Film & Media Courses
The AP Foundation offer two accredited media courses, both of which have a practical application at the end, rather than just a diploma or other accreditation. The most useful thing for the students completing the course is a guaranteed placement or work experience, or for them to leave the course with a professional show-reel.
- A SHORT MEDIA course for the disadvantaged under 25’s
- A POP-UP MEDIA course for prison inmates
The Short Media Course
This is an intensive course that introduces the students to the five main platforms, STAGE (live performance), AUDIO (radio, podcasts), TELEVISION, FILM and WEB/SOCIAL MEDIA.
It has been divided into two parts, the CREATIVE and the TECHNICAL.
The CREATIVE part deal’s with WRITING, DIRECTING and creative PRODUCING/PITCHING – how to tell a story and get your idea on to the platform of your choice.
The TECHNICAL part looks at the practical skill opportunities that are available in the industry, such as the Camera department; Sound Recording; Picture & Sound Editing; Make-Up; Costume Design; Art Department; Production Management; Podcasting; Media Websites and Video Gaming.
The course is run by a tutor, but each element has been supplemented by a guest tutor, a working professional in their specialist field… a Make-Up artist; a Script Editor; a Dubbing Mixer; a Location Manager; a Props Buyer; a Podcaster; a Stage Manager; a Website designer; a Best Boy; a Producer or a a stand-up Comedian.
Towards the end of the course each group produces either a short film; an audio podcast; a short documentary; a live performance; or a video game utilising the skills they’ve learnt, which they can use to form the first part of their ‘professional’ showreel.
At the end of the course each student gets a short placement with either a production company, a broadcaster, as runner on a film set; in a dubbing studio; as a theatre stage-hand, with a web designer; etc. And most importantly, a ‘handbook’ tailored to the student’s area of interest with relevant contacts and an explicit guide on how to get a job and stay in work.
The Pop-Up Media Course
AP Foundation intends to introduce inmates to the ‘media business’ and the opportunities that are available – in a scaled down version of the Short Media course. We ‘mentor’ those who want to express themselves creatively or have a story they want to tell and may not have had the opportunity or the necessary skills up to now. To this end, we help develop their skills at creative writing; live-performance; film-making; animation; etc.
The target is for each inmate to produce a professional piece of work at the end of the course, and in order to sustain their interest we provide ongoing mentoring during their time in prison, during their Release On Temporary Licence (ROTL) or parole and then provide professional links through our established network of contacts and official training schemes, so that they have a real opportunity to enter the ‘media business’ professionally.