BA (Hons) Film and Media Production with foundation year

Whatever your specialism, this Film and Media Production with foundation year degree 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.

BA (Hons) Film and Media Production with foundation year

Course details

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 story-telling skills and sound knowledge of the production process and workflow. This course aims to prepare you for a career in this exciting sector and offers transferable employability skills such as resilience, adaptability and team-working that are highly attractive to employers.

Beginning with a foundation year designed to nurture your development of core analytical and key study skills for the creative disciplines, this creative, practical and industry-focused, this course gives you the chance to experience all aspects of the pre-production, filming and post production workflow in film, TV and multi-platform formats – before deciding which areas you want to specialise in.

Our lecturers and technical staff will support you as you develop a wide range of technical and creative skills. We’ll also encourage you to develop critical thinking skills, enabling you to challenge, question and explore the world around you and feed this into your creative work.

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: 48
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: P411
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • You’ll be supported by lecturers with first-hand experience across a range of creative media and there are regular guest lectures from high-profile professionals in the industry.
  • You’ll have access to first-rate broadcast-quality digital equipment.
  • We will help you build your industry contacts and secure work placements.
  • We provide production budgets for student films to cover essential costs, and also bring in professional expertise to advise and support you.

Key features:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: P411
  • Duration: 4 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 for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

Special consideration will be given to applicants with alternative qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

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

Career opportunities

This programme can provide you with an in-depth knowledge of working in film, TV and multi-platform formats. It gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of technical and creative skills and learn to challenge, question and explore what’s possible in 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, managing deadlines, critical analysis, and commercial and cultural awareness.

What can I do with this qualification?

Film and Media Production 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 by pursuing an MA or PhD in a variety of fields; for example, PR and communications, digital marketing, publishing, film production and journalism.

Alternative career options

  • Arts administration
  • Event organisation
  • Teaching
  • Local government
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • PR consultancy
  • Communications
  • Publishing

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

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.

How to apply

Home/EU

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

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.

  • Creative Responses
  • Information and Interpretation
  • Preparation and Progression
  • Specialist Project
  • Screen Culture: Reading the Screen
  • From Story to Screen
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 1
  • Collaborative Media Project 1
  • Experimental Film Making
  • Digital Cultures
  • Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 2
  • Creative Producing and Director's Vision
  • Collaborative Media Project 2
  • Factual Film Making
  • Media Theory Perspectives
  • Pre Production Research and Planning
  • Major Project
  • Industry Experience
  • Professional Practice
  • Short-form Commission

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.

Disclaimer

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.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (93%), Practical exams (7%)
Level Two Coursework (82%), Practical exams (18%)
Level Three Coursework (83%), Practical exams (17%)
Level Coursework (78%), Practical exams (22%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (55%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)
Level Two Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Three Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Guided independent study (69%), Placement/study abroad (3%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (28%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    P411
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    48
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Neil Dougan
Programme Leader
Email: N.Dougan@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903265

Liza Ryan-Carter
Admissions Tutor
Email: L.Ryan-Carter@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903343

Alison Down
Lecturer
Email: A.Down@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903387

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903