Film & Screen Media - Foundation Degree

Film & Screen Media - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The way that we consume film and media is changing. The production, content and distribution of film is developing alongside advancing technologies in an increasingly networked culture. Film and Screen Media has a strong focus on developing your skills to prepare you for this constantly evolving industry.

This course is a foundation degree but has the option for you to top up to a BA (Hons) in year three. The course is practitioner focused and its key ethos is preparing you for a variety of roles within the film and media industries.

The three strands of the course are filmmaking, motion design and screen practices. The course is also designed to challenge you to think about screen in new and exciting ways that give meaning to an audience. You will be taught a range of techniques including traditional film methods, motion graphics, audio, 360° video recording, Video for VR alongside learning enterprise and employability skills relevant to the sector.

You will be continually challenged and encouraged to pursue not only your career path but to explore your own unique style of visual language creation. All modules allow you to produce a diverse portfolio of high quality work. You will investigate issues currently affecting the media and respond through your own work.

Film & Screen Media seeks to provide a broad foundation of knowledge and understanding that will make you a well rounded and skilled media professional.


Duration 2 years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72640-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include the following:

Level 4:

  • Sound for Media
  • Film Techniques
  • Screen Practice 
  • Introduction to Motion Design
  • Documentary Practice 
  • Contextualising Film and Screen

Level 5:

  • Alternative Screen Practice 
  • Production Project 
  • Film studies 
  • Self-Promotion
  • Motion Design for Screen



Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop a wide range of film and media specific skills, such as in camera and editing techniques, sound techniques, motion graphics using professional media equipment.

This technical development will be coupled with employability and enterprise skills specific to the contemporary media industry, and the critical thinking and academic skills to contextualise your work, and prepare you for future study.

How you will be assessed

You will assessed in a variety of ways including: practical tasks, portfolios, collaborative projects, industry briefs essays, case studies and presentations.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course would be delivered at the Quarry Hill Campus.

Facilities include range of industry standard moving image equipment. Apple Mac computer suites, Adobe Creative Suite, studios including Green Screen facilities. 

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would normally be made up of appropriate level 3 qualifications, such as full A levels or BTEC L3 Diploma.

This could be translated as 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant creative based BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with 5 of GCSE grades at C or above including English.

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field of creative practice.

Candidates in this category and otherwise will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.

All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is F244 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's Next

Progression onto BA (Hons) Film & Screen Media (top-up), or top-up at another institution.

This programme offers opportunities that prepares graduates for careers within the media industry such as:

– Film or TV Producer

– Camera Operator

– Director of Photography

– Director

– Editor

– Foley Sound Editor

– Sound Designer

– Script Editor

– Motion Graphics

– Designer

– Runner

– Production Assistant

– Camera Assistant

– Videography

– Research Assistant

Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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