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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    You will take core modules that develop the craft of digital film-making, using the University’s state-of-the-art digital camera systems as well as industry-standard editing software including Final Cut Pro and Avid products. Modules include a series of practical projects, culminating in a major project in your final year. There are also options to study more theory-based modules.

    Your studies will be enriched by Sunderland’s cutting-edge research. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 65% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

    The University is a very supportive environment and you will study with a like-minded peer group. We will encourage you to be creative and to develop your own approach. Throughout your degree you will have a Personal Tutor who will monitor progress, discuss options and offer appropriate guidance.

    In addition to subject-specific skills you will also build up transferable skills in communication, team-work and creativity. These will help you move into rewarding jobs in the media after the end of the course.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Video Production (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Academic Research Skills (10 Credits)
    • Introduction to Sound (10 Credits)
    • Film Studies (20 Credits)
    • Visual Storytelling (20 Credits)
    Optional modules (choose one or two):
    • Digital Fictional Film 1 (20 Credits)
    • Contemporary Cinema (10 Credits)
    • Television Studio (10 Credits)
    • Screenwriting (20 Credits)
    • Digital Effects (10 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Media and Cultural Studies (20 Credits)
    • Documentary (20 Credits)
    • Digital Fictional Film 2 (20 Credits)
    • Experimental Digital Film Production (20 Credits)
    • British Cinema (20 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose two):

    • Moving Camera (20 Credits)
    • Digital Effects 2 (20 Credits)
    • Work Placement (20 Credits)
    • European Cinema and Society (20 Credits)
    • Animated Film (20 Credits)

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • Digital Fictional Film 3 (40 Credits) Or Documentary Production (30 Credits)
    • Major Practical Project (40 Credits)
    • Hitchcock Studies (20 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose two):

    • Advanced Postproduction (20 Credits)
    • Asian Cinema (20 Credits)
    • Animated Film (20 Credits)
    • Film Studies Special Topic (10 Credits)
    • Film Horror and the Body (20 Credits)
    Part-time study

    If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    Other acceptable qualifications:

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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