Overview

Find your voice as a visual storyteller and path as creative practitioner.

Take strides towards becoming a master storyteller with a profound understanding of light, composition, movement and mise-en-scene. Deconstruct the story and explore the power of moving images to engage and stir emotion in the viewer. Go in-depth into the art and mechanics of recording and editing sound while immersing yourself in the precision and power of post-production.

Designed to prepare you for where the industry is going, not where it’s been, our degree will take you in-depth to focus on finding your creative voice as a visual storyteller. As you delve into the key areas, you will broaden your perspective and hone critical analysis skills to better understand and establish your own unique style. 

You’ll learn the practical and theoretical underpinnings you need to become a well-rounded filmmaker, combined with a good chunk of the experience hours that are so essential to becoming an expert. Key to this and running through the heart of all our programmes, is developing you as a creative practitioner. From the business of filmmaking & building your brand, to funding, multi-platform distribution and audience building, and defining your professional aspirations. 

Please be aware that if you take this course, you may never be able to simply sit back and enjoy watching a film again…

COURSE LENGTH: 3 Years
COURSE START DATE: Mid Sept 2018
TERM TIME: Sept 2018 – May 2021

Course information

Context and Research 1 (20 credits)
This module will consist of film criticism; deconstructing images, narratives and understanding genre and the theoretical ideas underpinning filmmaking as well as the fundamental study skills required to accomplish this. We are very excited about the planned Guest Lecture series that will compliment your learning in this module.

Sound 1 (20 credits)
This will give you the opportunity to gain essential skills in sound design and technical application. It will introduce equipment, software and the basic foundations of recording, foley, dubbing etc. Sound editing will be a central component here.

Camera 1 (20 credits)
Image construction and specifically the introduction to still images through composition and framing and moving onto creating moving image pieces using a variety of cameras and covering skills such as lighting, studio shooting and mise-en-scene. Picture editing traditions, techniques and contemporary processes will be integral to this module.

Creative Practitioner 1 (20 credits)
By introducing various aspects of the industry, you will become prepared and skilled to work in any area of filmmaking. In order to prepare for film projects, this module will focus on the role of the director and pre-production skills that enable you to become knowledgeable in finance, storyboards, treatments, locations, casting, copyright amongst other areas.

Film 1: Commercial (40 credits)
This is the culmination of all first year skills and experiences. You will make a three-minute film in any genre demonstrating knowledge, understanding and film making skills and apply editing and post-production skills to an original 3-5 minute film.

Context and Research 2 (20 credits)
The guest lecture series will continue in this module and develop further to take account of the research methods and study skills required for the academic content of the programme. Research as practice will be a critical focus for the film programme.

Sound 2 (20 credits)
More advanced technical and software skills and an introduction to the psychology of sound will underpin the design elements of this module. By looking at the role of sound within various genres you will be able to move between styles and create soundscapes, conceptual pieces, utilise archives as well as more traditional input.

Camera 2 (20 credits)
This module will begin to work with technical equipment such as tracks, dollies and jibs but it will also start to explore the cinematography of the urban and rural landscape and the technical and creative skills needed in filmmaking outside the studio. More advanced editing and post-production skills will be applied here also in preparation for Film Project 2.

Creative Practitioner 2 (20 credits)
To enable you to become an independent filmmaker you also need essential business tools. This module will develop the themes of Business 1 and extend the industry skills to converting films into multi-platform content, building a brand as a filmmaker, understanding the impact of and utilising social networking as a marketing tool. This is applied learning at its best! You will not just become aware of distribution, agents and film festivals but also actually engage with the process. Submitting work for film festivals will become implicit in the film projects and this module will enable you to understand, experience and refine the application process.

Film 2: Documentary (40 credits)
Here, we draw on the tradition of documentaries. Run as an intensive module, you will study the format and purpose of the documentary before outlining your own proposal, pitching the idea, refining it and finally making a five-minute documentary. This will be a small group project where individuals share all pre-production work and have a strict role within the shoot and edit (director / editor / sound / camera).

Film 3: Drama (40 credits)
The final year will begin with another exciting major film project tackling the genre of drama. By using existing film scripts or adapted texts, you will be working with high quality source material. You will work within the confines of the genre and most importantly, develop skills in communication and directing when working with actors. This will result in a ten-minute short film.

Context, Research and Practice 1: Pre-Production & Context, Research and Practice 2: Post-Production (40 credits)
This will be a major piece of writing on a choice of subjects – it could be a critical analysis of a particular genre, film, director or theme, unpacking the context and theory involved; or it could be a critical reflection of an aspect of your own film making - for example the use of sound or editing in the final Film Project 4.

Film 4: Major Project (40 credits)
This is the final showcase for student filmmaking. It can draw upon any genre and must be between 10-15 minutes long. The piece will have thorough pre-production planning including pitching and treatments and will be done in a way that reflects true industry experience. There will be a final showcase and screening where industry partners, present students, alumni and tutors celebrate the new graduates.

Our degree courses

Our Bachelor (Hons) degrees are internationally recognised undergraduate Bachelor of Arts programmes, administered through the University of St Mark & St John. They’re suitable if you have some prior experience in at least one of the keys areas of film production and aim to push you both creatively and technically.

Working in the film industry

Our courses are focused on providing a broad range of relevant skills to prepare you for working in the real world, helping you to bridge the gap between studying in a classroom and making a living from your work. This means having tutors who can pass on their own experiences, working on projects that can become your calling card, and picking up skills in areas not normally touched on by other courses.

To progress successfully into employment in today’s film industry takes a lot of hard work, focus, commitment and passion. It also requires a strong set of competent skills and a well developed ‘creative muscle’. Our aim is to support you in developing all of these areas during your time at
dBs Film in Berlin!

Be a part of dBs Berlin

We do things differently at dBs Berlin. We don’t just teach the skills and processes of film production, we try to join it up with the human attributes that make people successful in life. This involves helping you to become a well-rounded person that can relate well to others, knows how to communicate on a personal and professional level and who can bring creativity and emotional sensitivity to everything you do.

 

Our team
You'll learn with our team of international tutors, soaking up their extensive industry and academic experience. Our team will provide you with the care, support and stimulation to get the most out of your time with us.

Our students
Collaborate, create and play with passionate, like-minded learners from around the world. Our international location and cohort brings a wealth of cultural & creative diversity to your experience.

Our spaces
Based in our purpose-built studios in Funkhaus you’ll be surrounded by amazing locations and the latest in filmmaking, editing & location facilities!