Foundation Degree in Film

L5 Level 5
Full Time
12 September 2022 — 18 May 2024
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our Foundation Degree in Film is an exciting course with a broad vocational base, designed to meet the fast-paced requirements of a creative workplace, particularly in the areas of Film and Television. The course teaches an equal balance of Drama and Documentary production. This enables the learner to choose whether they want to study documentary production or drama production if they choose to progress onto third year at the University of South Wales, and top up their qualification to a full BA degree.

The course is delivered across two sites, City Centre Campus and Cardiff Arts Academy.

How to Apply: You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – CR01, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - A, Campus Name – City Centre Campus 
For further information visit Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

In the first year you will complete six modules:

Study Skills, Film Theory and Analysis - this is designed to engage you in critical thinking about films, and prepare you for written assignments.

Craft Skills - teaches the basics of the craft of film making from cinematography to sound, to editing and script writing.

Writing for Fiction and Documentary - this further develops your skills in writing for the screen.

Telling Stories and Dissecting Stories - these are practical modules where you make fiction and documentary films.

In the second year you complete another six modules: Advanced Craft Skills 1 & 2, Film Analysis 2, Character and Narrative and Truth and Telling; which are all designed to further enhance the skills developed in the first year programme.

If you are successful in passing all modules, you will be invited to apply for a top-up year at the University of South Wales, where you can achieve a full BA degree in Film.

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Typical A-Level Offer - DD Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merti/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in place of one A-level at the grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 in a related subject Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course

Teaching and assessment

  • Written assignments and practical assignments including written exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

12 September 2022

End date

18 May 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

14 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Foundation Degree in Creative Industries


What our students say

We were taught about script writing, film making and documentary making, camera skills and the technical side. Before I joined CAVC I thought I was Spielberg, College and the course puts it into perspective and really prepares you for the world of work. The tutors teach you to become an industry professional.

James Huntley
Foundation Degree Creative Industries Film and Video – now studying BA (Hons) Film at USW
Bilingual Learning

Career prospects & further study


Within the Creative industries, there are nearly 3,000 job openings predicted from now until 2024 and a 16.0% growth in Cardiff Capital Region (EMSI, 2018).

After completing this course, successful candidates may have the option to continue their studies for a third year at the University of South Wales, to obtain the full honours degree. Many students will also pursue various employment opportunities within the creative industry.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE