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Do you have a passion for film and media? Discover the bigger picture with our Foundation Year and take the next step to writing your own story.

The Foundation Year in Film and Media provides an introduction to film, TV production and studies, and media. Through engaging with film making, current affairs and mass communication, you will begin to develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for further study and future employment.  

The foundation year will equip you with a desirable range of skills, which are later developed upon in our level four courses. The course will advance your ability to articulate your ideas in a variety of audio-visual and written formats.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto one of the following degree courses:

BA (Hons) Animation

BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies

BA (Hons) Film and TV Production

BA (Hons) Journalism and English Literature

BA (Hons) Mass Communication

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Advertising

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Business

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations

BA (Hons) Media and Journalism

 

Do you have a passion for film and media? Discover the bigger picture with our Foundation Year and take the next step to writing your own story.

The Foundation Year in Film and Media provides an introduction to film, TV production and studies, and media. Through engaging with film making, current affairs and mass communication, you will begin to develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for further study and future employment.  

The foundation year will equip you with a desirable range of skills, which are later developed upon in our level four courses. The course will advance your ability to articulate your ideas in a variety of audio-visual and written formats.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto one of the following degree courses:

BA (Hons) Animation

BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies

BA (Hons) Film and TV Production

BA (Hons) Journalism and English Literature

BA (Hons) Mass Communication

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Advertising

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Business

BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations

BA (Hons) Media and Journalism

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
P320

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Arts

From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study in.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Film and Media Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3028 -

Media and Society (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop your core knowledge and understanding of the connections between media, culture and society. You will explore those ideas at the intimate personal and local level by reflecting on your own uses of media. Equally, you will connect those daily uses of media to broader debates, spanning out to the international context. The module will introduce you to major concepts and approaches in media and cultural studies. You will explore not only how media representations are influenced by external factors such as regulation, ownership, and audience behaviours, but also how media has transformed our social relations, altered our understandings of world events, and impacted on what matters to us (our cultural and societal values). You will also examine how media technologies have developed over time and have altered how we communicate with each other. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking by analysing examples taken from contemporary media and culture, and by discussing ideas with your tutors and your peers.

More information

AD3029 -

Film and Television Genres (Core,40 Credits)

The module develops your understanding of the significance of genre within the production, reception and analysis of film and television. It explores what we understand by the term genre in film and television through an analysis of the codes and conventions of major screen genres. It considers how genres change over time according to evolving aesthetic, social, technological and industrial contexts. You will learn about key developments in genre scholarship, and how critical and theoretical approaches can be applied to specific examples. In so doing, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of textual, contextual and critical analysis to an appreciation of film and television production and culture.

More information

AD3032 -

Introduction to Film Practice 1 (Core,20 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

AD3036 -

Introduction to Film Practice 2 (Core,20 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3028 -

Media and Society (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop your core knowledge and understanding of the connections between media, culture and society. You will explore those ideas at the intimate personal and local level by reflecting on your own uses of media. Equally, you will connect those daily uses of media to broader debates, spanning out to the international context. The module will introduce you to major concepts and approaches in media and cultural studies. You will explore not only how media representations are influenced by external factors such as regulation, ownership, and audience behaviours, but also how media has transformed our social relations, altered our understandings of world events, and impacted on what matters to us (our cultural and societal values). You will also examine how media technologies have developed over time and have altered how we communicate with each other. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking by analysing examples taken from contemporary media and culture, and by discussing ideas with your tutors and your peers.

More information

AD3029 -

Film and Television Genres (Core,40 Credits)

The module develops your understanding of the significance of genre within the production, reception and analysis of film and television. It explores what we understand by the term genre in film and television through an analysis of the codes and conventions of major screen genres. It considers how genres change over time according to evolving aesthetic, social, technological and industrial contexts. You will learn about key developments in genre scholarship, and how critical and theoretical approaches can be applied to specific examples. In so doing, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of textual, contextual and critical analysis to an appreciation of film and television production and culture.

More information

AD3032 -

Introduction to Film Practice 1 (Core,20 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

AD3036 -

Introduction to Film Practice 2 (Core,20 Credits)

‘Introduction to Film Practice’ introduces you to a range of core practical film production and creative skills, as well as developing transferable personal skills to support your future study and employability. You will also build your knowledge and understanding of the processes, trends and issues in the contemporary media landscape.

As emerging film makers, you will be introduced to practical and creative skills including pitching, writing, production research, production logistics, scheduling, storyboarding and directing, in addition to the creative and technical fundamentals of camera, sound and editing operations. You will learn essential softer skills such as time management, interpersonal skills, risk assessment, presentation and negotiation skills – all of which help to prepare you for your choice of degree path. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills, as you respond to your own work and that of others, reflect on your own personal development, and set yourself goals for improvement. Your progress will be marked by a number of film making exercises which cumulatively form a portfolio evidencing your developing skills and knowledge.

Your knowledge will grow to include an understanding of different styles and approaches to storytelling and film content, across a range of film activities, setting your work alongside that of other directors and film makers and increasing your awareness of the range of formal approaches across a wide range of media production. You’ll also progress with a solid grounding in principles of risk assessment, to ensure safe filming practice.

More information

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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