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Do you have a passion for film and media? Discover the bigger picture with our Foundation Year and take the next step to writing your own story.

The Foundation Year in Film and Media provides an introduction to film, TV production and studies, and media. Through engaging with film making, current affairs and mass communication, you will begin to develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for further study and future employment.  

The foundation year will equip you with a desirable range of skills, which are later developed upon in our level four courses. The course will advance your ability to articulate your ideas in a variety of audio-visual and written formats.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto one of the following degree courses:

BA (Hons) Animation

BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies

BA (Hons) Film and TV Production

BA (Hons) Mass Communication

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Advertising

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Business

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations

BA (Hons) Media and Journalism

Course Information

UCAS Code
P320

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts, Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Arts

From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study in.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Film and Media Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The course has been designed in a collaborative approach to provide a curriculum that spans across our Arts, Design and Social Sciences department. It brings together expertise from our Film and TV, Production and Journalism teams in order to augment your learning experience.

You will develop a portfolio of short, practical filmed projects, explore the use of genre in film and television and examine the impact of mass media communication on our society.  From developing ideas, to working in post-production you will be hands-on from the beginning. Practical workshops and critical analysis are developed hand in hand. No matter what aspect you’re working on, you’ll begin to develop your own graduate portfolio which can be enhanced upon at level four.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect the diverse nature of the programme, varying from traditional essay writing and examinations, to portfolio work and individual and group presentations.

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You will learn from award winning film makers and well-published lecturers who have established a high quality, research-led approach to teaching, combined with first class support.  The academic team includes practising researchers and leaders in their field, many of whom are actively involved, through their research, with real issues that face the community.

The teaching team will further support your personal development, practice based skills, intellectual growth and transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, time and project management, research and digital literacy; all of which are essential in the 21st century workplace.

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As a student on this course you will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, including broadcast-quality camera equipment, production facilities and screening rooms.

The course will use a range of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities to support the learning, teaching and assessment principles to enhance the overall learning experience of students including specialist industry standard software and equipment.

Our University Library is also open 24/7, providing a collection which encompasses both print and online resources, including almost 500,000 print books and an extensive e-journal collection so that our students can access learning resources at the point of need.

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All of the teaching on the Foundation Year is underpinned by research informed teaching. By using a range of theoretical and practical approaches across the programme, you will be fully equipped to identify problems within the discipline and related industries, whilst working collaboratively to find solutions to those problems. You will explore the latest research and respond to contemporary ideas and issues both in your critical analysis but also in your creative film making.

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The Foundation Year will develop the key transferable skills required to work in the communications and cultural industries. You will gain a strong grasp on the central theoretical ideas in film, media and cultural studies, ensuring you are capable of meaningfully contextualising and independently critically analysing visual materials. In addition you will receive a grounding in some core practical film making skills.

Upon progression onto one of our level four courses, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement or study abroad year; both of which will develop your employability skills for future employment prospects.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Film and Media Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The foundation year has been designed to provide a seamless transition onto one of our level four courses outlined in the Course Overview, and so you will have a focus on subject-specific modules that will ensure optimal preparation for your upcoming course.

Whilst learning the skills and knowledge you will need to continue onto an undergraduate degree, and a professional career, you will also build interpersonal skills by joining a vibrant and creative community that encourages collaborations and idea sharing across our film and media courses.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be provided with a solid introduction to film and TV production and media studies. You'll be tutored in skills aimed at preparing your for your chosen level four course, upon successful completion of the Foundation Year.

Who would this Course suit?

Are you interested in how films and television shows are made and understood?  Do you want to explore why cinema and TV remain such an important and influential form of art and popular culture? This degree will appeal to those who want to find out more about the historical, theoretical and practical contexts of cinema and television, and prepare themselves for level four study.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Modules Overview 2019/20

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Media and Society (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop your core knowledge and understanding of the connections between media, culture and society. You will explore those ideas at the intimate personal and local level by reflecting on your own uses of media. Equally, you will connect those daily uses of media to broader debates, spanning out to the international context. The module will introduce you to major concepts and approaches in media and cultural studies . You will explore not only how media representations are influenced by external factors such as regulation, ownership, and audience behaviours, but also how media has transformed our social relations, altered our understandings of world events, and impacted on what matters to us (our cultural and societal values). You will also examine how media technologies have developed over time and have altered how we communicate with each other. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking by analysing examples taken from contemporary media and culture, and by discussing ideas with your tutors and your peers.

More information

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Film and Television Genres (Core,40 Credits)

The module develops your understanding of the significance of genre within the production, reception and analysis of film and television. It explores what we understand by the term genre in film and television through an analysis of the codes and conventions of major screen genres. It considers how genres change over time according to evolving aesthetic, social, technological and industrial contexts. You will learn about key developments in genre scholarship, and how critical and theoretical approaches can be applied to specific examples. In so doing, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of textual, contextual and critical analysis to an appreciation of film and television production and culture.

More information

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Introduction to Film Practice (Core,40 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, group work and interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

Modules Overview 2020/21

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3028 -

Media and Society (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop your core knowledge and understanding of the connections between media, culture and society. You will explore those ideas at the intimate personal and local level by reflecting on your own uses of media. Equally, you will connect those daily uses of media to broader debates, spanning out to the international context. The module will introduce you to major concepts and approaches in media and cultural studies . You will explore not only how media representations are influenced by external factors such as regulation, ownership, and audience behaviours, but also how media has transformed our social relations, altered our understandings of world events, and impacted on what matters to us (our cultural and societal values). You will also examine how media technologies have developed over time and have altered how we communicate with each other. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking by analysing examples taken from contemporary media and culture, and by discussing ideas with your tutors and your peers.

More information

AD3029 -

Film and Television Genres (Core,40 Credits)

The module develops your understanding of the significance of genre within the production, reception and analysis of film and television. It explores what we understand by the term genre in film and television through an analysis of the codes and conventions of major screen genres. It considers how genres change over time according to evolving aesthetic, social, technological and industrial contexts. You will learn about key developments in genre scholarship, and how critical and theoretical approaches can be applied to specific examples. In so doing, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of textual, contextual and critical analysis to an appreciation of film and television production and culture.

More information

AD3030 -

Introduction to Film Practice (Core,40 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, group work and interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

Film and Media Foundation Year

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