Technical & Production Practice - Professional Diploma (Film & Photography)

L4 Level 4
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The 1-year diploma provides students with an in-depth introduction to the craft of lens-based media production and an insight into the media industry. Students will learn skills in professional grade camera operation and post production software, work on industry led briefs, gain insight into various media companies and their operational structure and devise and develop their own media-based projects.  

The course allows learners to work on briefs while focusing on their own personal professional development & areas of interest. Students can choose a particular pathway to focus on i.e. Photography or Film & TV Production.

Students will be required to self-manage their own projects, work collaboratively and engage with external clients and industry personell.

This course is worth 120 University credits.

What you will study

Unit 1: Establishing principles of technical and production practice

Unit 2: Applied professional practice

Unit 3: Professional development project. Assessment is portfolio based.

Students will learn through a series of practical workshops, guest lectures from industry professionals and project-based assessments.  

Dependent on which pathway you chose, you will have training in: 
Avid Media Composer* 
Avid Pro Tools* 
Adobe Creative Suite  
Blackmagic 4K URSA & 6K Pocket Cinema cameras  
Studio lighting 
Sound recording 
Working with industry 
Script writing and story development  
Portrait Photography 
Canon DSLR Cameras 
Documentary photography and filming techniques 
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 

* Students have the potential to gain professional qualification in Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools however there may be an additional cost to sit the exam.  

Entry requirements

Recommended that applicants have 5 x GCSE at grade C or above, including Math and English and 1 x A level or equivalent Level 3 qualification.

Applicants will also need to pass an interview and submit a portfolio of work in either photography or film related material.

You must be 18+ years of age.

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

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical & Production Practice for the Creative Industries

Career prospects & further study


The Creative industries is one of the fastest growing sectors with 56,000 people employed in Wales.

The course will provide learners with a portfolio of work that will enable them to apply for a university course on a range of pathways from film production to photography, media and marketing. Alternatively, students will have the skills to develop a freelance career or gain employment within the industry.  

What our students say

This a great learning environment. There are plenty of resources for students and loads of support for finance, student welfare and moving on to Higher Education.

Creative Media
Sam Scurlock
Current Creative Media and Film Production student


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE