Overview top

Are you passionate about film? Have you always wanted to know the creative process of filmmaking? This Higher Education filmmaking course will teach you the practical elements of film, television, editing and cinematography. We will teach you the skills and help you gain the confidence to progress into the film and television industry, or into higher education.

You will spend the year learning and developing your skills in film-making; but you won’t just be sitting in lecturers and classrooms. Studying at South Tyneside College will give you the unique opportunity to learn while working on a variety of practical projects all aimed at teaching you a specific element of film and television making. You will have the opportunity to work with industry standard cameras from Cannon, Sony and Blackmagic Design, as well as work on professional software such as Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After effects and Dragonframe. It doesn’t matter if you have had experience studying film and television previously, this course will provide you with the all the knowledge preparing you to work at a media industry standard.

Studying this course you will achieve the Level 4 HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Creative Media Production - Film and Television, which is the equivalent to the first year of a degree. Studying for a HNC is significantly cheaper than going to university.

The course is based around several projects throughout the year, and while we teach you some theory to give you a thorough understanding of both the film and television industry, you are assessed on your practical projects that you will undertake across the course of the year. There are lots of freelancing and work experience opportunities available throughout the year and you will have access to our facilities outside of scheduled lessons, giving you time to work on personal and assessed projects.

Unit that will be taught on this course are:

  • Unit 1 - Individual Project
  • Unit 2 - Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 3 - Professional Practice
  • Unit 7 - Film and Television Practices
  • Unit 8 - Film Studies
  • Unit 9 - Light and Sound
  • Unit 26 - Film and video editing
  • Unit 27 - Storyboarding

Entry Requirements top

GCSE Grade C (4) in English and Maths. 

You will be required to provide a portfolio of work at interview showing previous media products that you have produced previously.

Assessment top

The course is broken down into eight different units each exploring a specific focus of film-making. Each unit maybe assessed through theoretical essays, presentations, coursework and practical projects that you will undertake over the course of the year.

Professional Opportunities top

After completing the HNC you could progress onto the HND (Higher National Certificate), following this you will be ready to ready to enter working in the industry or you can apply to university to top up you qualification to a full degree.

Further Information top

The Creative media and games team are busy preparing and making plans for the start of teaching our HE courses in September 2020. The Covid-19 situation has made this an unprecedented and challenging time for teachers and students alike.  We have been working on new effective approaches to delivering your programme of study next year to take into account social distancing and government guidance where necessary.

We will of course attempt to teach our programmes as normal as possible, however if required it may be necessary to utilise a mix of distance and face to face learning. Digital learning is new for many but has been utilised within the college through Microsoft Teams and can involve taking part in online classes and discussions and completing/submitting assignments from home. You will also have access to some specialist software and equipment if required to enable you to work effectively from home if needed.  Regular online tutorials can also be arranged through Microsoft Teams.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contacts:

Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND Creative Media Production (film):

Chris Thompson               Christopher.thomspon@stc.ac.uk


Course fee: £6165

Start date:

  • September 2021