Level 3 Extended Diploma in Filmmaking
The Screen and Film School Extended Diploma in Filmmaking is a two-year course designed specifically for the training of all stages of practical filmmaking enabling you to enter higher education and the wider industry. This highly practical vocational program will develop your technical, creative and production skills, exploring and improving the techniques required in a contemporary professional environment.
During your two years of study on the new Screen and Film School filmmaking course you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of filmmaking. The first year of the course provides you with basic tools in camera, lighting, sound and editing to develop and realise a range of projects over a variety of disciplines and genres. You will work both theoretically and practically in each area to gain a fundamental understanding of the different roles.
In year 2 we develop and deepen your training to examine more complex ideas and undertake more complicated and ambitious projects working in collaboration with other students as well as outside clients and partners.
Over the two years of practical and theoretical study, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the way the film and screen industry operates and will be guided by specialist tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards future study or career goals. You will also benefit from workshops and Masterclasses with industry practitioners and the opportunity to take up work experience placements.
Mode of attendance: Full-time
Length of course: 2 years full-time
Awarding institution: RSL
Funding partner: New College Swindon
Campus delivery: Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester
Language of study: English
Final award: Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL level 3 qualification, providing you with a firm steppingstone into Higher Education. The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all creative professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skill and shaping you into a high-level practitioner that controls their own career path.
Admissions Criteria: 3 GCSEs inc. English & Maths, or 2 GCSEs inc. English or Maths on the condition that the other is retaken during the duration of the course.
3 GCSEs inc. English & Maths, or 2 GCSEs inc. English or Maths on the condition that the other is retaken during the duration of the course.
Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.
The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all creative professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skill and shaping you into a high-level practitioner that controls their own career path.
All students take the following core modules in their first year of study.
Every successful film is down to excellent planning and design. This class will show you an overview of all the thought and pre-production planning that goes into a film before the cameras roll on set. You will look at how to write and break down scripts. How to cast actors and find locations. How professionals pre-visualise the look of the film. You will also create evocative storyboards and prepare for unexpected problems and hiccups. This unit will also support you to develop your research skills through exploring the work of others and other contextual contexts to help you develop your idea from a creative spark to a fully realised project.
In this class you be introduced to the fundamental principles and skills of operating a range of high-quality production kit such as camera, lighting and sound equipment. You will learn how to manually operate the kit and use it in both controlled studio settings and on-location environment. You will learn through a hands-on approach that will give you the opportunity to tackle a range of professional scenario challenges and individual exploration and experimentation. The scope of the challenges will range from short test exercises to full production of projects. Throughout it all you will have the opportunity to develop your skills to create captivating images and immersive soundscapes.
In this class you be introduced to the fundamental principles and skills of post-production for both audio and video. Using industry standard software, you will acquire and understanding both the technical and creative concerns of the edit. Not just the how, but why you choose to make editing decisions. You will learn through a hands-on approach, tackling various challenges across a range of forms and genres. You will get the opportunity to create an extensive portfolio of work.
The extended study sessions are a chance to focus on a range of matters that affect you and your student life through a PHSE programme that will support both your academic and wider pastoral needs.
All students take the following core modules in their second year of study.
This class will provide an academic underpinning for your practical work at the film school. You will look at key developments and concepts in the history of cinema from worldwide perspective. You will also learn the tools of analysis to deconstruct a scene for its storytelling, unpacking the deeper meanings hidden within the films. The concepts you discuss and discover in this class will ultimately make you a better and more nuanced filmmaker.
Building on the experience from the first year you will undertake some more complicated and larger-scale projects which will require more careful planning and a deeper understanding of the formal conventions of genre. You will be encouraged to think bigger and challenge yourself with more ambitious projects. This class will support you to turn your ideas into reality.
This class will build on the work from the first year but with a more specific focus on project work. You will apply the appropriate principles and skills to a range of different shooting styles across film, music video, documentary and more. You will investigate why specific looks are chosen for specific genres and projects and apply the skills necessary to achieve them. You will also learn collaboratively in a production team, gaining real experience of how a film crew operates and understand a range of roles within it.
This class will give you the opportunity to further refine your editing skills across a range of genres and forms, each with its only particular conventions. You will hone your skill into producing more precise and more complicated edits. Exploring the possibilities of the software in much more detail by utilising effects, filters and colour. It will develop the skills that you have developed in Year 1 and will be a hands-on blend of both short sharp exercises and longer from projects, designed to help you, deep-dive, into the software.
The extended study sessions are a chance to focus on a range of matters that affect you and your student life through a PHSE programme that will support both your academic and wider pastoral needs. During this year of study, you will also be supported with progression needs.
For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to Screen and Film School, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].