BA (Hons) Filmmaking*

This course is validated by BIMM Institute and taught at Screen and Film School.  Upon successful completion, students receive a degree from BIMM Institute.

Are you really passionate about film? Do you want to get your hands on the kit used to make real films? Do you want to learn your craft from real filmmakers? Screen and Film School is dedicated to one thing: Film. The BA (Hons) Filmmaking is focused on creating the next generation of filmmakers.

This cutting-edge industry-led course provides you with the opportunity to acquire the fundamental skills and techniques of film production required for a sustainable career in the film and related creative industries.

You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners from other arts disciplines through Screen and Film School’s partnerships with the BIMM Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Theatre.

All students leave Screen and Film School with a professional showreel, which will serve as a calling card for your skills, and an understanding of how to navigate the film industry.

The Film School teaches with HD and Film to introduce you to working with both mediums. The BA (Hons) Filmmaking undergraduate degree introduces you to a variety of film genres and styles and covers the principal creative and technical skills and roles that are found in the film industry including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, production sound mixing, editing, lighting/gaffer, continuity/script supervision and production management.

As you move through the course, you will be able to specialise in a film form through a range of optional modules offered in the second year including narrative shorts, documentary, experimental film or feature film screenwriting.

The development of your practical film production skills is supported by a film theory strand which provides you with a critical understanding of applied film theory and ensures that you will enter the film industry as an informed practitioner.

Year 1 of the course will build your skills and confidence in a range of filmmaking techniques and theory. In Semester 1 you will have an introduction to the organisation and practices required to go from idea to delivered piece. You will learn production fundamentals through introductory sessions on camera, lighting, sound recording and production management leading to fast turnaround small crew productions equipping you with the experience of filming the elements of a narrative fiction or narrative documentary. In addition to this, you will learn post-production fundamentals through sessions on editing/editing workflow leading to the fast turnaround of edited sequences, ingesting footage, transcoding to proxies, organising the edit environment, editing, auto conforming, grading and titling. Production organisational fundamentals will also be essential. Who does what, when and why? Cultivating an understanding of all the departments and roles, both to understand what your function is individually, and how and in what way you work together as a crew.

Semester 2 will be learning through doing. You will produce a short narrative film production, from idea to screen, followed by a short form documentary or music film production. Film theory will continue through scene analysis, the construction of meaning, film history and appreciation.

The second year of studies will be developing your practice through specialist options and engagement with relevant applied theory. Compulsory modules will include producing short films and film theory, which will advance into aesthetics and visual literacy – how to read images, constructing meaning in sequence and narrative theories.

You will select two of the optional modules below:

  • Cinematography
  • Post-Production: Editing & Colour Grading
  • Screenwriting and Direction – Fiction
  • Development and Direction – Factual
  • Creative Producing & Managing the Production
  • VFX Compositing and Motion Graphics
  • Production Design & Art Direction
  • Sound Recording & Post
  • Camera, Grip & Lighting
  • Production Logistics
  • Development, Distribution & Commissioning
  • Research for Specialism
  • Factual Entertainment
  • Idea Development & Commissioning

In Semester 2, you will produce a narrative short, film documentary or music film as well as further your film theory. You will then advance your chosen two specialisms from above and have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of work placements with the film school’s industry partners.

Your third and final year focuses on employment progression and your chosen discipline. You will study critical understandings of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors.

In Semester 1 you will produce a showreel, CV, biography and website, together with an essay and presentation exploring current professional practices. You will take on a Head of Department role in preparation for your final year film then complete, document and evaluate your pre-production work. You will then conduct initial research for your final project under the guidance of your supervisor.

In Semester 2 you will continue with your Head of Department role to take your chosen film through production and final delivery, documenting and reflecting on your work. After submitting a proposal and literature review, you will write an essay on your chosen aspect of film production, history or theory.

 

Entry Requirements and Recruitment Process

A-levels or BTEC

Normally two A-levels at grade C or above (64 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma MMP.

International Baccalaureate

24 points.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)

At least three GCSEs to include English language and mathematics.

Studied before or got relevant experience?

A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Screen and Film School, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in other elements.

Applications are welcomed from students who might not have the qualifying entry requirements but can demonstrate a proactive commitment to narrative film, documentary, music promo or some other type of moving image creation, in the moving image disciplines.

All applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a portfolio of their own work in support of their application. This can either be done at an applicant day, where applicants showcase their portfolio of work to a film tutor and partake in a number of interactive workshops, or through submitting an electronic portfolio to be reviewed by a film tutor. Applicants will be considered who meet the academic entry requirements, demonstrate a good standard of portfolio work and provide a compelling personal statement.

Examples of portfolio work include showreels, short films, screenwriting pieces, academic film analysis, photography and anything that reflects passion and enthusiasm to study Film Production at Screen and Film School.

Begin your UCAS application

*Subject to validation

Please note we cannot accept Non-EU International students unless you already have a VISA which allows you to be in the country for the duration of the course you would like to study.

Course nameBA (Hons) Filmmaking
Start dateSeptember 2020
Duration3 years full-time
Course fees£9,250 per year (subject to review) - there are no compulsory additional course costs however we strongly recommend investing in a Terrabite external hard drive
UCAS codesCourse code P3W3 Institution code B39

Modules

Year 1
The Creative Industries & You – Finding Your Path
Camera, Lighting and Sound
Post-Production
Development to Distribution
Production Design
Short Film 1
Practice, Context & Culture
Short Film 2
Year 2
The Creative Industries & You – Collaborative Entrepreneurship
Creativity, Identity & Authenticity
Short Film 3
Short Film 4
Choice of two optional modules to be selected
Year 3
The Creative Industries & You – Professional Practice
Final Project
Pre-Production Process
Production Realisation
Year 1Year 2Year 3
The Creative Industries & You – Finding Your PathThe Creative Industries & You – Collaborative EntrepreneurshipThe Creative Industries & You – Professional Practice
Camera, Lighting and SoundCreativity, Identity & AuthenticityFinal Project
Post-ProductionShort Film 3Pre-Production Process
Development to DistributionShort Film 4Production Realisation
Production DesignChoice of two optional modules to be selected
Short Film 1
Practice, Context & Culture
Short Film 2

The staff have been extremely helpful throughout and very welcoming, and have guided me along the way in many aspects. The facilities are really professional and the range of equipment amazed me.

Joanna Cavlan

Filmmaking