This one year course will help you develop your imagination and powers of invention by setting you projects in a variety of different media.

It’s the perfect way to find your creative voice if you’re not sure what degree course you’d like to study or boost your existing skills and portfolio if they’re not quite up to degree standard. What’s more, if you successfully complete the Foundation Diploma with us, you’re guaranteed a place on a degree course at AUB.*

Students on the Media Programme engage in “Lens Based” projects and will normally progress to the Film or Photography Pathways for the final two stages of the course.

Awarding Body: University of the Arts London Awarding Body

The first stage of your Foundation course is about exploring broad concepts and assignments, which will help you to learn more about Photography and Film.

We encourage you to challenge yourself and take risks as you discover your creative voice. The second stage of the course becomes more specialist, to give you an idea of what it’s like to study on a specialist arts programme.

Assessment is based on presentation of project work and takes place on completion of each stage of the course. Assessments are used to provide guidance on your progress and potential. The final major project is graded as pass, merit or distinction.

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Stage One – Exploratory Stage


  • Using a digital camera
  • File management
  • Photoshop/Bridge
  • Lighting techniques
  • Photography and cinema
  • Project development
  • Presentation/critique

Film & Video

  • Storyboarding
  • Video camera use
  • Sound
  • Editing with Premiere
  • Presentation/critique
  • Group work

Stage Two – Pathway Subjects in Detail


  • Critical theory
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Studio photography
  • Location lighting
  • Medium format camera use
  • Documentary workshops
  • Book design

Film and Animation

  • Storyboarding
  • Sound and editing workshops
  • Premiere/After Effects
  • Green screen workshop
  • Working with actors
  • Script development
  • Life drawing/drawing for animation
  • Group work
  • Experimental and documentary work

*During your first term with us, you will be able to discuss with your tutor the most appropriate degree for you – one that matches your interests but also your skills.  When it comes to making your UCAS application (in December or early January), we guarantee to offer you a place on a course agreed by your tutor.  Your offer will be conditional on you successfully passing the Foundation course.

Please note that we can only guarantee progression to  BA (Hons) Film Production as an extended four year study option. Students who wish to progress to Film Production should apply for the course via UCAS and will need to attend an interview and bring their showreel. When we receive your UCAS application, you will be invited to interview and a decision will be made whether to offer you the three or four-year route into the course.