One term courses 2018-09-13T12:11:10+00:00

One term course

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We offer a programme makers’ course aimed at those who have aspirations in the industry. The purpose is to up-skill participants in all aspects of factual (non-fiction) TV production and create several ‘packages’ and programmes that can be broadcast on TV as part of our regular output. By the end of the course, students will have an in-depth knowledge of many different aspects of video production, the capability to create their own work, a large diverse video portfolio of work that has been broadcast and the ability to work within this industry.

Many of our students hold jobs at the same time as being enrolled on our courses. The one-term course is designed so students can be employed at the same time and work around the tuition or be a full-time student creating more projects. The course is run over a period of 10 weeks (not including a one week break at half term) and we have multiple practical learning days with professionals in the industry per week.

Each topic will be practical and project-based, working on specific items either sourced by the participants or derived from the mass of potential stories available to our research team and magazine producers.

Content will include the following:

• Camera skills for broadcast quality using Canon C100s, Canon XA20s, Canon XC10 kits alongside various other cameras such GoPro Hero6, Sony NX3s and BlackMagic studio cameras.
• Advanced camera skills utilising picture profiles, bitrates, lenses and camera techniques
• Filming in multi-cam setups for actuality filmmaking
• Setting up a good interview, lighting, sound, vision, 1/2/3 camera shoot
• Getting the ’Top line’ right and assembling a good narrative
• Asking good questions on camera. Probing and follow-up
• Editing: Getting the best from Final Cut Pro
• Editing: Getting the best from Adobe Premiere Pro
• Editing: Learning how to edit to broadcast standards – finding the narrative
• Editing: Colour correction, effects and title sequences
• Location sound and post production fixes
• Presentation skills, studio practice and reading from a teleprompter
• Studio skills: Cameras, mixing rather than editing, lighting, scheduling and broadcast
• Studio skills: Livestreaming
• How to plan and make a good short documentary piece (theory & practice)
• How to plan and make compelling long form documentary pieces
• How to pitch ideas to production companies
• How to use green-screens effectively
• How to build and set up a studio environment
• Treatments, scripts and pitching ideas for programmes
• Producing and directing: What’s expected and how does one perform these roles
• Protecting rights and releases. Regulations, safety and good practice
• Business and commercial skills: How to set up your own business, find work and CV advice

We tend to organise each week around particular themes and topics, for example, making programmes in a presenter-led fast-paced style, organising a studio discussion, planning and shooting a short op doc, and so on. The nature of the activities will be flexed to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the participants whilst ensuring that we cover the topics listed above. Wherever possible we will work with current topical content with a view to creating material that can be broadcast – thereby generating credits for the course participants.

The nature of the activities will be flexed to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the participants whilst ensuring that we cover the topics listed above. Wherever possible we will work with current topical content with a view to creating material that can be broadcast – thereby generating credits for the course participants.

In terms of video genre we tend to cover what is appropriate to the student group based on their ideas though we do prepare some projects beforehand to get you started on the course. The range of genre we tend to cover are arts & culture, science, music, events, performances, short and long form documentary-filmmaking, advertisement and promotional-filmmaking, religion, sports, etc.

Second and third terms are also available to enrol on to take your skills to the next level.

All of our equipment and facilities are available for students on this course.

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September course

Starts: 24 September 2018

Half term: 22 October 2018

Ends: 7 December 2018

Price: £2250

January course

Starts: 21 January 2019

Half term: 18 February 2019

Ends: 5 April 2019

Price: £2250

April course

Starts: 29 April 2019

Half term: 27 May 2019

Ends: 12 July 2019

Price: £2250

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