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BSc (Hons)Film Production Technology

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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During this course, you will develop a range of academic and technical skills relevant to film production, from narrative, composition and film theory to camera testing, designing digital production workflows and post-production. Like the film industry itself, this course demands a broad range of technical and creative skills from its students.

Our course focuses on fundamental technical concepts, including the physics of sound and light being captured during production (and the tools and approaches used to do this), as well as the techniques used to digitally store and manipulate both images and audio in post-production.

The course aims to produce well rounded filmmakers with a mix of technical, creative and business skills, able to work with digital video in a variety of industries. To achieve this, as well as its focus on the process and practice of producing films, the course covers a range of important subjects, such as visual composition, narrative design, production design, the film business and cross-platform productions.

Programme structure

Just like the film industry, this course will require you to develop a demandingly broad range technical knowledge and production skills.

The assessment methods used reflect the BSc philosophy, with focus on your technical craft and production skills, processes used, and justification of technical and creative decisions.

The first year of the course focuses on developing your fundamental skills and knowledge in all areas of film production. You will explore the nature of sound and light, and how to work with them on location and in a studio environment. You will be introduced to camera, light, audio and grip equipment, and how to operate these effectively and safely. You will perform camera and lighting tests and learn to capture audio and video, while producing and editing documentaries and film scenes.

Your skills will be developed further in your second year, with specialist modules and more challenging production experiences. You will learn how to work in and organise larger production crews, experience working collaboratively with students from other courses, and develop specialist skills in film narratives, production workflows, post-production and technical research methods.

Your final year will see you refine your skills and realise your full potential. You will undertake a carefully planned, high-quality production, undertake an investigation (exploring a technical area of your choice), develop well-defined career plans and examine how your skillset fits into other industries.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone for companies and organisations such as ITV, Red Bull, Red Planet Pictures and work on productions for Working Title, Studio Canal, RDF Television, Objective Productions, Channel 4, Sky and Buffalo Pictures. Students from this course have also gone onto study at the National Film and Television School.

The skills and knowledge you’ll gain throughout the programme will allow you to tackle various jobs within the field. You’ll have experience of using industry-standard large sensor digital camera rigs, with follow focus, matte box and interchangeable lenses.

The careers available to you after this course are vast and exciting. You will be skilled to take on a number of roles, including: film producer, film director, first assistant director, producer, production manager, production assistant, editor, camera operator, director of photography, lighting technician, production sound mixer and much more!

You may also choose to take on freelance or fixed roles, such as: unit manager, location manager, sound assistant, boom operator, screenwriter, script editor, script reader and film distributor – the list really is extensive! Throughout the course we will help you to nurture your own creative flair and personal interests, and guide you towards a working professional role.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States