FdA Film and Media Production
Whatever your specialism, our Foundation Degree in Film and Media Production will help you build a portfolio that showcases your skills and creative voice. A love of story is at the forefront of all our courses and at the heart of production, and we’ll support you as you learn to find and tell imaginative and diverse stories that resonate with audiences everywhere.
The media and creative industries are flourishing and the North West is the key digital powerhouse outside of London. Traditional career routes in areas such as film and TV continue to seek new recruits, but exciting opportunities are also available with the broad range of organisations that now need moving images for their websites, social media platforms and promotional adverts. They want people who can create new and interesting content using their great storytelling skills and sound knowledge of the production process and workflow. This course aims to prepare you to begin your career in this exciting sector and offers transferable employability skills such as resilience, adaptability and problem solving that are highly attractive to employers.
Creative, practical and industry-focused, this course introduces you to all aspects of the pre-production, filming and post production workflow in film, TV and multi-platform formats. Our lecturers and technical staff will support you as you develop a wide range of technical and creative skills, guiding you as you learn about the production process from concept to completion. We’ll also focus on helping you appreciate how differing production roles are interdependent, and support you to learn essential skills in collaboration, communication and teamwork.
Our experienced team take pride in getting to know our students as individuals, and you can become part of our welcoming and supportive production family. Offering you the chance to share in our immense wealth of award winning industry experience, this course allows you to explore the various gateways into the vibrant media industry in North West England.
- UCAS points: 64
- Start date: 16/09/2019
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: FdA
- Duration: 3 years
- Our lecturers have first-hand experience across a range of creative media and our excellent industry contacts mean we can offer regular guest lectures from professionals in the industry.
- You’ll have access to first-rate broadcast-quality digital equipment.
- We provide production budgets for student films to cover essential costs, and bring in professional expertise to advise and support you.
- You’ll benefit from work experience through our dedicated industry placement module, as well as by getting involved with live briefs and commissions from outside agencies. These opportunities offer you the chance to develop industry contacts that could be helpful in your future career.
- Eight dedicated video edit suites with sound processing capability.
- Computer facilities for each student with dedicated media software.
- Two fully-equipped studio facilities with lighting rigs, screens and equipment.
- Sound recording facilities.
- Professional HD film production equipment and a supply of ancillary equipment for professional production.
- Guides for each individual module provide information about the programme.
- On successful completing this course, you could take your studies to degree level with our BSc (Hons) Film and Media Production (top-up) course. This allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for an additional 12 months full-time or 18 months part-time.
- UCAS points: 64
- Start date: 16/09/2019
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: FdA
- Duration: 3 years
Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more
This programme offers you a sound knowledge of working in a variety of film, TV and multi-platform formats. We aim to nurture your love of story and story-telling and help you develop a wide range of technical and creative skills so that you’re ready to contribute professionally to the creation of engaging and innovative moving image media.
A key part of the course is your chance to benefit from creative industries placements, and extracurricular opportunities to help build appealing CVs, showreels and portfolios in preparation for employment.
As a graduate, you’ll possess a range of transferable skills such as creativity, communication skills, teamwork, project management, and commercial and cultural awareness.
What can I do with this qualification?
Film and Media Production foundation degree graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work can include television and radio, film and video, digital media, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice. Some of our graduates have set up their own companies or worked collaboratively with small production companies. Others have gone on to make films that have won accolades in film festivals around the world.
After graduation, you could choose to continue your studies to degree level by taking an honours-level top-up course, such as our BA (Hons) Film and Media Production (top-up) programme.
Alternative career options
- Arts administration
- Event organisation
- Local government
- Advertising and marketing
- PR consultancy
No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.
UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.
You should also ensure you have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
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Apply online: University of Bolton FdA Film and Media Production - 16 September 2019
International applications are not possible for this course
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
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Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.
- From Story to Screen
- Sound and Vision: Production Skills 1
- Collaborative Media Project 1
- Experimental Film Making
- Screen Culture: An Introduction
- Digital Industries
- Employability and Entrepreneurship
- Sound and Vision: Production Skills 2
- Creative Producing and Director's Vision
- Collaborative Media Project 2
- Client Commission
- Industry Work Placement
Teaching, learning and assessment
Much of the work involved in this course is based around practical media projects. You’ll be expected to create different types of content as well as write essays, presentations and pitches. Some online course activities are student-generated and controlled to resemble the practices you are likely to encounter in the media industries.
We place emphasis on group work, activity-based assignments, workshops, demonstrations, projects and guided independent study. Some of the modules will be delivered in a more conventional way through classes, lectures and presentations. You’ll be taught by tutors who have extensive industry experience, and by specialist guest lecturers.
You’ll also be expected to devote a significant amount of time to independent study, and our online resources will assist you with this. Assignments will require time outside of lessons to complete. Work-based learning is a key element of the course, and the completion of industry briefs and professional quality work are designed to ensure you are ready for employment when you graduate.
There are no examinations. All assessment is through coursework. You can expect formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills and summative assessment on which you’ll be graded. Your summative assessment briefs will contain tasks such as making films, writing essays and reports, writing scripts and outlines, giving presentations and pitches, carrying out practical exercises and work-placements.
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
|Level One||Coursework (80%), Practical exams (20%)|
|Level Two||Coursework (78%), Practical exams (22%)|
|Level One||Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)|
|Level Two||Guided independent study (67%), Placement/study abroad (3%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)|
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