Our BA (Hons) Film, Television & Theatre Production degree teaches the art of script-writing, directing and producing for both stage and screen.
As a film making degree student on this collaborative and practice-based course you will develop a range of sought-after practical skills.
Students will gain a strong understanding of the technical requirements needed for this industry providing you with a distinct competitive advantage in the film making, television and theatre industries. This course works closely with other programmes such as Acting,Model Making & Visual FX and Costume Design, because of this students will experience a fully rounded teaching environment with the faculty working collaboratively across all cast and crew requirements.
Our assessment for this course is not exam-based. You will be assessed on the film you make as part of your final year project.
Throughout the three years, you will create screen and theatre productions. Showcasing your skills and abilities to create new and original content for film and theatre practice. Students will use cutting-edge Black Magic 4K camera technology as well as utilize traditional super-16mm film using Arriflex cameras. Our BA (Hons) Film, TV & Theatre course provides students with access to industry standard software including Premiere Pro and Avid. You will work on a minimum of 10 productions across three years, possibly more due the collaborative nature of the degree course.
Film school students work with live clients and will submit for festivals and competitions throughout the degree. Including the Kodak Commercial Awards, RTS Awards and National Student Drama Festival as well as others. At the end of the three year course, you will have a broad show-reel of work for your next steps into professional practice
Best Production Design, Kodak NAHEMI Student Commerical Awards 2021
Best Drama, APEX Film Festival 2021
Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Festival 2021, Drama (shortlisted)
Best Student Short, The London Shorts Film Festival 2021
Royal Television Society (Yorkshire Region -student category)
Nominated Drama 2019
Winner Best Film - Comedy & Entertainment 2018
Winner - Craft Award Best Cinematography - Comedy & Entertainment 2017
• Film-making, writing and production
• Script writing
• Digital production skills
• Moving image production, camera, lighting, sound and editing
• Super 8mm film
• Lighting and Sound for theater
• Theatre Production
• Working with clients on live briefs
• Short films and digital content
• How the creative industries work
• Visual culture and how it inspires your work
• Your specialist area of study
• Film-making working with 16mm/super 8mm film, digital production, live streaming/broadcast content
• Work for festival, competition or digital distribution
• A more theoretical approach to creating moving image content
• Your ideas for your dissertation
• A professional pathway in your chosen specialist role
• Theatre production
• Devising with Actors
• A minor exploratory or experimental TV project
• A final negotiated project in film or theatre production
• A Portfolio that spans traditional and social media routes
• Work for Exhibition and Distribution
• Your Dissertation
The Northern Film Festival: The Northern Film Festival is an exciting live event created by level 6 BA (Hons) Film, TV & Theatre Production students and is presented by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.
Your portfolio is a visual statement it says a lot about an applicant and their practice. The advice below is not meant to be restrictive but rather offers some simple advice to help you prepare for your interview.
What we like to see
Evidence of some of your own moving image or recorded media be it visual, sound, or edited material either in college, or under your own initiative, e.g. a Youtube or Vimeo Short Films or a theatre production you may have been involved with. Show that you think about film and theatre and/or write about it. You may want to show us some script ideas, which you are developing too.
We are aware that it is not always easy to demonstrate theatre involvement but photographs are a good alternative to bring if you are unable to show us your own moving image or theatre productions. This enables us to see how you see through the lens and how you frame and select shots.
May include film/programme reviews, scripts.
Our school engages with a wide range of partners working across each creative sub-sector to ensure that teaching and learning are in line with the latest developments in and requirements of industry, including:
Matt is the founder of Ithica Films, a growing independent, award-winning film company based in the region working with blue-chip private sector clients as well as the public sector. They also develop their own films.
Here is what they say about themselves! “We’re an. Our goal is simple, to create remarkable films that make an impact. It’s our love and deep understanding of film that makes us different.
We work with ambitious brands, creative agencies, companies and charities, providing a full breadth of film related services from consultancy and strategy and all aspects of production. Our strategic approach to film production reveals things nobody else can – enabling our client’s to connect with their customers through the power of film. Covering everything from creative direction and script development, through to filming, design and post-production, we film things from a new perspective using the latest technology and adding a cinematic eye to everything we film”. We think that says all you need to know. ithicafilms.com
A top film and TV director and former student, Tom Marshall has recently directed an A-list cast in the Netflix production of ‘Space Force’ . Created by the team behind the hit US ‘Office’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Parks & Recreation’ series, it features a stellar cast including Steve Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Noah Emmerich and Lisa Kudrow to name just a few.
