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BSc (Hons) Digital Film Technologies

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS IP73

Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 104 - 112

A Levels: BBC - BCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit 

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Course content

During the degree students will have an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with dedicated crafts people and makers from across the creative industries. You will be taught by a team of highly qualified professional practitioners and current industry figures including award winning directors, producers, designers, actors, writers, animators, editors and composers. With our digital technology facility students will be able to engage with state of the art spaces and equipment. Our approach gives aspiring creative technologists the real world experiences and employability skills needed to develop their careers in a range of screen based creative industries.

Students on the BSc Digital Film Technologies programme begin their course by being introduced and inducted on a wide range of creative apparatus. Ensuring students have an awareness of a range of hardware, software and the digital workflows all underpin the progress they will make through their specialist and hands on practical modules. Live briefs such as drama productions, multi-camera filming and post production projects allow for applied practice and development of team working skills required to progress through the course.

Specialist modules cover 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. As an accredited Avid Learning Partner we are able to train students to certificated level across the Avid Media Composer range of post production software. We also utilise a full range of post production software covering sound design, picture grading and SXF.

Throughout the course students will engage with numerous drama, performance and voice related projects with fellow students, staff and professional associates. Alongside aspiring filmmakers, writers and animators, students will collaborate across the department to gain an exceptional understanding of production practices and technology application, enhancing an extended range of vital employability skills needed to build a successful career.

Opportunities to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of screen based content gives students the chance to investigate a range of interests throughout their degree beyond applied practice. The department runs field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions on a regular basis, and by working with professional associates and on staff projects students can develop early career profiles on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).

Our facilities

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.

Tech Park Exterior

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies occupies the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus, which is where you will be taught. This exciting investment gives students access to professional industry standard facilities and hands on practical learning. 

The Tech Park facilites include:

A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage:

Film Studio

9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing:

Editing suite

An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work:

Green Screen

Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites:

Recording Studio

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

Where this can take you

 Our BSc Digital Film Technologies programme can open the door to careers in

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

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

MA Film Production

MA Screen Acting

PGCE Primary

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a Placement module in your second year. Lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting employment, and individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress support your learning.

Indicative modules

The modules available on the course are as follows:

All 15 credits unless otherwise stated

Level 4

Semester 1        

Skills 1 Analysis

This module serves as an introduction to the wide range of crafts involved in film production. Students will learn about a variety of craft roles through film screenings and lectures presented by specialists in each field. They will develop awareness and insights into each craft’s distinct creative and authorial input.

Digital Image Fundamentals & Workflow              

The module will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the fundamental core technical concepts that make up the digital moving image, as well as multimedia and digital film production pipelines and workflows. Students will engage with foundation level mechanisms and standards essential to image acquisition, reproduction and display, with the opportunity to investigate technically and conceptually a projects journal through a typical media production pipeline, essential to film and multimedia practice. The module focuses on a core level understanding, best practice and its application.

Digital Film Operations 

This module serves as foundation training for developing a range of professional technical and procedural skills in video production. As such it draws from a broad range of production practice and aims to introduce and develop processes involved in the manufacture of conventional audio-visual productions. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work and planning (time management).

Digital Design Graphics Motion Graphics

This module provides a foundation for development of a range of professional technical and procedural skills in the field of digital design and motion graphic. As such it draws from a range of production practice and processes typically involved in the manufacture of audiovisual motion graphic artifact. Its aims are to develop transferable skills in the core practical and conceptual understanding of digital design and motion graphic construction and manipulation.

Semester 2

Skills 2 Tech & Ops

This module aims to introduce students to some of the specialised skills involved in drama filmmaking and builds upon the earlier Skills Analysis module. Theoretical learning is combined with practical and technical exercises through a series of workshops. Students choose to study three film crafts from a range of options that may include cinematography, sound, lighting, post-production, production management, script supervision etc. This module will further develop their understanding of filmmaking while deepening their theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of their chosen filmmaking crafts. Students will have the opportunity to study the craftsperson through researching a case study of a filmmaker from within one of their chosen filmmaking specialisms.

Script to Screen (30 credits)

This module aims expand upon the work studied in Digital Film Operations & Foundations of Story, evolving the student experience from small production projects into collaborative engagement with large-scale drama production and complementary marketing. Rigorous explorations will emphasis the link between screenwriting and the processes and practices of collaborative production. The module encompasses screenplay drafting, production development & planning, location filming, post production and exhibition. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work, collaboration and professional practice.

Green Screen & Compositing     

The module will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the role chrome keying plays within the field of multimedia and digital film production. Students will engage with chroma keying concepts as an essential part of the practice of creative digital media. The main emphasis of this module is on core concepts and their practical application. A mixture of exercises and briefs are used in order to investigate the structure and processes involved in affective chroma key production.

Level 5

Semester 1        

Drama Craft

This module builds upon the knowledge and experience students gained in Script to Screen and explores in more depth, techniques that apply primarily to drama production. Areas such as teamwork, cinematography, art direction & set construction, directing and sound design may be explored in more detail, enhancing workplace skills. It aims to develop awareness in audio visual technology and production health and safety. Students will be expected to be effective and reliable team members throughout.

