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Film & Television

Lights… Camera… Education!

At NESCOT we are passionate about all things film and TV, our students consistently win awards for their excellent work. For over a hundred years moving images have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions around the world. People love stories and filmmaking is the purest form of storytelling. Film is a visual medium that has the ability to inspire, move, and entertain. Have you ever wondered what a grip or a best boy does? Do you want to know the difference between a track and pan? Or even why Michael Bay gets to keep on making movies?

Why should I study this?
The quality of British film and TV production is highly regarded worldwide. They make a key contribution to the UK economy whilst at the same time adding to this country’s cultural richness. Upon viewing of the closing credits for any TV show or film it is evident that there is a wide range of potential careers, from the creative, to the technical, to even potential management roles. The skills that you will learn on the course will prepare you for your first steps in an exciting and vibrant industry. Today, high levels of media skills are demanded within practically every industry.

The Film and TV department at NESCOT has excellent links with both industry and academic institutions. Our students have undertaken work experience on a range of productions, from feature films, to advertisements and documentaries.

Conventional degree courses often focus on the academic side of Moving Image production, yet this is not nearly as useful to those wanting to find work in the industry as practical, hands-on experience.

What will I study?
The BTEC HND in Moving Image course has been designed to reflect industry. You will complete a wide range of industry-related projects, including music videos, short films, documentaries, and news packages. These practical projects are supported by more theory-based assignments that cover subjects such as scriptwriting, film studies and industry related topics. Projects are undertaken via a mixture of group work and individual tasks and assessment is carried out using a variety of approaches, from video, to presentations, podcasts and academic essays. We ensure that the assessment method is best suited to you the individual student.

Who will teach me?
All of the teaching staff at NESCOT have excellent industry experience on a variety of productions, from critically acclaimed short films to news production and blockbuster feature films such as ‘Nanny McPhee’, ‘Green Zone’, and ‘The Golden Compass’. This experience ensures that the teaching that you receive is vocational, current and relevant. The teaching is supported by a number of guest lecturers from organisations like the BBFC and from technical crew such as, producers, camera operators and directors (Noel Clarke, Andy De Emmony).

You will have the opportunity to attend subject related educational trips to film sets, the BBC and a media department international trip. A Film Club where students view, debate and discuss a diverse selection of movies is part of the course. We screen movies that will challenge and excite, movies that are outside the normal viewing habits of a typical student.

Why choose Nescot
The facilities that will be available to you during your studies will be second to none. NESCOT media department is currently kitted out with six Apple Mac suites that have industry standard software installed on them. Software such as Final Cut Pro, Celtx, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Logic Pro. As a Moving Image student you will shoot on high definition cameras, supported by a selection of professional kit, including lights, tripods, cranes and dollies.

The success of our students speaks for itself. In 2011 four film and TV students won gold in the UK World Skills Moving Image competition, and this feat was repeated in 2012, where NESCOT students won Gold and Bronze. This is a national competition which is open to every college in the country to enter, a kind of educational Olympic Games. We will encourage you to enter competitions and seek work experience outside of your college course. In previous years we have had students secure placements on events like the royal wedding, various feature films, TV shows, music videos and corporate films.

What next?
If this kind of course appeals to you the next step is to apply. You will be invited in for an informal interview with our friendly tutors. At this interview we are not necessarily looking for outstanding academic ability as it is much more important to have a genuine passion for the subject , a pride in what you do and a desire to succeed. If these qualities sound familiar to you, then you never know, maybe one day you will hear the immortal line, ‘…and the Oscar goes to…’

Students at Nescot are among the most satisfied in the country.


The National Student Survey found 95% of those questioned were satisfied with their course, compared to 85% nationally.

This means Higher Education students at Nescot are the most satisfied in Surrey, and compares to 92% at the University of Cambridge, 91% at the University of Oxford, and 90% at the University of Durham.

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