Students typically take four modules per year (two evenings per week) and the course takes on average four years to complete.
The first year of the programme introduces you to the key critical and practical concepts that underpin the study of film. Introductions to digital photography and digital filmmaking allow you to begin developing skills in image composition, framing, storytelling, lighting, sound design, editing and data management. At the same time you will also embark upon an exploration of the development of cinema. Presented with major milestones in the history of Hollywood, European and World cinema, you will begin to understand the origins of today’s cinema. The first year of the programme also allows you to start developing relevant work-related employability skills.
The second year of the programme allows you to develop the skills and knowledge you acquired in Year One. The filmmaking skills you developed are now further enhanced as you learn how to write scripts, produce and develop low-budget short films. You will also gain real employability-related experience in fundraising, promotion innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time you will also study the development of film style and consider how a director’s vision contributes to the making of a film. Other issues like cinematography and editing are also explored in greater detail. Furthermore, you will also consider how television, gaming and technology have all contributed to the development of the medium. At all times you will be encouraged to further develop your practical filmmaking skills through the production of video essays, sound, editing and other audiovisual projects.
The final year of the programme allows you to really focus on the strengths, skills and knowledge you have developed so far. We will provide practical employability-related workshops and activities specifically designed to make sure that your next step is a significant one. Your in-depth study of the medium comes right up to date as we examine the latest issues in filmmaking from a wide range of relevant perspectives. During this year you are encouraged to continue developing your filmmaking skills through the production of group and individual audiovisual projects. You can also sharpen your critical and theoretical approaches by managing a wide range of self-directed writing projects.
Learners holding relevant qualifications at Level 7 may qualify for entry to the final year of this degree. Currently DBS’s BA Film and Media programme offers one such pathway for progression.