, animators and students from across the department.

You will explore topics like cinematography, sound design and audio capture, recording studio operations, studio techniques for film and TV, lighting and grip, motion control, cine robotics and motion capture. You can also support your studies with theoretical modules to explore the history, theory and cultural relevance of screen based content. 

As an accredited Avid Learning Partner we train students to a certificated level across the Avid Media Composer range of post production software. You will use a full range of post production software covering sound design, picture grading and SXF.

On this course you will:

  • Discover a range of specialist topics in across the filmmaking industry.
  • Use industry standard hardware and software.
  • Collaborate with dedicated crafts people and makers from across the creative industries.
  • Learn from practitioners and current industry figures including award winning directors, producers, designers, actors, writers, animators, editors and composers.
  • Be able to join department field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions.
  • Study to a certified level in Avid Media Composer software.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your early career profile on IMDC (Internet Movie Data Base).

Partnerships

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.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will spend time in scheduled classes such as workshops, lecture and seminars, and spend time studying independently outside of scheduled hours.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:

  • Short films
  • Audio tracks
  • Video essays
  • Creative portfolios
  • Podcasts
  • Presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Skills observation
  • Continuous assessment

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

In your first year you will discover the basic concepts and subject knowledge you will need in digital film. You will explore the subject as a whole and develop your basic skills. 

During the second year you will study topics in depth, expanding your knowledge and deciding which topics to pursue in your final year.

In your final year you will enhance your skills and prepare for your career after you graduate with a complex body of knowledge in film disciplines.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

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 and basic coverage. You will be assessed through a short documentary film shot in a small team.

Digital Film Operations

This module is designed to provide a foundation ‘toolkit’ of practical skills to aid understanding of current creative media industries. Students will be introduced to a range of technical and procedural skills including audio, video, photography, web and digital design. These skills will develop their 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.

Digital Design: Graphics and Motion Graphics

This module provides a foundation for you to develop a range of professional, technical and procedural skills in the field of digital design and motion graphics. You will discover a a range of production practice and processes typically involved in the manufacture of audiovisual motion graphic artefact, and develop your practical skills and conceptual understanding of digital design and motion graphic construction and manipulation. You will be assessed through a sketch book or mood board, guidelines, and a completed audiovisual artefact.

Introduction to 3D Art

This module serves as a foundation for developing a range of technical knowledge and procedural skills in the core concepts of 3D computer graphics using the appropriate industry-standard software.

Post Production 01

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.

Green Screen & Compositing

In this module you will investigate the role chrome keying plays in the field of multimedia and digital film production. You will engage with chroma keying concepts as an essential part of the practice of creative digital media, and explore core module concepts and their practical applications through exercises and briefs. You will be assessed through a portfolio of work.

Motion Capture and Motion Tracking Technology

On this module you will develop your professional, technical and procedural knowledge of the core concepts of motion capture and motion tracking technologies. You will explore a range of practices and processes involved in the manufacture of a motion capture and motion-tracking artefact. You will be assessed through a portfolio of work.

Digital Cinematography 1

This module aims to expand upon the work produced in previous modules by exploring 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.

Motion Capture and Suit Technologies

In this module you will explore a typical film and multimedia motion capture pipeline. You will cover topics from setting up cameras and capturing data through to editing and transferring data to industry standard animation packages. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of professional technical and procedural knowledge. This module also introduces you to the processes involved in the manufacture of body motion capture. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

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.

Drama Craft (Optional)

This module builds upon the knowledge and experience students gained in Digital Film Operations and explores in more depth, techniques that apply primarily to drama production. Areas such as teamwork, cinematography, art direction, directing and sound design may be explored in more detail, enhancing workplace skills. You will develop your awareness and understanding of audio visual technology and production health and safety.

Field and Location Recording (Optional)

This practical module focuses on the acquisition of skills and specialist techniques required for recording sources in the field and on location for film and TV productions.

Sound Design, ADR and Foley (Optional)

Sound content and dialogue for films and TV are often recorded after filming by sound designers, ADR recorders and Foley artists, because extraneous noise on set or location can make original sounds unusable. You may also need to create sounds for productions set in the far future, on imaginary remote planets, or featuring creatures such as dinosaurs or monsters. In these productions, crews design entire ‘sound-worlds’ and ‘characters’ to match movements and interactions with surfaces and objects in these worlds. This practical double module explores the creative processes and core techniques that underpin and define these important career pathways.

Short Drama (Optional)

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.

Post Production 02 (Optional)

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.

3D Animation for Games (Optional)

In this module you will cover the world of animation and visual effects in the context of contemporary computer games design. You will explore boundaries of the many disciplines within the field of animation and visual effects and their specific place in production workflows. You will use industry standard software as you develop original games concepts and respond to a series of introductory briefs.

Final Major Project: Film Production or Individual Project

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. Students are expected to work professionally with an industry focus to produce a short drama film with high production values, or an individual project complete with critical reflection.

Digital Cinematography 02 (Optional)

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.

Motion Capture Face/Feature Tracking Technology (Optional)

In this module you will develop a range of professional, technical and procedural knowledge and an understanding of the core concepts of optical motion capture in the context of the film, TV and gaming industry. You will explore software and hardware solutions as well as rig setup, image capture, and 2D/3D data processing. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

Film Festivals (Optional)

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 networking opportunities they offer and apply analysis to both audio-visual content and Festival management.

Audio Post Production (Optional)

This practical module builds upon key skills acquired in the Sound Engineering and Music Production, Mastering Music, and Sound Design, ADR and Foley modules at Level 5 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 (Optional)

This technical, creative business skills module will introduce you to modes of business practise in the ever evolving film and TV industry. The module will prepare you for professional life in the creative screen industries with a focus on how to establish and run a film/TV/digital production company. You will develop a professionally focused toolkit to support your development and be assessed through continuous individual assessment and an individual reflective portfolio. You will choose to study two modules from Creative Portfolio, Resilience in the Freelancer and Business of Production.

Online Portfolio (Optional)

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.

Online Editing Grading and Deliverables (Optional)

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.

Facilities

Use industry software and equipment

Study Abroad

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.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BSc (Hons) Digital Film Technologies degree will prepare you for a range of careers across the creative industries. 

You could pursue a career in:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Games
  • Special effects
  • Animation
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Teaching

Further study

You could decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

Postgraduate study options available at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Screen Acting
  • MA Composition for Film, TV and Games
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-BCC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DMM-MMM
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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