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Film and Television Production Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

Film Fd

Course outline

This course has been developed in consultation with members of the local creative sector to give you the up-to-date skills demanded by current media employers.

You’ll become involved in national competitions, live briefs for employers and independent film productions within an award-winning department. You’ll be using our television production studio and working on live events at a number of key venues.

Previous students have had the opportunity to visit BBC and ITV Salford Quays, Pinewood Studios London, BBC Cardiff (home of Sherlock and Doctor Who), BBC East Midlands, Sony Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe at Pinewood and also study tours in Prague and Amsterdam.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the practical craft of filmmaking.

In Year 1, you’ll gain a number of practical skills including:

  • Camera techniques
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Editing
  • Scriptwriting

By Year 2, you’ll be able to specialise in your chosen area: film; or television.

Both years are supported with appropriate theories of media and culture, and western cinematography. You’ll work from a range of briefs set by industry partners, in co-operation with staff, in preparation for your career. Your second year ends with two substantial productions, which are either a short film (digitally shot), or a series of multi-camera television programmes.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Pre-production and planning
  • Camera and lighting workshop
  • Sound for film and television
  • Film and television studies
  • The cutting room
  • Scriptwriting for film and television
  • Documentary production
  • Drama production
  • Media law

Year 2 modules include:

  • Professional portfolio
  • Post-production
  • Contextual research
  • Studio and live production
  • Final major project

View the full course specification here.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: P456

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Start: 30th September 2019

Fees / reductions:

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000334 / Q002086


Film & Television Production Foundation Degree FdA


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy

You may be invited to attend an interview.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Continuous assessment is through joint projects, industry work experience and individual assessments. There are no examinations.


After the course, you can expect to pursue a career in specialist areas within film or television production including camera operator, editor, producer and director of photography.

We offer a BA (Hons) Digital Media Design Top-up Degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University, which allows you to specialise further and develop your enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

There are also other top-up degrees available here and throughout the country.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands

- 2018/19 National Student Survey

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