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Filmmaking BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time WP63 2017
2018

Why choose this course?

Based in our Department of Film, 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.

What you will study

This project-based course meets a growing demand for freelance professionals, independent productions and artist filmmakers. It fosters awareness, creativity and versatility, preparing you for a wide range of careers.

Years 1 and 2 encourage creative approaches to developing ideas for film. Individual and collaborative projects cover the technical skills involved in all aspects of production: research enquiry; directing actors; genre-based methods in production and post-production; studio and location work; running a set; interview technique; lighting and cinematography; sound recording and design; experimentation with film (super 8mm & 16mm film - shooting, processing and editing); script and text.

You will study practical filmmaking within context, in a dynamic working environment. Emphasis is on creative and informed thinking, enhancing content and innovation. Collaborative and role-assigned projects are combined with individual or specialised practice, with options to concentrate on your own moving image practice.

Year 3 features role-specialised filmmaking, supported by tutorials and production meetings. You will progress to more ambitious film productions. You may also work individually on projects as an artist filmmaker. The course culminates in ‘The Graduation Film', in which you display your full understanding of the medium. This is presented at the degree show, at a central London cinema and on campus. It is supplemented by an annual screening opportunity at the BFI, the UK's national film centre.

Professional development is key to your studies, with work placements and external-facing opportunities matched to your needs and interests. These will develop your creativity, your employability and your repertoire of industry practices and film grammar. You will pool resources as part of a collaborative production unit, developing dynamic interaction and good studentship alongside individual growth and risk-taking.

View a full list of our current moving image resources.

Work experience and film commissions

Work experience placements include schemes at BFI Southbank and Film London. The course is a part of the Stop Play Record scheme, First Acts and Random Acts London Network, in partnership with the ICA. This guarantees a number of film commission awards to our students, in association with the Arts Council and Channel 4 Television. Films may be considered for broadcast by Channel 4, and are part of a national programme of dissemination, professional development and exhibition. They are mentored and executive produced by our in-house film professionals.

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. You 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 you 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 your 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 you 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 you 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 art, photography and independent filmmaking are defined, debated and displayed. Designed to support your first steps as practitioners within the wider field of the visual arts in the 21st century, through lectures, discussions, screenings and exhibition visits you will be introduced to the historical framework of modernity and post-modernity. This will enable you to understand the development and contemporary situation of your own 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 of the related practices of fine art, independent film and photography. In the first block, emphasis is placed on the notion of practice in the visual arts by addressing the historical, theoretical, social and political factors that have affected our understanding of its function. In the second block, you will pursue programme-specific strands that focus on the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts of each 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 you will begin to develop the tools necessary to discuss, conceptualise and reflect on your 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. You 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 you as innovative filmmakers and designers of the future.

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  • This module will provide you with an enhanced understanding of documentary filmmaking practices, together with introducing a thorough grounding in related research and development methods and production skills. You will initiate and produce a documentary film work, working in small production units to achieve this.

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  • This module offers you specialised practical development along with supporting professional development studies. You 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 (Year 1), this module enables you 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 your 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, you will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills to build a framework within which to engage with the critical contexts in which filmmaking operates today. You will also develop research methods appropriate to the study and practice of your discipline, propose an area of research for development at Level 6 (Year 3), and begin to contextualise and make sense of the concerns emerging in your 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 you 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 your Level 5 (Year 2) work.

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  • This 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, this module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in your own practice, and pertinent to the practice of your own discipline.

    During the module, you 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, you 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 previous modules to studio practice, supporting your self-presentation at Degree Show, in future postgraduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of art and design contexts.

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