Why study Film and Television Production at University and at BNU?
Film and television is one of the fastest growing industries at the moment. With the rise in streaming services furthering the demand for content to be produced. More and more studios are continuing to be built. These will add to some of the main studios in the country, including Pinewood and Elstree, both of which are relatively close to High Wycombe.
With the industry expanding on a global level, the demand for jobs is also increasing. Studying film and television at university, will provide you with all the skills necessary to break into the sector. Most universities offer a wide range of courses. Whether you want to learn to specialise in a certain area; or if you are unsure of what your options are for specialties, several universities offer courses which cover many specific areas.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television course at BNU gives students an idea of what to expect within the industry. Learning at Buckinghamshire New University is both practical and theoretical. Split between classroom taught modules - such as screenwriting where you explore the different styles and genres of film – and hands-on modules taught inside the film studios. In the second and third years, there is the option of having lessons taught at Pinewood Studios. Where modules such as set management and directing are taught.
The whole course is based around giving students a feel of what to expect when working on professional films and shows. The equipment at the university is industry standard, including the cameras, lighting equipment and green screen. With the technology available, studying here is one of the best options to familiarise yourself.
The modules you study during the course are varied and interesting. Screen writing teaches you the basics of creating a story. From the characters to the world behind it. The editing module introduces you to premiere pro, then more advanced programmes such as Avid. They also get very hands on, with groupwork projects. These group projects are very helpful in getting to know the people on your course, as well as meeting new friends. You will also be working with the acting students. These projects give you a taste of what you can expect from working on a film set post graduation.
The lecturers have in depth experience within the Film and TV industries. Many have or still do work on well-known television shows. They are constantly on hand to help with any queries you may have, whilst also providing advice on how to improve and share tips gained from working in the industry.
There is also a lot of time out of lessons to get the work done, without leaving it to the last minute. The editing suites are open 24/7, as is the library. Giving you access to a wide range of material to use for inspiration, or for aiding you through written modules.