Filmmaking | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma | Level 3
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 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.
You have the opportunity to complete the UAL Diploma in the first year and then the Extended Diploma in the second year.
Year 1 is a continuation of your practical learning leading to the Extended Diploma in Year 2, where you will specialise in your chosen area of this exciting and dynamic industry.
- State-of-the-art cameras and editing
- Opportunities to work on live broadcasts of gigs, talks and performances across the city
- Guest speakers provide industry insights
- Excellent opportunities for progression
alumni Views Ryan DeesThe tutors are amazing and helped us with so much!
alumni Views Ryan BartlettThis course has taught me more and more about the art of filmmaking along with the many fascinating and complex aspects it contains
To start at this level you need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and a creative subject. You will need to show your interest in filmmaking.
An interview with a course tutor will be required prior to enrolment.
If you do not have these grades, start on the Level 2 course.
About this course
You will learn through practical projects using professional 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.
Year 1 (Diploma):
- Specialist filmmaking technical skills workshops
- Presenting work professionally
- Design and research skills
- Critical and contextual awareness
- Audio and visual production and technology
Year 2 (Extended Diploma):
- Technical skills and problem solving
- Audio and visual production and technology
- Directing and screen writing
- Live projects and presenting client work professionally
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 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
- Access to industry standard equipment, digital video camera kits and 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
After this course
On successful completion of the first year, you will achieve a UAL Diploma, after which you can progress to the second year Extended Diploma course.
On successful completion of the second year (Extended Diploma), you can move on to related university degree courses.This course provides a sound underpinning of practical and theoretical skills to build a portfolio and progress to university, employment or an apprenticeship.
- Camera operator
- Freelance videographer
- E-learning producer
- Social media content creator
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.
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.
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. 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.