His forthcoming HETV productions are in the can awaiting release by major on demand networks.
An alumni of the Film and TV Production course at The Northern School of Art Tom’s career took off soon after leaving when he won the 2007 BBC New Filmmakers Award with his film Bigboy 74. Tom is also a director of The Northern Studios, The School’s very own large-scale film and TV production facility. imdb.com/
Aardman Animation is employee-owned and exists for the benefit of its workforce and the industry they are passionate about.
The Aardman Academy is one pillar of Aardman Animation set up to nurture talent and to build sustainable careers They are committed to encouraging talent into the industry by delivering world-class animated-related courses and working with institutions like The School. Working with the Academy gives us access to talented members of the whole Aardman Animation team from animators through haracter developers and story board artists. Film director Mark Hewlis, Head of Aardman Academy, has told us “You can’t create something digitally until you know how it works in the real world.” academy.aardman.com
Ishy is an award winning writer for stage screen and radio Currently he is under commission from the RSC for a new play about the Mughals. Other original projects in development include a crime drama for Lime Pictures, a feature film, FRAUD, through Gurinder Chadha’s company Bend It Networks and PAAK UNITED. His most recent play, APPROACHING EMPTY, a co-production between Tamasha/The Kiln/Live Theatre, Newcastle opened at The Kiln in London in January 2019 and toured until April. Other credits for the same year include an episode of SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY (BBC). In 2018 TAXI TALES, produced by Tamasha, was broadcast on BBC2 as part of BBC LIVE, (BAC/ACE/BBC) live theatre broadcast. In 2016/2017, Ishy wrote on C4 series ACKLEY BRIDGE
Ishy Din’s first radio play was JOHN BARNES SAVED MY LIFE for BBC Radio 5 Live. Other credits include LIFE’S LIKE THAT for the the BBC TV and PARKING AND PAKORAS for local radio. His play SNOOKERED toured in 2012 taking in the Traverse Edinburgh and a 4 week run at the Bush Theatre, London. Ishy was the 2012 Pearson Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange and in 2013 Snookered won ‘Best New Play’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards.
Fulwell 73 is a major, award winning, TV production company based in London and LA. James Corden is one of its partners. They have returned to the founder’s roots with the creation of a new office – Fulwell North based just up the coast in Sunderland. They are a leading light in the growth of TV production in the region. As a company they are committed to supporting and developing talent to work in the screen industry.
Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73, said: “If you know anything about Fulwell 73 you know that our love of Sunderland runs deep. We’re proud of our North-East heritage, which is why it’s always been a dream to set up an office in the area and help support the film and TV industry across the entire region. This new base will give us the opportunity to collaborate with some of the great talent that we know exists in the area, create more opportunities for local talent there and longer term allow us to invest in the next generation and build a sustainable infrastructure to regenerate the region for many years to come.” fulwell73.com
The Northern Film Festival
The Northern Film Festival is an exciting live event created by level 6 BA (Hons) Film, TV & Theatre Production students and is presented by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.
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Mike Boyle, alongside colleagues, set up a theatre company called Stolen Art, which specialised in live drama production and mixed media concepts. He moved on to join a small independent film production company called Tarantula, starting off as PA and becoming a Producer. Creating title sequences, promo material, commercials, programme formatting and ideas generation. Mike then joined the prestigious TAP scheme at the BBC, working for BBC Drama, BBC Sport and BBC Radio 4 - producing on Thinking Allowed. He then joined the BBC marketing department, making internal and external marketing films. He has worked in corporate film making alongside his work at The Northern School of Art and in the last few years, has started directing and acting in theatre. This includes The Game’s Afoot and Dad’s Army, collaborating with Production design and Costume on the productions which was a sell out with strong reviews.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), PGCE
For the last seven years, Andrew has worked with Northern Pen Media, a production house that brings together all aspects of multimedia to produce engaging film and documentary content for the education sector. In the five years prior to this, he worked for Knowledge Books and Software, an Australian publishing house responsible for sourcing and creating multimedia content from Australia and the USA and developing it for a UK audience.
