The Higher National Diploma in Film is designed to give you the opportunity to express yourself 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 and Post Production Processes. There is an emphasis on visual language and cinematography. You will be encouraged to examine the variety of styles of filmmaking, both contemporary and historical.
- Cinematography – Camera
- Cinematography – Lighting
- Film Practice
- Film Studies
- Editing for Film
- Professional Practices
- Creative Media Industry
- Individual Project
- Advanced Film
- Production Studies
- Advanced Editing for Film
- Scriptwriting for Film
- Film Criticism
- Art Direction and Production Design
- Collaborative Project
- Personal Professional Development
- Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or equivalent or a relevant Level 5 award with a merit profile. Suitable foundation Level 5 courses in BCFE include:
- The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).
- Students should bring an original portfolio of their recent visual work to the Interview. 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.
- Sound Stage
- Scenery Room
- Dressing Rooms
- Avid Edit Suites
- ARRI and Atton Super 16mm Cameras
- Alexa Digital Cinematography Camera
- Lighting and support equipment
- Graduates who achieve a merit/ distinction profile may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.
- Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with relevant Higher Education Institution).
- Graduates may also gain exemption of one or two years from cognate degree courses in the UK.
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In 2015 I began my first course in BCFE in Television and Digital Film (ITC). It had been 15 years since I was last in full time education and as a mature student I was unsure how I would fare. The course gave me an introduction to many elements of film making, from photography and editing to screen writing and live TV production. I found the teaching staff to be friendly, dedicated and highly skilled. BCFE gave me the skills needed to produce the stories I wanted to tell, and the skills I learnt enabled me to progress to the HND in Film Production (IFH). Two of the highlights of my year were our end of year exhibition of our films and photography and being given the opportunity of producing a live studio piece in the college.
ITC Television – Television and Digital Film Level 5, IFH Film Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher