Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Filmmaking - Level 3 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0033-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL UCAS Tariff: Pass: 36, Merit: 60, Distinction: 84

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.

This Level 3 course further develops your skills. Year 1 is a continuation of your practical learning leading to Year 2, where you will specialise in your chosen area of this exciting and dynamic industry.

Entry requirements

Start at this Level 3 course if you have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including media, English and maths, and evidence of your interest in filmmaking.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Technical skills and problem solving
  • Design and research skills
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Audio and visual production and technology
  • Directing and screen writing 
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Delivering a project to a client brief
  • Year 2 specialism
  • Portfolio building

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

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?

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 can include:

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

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.

  • alumni Views Ryan Dees UAL Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology

    “The tutors are amazing and helped us with so much!”

  • 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”

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Potential Careers

Arts officer, producer or director

Typical Tasks:

  • Chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget.
  • Directs actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects.
  • Breaks script into scenes and formulates a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets.
  • Prepares rehearsal and production schedule for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals.
  • Ensures necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Selects, contracts, markets and arranges for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £18,954

AVERAGE £30,986


Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator

Typical Tasks:

  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.
  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £17,453

AVERAGE £27,105


Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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