Photography and Media
Film and Broadcasting
Full-time, one year
This course is a mixture of technical skills and theory to help prepare you for a career in the fast moving media industry.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real interest in the media
- Four National 5s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as Introduction to Film and Broadcasting
- An interview with us
- A sample of your written work, such as research into a job role in the industry
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
In this course you’ll work to high standards and deadlines, often within a team.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll explore creating media content, from planning and research, through to production. You’ll look in detail at existing media content, analysing how people and events are represented and examining it for signs of discrimination or bias.
- You’ll analyse films from a range of genres and explore the film industry.
- You’ll develop skills in scriptwriting, learning to format scripts for film, TV and radio.
- You’ll study media photography, looking at the key areas of fashion, sport and reportage, then taking your own photographs.
- You’ll look at radio production, in particular radio drama, and will work in a team to write, act, record and edit your own programme.
- You’ll explore comic and graphic novels, looking at characteristics and content, and producing your own illustrated comic strip sequence.
- You’ll look at feature writing, exploring the key components of a good feature and producing your own article for print.
- You’ll look at advertising, including how ad agencies operate. You’ll analyse professional ads in video, radio and print format, and work in a team to produce your own ad.
And like all our media students, you’ll have the chance to:
- Take part in live projects. Examples include a Health & Safety video for Morrison Construction, and an ad campaign for Police Scotland.
- Be involved in the Annual End of Year Show which features work from all creative departments.
- Take part in our informal Short Film Awards Ceremony where we screen the best short films from the year.
- Hear top tips on how to get started in a media career from leading employers such as the BBC, STV and advertising agencies.
In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto HNC Media Analysis and Production
- Starting your career with an apprenticeship in a media organisation, such as the BBC.
- Exploring your future career options including: Writer, Researcher, Runner, Broadcast Journalist, Editorial Assistant, TV/Radio/Film Producer, Video Content Producer.
With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to a degree programme, such as Broadcast Production or Filmmaking and Screenwriting at UWS, or media courses at e.g. Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling, Queen Margaret or Edinburgh Napier Universities.