Filmmaking: Pearson BTEC HNC/HND Diploma in Creative Media Production (Moving Image) supported by University Centre Hastings

Are you passionate about film? Have you always wanted to know the creative process of filmmaking? This degree-level filmmaking course will teach you the practical elements of digital and film, editing and cinematography and will give you the skills and confidence to progress as either an independent filmmaker, film and television industry freelancer or onto a BA Top-up degree. This is a fantastic opportunity to study film and filmmaking at a respected training and education institution.

You will spend two years dedicated to perfecting the craft of filmmaking, instead of just reading books and attending lectures. You will have the unique opportunity to learn filmmaking on both HD and Film cameras including DSLR, Canon C100, Sony A7s, Black Magic Cinema, RED 4K, Super-16 and 35mm Film and Panavision Genesis (our biggest camera), preparing you for the film industry and the specialist cameras that are used.

In the first year, you will earn the Filmmaking HNC (Higher National Certificate) which is the equivalent to the first year of a degree. You will then progress onto the second year for more specialist, intensive and creative filmmaking and earn the Filmmaking HND (Higher National Diploma).

Year 1 of the course will build your confidence in a range of filmmaking techniques and theory. You will be introduced to DSLR cameras, including workshops with Sony A7s, Black Magic Cinema, RED 4K and Arri SR3 Super-16 cameras as well as sound and lighting techniques. Test shoots will develop your skills and understanding of working as a crew and you will develop ideas in order to pitch, script, shoot and edit a short film production.

Your second year of studies will develop your individual filmmaking skills and a detailed knowledge of collaborative production work. You will undertake two key projects, factual and fiction production. Practical hands-on workshops will continue to shape your learning including camera, editing, lighting, art direction, scriptwriting and sound design.

The course is based around several projects throughout the year, and while we teach you some theory to give you a holistic understanding of both the film and television industry, you are assessed on your practical projects. You will have the opportunity to create documentaries, music videos and multiple short films to expand your portfolio. Workshops in screenwriting, lighting and camera techniques, editing and pre/post production of your films will enhance your learning. There are lots of freelancing opportunities through the film school and our study hours are flexible allowing you to maintain outside commitments throughout.

Please do not let finances be a barrier to your learning. Studying at the Brighton Film School is extremely valuable in terms of the training, qualifications, industry contacts and practical showreel/portfolio you will gain. You can either apply through UCAS or directly and take advantage of applying for a Student Loan or self-fund the course yourself. Studying for a HNC/HND is significantly cheaper than going to university and you can progress onto the 3rd year to top your HND to a BA (hons).

Course nameFilmmaking HNC/HND
Start dateSeptember 2018
Duration2 years full-time
Course fees£6,165 per year (subject to review)
Entry requirementsA full Level 3 BTEC extended diploma is required or two grade C A Levels
UCAS codescourse code: P313 institution code: S83


Year 1
Fiction Production for the Moving Image
Music Video Production
Practical Skills for Moving Image Production
Film and Video Editing
Camera and Lighting Techniques
Film Studies
Contextual Studies
Research Techniques
Year 2
Documentary Production
Sound Design
Career Development
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Specialist Subject
Year 1Year 2
Fiction Production for the Moving ImageDocumentary Production
Music Video ProductionScriptwriting
Practical Skills for Moving Image ProductionDirecting
Film and Video EditingSound Design
Camera and Lighting TechniquesProducing
Film StudiesCareer Development
Contextual StudiesProject Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Research TechniquesSpecialist Subject

The staff have been extremely helpful throughout and very welcoming, and have guided me along the way in many aspects. The facilities are really professional and the range of equipment amazed me.

Joanna Cavlan

Filmmaking HNC/HND