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Media, Music & Sound Production

Television and Film HNC

Campus Milton Road Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 41 Weeks
Campus Sighthill Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 41 Weeks

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Course overview

We run two HNCs in Television at the College: HNC Television and Film and HNC Television with Multicamera Operations. Both cover a similar range of knowledge and skills and both will equip you for a future in Television. Each has a slightly different focus.

This course is for you if you are most interested in single-camera location shooting for both scripted and unscripted productions and if you have an interest in film as well as TV. So, if you want the knowledge and skills to work on drama or documentary for television or streaming networks, or in film, this is the one to pick.

The course features a mixture of classroom teaching, working with equipment in studios and location shooting. You will be expected to analyse, write and speak about different types of productions. You will also need to work in groups with other students on practical tasks. You must be ready to operate camera, sound and lighting equipment and post-production software, and to carry out research, complete production documentation, write scripts and present your work to others.

Over the course of the year you will make two factual and two non-factual short productions, for which you will:

  • Research and develop content in response to given briefs
  • Pitch project proposals
  • Write scripts
  • Carry out pre-production activities
  • Prepare production documentation
  • Direct others
  • Edit and carry out additional post-production work as required, such as colour correction, audio post-production, adding motion graphics, working with composers, etc.

You will also:

  • Work under other students’ direction on their productions
  • Be observed carrying out technical and production roles as part of a team.
  • Write and present analyses of television productions
  • Screen and discuss your work

What you will learn

  • Industry context, job roles and potential areas of employment
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Scriptwriting for factual and non-factual productions
  • Camera operation
  • Sound recording
  • Lighting for television and film
  • Editing
  • Compositing & motion graphics
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Presentation and pitching skills
  • Production planning and organisation
  • Basic academic writing

How the course is assessed

  • For production projects you are assessed on the different production activities and documentation you complete across each of the stages of production
  • Technical skills are assessed by observation and on how they are applied during productions
  • Analysis is assessed by written and presentation tasks.
  • Your professional behaviours also inform your grade

Number of days per week

  • Classes on campus on 3 days a week, plus additional self-directed study which may involve working at home, on campus or on location, individually or as part of a group

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade B or above or a Level 6 qualification in a suitable subject
  • Communication and Numeracy at minimum Level 5 Grade B
  • Relevant experience will also be considered

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • All applicants will be invited to interview and should bring examples of creative work and be willing to discuss TV and Film and why they are suitable for the course.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HND Television and Film 

Career options

This is the first step towards various roles in television and film including:

  • AD
  • Camera assistant
  • Sound recordist
  • Editor
  • Production assistant
  • Screenwriter
  • Locations manager

and many more.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Milton Road Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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