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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) 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) 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, Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee 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.

The course has been designed in a collaborative approach to provide a curriculum that spans across our Arts, Design and Social Sciences department. It brings together expertise from our Film and TV, Production and Journalism teams in order to augment your learning experience.

You will develop a portfolio of short, practical filmed projects, explore the use of genre in film and television and examine the impact of mass media communication on our society.  From developing ideas, to working in post-production you will be hands-on from the beginning. Practical workshops and critical analysis are developed hand in hand. No matter what aspect you’re working on, you’ll begin to develop your own graduate portfolio which can be enhanced upon at level four.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect the diverse nature of the programme, varying from traditional essay writing and examinations, to portfolio work and individual and group presentations.

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You will learn from award winning film makers and well-published lecturers who have established a high quality, research-led approach to teaching, combined with first class support.  The academic team includes practising researchers and leaders in their field, many of whom are actively involved, through their research, with real issues that face the community.

The teaching team will further support your personal development, practice based skills, intellectual growth and transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, time and project management, research and digital literacy; all of which are essential in the 21st century workplace.

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As a student on this course you will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, including broadcast-quality camera equipment, production facilities and screening rooms.

The course will use a range of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities to support the learning, teaching and assessment principles to enhance the overall learning experience of students including specialist industry standard software and equipment.

Our University Library is also open 24/7, providing a collection which encompasses both print and online resources, including almost 500,000 print books and an extensive e-journal collection so that our students can access learning resources at the point of need.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

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.

All of the teaching on the Foundation Year is underpinned by research informed teaching. By using a range of theoretical and practical approaches across the programme, you will be fully equipped to identify problems within the discipline and related industries, whilst working collaboratively to find solutions to those problems. You will explore the latest research and respond to contemporary ideas and issues both in your critical analysis but also in your creative film making.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

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.

The Foundation Year will develop the key transferable skills required to work in the communications and cultural industries. You will gain a strong grasp on the central theoretical ideas in film, media and cultural studies, ensuring you are capable of meaningfully contextualising and independently critically analysing visual materials. In addition you will receive a grounding in some core practical film making skills.

Upon progression onto one of our level four courses, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement or study abroad year; both of which will develop your employability skills for future employment prospects.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

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.

The foundation year has been designed to provide a seamless transition onto one of our level four courses outlined in the Course Overview, and so you will have a focus on subject-specific modules that will ensure optimal preparation for your upcoming course.

Whilst learning the skills and knowledge you will need to continue onto an undergraduate degree, and a professional career, you will also build interpersonal skills by joining a vibrant and creative community that encourages collaborations and idea sharing across our film and media courses.

Book an Open Day / Experience Film and Media Foundation Year

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 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level

Entry Requirements 2020/21

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 using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or 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 you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

N/A

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs


Scholarships and Discounts

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