Audio Capture & Design

This module aims to develop a greater knowledge of audio capture and design. It will explore both theory and practical elements, from acoustics through to field techniques. It will examine, deconstruct soundscape design via exploration of dialogue, effects, Foley and scores that work together in embellishing narrative and its partnership with picture.

Cinematography

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 students will investigate relationships between cinematic content and visual forms.

Choose one from:

Motion Capture & Motion Tracking Technologies

This module offers the opportunity to developing a range of professional, technical and procedural knowledge of the core concepts of motion capture and motion tracking technologies and their application. As such it draws from a broad range of practice and aims to introduce and develop knowledge of the processes involved in the manufacture of a motion capture and motion-tracking artifact. It aims to develop transferable skills in the core conceptual understanding and its practical application.

Or

Sports Media Production One: Indoor Sport

(Module information to come)

Semester 2        

Short Drama

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in Drama Craft and explores in more depth recent technical developments in the fast-changing landscape of the media and creative industries. The module will introduce students to advanced filmmaking techniques as they adapt scripts from Writing the Short Film. It aims to develop transferable skills in producing creative work in a professional manner.

Post Production      

The module will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the editors’ craft in more depth. Students will engage with non-linear media manipulation as an essential part of the film production process with the main emphasis on the construction of meaning. A mixture of exercises and briefs are used in order to investigate the effect of editing on programme structure, pace, content and form, and on the relationship between sound and image in cinema.         

Lighting & Grip 

This module aims to support students who require a technical knowledge of onset lighting and grip for film and TV. The module will cover key concepts of lighting and grip with emphasis on safe professional practice and technique.

Choose one from:

Body Motion Capture

The aim of this module is to develop a significant body of knowledge of a typical film and multimedia motion capture pipeline, from setting up cameras and the performance process, through to editing and transferring data to industry standard animation packages. Students will be encouraged to research the evolution of motion capture in the VFX industry and how animators and VFX artists interact with this data. This module offers the opportunity to develop a range of professional technical and procedural knowledge. The module draws from a broad range of practice and aims to introduce and develop knowledge of the processes involved in the manufacture of a full body motion capture performance.

Or

Sports Media Production Two Or Outdoor Sport

This module builds on knowledge gained in Sports Media Production One to develop students’ skill sets in sports media production and sportscasting. It aims to nurture specific competencies that can be developed running the sport television show at Level 6.

Level 6

Semester 1        

Final Major Project: Film  (45 Credits over 2 semesters)

This dissertation level project allows students to build on the practical skills and subject knowledge developed at Level Five. It gives students the opportunity to work across a range of areas to demonstrate their acquired creative and/or technical knowledge through the production of a creative portfolio. Students are expected to undertake sustained practice/s, developing understanding, application and critical processes of practice within the discipline through an extended range of experience. Crucially, students are expected to work professionally to produce a range of audio visual artifacts with high standards of content, presentation, and development. It aims to develop transferable skills in identifying commercial opportunities for creative practitioners.

Advanced Cinematography

This module aims to support students who require a deeper knowledge of Digital Cinematography. The module will cover key concepts of camera & lighting by the exploration of both theory & practice with an emphasis on applied techniques.

Choose two from:

Industry Engagement & Film Festivals

This module offers students 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 students 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.

Documentary Project

During this module individual students or pairs of students 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.

Motion Capture Face/Feature Tracking Technologies

This module offers the opportunity to developing a range of professional, technical and procedural knowledge of the core concepts of motion capture and motion tracking technologies and their application. As such it draws from a broad range of practice and aims to introduce and develop knowledge of the processes involved in the manufacture of a motion capture and motion-tracking artifact. It aims to develop transferable skills in the core conceptual understanding and its practical application.

Semester 2

Final Major Project: Film (45 Credits over 2 semesters)

This dissertation-level project enables students to build on the practical skills and subject knowledge developed at Level 5. It gives students the opportunity to work as part of a production group, adopt a specialist role and to enhance their knowledge. Students are expected to work professionally with an industry focus to produce a short drama film with high production values. It aims to develop transferable skills in creating, analysing and evaluating projects.

Online Editing Grading & Deliverables    

This module serves as an introduction to the wide range of skills required in the Online environment of the Post Production industry, providing students with some experience of the essential role the Online Editor and Colourist play in effective storytelling and managing the completion of media. It will give students grounding in the competencies required to work both within the industry as an industry professional and from a producers/director/production perspective.

Choose one from:

Resilience in the Freelancer

This module serves as an introduction to the wide range of skills required for survival in the modern creative and media industries. Self-employment is increasingly considered the norm and this module will prepare the student for a freelance career. The module will provide a toolkit to help students develop competencies in three key areas.

Or

Creative Portfolio

This Level Six module aims to build on the creative work done by students over the past 2 years and the strategic planning undertaken in Industry modules. Students will be expected to enhance their career prospects by producing creative artefacts that align their skills with their commercial and professional objectives. It aims to develop transferable skills in balancing creative and strategic career objectives.

Please note that the modules given above are indicative and based on the current academic year.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

There will be a range of creative and practical assessments which will include:

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

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs