What is it?
A practical course focusing on the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the film and television industries.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
We have a very high success rate with prestigious film schools due to our combined curricula offer of film and television with film studies. Students learn using industry standard equipment and develop their skills through a wide range of opportunities both in college and working alongside local businesses.
What skills will I develop?
Communication – both written and aural, organisation and timekeeping, technical skills such as editing and DSLR filming, teamwork and leadership.
How will I be taught?
All work is produced, stored and submitted electronically. Lessons are practical wherever possible with an amount of theory lessons. The course is heavily group work focused and an ability to work as part of a team is a must. You will be taught on professional Adobe software.
How will I be assessed?
The course is 80% coursework and 20% practical exam.
You will be taught by tutors with extensive experience in both film and television. The department has a good spread of production and post-production knowledge as well as excellent theoretical grounding.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
We invite guest speakers such as the British Board of Film Classification and local employers in to speak regularly. We also encourage past students to return to college so that you can see where the course can lead and be inspired in your next steps. As well as this, you will have the opportunity to partake in trips to film festivals, Bradford Media Museum and a trip to London including a visit to Warner Brothers studios. Work experience opportunities are offered throughout the two years with learners crewing on external projects such as music festivals and corporate videos for companies such as WestAir Flying School and Fleetwood Town Football Club.
Where does it lead?
The majority of students go on to study a film and TV course at higher education or join an apprenticeship. However, students can use the transferable skills to apply for other routes with past students going on to courses ranging from audio engineering to classical civilisation. For those wanting to enter the workplace after college, there are employment opportunities to be gained as runners for example.
We provide all necessary filming equipment such as cameras, lights and edit suites. You will however need your own Class 10 memory card (SD) with at least 64GB of storage. We also encourage the purchase of an external hard-drive to allow you to take ongoing edit projects from computer to computer. You will be required to bring a charged device to class for each lesson which can be a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. When you enrol on the course you will be given free home access to the full range of Adobe programmes including the two that we use Premiere Pro and After Effects for the two years of the course.
- Grade 4 in GCSE English Language is preferred.
What will I study?
Each year consists of five units including four internally marked coursework units and one externally assessed practical exam per year.
Topic 1: Single Camera Set-up: SCSU is the fundamental of all filmmaking and as such is the first think you will be taught on the course. You will learn the technique of filmmaking and apply it to an advertisement project.
Topic 2: Fiction Film Production: You will learn about different film genres such as disaster films and horror films before moving on to plan, shoot and edit your own short fiction film in small groups.
Topic 3: Storyboarding for Digital Media: This unit focusses on production design and using things such as camera work to elicit a response from the audience. You do not need to be able to draw effectively for this unit however you do need a strong imagination and a flair for creativity.
Topic 4: Stop Motion Animation: SMA will provide you with the skills to make 3 dimensional animated films, adverts and idents in a range of different media including clay, paper, lego and found objects. You will learn about the history and purpose and key features of stop motion animations before moving on to construct your own.
Topic 5: Digital Media Skills: This is a practical examination which will test your ability to film and edit a short piece. Past examinations have asked learners to create a music video and a news report however each year is something different and unknown until a few weeks before the exam begins.
Topic 6: Scriptwriting: You will learn how to write effective and original screenplays including developing believable dialogue and constructing an engaging narrative. Script read throughs as a class will form a key and exciting part of this unit as you see your own original ideas vocalised before you.
Topic 7: Editing: You will explore a wide range of editing styles after learning about the history and development of something most cinema goers take for granted. You will have the opportunity to edit something mainstream before being challenged to edit something artistic and experimental. This is a real opportunity to allow your creativity to roam free.
Topic 8: Multi camera productions: Widely used across television in sporting events, game shows and live television, multi camera is a key skill to develop. You will be taught the different technical skills required for MCSU before planning and filming your own project as well as crewing on to classmates films.
Topic 9: Enterprise: A very exciting and challenging unit, Media Enterprise offers you the opportunity to seek an external client and make a promotional video for them based on their requirements and expectations. This is always an excellent project for CVs and UCAS statements as it shows you can work under pressure in a professional environment.
Topic 10: Responding to a Commission: This is the upper sixth examination and as such is always unknown until a few days before the exam. The unit will test your ability to design, develop and plan a media project. This year students were asked to develop a TV pilot.