South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Creative Media Production (Film) (Conversion HNC to HND) RQF - Level 5

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: BTEC Higher National Diploma Creative Media Production (Film)

    Awarding body: Pearson

    UCAS Code: P310

    Location of study: South Thames College Creative Industries Campus

    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, Weds and Thurs (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
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    020 8408 6469

  • Module Information

     

    Students will study the following Level 5 mandatory units:

    • Unit 36: Collaborative Project (15 credits): This unit is designed to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and creative engagement following a Pearson-set theme. The unit focuses upon the students’ engagement with the wider community and provides a platform to explore collaborative working practices within creative media production.
    • Unit 37: Personal Professional Development (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to support students in making the transition from study to employment or freelance work. In previous study (Unit 3: Professional Practice) students explored the broad areas of professional practice within creative media production, and preparing for employment.
    • Unit 83: Advanced Film Production Studies (30 credits): This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their film-making skills in greater depth and detail. From the initial pitch to a completed short film, students will explore the practical, creative and management aspects of film production.
    • 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 56: Documentary (15 credits): This unit allows students to explore the documentary genre conventions, learn about context, where the genre came from and consider its future. Students will learn how to find a subject, research, plan and produce a short documentary.
    • Unit 68: Narrative (15 credits): On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to describe how to develop narrative for a specific media product, plan and produce materials that convey narrative, and evaluate the effectiveness of the narrative they have created using appropriate testing methodologies.
    • Unit 71: Work-based Learning (15 credits): This unit provides a framework in which students have the opportunity to reflect upon and contextualise the learning that they gain from working within the industry. In coordination with tutors and an employer, students will define the scope, duration and content of their expected work-based learning experience.
    • Unit 88: Advanced Editing for Film & Television (15 credits): Advanced Editing for Film & Television builds upon students' basic skills toward the development of sophisticated creative and technical knowledge. Students will engage with the narrative relevance and technical scope of visual digital effects software within edited sequences.

  • 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

Successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production but not necessarily in the same discipline.

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 Learning page.

International Student Entry Requirements (edit text in italics)
All Kingston 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.

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
Duration:
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
Start:
23/09/2019
Code:
WMS5001HD/1920
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ TBC

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