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3D Film Production BSc (Hons)*

Qualification – BSc (Hons) 3D Film Production (awarding body: University of Central Lancashire).
Academic Partner – University of Central Lancashire
Duration – 3 years full-time, or 5 years part-time
Mode of Study – Part Time & Full Time
Time of Study – Daytime
Available atManchester

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Hours of Study – Generally, for each 20 credit module you undertake, you will be required to spend 200 studying; these hours will be divided between contact hours (time spent at SSR with staff) and independent study hours. On average 60-70 hours of contact time is timetabled per module.
Start Date – 18th September 2017
Entry Requirements – A minimum of 96 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent. You should also have achieved Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or an equivalent (UK equivalents include key skills level 3 or functional skills level 2). Applicants will also be invited to an interview, with subject experience and enthusiasm the primary basis on which applicants will be selected. Once your application has been processed you will be sent a letter stating the date you that you are required to attend, and what will be required of you. If it is not possible for you to attend on the date proposed, please contact us to rearrange a date or agree alternative arrangements.

European applicants may not be able to attend an interview in the UK; once your application has been processed, you should submit an e-portfolio, CD or DVD of your recent work by arrangement with us; this will be followed by a telephone interview. If English is not your first language, English at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required. Please ask for details.

This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because SSR does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.
Tuition Fees – £9250 per year (full time), and £1028 per 20 credit module (part time). Total costs for the course are £27,750 (full time), and £18,504 (part time).
Funding – Information on funding for this course can be found here.
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Application Details
Applications to this course are made via the UCAS system. To start your application click here.

You will need this information for your application:
UCAS Code: 1d33
UCAS Institution: C30
Campus code: Z

If you need any further help or advice on the application process, please contact sarah.bradney@s-s-r.com or call us on 0161 276 2100.
ABOUT THE COURSE

The first and only 3D Film Production degree course in the world is now available at SSR in Manchester!

3D is the future of media technology, but there is a problem: content. There aren’t enough 3D professionals creating enough high quality content to meet the demand. This is where you come in. Using the very latest technology in professional studios, you will explore 3D filmmaking from concept to production – from scriptwriting and storyboarding, to camera and lighting techniques, sound recording, and editing and visual effects for a variety of media including film, TV, animation, and games. By your final year you’ll be producing and directing your own professional 3D productions.

The course is endorsed by leading experts (providing a range of support from guest lectures, industry content, equipment and work experience), including: Josh Hollander (Pixar), 3ality (3D rig manufacturer), Buzz Hayes (US stereographer), Florian Meier (CEO of Stereotec), Brian May (Queen guitarist and stereoscopics historian), Prof. Ludger Pfanz (Head of Research Centre, Karlsruhe University of Art), Phil Streather (CEO Principal Large Format) and Jim Chabin (President of the International 3D Society).

You’ll be in expert company.

* Course title subject to change
Course Content
The course is split into modules over three levels (years):

Year 1 (HE4 modules):

A/V Principles and Equipment
This module aims to investigate the scientific principles of sound and light and introduce you to the stereoscopic equipment and technology used in the capture of audio and stereoscopic video. You will develop an understanding of the processes and terminologies used during video, audio and stereoscopic production and post-production. You will be required to engage with a philosophy of experimentation, problem solving and discovery, while participating in the production of either a short drama or a short documentary or music-based work.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss the physical properties of sound and light and their application to stereoscopic media.
2. Demonstrate competency in capturing sound and video in both 2D and stereoscopic settings.
3. Identify and appraise relevant technologies and industry processes.

Assessment: A series of practical tasks, and a report.

Story to Screen
This module aims to provide an overview of the development of a video/animation project, and to develop awareness of the processes and procedures involved in the development and execution of a media product. You will develop skills in storyboarding and scriptwriting while you explore global industry practices, from origination of an idea, to writing the script and final preparation for production animations. Module content will focus on production teams and roles, writing short scripts for drama and documentary, storyboards, floor plans and call sheets, production schedules for crew and equipment, Health & Safety and ethical considerations in production.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of production and directorial personnel.
2. Devise a short script.
3. Plan and develop a programme from a given script.
4. Execute a range of agreed production development tasks.

Assessment: A practical project, and a report.

