International Foundation in Media Production

This one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Media Production, is a challenging and inspiring programme, designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop a portfolio of media related work; and to practically prepare students for the transition into Undergraduate study.

The year is delivered through inductions, workshops, demonstrations, tutorials, lectures, critique sessions and portfolio reviews.

Programme Overview

  • The course is taught in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups.
  • Practical and professional skills covered on the programme.
  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision.
  • Our tutors are industry professionals. This allows students to receive training to industry standard from people who have up-to-date knowledge of their respective field.
  • Access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Progression: Successful completion of the course allows students to progress to our BA Practical Filmmaking or BA Screenwriting degree courses. Alternatively, students can apply to degree courses in other universities.

Programme Facts

1 year

September 2021

International £16,450 per year

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Course Outline



This practical module consists of workshops for students to explore and learn the primary creative and technical processes that underpin filmmaking. This will include competencies in pre-production, production and post-production, contemporary digital practices, working with camera, sound and editing. Students will be taught the key building blocks of visual and audio storytelling to conceive and develop cohesive narratives.



This module engages students in how film and media successful completion, can be ‘read’ in a variety of ways. It will enable students to identify, discuss and apply a range of perspectives in understanding how media works. Historical and contemporary media will be used as case studies to provide context. The module aims to teach students how media is constructed, to inform a student’s understanding of their practice.



This module supports students in developing their English academic writing, research and presentation skills. Students improve their language proficiency and develop an understanding of CFS and the UK academic conventions and standards. You will complete written and presentation assignments across the two terms, which will enable you, on successful completion, to progress onto an undergraduate course.



This module will introduce students to the practical skills and underlying processes that inform screenwriting.

The programme will explore the building blocks of writing for the screen, including the components of: visual storytelling, step outline, character arcs and story beats. The aim is to develop students’ skills to evaluating potential story material for moving-image based narrative.



Students will be taught the key principles that define the ‘Development Phase’ of projects. It is a phase defined by Research & Development (R&D). This module will teach students the value and productivity gained by undertaking a period of sustained idea generation, research, and development, which supports and informs the concepts going forward into the final project module.



The module facilitates students to produce a media project, based on the concept they developed through earlier work. The module is delivered through one-to- one and group based tutorials, ahead of a period of production and post-production. Project work ensures students understand how an idea becomes a finished piece of work. Students will also be supported to create a portfolio, a collection of outputs from previous modules to use for their undergraduate applications.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of school education including a certificate of achievement to at least Level 2 (GCSE equivalent).
  • IELTS 5.0 overall (no less than 4.5 in any band).
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.
  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application.

Are you an International student?


Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.


£16,450 per year

(£16,450/ Programme)
  • Tuition fees cover

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises.

  • Additional costs

You will also need a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

David Knight

David brings together a broad spectrum of skills and expertise to his professional practice as an educator,director of photography and director. He boasts a portfolio of creative work across the panoply of Film and Television industries: format development, sponsorship idents, promos, drama, documentary, television commercials and feature films. He has shot sequences for the 2012 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies and installations at Tate Modern and on cinema, broadcast and online platforms in the UK, Europe and internationally. As a director, David has made over 60 commercials for brands including: 21st Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Disney, T Mobile, Virgin, KFC, TOMY and McDonalds.

David Knight