Film and Media Arts Production, FdA




Film and Media Arts Production students at UCW receive the key theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of film production and also get the chance to showcase their work and curate their own film festival.

The UK film industry billion generated around £1.5 billion last year and supports thousands of diverse jobs behind the camera, with production roles including producers, operators, editors and directors, to name just a few.

This degree, with its close links to the thriving media sectors in Bristol and Cardiff, will help you achieve your ambition of breaking in to the industry with its focus on practical filmmaking in a range of traditional and experimental genres and styles.

You’ll also develop a skillset in areas such as self-promotion and marketing to increase your employability across the creative industries, and also gain the enhanced academic research and writing skills required for further study.

It is taught by filmmakers experienced in a range techniques in the studios, classrooms and editing suites at UCW’s Loxton Campus – a bespoke facility for the creative arts. Students on this course can also take advantage of everything on offer at our multimillion pound redevelopment of the iconic Winter Gardens building on Weston seafront. You’ll also be able to use all of UCW’s filmmaking equipment, such as cameras, mics and lighting rigs, at no extra charge.

As well as learning how to make fantastic films, you’ll also showcase your work in some in the most renowned venues in the South West – in recent years these have included the Watershed, Arnolfini and Cube Cinema in Bristol – and work towards producing a professional-standard showreel to demonstrate your versatility and specialisms as a filmmaker.

You’ll also work in collaboration with your peers to curate the Dirigo Film Festival; gathering submissions from young filmmakers in the UK and beyond and then promoting and hosting a gala event to celebrate them.

The Foundation Degree in Film and Media Arts Production culminates in students joining forces as a single in-house production company to make a short film. This involves pitching ideas to a panel of experts in film and everyone taking on professional roles to reflect their individual career aspirations. This usually involves shooting on location, at an additional expense, and in the past has seen students film in Wales, Madrid, Berlin and Nantes.

Foundation Degrees are Level 5 qualifications equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours Degree. They are designed with employer input and combine academic study with work-based learning, so students on this course gain the knowledge and experiences that businesses are looking for from the candidates they hire. You’ll be encouraged to undertake a work placement as part of this course, and UCW’s commitment to great graduate outcomes is also underpinned by our students having access to a Careers Coaching service for the whole time they are enrolled with us.  

Please click on the next tab to find out more about what you’ll learn on this programme and how it is taught and assessed. The dropdowns below deal with our partnership with Bath Spa University and what is included in the cost of tuition. Please contact the course leader Ross Bliss or UCW’s HEART team if you have any questions. It would also be great to meet you and show you around at our next Open Day.

Students who pass this course are awarded a Foundation Degree from Bath Spa University. The agreement between Bath Spa University and UCW is reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure academic standards are maintained. Students on this course are able to access facilities and resources at the two institutions, and are also required to adhere to the Terms and Conditions downloadable from this page.

Full-time tuition fees: £7,950 per year.

Part-time tuition fees: £5,300 per year.

This covers all of the teaching and assessment elements that are required for you to complete the course.

It also includes:

  • The use of all UCW filmmaking equipment.
  • Access to Adobe Premiere CC, Final Cut Pro and supporting software.
  • Attendance at guest lectures at UCW.
  • Annual £10 printing and photocopying allowance for full-time students and £5 for part-time students.
  • The use of UCW computers at any of our campuses and access to Microsoft Office 365 while you are enrolled with UCW.
  • The loans of books from our libraries.
  • Access to all of the UCW student support and careers services.

It does not include:

  • Optional daytrips at an approximate cost of £40 each.
  • Optional residential visits at an approximate cost of £50 (UK) and £100 (overseas) per night.
  • Fees for submitting your work to competitions.
  • Extra printing and photocopying above the £10/£5 limit.
  • The cost of books you may wish to purchase.
  • Transport between our campuses, and to/from your partner university and any work placements. We encourage students to take advantage of termly bus passes to reduce transport costs.
  • Accommodation and other living costs.

UCW publishes its Tuition Fees Policy on the Wider Information Set page of this website.

You may also be eligible for additional financial support, depending on your circumstances.

All of the modules on this course are compulsory and worth either 20 or 40 credits each. Successful completion of all of the modules in the first year is worth 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. Successful completion of the second year is also worth 120 credits and will lead to the award of the Level 5 Foundation Degree.

Year 1:

  • Contextual studies (20 credits) – engage with the key historical and cultural debates in film and media arts to inform your practice.
  • Documentary production (20 credits) – study the history and styles of documentary filmmaking before producing your own.
  • Experimental media arts (20 credits) – produce an experimental media arts project for public exhibition.
  • Film production skills (40 credits) – enhance planning, production and post-production techniques. 
  • Professional commercial practice (20 credits) – an introduction to the current economic models in the film and media industries alongside the study of applied business skills in launching and sustaining freelance enterprises.

Year 2:

  • Collaborative work-based practices (40 credits) – students work together to respond to a ‘live’ client-led assignment and gain vital business skills in areas including marketing and contracts.
  • Independent practice (40 credits) – develop a particular professional interest from academic and practical perspectives.
  • Short film production (40 credits) – pitch ideas to a panel of visiting experts before working collaboratively, on location, to make a short film.

This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, studio workshops, skills practice and project work. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also deliver a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students. When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework.

In the first year, this course has an average of 14.5 hours of scheduled teaching per week. In the second year, its scheduled teaching is timetabled at an average of 12 hours per week. At UCW we understand that some students benefit from more contact time with lecturers than is the norm at a traditional university, so we do all we can to make sure academic staff are available for their students when they are needed.

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework. In the first year, the assessment breakdown is 20% practical exams and 80% coursework. In the second year, it is 26% practical exams and 63% coursework. There are no written exams on this Foundation Degree.

Please click on the Course Handbook button to find out more, and how the above translates to the part-time, 3 year degree.

  • Students who pass this course can gain full Honours on the 1 year Level 6 Top-up Degree in Lens-based Media at UCW.
  • Students who pass this course may also choose to progress to the multidisciplinary 1 year Level 6 Top-up Degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at UCW.
  • Careers in a wide range of production roles in the film and media industries.

A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area. Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an alternative basis. Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of creative work and attend an interview.

  • Course length

    Full-time: 2 years (3 days a week)
    Part-time: 3 years (2 days a week)

  • Start date

    10th September 2018

  • Course details

    Institution: W47
    Course: P303
    Campus: U

  • Course cost

    2018 entry
    Full-time: £7,950 per year
    Part-time: £5,300 per year
    2019 entry
    Full-time: £8,250 per year
    Part-time: £5,500 per year

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Bath Spa partnership

Delivered in partnership…

This course is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

So students get the best of both worlds – the enhanced support and increased contact with lecturers that sets us apart, and full access to all the resources and facilities at UCW and a nearby university.

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