Qualifications: HND, FHEA
Jake is an award-winning Director from the North East of England and a Lecturer at the Northern School of Art on the BA Acting for Stage and Screen and MA in Theatre Directing. Jake trained and worked with the National Theatre and has held positions as Artistic Director of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, Resident Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and Creative Learning Facilitator at Hull Truck Theatre. He has a First-Class Degree in Drama and Theatre Practice from the University of Hull and an MA with Distinction in Producing for Film and Television from the University of Teesside. He was previously nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Director for the UK premier of Halley Feiffer’s, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard.
Directing Credits Include:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Bromley Theatre, Malvern Theatre and Tilted Wig, UK Tour, The Hound of the Baskervilles - Northern Stage, Hull Truck Theatre, Tron Theatre, Theatre Royal Wakefield & Tour, West End Girls - Live Theatre, A Christmas Carol - Chichester Festival Theatre, Little Women, Glory Dazed, Goodnight Mister Tom, It’s a Wonderful Life - East Riding Theatre, The Nutcracker Re-Miced – Durham Gala, MEEK – 7th Floor Productions - Live Stream, Steel and Iron – Teesside International Airport, Bard from the Barn Series 1 & 2 – Barn Theatre, The Buried Moon - The Rose Playhouse,Theatre Royal Winchester, The Tempest, As You Like It, Henry V, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Abyss - Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Brighton Open Air Theatre & Theatre Royal Winchester, Notre Dame, Gulliver's Travels The Musical - Alexandra Theatre. I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Andy Capp The Musical - Finborough Theatre, DISCOVERED, Arts Theatre & Hollywood Fringe LA.
Associate, Resident and Assistant Director Credits Include: John Rando on Back to the Future The Musical, Manchester Opera House, Jonathan Kent - The Height of the Storm, UK Tour & Wyndhams Theatre, West End, Lorne Campbell - The Last Ship, Northern Stage & UK & Ireland Tour, Nikolai Foster - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End & UK Tour, Howard Davies - For Services Rendered, Minerva Theatre, Jamie Glover - Miss Julie & Black Comedy, Minerva Theatre, Nadia Fall - Way Upstream, Chichester Festival Theatre, Dale Rooks - One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Kent - GYPSY, Chichester Festival Theatre, Max Stafford-Clark - Pitcairn, Minerva Theatre and Jonathan Church - Stevie, Hampstead Theatre.
Alyson is an artist and lecturer, living and working in the north east of England. Lecturing since 2003, her specialisms include: History of Art, Fine Art Critical theory, Photographic theory, Film theory and New Media theory.
Alyson holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (First Class), a Research Fellowship in Fine Art and Critical Theory, a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education, and an MA in Photographic Practice and Theory. Alyson has worked in a variety of roles within the creative industry and continues to work freelance, her visual arts practice is rooted within lens-based theories. Alyson is currently working towards her PhD.
Since graduating in 2003, Alyson has worked within Art Direction, Advertising, Creative P.R., Journalism and Publishing. As a visual artist, Alyson’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Japan, Santorini Biennale of Arts and New York. She has recently undertaken residencies in Iceland, Berlin and Ukraine.
She is the author of several photobooks, including: Elevations (2017), Ukrainian Smile (2016), published by Collective 26:86, Solid Paradise (2016) and The Tricks: A Pyschogeographic Survey (2015), and a photozine in conjunction with mima’s David Lynch Interventions programme. Alyson also writes for PAD (Perspectives in Art and Design) an online platform for the publication of staff and student research at The Northern School of Art.
Qualifications: PGCE, MA, (Studying PhD), FHEA, FRSA
Lee, has worked on a variety of award-winning projects. He and a group of friends set up Undercover Films which focused and specialised on corporate videos. Lee has continued to work within the camera department role on a mixture of productions during his time as a staff member at the institution including but not limited to; Random Acts a commissioned Channel 4 scheme, Pig the Dog and twelfth Man which have received Vimeo staff picks, A little Chat with HR a comedy short for channel 4 original comedy and has help lead the video documentation for Cobweb Orchestra which was a Arts Council funded project.
• Under Cover Films, Technician
• Pig The Dog, Camera Operator
• Random Acts,Channel 4
• Twelfth Man, Camera Operator
• Third Film, 2014
• Cobweb Orchestra, Arts Council project
• Ripper, Grip Department – Short Film
• Bunker 206, Camera Department
Qualifications: BA (Hons)