Course Units

The units are designed to interact with one another, and students will be expected to apply theories and techniques learnt from one area to another.

Personal Project Development – Years 1 & 2

This unit will concentrate on developing the students own personal work alongside the more specific mini projects in other units. This will allow them to develop work to their own interests, allowing them a significant amount of time to apply in detail techniques and concepts covered in the other units, producing a creative portfolio as an outcome.

Cinematography and Practical Visual Techniques – Year 1

A study of the practical application of cameras, lights, sound and editing through the art of the cinematographer. Through a number of lectures and hands on workshops this unit will equip students with the practical knowledge required to fully utilise the equipment at their disposal and realise their ideas. Students will learn, bend and break the rules in order to instil their work with emotional intensity. Lights Camera Action

Innovation and Pioneers in Moving Image – Year 1

By watching, discussing  and dissecting the work of a number of great innovators in moving image, students eyes will be opened to a wealth of exciting and innovative work. This unit will explore their ideas in a practical way, explaining the techniques that they use.

Theoretical & Contextual Perspectives – Years 1 & 2

This unit will develop students understanding and awareness of critical thinking in relation to their own work and that of others. Covering a wide range of creative practice including art, design, animation, filmmaking & performance students will gain an understand the  overarching theories, history and be able to contextualise and apply this to their own work.

Ideas generation & Creative writing – Year 1

Students will understand the practical techniques involved in developing an idea from researching initial ideas through to finished project. The development of mood boards, storyboards, scripts, basic proposal generation, timing sheets. Breaking down ideas into production logistics, timescales etc for successful completion.

Club Visuals & Audiovisual Performance – Year 2

Using VJ performance software, students will produce work for live performances, art installations or club visuals. The emphasis is on the production of visual material and it’s subsequence application in a live event to create an immersive audiovisual experience. This will conclude as a live event/performance.

Photography, Design & Illustration for the Moving Image – Year 1

Still images form a great part of moving image work. In this session students will gain an understanding of a wide range of design, photography and illustration processes and techniques in order to apply them to their own work. Students will collect and create work outside the confines of a computer and scan or input them, and treat them digitally to enable their use in video editing or motion graphics software. This will be developing the students understanding of photography, art and design skills including typography, colour theory, the use and collection of natural media, textures and textural elements & drawing. They will also gain an understanding of software including Photoshop Advanced and Illustrator, concentrating on the potential uses of these software in moving image work.

Editing and Post-Production – Year 1

A practical editing session, where students will learn through detailed workshops the video editing software Final Cut Pro, and other post production software/processes including DVD authoring and Audio. Linking in with the theory of editing taught alongside in the Cinematography & Practical visual techniques unit.

Motion Graphics & Special Effects – Years 1 & 2

Concentrating on the use of Adobe After Effects, in this unit students will gain a practical understanding of techniques including green-screening/compositing, motion tracking, rotoscoping, particle systems, environment creation, 2D and 3D. Underneath its complex façade, there are simple concepts and techniques which can be applied to a wide range of creative projects.

Professional Practice & Entrepreneurial Skills – Year 2

This part of the course will arm you with the professional knowledge to succeed in a busy and competitive industry. Contract negotiations, tax & financial management, setting up as a business, working as a freelancer, entrepreneurial skills are taught, along with job searching, application and interview skills. A broad understanding of the industry will be given through a series of lectures and guests/visits. This will include discussions and lectures on the increasing importance of elements like digital distribution & social networking, the structure of the modern creative industries, and how the industry is continually shaping and changing.

Pitching and Proposal Writing – Year 2

Students will be introduced to advanced pitching and proposal writing skills. In the industry it is essential to be able to produce and present these to a high level. Students will be taught the theory behind selling ideas to a commissioning editor, and will apply this through the pitching of major second year projects.

Sound Design & Soundscape Production –Year 2

Sound design is an important part of moving image production. By designing sound to accompany their visual work, students will enrich their work and open up new creative avenues. Advanced Practical audio compositional skills are gained including the use of software including Reason, Protools, Logic and Soundtrack Pro.

This is in the process of being updated. Units are subject to change until full validation is completed.


2 responses

28 04 2009
marcos camacho

I do motion graphics course, how much? I live in Argentina

24 05 2009

The annual fees for International students are approx £5000 Please call the International Student Officer on +44 115 914 6445 for more information and precise fees. Thanks.

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