If you have already decided that you want to study Film Production, the four-year route to your degree is the right option to learn and practice skills, boost your confidence and help prepare you for an exciting and challenging degree course and your developing career. The first year of the course will enable you to explore various film practices and specialisms and develop your skills in film production. It will have you producing projects, which will take advantage of industry-standard workshops, digital production facilities and post production software. You will participate in a collaborative environment, sharing knowledge and skills with other students on the course. On successful completion of this preparatory year, you will progress directly onto Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Film Production course without further interview or application. The course includes an initial introductory year for students who have the potential but may benefit from extra skills, experience and knowledge. In total this extended study option brings the length of the degree course to four years. It is not a placement degree option. Students who apply for BA (Hons) Film Production will be considered for the Extended Study Option automatically as part of their application via UCAS. Following application and interview, students will be informed of our decision via UCAS Track and will also be sent a letter from Admissions. The letter will outline our offer, directing you into the three year course or alternatively onto the Extended Study Option. The additional year of study allows you to enhance and build on your existing film production knowledge, truly preparing you to successfully complete the Bachelor’s degree. It is important to bear in mind this is not a Foundation course, rather it is a more specialist year of study which will serve to broaden your understanding of film and really get to grips with the fundamental skills needed to study at Bachelor’s degree level. Studying Film Production at AUB gives you practical experience of the many aspects of film-making. You will learn the skills needed to take on key creative and production roles in both fiction and documentary productions. The course is designed to reflect the specialist departmental structure of the film industry and to prepare you for employment in a range of creative disciplines within the industry. Throughout the four year course you will be introduced to the major specialist departments of the film industry: Cinematography, Directing, Editing/ Postproduction, Producing, Production Design and Sound and you will be able to specialise in two areas. Communication, passion, creativity, technical ability, vision, research and commitment – all these are essential characteristics of those who work in film. The course is designed to foster these skills and abilities through offering a wide range of film production experiences – from the moment of a film’s inception to its final distribution to cinema and other audiences. The course is 'hands-on' from the outset and students gain a solid grounding in fundamental, traditional practices, such as shooting on film, as well as exploring the complex creativities of digital production. The specialist and focused nature of the course helps students to develop their understanding of the creative and commercial realities of film production.