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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £5,750 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson Education Ltd

  • UCAS codes

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

Creative Media Production (Film) HND

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.

Course Content

YEAR 1 Units

  • Contextual Studies
  • Research Techniques
  • Practical Skills
  • Camera and Lighting Techniques
  • Advertisement Production
  • Music Video Production
  • Film Studies
  • Sound Design
  • Script Writing
  • Fiction Production

YEAR 2 Units

  • Project Design, Implementation
  • Special Subject Investigation
  • Career Development
  • Work Experience
  • Interview and Presentation Techniques
  • Promotional Video Production
  • Television Studies
  • Editing Techniques
  • Directing Moving Image Productions
  • Documentary Production


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

  • Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k camera
  • Mac suites featuring Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop
  • Canon C100 (DAF) professional HD camera
  • Black Magic BMPCC cinema camera
  • DJI Osmo 4k gimbal camera
  • Fully-Manual Samyang VDSLR T15 lenses and Shoot35 follow focus
  • Specialist lenses such as Lomography Petzval and Lensbaby Circular Fisheye
  • Canon E0S DSLRs
  • 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


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

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken

PLUS 80 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

A Levels - Grades CCD or above
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.

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

Additional Requirements:

Some experience of practical film-making will also be required.


Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length: 32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND)
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Contact hours: 13 hours per week
Expected self-study: 15-20 hours per week

40% Written Assignments
35% Coursework/Project Work
25% Observation

N.B The days in which you are required to attend classes may change depending on the unit being studies.

Possible out-of-hours activities
Filming projects will take place outside of lesson time, and can be scheduled any time day or night.

Costs and Resources

Tuition fess for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum
Additional costs: Students are required to provide their own SD cards and external hard drives, as well as general costs of producing film projects
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinan…

The Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship: Students enroling on this course can apply for the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship. Find out more: www.newcollege.ac.uk/he

Programme Leader: Sam Storey (sam.storey@newcollege.ac.uk)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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