You will be exposed to an exciting range of experiences within film culture, from industry practice through to experimental cinema. The course is designed to reflect the diversity that exists within film globally, exploring the topics that impact upon filmmakers and audiences across the world. You will explore film through a variety of different approaches, building an understanding of filmmaking through a balanced combination of practice and theory.
The course is designed to give you the opportunity to explore and experiment with different aspects of filmmaking, producing films individually and collaboratively throughout the duration of the course. Working alongside internationally recognised film lecturers and practitioners, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a way that industry rarely provides.
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The entry requirements for this course are 120 - 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
For BA (Hons) Film, we are looking for applicants who can:
Demonstrate a passion for film beyond their educational curriculum
Demonstrate examples of experience of working in a team
Genuinely reflect on what their positive attributes are, but also what they want to come to university to improve upon.
Film Language: You will investigate the fundamental components of film production, the shots and edits, from both a critical and a practical perspective. You will explore film texts and film languages from across a range of historical, social and geographical contexts, to discover the potential of cinematic language to transcend national and political boundaries.
The Film Industries: The purpose behind this unit is to encourage you to explore filmmaking as a process of manufacturing. You will look at the organisational structures of people and businesses, and explore the historical motivations behind why the industries are arranged the way they are today. This will include world cinema markets, such as Nollywood and Bollywood to improve global awareness.
Principles of Storytelling: In an era when people are watching cats on Youtube or sharing six-second Vines on Twitter, this unit aims to empower you with the skills to identify and utilise various tools to construct and deconstruct stories through various mediums.
Film Language 2: In this unit you will explore some of the concepts within the language of film, including intertextuality and ideology, as well as introductions to theories of realism, structuralism and spectatorship, from both a critical and a practical perspective. You will also explore film texts and film languages from across a range of historical, social and geographical contexts, to discover the potential of cinematic language to transcend national and political boundaries.
Creative Collaboration: You will be introduced to the process of effective collaboration through a series of exercises and workshops designed to explore and examine how creative people work together.
Understanding Experimental Film: This unit aims to encourage you to actively question the existing language of film, and develop a culture of ‘testing’. You will learn about certain research methods and conduct an experiment into filmmaking practice.
Film Business: During this unit you will explore film from the perspective of intellectual ´property´ - the idea, the script, the film and the merchandise. You will learn about licensing, marketing, the historical development of intellectual property and contemporary issues such as piracy.
Film Story Structures: This unit aims to address the fundamentals of film genre, and encourage you to recognise the skills and techniques that can be used to create effective storytelling in film.
Option units (choose one):
List A (semester one):
Documentary Practice: Explore the different modes of documentary and the relationship between fact and fiction. This unit is designed to give a different perspective on the filmmaking process.
Media Theory Perspectives: This unit aims to further develop your academic and analytical skills, relative to methodologies and approaches. These options foreground transferable ideas within media theory, and whilst they are not film specific, will encourage you to reflect upon the implications of such theories for your practice.
You will choose an option from list B and C and a third from either list:
List B (semester two):
Production Management: You will explore the management of the production phase of filmmaking, from scheduling to budgeting via location scouting and resource management.
Production Design: You will explore the specialist field of production design including, but not exclusively, costume, props mastering and the principles of set design.
Directing: You will explore the principle of directing on both sides of the camera. You will explore techniques and approaches to motivating and negotiating with creative collaborators and encouraging conditions that are conducive to creativity.
List C (semester two):
Location & Post Sound: You will explore the specialist field of location and post sound, including, but not exclusively, sound design, sound acquisition, mixing and mastering.
Camera & Lighting: You will explore the specialist field of camera and lighting, including, but not exclusively, camera technology, grip and the principles of lighting.
Editing: You will explore the specialist field of editing, including, but not exclusively, post-production workflow, advanced editing techniques and principles of grading.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
You´ll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 30-week work placement (minimum) during the course, working in a professional environment. The placement provides you with an opportunity to enhance your personal development and future employability.
Project Development for Graduate Film: During this unit you will prepare and develop the plans for your graduate film.
Entrepreneurship for the Creative Industries: The cultural and creative industries are increasingly dependent on new forms of economic engagement, while creative individuals increasingly expect to have ‘portfolio careers’. The aim of this unit is to explore some of the tools, skills and strategies that can be utilised to build a career as an independent producer or freelance worker in the contemporary creative industries.
Graduate Film Project: You will have the opportunity to work together or individually to produce a film of your choice, package it appropriately and develop a critical analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.
Option units semester one (choose one):
Industry Research Project: You will critically reflect upon a 20-day placement should you have managed to secure one.
Understanding Distribution: Specifically focusing on film distribution, you will explore the issues around marketing, theatrical exhibition, festivals and the available platforms for filmmakers.
Option units semester two (choose one):
Film Festivals for Makers & Curators
This award seeks to generate enterprising and entrepreneurial practitioners that are not only geared up to work in industry as it currently stands, but to have an active role in shaping how it may be in future. The course is designed with optional specialisms that enable you to go deeper into areas such as production management, camera and lighting, location and post sound, editing, production design, distribution or festival administration.
Our graduates will not be limited to ‘getting a job’ in the competitive field of film production, but will have a variety of transferrable skills that ensures they are prepared for an engaging career in a constantly dynamic workplace. In fact, 87% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.
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