Production Skills
This module aims to develop fundamental skills in media production, and awareness and understanding of industry practice. You will build a personal portfolio of work while you explore workflows and project management strategies, and examine aspects of the global industry. Content will focus on workflow and project/media management, analysis of production techniques and aesthetics through screenings, application of techniques and aesthetics through practical workshops and activities, and global media markets and their relation to production techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Apply effective technical skills in producing a range of production pieces.
2. Produce a portfolio of short production pieces that conforms to standard industry practice.
3. Produce pieces of work that reflect global influences and ethics, in keeping with a chosen theme and production values.

Assessment: A portfolio of set pieces.

Media Production Project
This module aims to develop collaborative skills and independent thinking, and technical abilities in producing audio and short film video projects. You will develop critical thinking skills while you examine the work of current practitioners in short filmmaking, and develop transferable skills in web-based activities. The module will be a mixture of lectures, workshops and practical production sessions with the final production displayed on a personal website.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Produce a short film as part of a production team.
2. Create a personal web site with embedded text, images and audio-visual content.
3. Appraise contemporary and historical practitioners in the field of short filmmaking.
4. Evaluate your performance and the completed team project.

Assessment: A group film project and a personal web page.

History of Stereography
This module aims to provide a historical context for study of stereography, and introduce theories of stereopsis and dimensionalisation. You will develop research and presentation skills while exploring aesthetics and technological developments in stereo 3D filmmaking.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss the primary theories of stereoscopics and their application to stereoscopic media production.
2. Identify the key historical and developmental landmarks of stereoscopy and explain their importance.
3. Discuss recent developments and contemporary issues in stereoscopy and their impact on the industry, through informed research.
4. Demonstrate effective presentation skills.

Assessment: An essay, and an-class presentation.

Study Skills and Professional Development
This module aims to introduce you to academic conventions, study skills and professional development, as well as preparing you for the requirements of studying at HE level. You will develop ICT skills (e.g. presentation skills, retrieving and referencing information) and self-management skills while being able to discuss subject relevant knowledge and skills in the film and creative industries. The module will explore certain concepts and theories that will underpin and support learning on the course such as academic conventions (referencing; basics of research (including ethical aspects – unfair means, etc.; literature searches; using databases), presentation skills, networking, social media, self-management skills and personal development, PDP (professional development planning), and time-management, communication skills, and learning styles.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Appraise relevant concepts and ideas obtained from a variety of sources.
2. Apply appropriate research techniques and employ academic conventions.
3. Assess personal skills and develop short/medium and long term aims for self-management.
4. Present information effectively using ICT.

Assessment: A report, and an in-class group presentation.

Year 2 (HE5 modules):

Stereoscopic Pre-production and Writing
This module aims to provide an overview of the stereoscopic pre-production processes while developing competences in industry standard software. You will develop stereoscopic storyboarding and scriptwriting skills and explore the possibilities of ‘marking-up’ of 2D animations. You will learn the application of techniques in depth charting and depth scripting to meet the needs of the narrative, industry standards and practicalities of production.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write a script for a short stereoscopic film.
2. Create effective pre-production artefacts for a stereoscopic production using industry standard software.
3. Create a ‘mark-up’ of a 2D cell animation for use in a stereoscopic production.

Assessment: A script and a collaborative portfolio of work.

Advanced Production Skills
This module aims to examine production skills in key specialist areas, and develop foundation skills to professional standards. It will promote analytical study and critical thinking, as well as professional values and elements of good practice, while develop storytelling capabilities within a chosen specialism. Content will focus on interpreting a script and storytelling techniques, advanced technical skills in specialist areas (cinematography, sound, art direction, production management and editing), project management and broadcast technical standards, and environmental issues related to media production.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Interpret a brief or script and produce work that is an appropriate creative response in a chosen specialist area.
2. Demonstrate effective technical skills in a specialist production area.
3. Work effectively and collaboratively in a professional manner.
4. Research techniques, concepts and aesthetics employed in a range of historical and contemporary examples, and draw on them to inform your own production work.
5. Critically analyse and evaluate group task and personal performance within the group.

Assessment: A report, and a group film project.

