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Filmmaking BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time WP63 2018

Why choose this course?

Based in our Department of Film and Photography, this course enables you to explore the medium of film, developing your own filmmaking practice while acquiring skills for working professionally. You will engage with innovative, ambitious ideas, developing successful films as group and individual projects, and gain a practical knowledge of filmmaking production. Your learning will be supported by technical inductions, workshops with industry professionals, guest lectures and field trips.

Kingston School of Art's state-of-the-art facilities such as our moving image workshop and specialist filming equipment will enable you to produce films with high production values. You will be able to experiment with digital and analogue formats, and shoot, process, telecine and edit on 8mm and 16mm gauges. You will also have access to our 3D workshops, photography darkrooms, printmaking and animation facilities.

Our academics are active practitioners in the film industry, working as directors, artists, editors and producers and able to offer access to unique work experience opportunities. For example, a number of our students have participated in placements at BFI Southbank, Institute of Contemporary Arts, LUX, Film London, Film & Video Umbrella, Fly Film and Suite TV.

The course has excellent links to industry such as the Stop Play Record scheme, First Acts and Random Acts London Network, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This guarantees a number of film commission awards to our students, in association with the Arts Council England and Channel 4. The projects are mentored and executive produced by our in-house film professionals.

What you will study

In Year 1 students are given technical inductions and introduced through creative projects to film production. Projects briefs will give you the opportunity to develop ideas for films and undertake a range of production roles. You will learn about research enquiry, directing actors, studio and location work, running a set, interview technique, production and post-production, lighting and cinematography, sound recording and design.

In Year 2 you will undertake projects with the opportunity to shoot and process 8mm film, use archive, green screen, high-speed video and explore the intersection between live-action and animation. You will work in groups developing pitches for ambitious productions collaborating with professional actors, developing character and script, and shooting on location. Through the production of these films, you will be encouraged to identify your strengths and have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of interest.

In Year 3 you will undertake two large scale projects, culminating in the Graduation Film. You will work to your strengths and develop material for your graduation portfolio. The final Graduation Films are screened at shows on campus and at a central London cinema.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • The emphasis in this module is on developing a number of short film works in both production units and individually as an integral part of an introduction to the programme and its expectations. Students are introduced to a range of approaches to filmmaking, supported by inductions to the key areas of film resources. The module also provides support for the development of research enquiry.

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  • This module will provide students with an intensive technically driven introduction period. It will cover various techniques, film grammar and good working practice, involving a series of filmmaking tasks assessed in terms of their successful technical resolution and enhanced understand of production skills and methods. Inductions and tuition in studio production, working as a film unit and in post-production, are integrated into the module. The emphasis is subsequently towards the development and realisation of original short films, through which students learn about filmmaking practices. There is an integrated approach where skills are primarily taught as part of project work. The aim is to undertake and produce a short film.

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  • The emphasis is towards the development and realisation of original short films involving performers/actors/live presence, through which students learn about directing actors, scripting, running a set and organising larger scale productions. There is an integrated approach where skills are primarily taught as part of project work. The aim is to undertake and produce a number of short films across the year group; with an opportunity for collaboration on more ambitious projects.

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  • This module introduces the various contexts in which the contemporary practices of filmmaking, are defined, debated and displayed. The module is designed to support students' first steps as practitioners within the wider field of the visual arts in the 21st century. Through lectures, discussions, screenings and exhibition visits they will be introduced to the historical framework of modernity and post-modernity in order to understand the development and contemporary situation of their discipline. The module is organised as discrete but related teaching blocks that progress from broader questions of cultural practice to the more specific debates that have framed the historical development film and its associated fields - for example artist's video and photography. In the first block, the emphasis is broad and focused on developing in students, an understanding of the notion of practice in filmmaking and the wider visual arts, by addressing the historical, theoretical, social and political factors that have affected our understanding of its function. In the second block, students will be encouraged to consider the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts that inform their discipline. Throughout there is an emphasis on the introduction of key analytical, critical and research skills, and through close engagement with visual sources, historical texts and contemporary critical writing, students will begin to develop the tools necessary to discuss, conceptualise and reflect on their own emerging practice.

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Year 2

  • The emphasis here is on thinking of the studio as a tool with which to create challenging, experimental content. However content is not restricted to studio-based production, but encompasses substantial work on location as well. Students will be encouraged to experiment with styles and techniques, and to embrace both location and studio production as part of the creative toolkit available to them as innovative filmmakers and designers of the future.

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  • This module will provide students with an enhanced understanding of filmmaking practices, together with introducing a thorough grounding in related research and development methods and production skills. Each student will initiate and produce a film work, working in small production units to achieve this, or work in a role-oriented capacity on a group production.

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  • This module offers students specialised practical development along with supporting professional development studies. Students will work on short films involving performers, scripts and dialogue.

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  • Building on the thematic and historical context introduced at Level 4, this module enables students to create a theoretical framework within which to investigate and understand some of the critical issues affecting the practice and interpretation of contemporary filmmaking. With a close focus on analysis of key case studies, a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and group and individual screenings inform and support students' own emerging research interests and the development of independent visual and academic research skills common to both the historical and theoretical study of film and practice of filmmaking. With reference to important concepts and primary texts that have informed the development of film theory, students will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills to build a framework within which to engage with the critical contexts in which filmmaking operates today. They will also develop research methods appropriate to the study and practice of their discipline, propose an area of research for development at Level 6, and begin to contextualise and make sense of the concerns emerging in their own practice.

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Year 3

  • This module is informed by the Advanced Research and Development module and involves the realisation of Independent Films. The module enables students to develop films either individually or as production units. It encourages the development of films that are both ambitious and build on the learning, successes and strengths gained during students' Level 5 work.

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  • This 60 credit capstone module is the culmination of study in filmmaking, incorporating research, process/development, film production and final degree show presentational elements. Working in various specialised production roles, students can distil their accumulated knowledge into an ambitious film for presentation at both on-site and external graduation screenings. Students are also expected to undertake various co-ordination duties around the realisation of the final degree show presentations.

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  • Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, the Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation: Research and Reflection module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in students' own practice, and pertinent to the practice of their own discipline.

    Over the module, students will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 6,000 word written Dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Following the submission of the Dissertation, and to support the realisation of studio capstone projects, students will be assisted with the conception and development of an individual Statement that enables self-reflection and locates students within the contemporary contexts of their discipline. Consolidating the research, reflexive and critical skills acquired throughout students' programme of study, the Statement engages and applies learning undertaken within CHS modules to studio practice, supporting students' self-presentation at Degree Show, in future post-graduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of Art and Design contexts.

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