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Film | UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology - Filmmaking | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0114-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Level 2 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Brighton’s thriving film and digital scene provides the perfect backdrop from which to develop skills and knowledge aligned to industry practices.

You will learn through practical projects using professional state-of-the-art cameras and editing facilities, backed up with theory and critical analysis; all of which are essential to entering the world of TV, video and film industries.

Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative industries with the confidence to thrive. You will have the opportunity to work on live broadcasts at events across the city and attend talks by guest speakers from the industry. 

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

For this Level 2 course you will need at least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio showing your creative skills.

An interview with a course tutor will be required prior to enrolment. 

On successful completion, you can progress on to the Level 3 diploma and extended diploma in film.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Digital video production
  • Introduction to editing
  • Introduction to audio technology
  • Animation and special effects
  • Production techniques
  • Research techniques

Why the MET?

This course gives you the opportunity to use industry-standard software and hardware such as Sony NX5 cameras and Mac editing suites running Adobe Premier.

Experts and filmmakers from organisations like the BBC talk to students as part of our guest speaker programme providing cutting edge, up-to-date knowledge of industry thinking and developments.

You will develop a broad range of digital skills in line with industry expectations and work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients. You will create dramatic, factual and animated short films.

You will have the opportunity to be nominated for the highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition and take place in a spectacular end-of-year show which involves students from other creative media courses such as art, design, photography and games design.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities at Brighton MET

The Creative Industries department at Brighton MET has an extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and studios.

  • Access to industry standard equipment, digital video camera kits and Mac software in our extensive editing suite
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

Work experience takes many forms on this course. You could work with a local videographer to produce a film for a large promotional event at the college or work on live broadcasts and events. You might participate within key enterprise initiatives within the city such as Brighton Digital festival and the Wired Sussex Talent programme.

Past examples include filming Kate Tempest's concert at the Brighton Dome as part of Brighton Festival.

Work experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community. 

What's next?

On successful completion, you can progress to the Level 3 Filmmaking diploma and extended diploma.

The majority of the Level 2 students progress onto Level 3 courses, for example in film, photography and games.

This course provides a sound underpinning of practical and theoretical skills to build a portfolio and progress to our UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology before progressing to university, employment or an apprenticeship.

Future careers include:

  • Editor
  • Sound designer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Photographer
  • Social media content creator
  • Digital marketing
  • Filmmaker
  • Camera operator
  • Special effects designer
  • Animator
  • Videographer
  • Cinematographer

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional information:

You are given the opportunity to attend study and field trips. Past trips have seen students complete visits to the cinema, exhibitions, i360 to shoot films and collect images and to London to the Comic Con show to research the general media industry and experience a diverse range of cultures.

Additional costs

You may be required to purchase some basic materials to support your learning e.g. note pad and pens.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.  

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.

  • alumni Views Ryan Bartlett UAL Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
    This course has taught me more and more about the art of filmmaking along with the many fascinating and complex aspects it contains
  • alumni Views Ryan Dees UAL Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
    The tutors are amazing and helped us with so much!
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