Stereoscopic VFX & Compositing
This module aims to examine compositing for 2D and 3D applications and to explore the use of visual effects (e.g. explosions, smoke and fire) in contemporary stereoscopic filmmaking. You will investigate the use of ‘Titles’ and motion graphics, and develop skills using industry standard software in compositing. Content will focus on compositing of multiple moving stereoscopic image layers, visual theories associated with stereoscopic compositing, integration of objects into pre-produced stereoscopic backdrops/ environments, rotoscoping 2D film footage and dimensionalisation, and creating titles and 3D motion graphics.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Create an artefact of motion graphics, 3D composites, title creation and visual effects in a stereoscopic environment.
2. Incorporate separately shot stereoscopic visual elements into previously produced scenes.
3. Demonstrate effective technical skills in the dimensionalisation of 2D animation and 2D film footage for stereoscopic production.

Assessment: A portfolio of film work incorporating visual effects.

Stereoscopic Editing and Post Production
This module aims to examine industry standards and conventions in stereoscopic editing and post production and to investigate developments in sound relative to stereoscopic cinema. You will develop awareness of the use of sound to enhance the visual product. Content will focus on depth grading, and stereoscopic colour grading for left to right and depth, cutting in depth, active depth cuts and general manipulation of the left and right images, Surround systems, 9.1.1 systems and binaural sound, ambient sound and the perceived positioning of characters and objects, and pixel parallax manipulation to adjust the convergence point of stereoscopic artefacts.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Critically discuss how stereoscopic theories relate to current industry standards and conventions.
2. Demonstrate effective technical skills in the editing of stereoscopic artefacts using industry standard software to produce a coherent stereoscopic production.
3. Demonstrate effective technical and creative skills in stereoscopic colour grading.
4. Edit sound and picture effectively to enhance the final product.

Assessment: A film project, and a report.

Preparation for Industry Work
This module aims to prepare you for a period of work experience in the film and creative industries, and to facilitate analysis of management, business operations and practice in a work context. You will be involved in studying various fields in the industry and proposing a work placement in a chosen field, while identifying potential management issue/s, areas for development/ improvement and possibly additional income streams for the business. Lesson delivery will focus on Personal Development Planning (PDP), CV creation, interview skills, employment application, and how to make a success of the work placement.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Analyse and evaluate personal development needs.
2. Investigate work placement opportunities and propose strategies for securing a placement within a chosen field.
3. Discuss and appraise current business practices.

Assessment: A report, and an in-class presentation.

Work Based Learning
Following on from the Preparation module, this module aims to provide you with experience of working in the film and creative industries, and to facilitate opportunities for reflective analysis of management, business operations and practice in a work context. You will undertake a period of work placement where you will be expected to observe, evaluate and contribute to management and business practices. The period of work based learning (minimum 60 hours) will be negotiated with and agreed by the tutor.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Undertake a period of work placement.
2. Evaluate personal performance during a period of work placement.
3. Analyse management or business issues and offer recommendations for improvement.

Assessment: A proposal document, a period of work placement, and a portfolio presented within the class.

Year 3 (HE6 modules):

Directing and Producing a Stereo Production
This module aims to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to produce and direct a stereoscopic short film or animation, as well as collaborative and communication skills as part of a creative production team. You will explore industry standards and conventions in required documentation for the production process, and investigate global industry practices and procedures as a producer or director. In this module you will be expected to explore and develop production management and financial management skills, and to work collaboratively as a production team to plan, audition, cast, rehearse, shoot and edit a stereoscopic short film or animation.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Manage a production team to deliver a complete S3D film to a professional standard.
2. Produce and direct a short film.
3. Produce accompanying documentation to support the project in terms of production and financial planning and time management.
4. Critically analyse and evaluate your role as producer/director.

Assessment: A short film project and accompanying documentation.

Career Development Project
This module aims to allow you to formulate a relevant proposal relating to personal career aims and objectives, and to compile a negotiated portfolio informed by research and career goals. You will be expected to produce a report that contextualises and evaluates your career development project whilst respecting academic conventions. The area of investigation is individually defined by each student and the formulation of the proposal is crucial in making sure that the focus and size of the undertaking is appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Formulate a relevant proposal relating to personal career aims and objectives.
2. Compile a negotiated portfolio informed by research and career goals.
3. Produce a report that contextualises and evaluates the career development project whilst respecting academic conventions.

