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Contemporary Media Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA)

(For 2018, this course title will change to FdA Moving Image Production) - read more

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: P310
  • Institutional code: H65


This course has been created to support and nurture creative talent and is focused upon providing you with the practical skills that are lacking in the industry.  Modules have been developed to tackle the gaps employers have identified in specific areas and, as such, you will create projects for local businesses from within the University Centre and in the workplace. 

You will be provided with training in camera, sound, lighting, post-production and production management with particular emphasis on factual and narrative film and corporate media production. You will have full access to professional cameras, film and sound equipment and the latest Apple Mac computers equipped with editing software. Working on a variety of productions including short film, documentary, educational, promotional and experimental video, you will experience working to ‘live’ client briefs, budgets and deadlines. 

Taking part in ‘live’ project briefs commissioned by local companies, with fixed production deadlines will nurture skills and experience directly relevant to your career development. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a media related employer. Previous employers have included Mersey Mirror, Keyhole Productions, Papertwin and The Climbing Hangar.

Teaching staff on the course have substantial experience of working in the media industry and continue to work in the media production sector.

What topics/modules are covered?

Core modules for 2017 include:

Year 1:

  • Contextual Studies
  • Audio Processes for Media
  • Video Production
  • Storytelling and Scriptwriting for the Moving Image
  • Introduction for narrative film
  • Contemporary Practice

Year 2:

  • Video Production and Technology
  • Critical Studies
  • Fictional Narrative Film Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Orientation and Enterprise

Core modules for 2018 will be added soon.


What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

  • 64 UCAS points (160 under the old tariff) made up from a combination of the following:
    • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
    • A Levels at grade C or above, including one relevant subject
    • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject

All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your date for your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

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What can I do if I complete this course?

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.


Career Path

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Researcher
  • Scriptwriter
  • Camera Operative
  • Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Special Effects Consultant
  • Production Manager
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Independent Filmmaker

Duration

Two years, full time or three years, part time

Contacts

Primary contact:
Sam Kearney
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5541 or email: sam.kearney@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Delyth Coles
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5524 or email: delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk


Cost

You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £8,000 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.


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