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HND in Film

Course Code: IFH

Duration: 2 Years

This film course covers the art of film making and storytelling and includes the essential skills of cinematography, scriptwriting & photography

This 2-year film course covers the art of film making and storytelling and includes the essential skills of cinematography, scriptwriting & photography

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OVERVIEW

The Higher National Diploma in Film is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves through the medium of film. The programme combines an emphasis on the art of filmmaking and the visual representation of story with the development of technical, organisational and production skills. It consists of five main areas :  Practical Camera and Lighting, Theory and Analysis, Art Direction, Production Management, Post Production Processes. There is an emphasis on Visual Language and Cinematography. Students will be encouraged to examine the variety of styles used in film both historically and currently.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Cinematography – Camera
  • Cinematography – Lighting
  • Film Practice
  • Film Studies
  • Editing for Film
  • Professional Practices
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Individual Project

Year 2

  • Advanced Film Production Studies
  • Advanced Editing for Film
  • Scriptwriting for Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Art Direction and Production Design
  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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This film course covers the art of film making and storytelling and includes the essential skills of cinematography, scriptwriting & photography

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable foundation Level 5 courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Film (SRF)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson. A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

FACILITIES

  • Sound Stage
  • Scenery Room
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Avid Edit Suites
  • Arri and Atton Super 16mm Cameras
  • Sony CineAlta Digital Cinematography Camera
  • Lighting and support equipment

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on their portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. The portfolio should contain items that are current or relevant to the application. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Film and/or Video work should be presented on USB. If your video is a group production, you should show a part that contains your own work. Photographic work should show your skills in lighting, framing and composition and possibly sequence. No more than 20 photos should be presented. Storyboards may also be presented in support.

This film course covers the art of film making and storytelling and includes the essential skills of cinematography, scriptwriting & photography

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction in the Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.

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