Assessment: A career development project, defined by the student.

Major Project
The Major Project module is a substantial piece of work that will enable you to demonstrate the extent of your achievement on the degree as a whole. This module will be entirely student-centred, and aims to promote independent study and research, building on previous experience, skills and knowledge. You will be expected to apply professional values to all aspects of the development and presentation of the project, and to employ strategies to enable critical evaluation of effective working processes, the effect of the final product, and personal strengths, while you build and contribute to a personal portfolio.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify an appropriate topic area, and define and justify the nature, scope, and structure of the project.
2. Produce a portfolio of work which demonstrates an understanding of the specialist field of study.
3. Integrate knowledge gained in a range of areas (e.g. social, legal, commercial, creative aspects).
4. Analyse and evaluate personal performance and the final project output.
5. Articulate arguments to an appropriate standard for the level of study.

Assessment: A major project (if a dissertation, around 10,000 words), and a viva voce.

Practice as Research
This module enables you to develop and test a methodology for lifelong learning that results in a focussed and analytic approach to making work. It need not result in a ‘finished’ piece although this is a likely outcome for many. Rather the intention is to evolve ‘praxis’ or creative approach to making work that links a study and understanding of specific theoretical material to the construction and testing of performed material. You will start by defining your area of interest and, throughout the module, test and evaluate methodologies that result in practice-as-research outcomes. You will be expected to work to a specific deadline and contextualise and document your research while you also appraise the skills necessary to disseminate research findings in forms that respect academic conventions.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Formulate a research question that supports both theoretical and practical investigation and outcomes.
2. Define and apply an appropriate working methodology where theory and practice inform each other.
3. Plan and organise a personal programme of study with non-negotiable deadlines.
4. Plan for and engage in a process which practical investigation leads to an informed or enhanced practical output.
5. Disseminate your research finding in a form that respects academic conventions.

Assessment: An investigative practical outcome that you negotiate with your tutor, and an archive of your work which could take the form of a presentation/documentation/demonstration.
Key Information
Qualification – BSc (Hons) 3D Film Production (awarding body: University of Central Lancashire).

Tuition Fees – £9250 per year (full time), and £1028 per 20 credit module (part time). Total costs for the course are £27,750 (full time), and £18,504 (part time).

Funding – information on funding for this course can be found here.

Duration –3 years full time, or 5 years part time

Start Date – September 2017

Entry Requirements – A minimum of 96 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent. You should also have achieved Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or an equivalent (UK equivalents include key skills level 3 or functional skills level 2). Applicants will also be invited to an interview, with subject experience and enthusiasm the primary basis on which applicants will be selected. Once your application has been processed you will be sent a letter stating the date you that you are required to attend, and what will be required of you. If it is not possible for you to attend on the date proposed, please contact us to rearrange a date or agree alternative arrangements.

European applicants may not be able to attend an interview in the UK; once your application has been processed, you should submit an e-portfolio, CD or DVD of your recent work by arrangement with us; this will be followed by a telephone interview. If English is not your first language, English at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required. Please ask for details.

This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because SSR does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.

Contact Hours – Generally, for each 20 credit module you undertake, you will be required to spend 200 studying; these hours will be divided between contact hours (time spent at SSR with staff) and independent study hours. On average, 60-70 hours of contact time is timetabled per module and each module might be split like this:



Associated costs
– We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course. In addition to the course fees, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies. These might involve buying for example:
  • A pair of red/blue (cyan) anaglyph glasses (around £3)
  • A pair of polarised stereoscopic glasses (around £3)
  • An external hard drive for backing up your work (a 4TB drive might cost around £100)
  • Each year travel to the International 3D Festival in Liège, Belgium might cost around £300 for flights and accommodation.
Contact details - For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact the course leader:
Bruce Fitter - bruce.fitter@s-s-r.com  
Tel: +44 (0)161 276 2100
Apply
Applications to this course are made via the UCAS system. To start your application click here.

You will need this information for your application:
UCAS Code: 1d33
UCAS Institution: C30
Campus code: Z

If you need any further help or advice on the application process, please contact sarah.bradney@s-s-r.com or call us on 0161 276 2100.


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