This Digital Content Creation degree course is about developing skills in the art of documentary filmmaking. You could be working on a large television series filmed across the globe, or self-writing, shooting and directing a short factual film about something meaningful to you.
As well as endless tales and viewpoints to be told, there are a wealth of digital content platforms and recording devices designed to augment your story and help you convey it to the masses. The power of storytelling is absolute and resolute.
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Get your story told by enhancing your skills in the art of documentary filmmaking and discover the diverse array of platforms, technologies and devices that fuel the digital storytelling of today. Blending both practical and theoretical knowledge, you will immerse yourself in the entire process, from pre-production through to post-production.
So, if a career in digital content creation, documentary-making and digital storytelling excite you, a team of industry professionals are on hand to hone your skillset and make you truly industry-ready.
What can this course do for me?
This digital content degree course will instil in you the practical and theoretical knowledge of the industry, with a spotlight on factual content. You will gain key insights on the entire workflow – pre-production, production and post-production – while focusing on small and single-person crews.
The undergraduate programme will provide bespoke and contemporary knowledge delivered by a team of industry professionals, who will equip you with the essential skills to produce films to a high standard. The Digital Content Creation course will also offer professionally recognised qualifications to help you plot your route into this evolving and fascinating industry.
The emphasis of the degree is based around location-based production, focusing on documentary and short-form content for TV and online platforms. Potential clients are diverse and wide-ranging – from a museum that requires installation videos to a TV production company making a series for a VOD channel, such as Netflix.
The key digital content skills that form the basis for the curriculum include idea development and pitching, directing and camera skills, editing, business skills and the theory and context of a factual documentary.
When you graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in Digital Content Creation, your career avenues may include: Shooting Producer/Director, Field Director, 'Preditor' (all-in-one film-maker who shoots, directs and edits) or Cameraperson, to name just a few.
Stories are so ingrained in our culture and human psyches. Are you ready to become a vehicle for change through digital storytelling and documentary making?
Top reasons to apply
Boost your employability: a course designed to make you industry-ready.
Become a versatile, multi-skilled content creator.
Develop the practical skills you need to thrive in numerous industries and roles.
Develop your own individual passion project and get your story told.
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Year 1 (Level 4)
Pre-production - the story:
Writing and pitching treatments
Cameras (TV, Film, GoPro, 360 ECT)
Drones, gimbals and tripods
Composition and framing
Understanding Industry - factual and beyond:
On Location: small documentary teams:
The evolving industry
Rights, copyright and content ownership
The role of post-production
Emerging media and technology platforms
Finding the story
Working with contributors
Finding and drawing out characters
Pre - Production documents
Risk management and safety
Themes in contemporary culture
Year 2 (Level 5)
Exploring the genre - experimental forms:
CGI and digital reconstruction
Colour grading principles
Compositing and image correction
Advanced camera setups
Craft and editing techniques
Delivery spec documents
Specialist, location and remote:
Role of the fixer
Specialist genres such as:
Personal Development skills audit
Career planning process
Location First Aid certificate (all)
Manual handling certificate (all)
Travel Safety training (all)
Big ideas and philosophies:
Year 3 (Level 6)
Shooting and directing:
Major portfolio project: entering Industry:
Optimising your chance of success
Difficult access and working with vulnerable contributors
Ethics in documentary
Blue light filming
Marketing yourself to industry
Setting up an independent company
Positioning yourself within this industry
Editing producing and collaboration
Key study topics
Idea development and pitching
Directing and camera skills
The theory and context of factual documentary
Graduates will be able to pursue work in a number of fields including but not limited to:
Shooting producer/director (shooting PD)
Shooting assistant producer
Location shooting director
'Preditor' (production, shooting and editing)
Charity sector campaigner
Independent production company director
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.