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This is a great course which has the potential to teach any student a great deal about a wide variety of areas concerned with the film and television industry. However, this is dependent on the student having the drive to commit to working hard in order to learn and develop. This course is not like doing A-Levels where everything is spoon fed to you - if you want to learn then you have to be willing to take the time to work hard and go beyond what is taught in class.
The first year is about bringing everyone up to a level standard, so if you have done film studies or something similar before then the first year may be a little slow for you. There are modules that are not specific to film, such as multimedia design and HTML coding. Although some of these modules are not directly related to film making, such as web design and multimedia, they provide important information in a variety of areas that will more than likely prove very useful in the future.
The second year is much busier and almost every module is film based and the workload is considerably higher. The skills learned are, as expected, more specific and in-depth. Although some of the courses are stronger and better taught than others they are all, for the most part, very useful.
Third year has a VERY large workload and the majority of the work is done outside of tutorials/lectures. The contact time is minimal, but most lecturers will be more than willing to help if you ask for it and getting their input on your work is incredibly important. Final Year Projects (written dissertation and practical project) require a huge amount of research and work so be prepared to work hard!
The Film course has great facilities and equipment, although some of the older equipment is a little over-used since there are so many film students. Equipment is constantly being updated like the rest of the course and that is great for future and current students. A large amount of iMacs were bought last year with Final Cut Studio and they are incredibly useful. The PC's have great software as well so there is a choice for those who really prefer one over the other.
Some of the students moan about Stafford being a small town with not much night-life, but it is what you make of it. I had a great time in my 3 years there and most of my friends thought the same. Joining a society is a great way to make friends and enjoy the night-life more through their social events. I was an active member of both the Stafford Rugby Team and the Snow Sports Society and both were fantastic. I would definitely recommend joining a society.
Living in Halls of residence (Stafford Court) was fine for a year but I wouldn't have done it for more than a year, although the location is fantastic (about 100m from the uni buildings). Lots of red-tape bollocks to deal with but if you can ignore that then it's a really good laugh.
I strongly recommend the Film Production Tech course at Staffs Uni. The course is constantly being updated to make sure the most up-to-date areas of the film industry are covered and the needs of the students are met, so it is improving every year.
Written by nevermindjonni on 27th Oct 2008