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This brand new and exciting HNC is designed by industry pros to introduce you to a career in the Assistant directing, production and locations department for the Film Industry.

Splitting your time between the Buckinghamshire College Group Amersham Campus and Creative Media Skills state of the art studio base in the heart of British Film, Pinewood Studios, you will meet and learn from some of the most recognised and actively working professionals across many areas, including: assistant directors, producers, production managers and coordinators, crowd supervisors, location managers and more!

  • What will I learn?

    You will learn from industry professionals a mix of practical skills that are requested by employers nowadays as well as developing a range of theory elements to support practice and industry etiquette. You will learn about the latest technologies used in a professional environment in terms of cameras, lighting and sound.

  • Example modules

    • Cinematography
    • 4k Technology
    • Editing Sound
    • Software for Industry: Avid and Adobe Premiere
    • The Film Business and Roles
    • Entrepreneurial Skills
    • Scripting and breakdown
    • Location Scouting
    • Scheduling
    • Budgeting
    • Rehearsals
    • Filming
    • Post-Production
  • How will I be assessed?

    There are eight units to achieve which will be divided across a number of assignments of both theory and practical work. Across the programme you will have continuous assessment from all those that provide the teaching and learning experience including dedicated tutorials. Each unit is individually graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall weighting given at the end.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants need to 18 and over. It is desirable for students to have attained GCSE English and maths but applications from candidates with good levels of literacy and numeracy will be considered for mature candidates.

    A professional interview will be required

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Students who complete the course may wish to continue their progression journey onto the BA qualification or enter the world of work.

    Career Opportunities: There are many different options available to you within this group of departments and this industry led Diploma will open you up to further study or to begin a career as a trainee or apprentice for the following roles: Location Manager, Assistant Location Manager, Location Coordinator, Location Assistant, Location Storage Manager, Unit Manager, Unit Assistant, Director, Executive Assistant to Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Executive Assistant to Producer, Co-Producer, Associate Producer, Line Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Co-1st Assistant Director, Key 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, Base 2nd Assistant Director, Floor 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director , 3rd Assistant Director, Base 3rd Assistant Director, Key Set Production Assistant, Set Production Assistant, Unit Production Manager, Assistant Unit Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Assistant Production Coordinator,Travel Coordinator, Accommodation Coordinator,Office Manager, Assistant Office Manager, Production Secretary, Cast Assistant, Cast PA, Receptionist, Production Assistant, Runner

  • Cost of Study

    £6,000. Student finance is available, please contact our Admissions team for more information.

  • Additional Information

    This course is run in conjunction with our partners CMS at Pinewood, the course is 2/3 taught at Pinewood in a professional environment and 1/3 at Amersham using the expertise of our experienced teaching team.

    There will be a requirement to buy some kit. Professional dress at all times.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 4
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FFPROL4DP/AM-1
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