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Course Length

24 months


£7,000 per annum

Awarded By

Pearson Education Ltd

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: NCH2
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: Q

HND Creative Media Production (Film)

Institute of Technology Course

About the course

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge for a particular industry.

Studying this course will give you the creative and technical skills needed to pursue a career in this highly competitive industry. Working in a professional environment, using industry standard equipment and software, you will develop editing techniques along with skills in TV production, directing, screenwriting, and narrative filmmaking.

You will enjoy access to professional film-making equipment, including:

  • Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k camera
  • Edit suites featuring Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop
  • Canon C100 professional HD camera
  • Black Magic BMPCC cinema camera
  • DJI Osmo 4k gimbal camera
  • Fully-Manual Samyang VDSLR T1.5 lenses and Shoot35 follow focus
  • Specialist lenses such as Lomography, Lensbaby and Circular Fisheye
  • Canon E0S DSLR and Lumix G7 cameras
  • Rigs - track, crane, slider, sprung-art and vest stabiliser and shoulder mounts
  • Sound recording equipment - Rode shotgun and lav mics, booms and blimps
  • Professional lighting - 800w tungsten lamps (redheads) 650w Arri Fresnel, LED lamps and ring lights, as well as stands, flags and reflectors. New for 2021/22 you will also have access to a State-of-the-Art filming studio and editing suite.

Topics in year one include: Individual Project (Pearson-set); Creative Media Industry; Professional Practice; Film Practices; Film Studies; Editing for Film & Television; Cinematography – Camera; Cinematography – Lighting

Topics in year two include: Collaborative Project (Pearson-set); Personal Professional Development; Advanced Film Production Studies; Emerging Technologies (Virtual Reality); Scriptwriting for Film & Television; Art Direction and Product Design; Film Criticism.

This course can be studied full-time or part-time for 32 weeks (64 for the HND), Monday and Wednesday. Filming projects will take place outside of lesson time, and can be scheduled any time day or night.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C) Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus one of the following:

  • A Levels - At least 2, grades BB
  • Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades MMP
  • Access Diploma - in Art and Design

Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Media Studies, Film Studies, Film and TV Production. Some experience of practical film-making will also be required.

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On successful completion of the HND, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree. This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a media-based career across a range of industries. From film and TV to advertising and music, you could be working for an agency, private organisation or as a freelancer.

Example job roles:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Video Editor
  • Camera Operator/Technician
  • Cinematographer
  • VFX Technician/Supervisor
  • Lighting Technician/Supervisor
  • Sound Editor

We're pleased to announce that we're now offering a Level 6 Film & TV Production course. Progress your passion. Read the course page for more information.

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Student finance information

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Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.


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Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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