South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Creative Media Production (Film) - Level 4

The course incorporates 16mm film, digital video and sound and is designed to have an emphasis on experimental / art film and video, although all the assignment briefs are very open. Some projects are carried out in small groups but you are given the opportunity to develop your individual creativity whilst learning a range of technical skills. There is a contextual studies element to the course to provide theory and history to support your cinematic practice.

  • Introductory Course Information

    Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Film)

    Awarding body: Pearson

    UCAS Code: P147

    Location of study: South Thames College Campus Creative Industries

    Course duration: 1 year (full-time)

    Academic year: September 2019 until July 2020 

    Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 2 days a week, Wednesdays and Thursdays (TBC)

    Part time study: N/A

    Work placements: Many of our students come from a range of companies with whom the College has well-established links. Suitable for both apprentices and general students, this course provides development to Level 4, which many companies require for their apprenticeship schemes and general staff training. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from work and the College, and for any accommodation costs.

    Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

    Course leader: Fliss Buckles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 8408 6469

  • Module Information

    Students will study the following Level 4 mandatory units:

    • Unit 1: Individual Project (15 credits): Within the field of creative media production there are many separate disciplines/specialisms to focus on. The main purpose of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to discover personal strengths and inform independent practice within the creative media production industry.
    • Unit 2: Creative Media Industry (15 credits): Students will explore both the creative industries and the specific areas of creative media production. By developing a broad contextual understanding of the industry, business practices, and specific skills, students will be able to situate their own work and skills within the specific industries and the wider sector.
    • Unit 3: Professional Practice (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to support students in developing their reflective practice and defining areas for personal professional development; in the context of a growing awareness of the broad scope of creative media production. Students will define and implement personal professional development plans; through an investigation of the skills necessary to successfully pursue a career in the creative industries.
    • Unit 7: Film Practices (15 credits): Students will develop key skills in project investigation and planning, production management, legal and ethical practice, and methods of promotion and exhibition. This unit will allow students to connect creative ideas with accepted film and television production procedures.
    • Unit 8: Film Studies (15 credits): This unit explores the foundation and growth of the film industry, including technical, cultural and social changes. It will explore film spectatorship, examining the changing contexts of exhibition and conditions of reception.
    • Unit 26: Editing for Film & Television (15 credits): This unit gives students the opportunity to engage with the processes and practices of film and video editing. Students will learn how to create edits to set mood, communicate information, and create suspense, structure and meaning for their productions.
    • Optional units are chosen to provide students with a range of key skills in filmmaking. In consultation with students, these units are reviewed annually.
    • Unit 9: Light & Sound (15 credits): This unit allows students to explore the creative opportunities for using light and sound to contribute to media products. Students will identify and explore light and sound strategies to implement in their own work.
    • Unit 77: Cinematography – Camera (15 credits): This unit explores the art and craft of motion picture camera operations. An understanding of the design, operation and control of a range of cameras will be achieved; together with the skills required to fulfil the various roles within the camera department.

  • Teaching and Learning

    Teaching

    You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to 16mm editing and library facilities throughout your course.

    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

    Assessment

    The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

    All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.

    Overall workload

    Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

    Academic support

    Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

    • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
    • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
    • academic writing (including how to reference)
    • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
    • critical thinking and understanding arguments
    • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

    Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 64 UCAS points from at least two relevant A levels, or equivalent such as BTEC level 3 diplomas, Scottish Highers, the Irish Leaving Certificate or the Welsh Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate

Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered

Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by completing a short written task that assesses their ability to respond to a media text in a critically evaluative way.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: Use HEFCE text

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page [link]. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior/Recognition of Prior Learning page [link]

International Student Entry Requirements

All College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS

N/A for this course currently.

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course Costs and Financial Support

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Annual printing allowance
  • BTEC registration fee (if applicable)
  • Kit hire
  • Adobe CC onsite license

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
  • Adobe CC student license for home use

Careers and Progression

On completion of this course, you could expect to find employment as a:

  • Broadcaster
  • Film or TV director
  • Film Editor
  • Film or TV producer
  • Journalist
  • Production Manager
  • Sound Designer
  • Visual Effects Editor
  • And many more

Apply for this course

Where and when
Location:
Wandsworth
Times:
Daytime
Duration:
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
Days:
Wednesday + Thursday
Start:
23/09/2019
End:
05/06/2020
Code:
WMS4002HD/1920
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ 75

Course and General Enquiries 020 8918 7777 info@south-thames.ac.uk