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Filmmaking BA(Hons)

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

Why choose this course?

This film production course will enable you to explore the medium, developing your own filmmaking practice whilst acquiring the skills and advanced production techniques required to work professionally in the sector. It will help you to engage with ambitious ideas and develop them in to successful films, while exploring and critiquing all aspects of filmmaking production and industry. You will study at Knights Park campus, one of the leading art and design schools for learning, teaching and research in Europe. With an explicit ethos of thinking through making, the programme has access to some of the best workshop and technical facilities in the UK.

The programme currently operates several work experience placements in partnership, with award-winning schemes at key external organisations: The British Film Institute (the UK's national film centre), the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Film London, Film and Video Umbrella, Tate Film and Lux. The course is also a partner in the 'Stop Play Record' scheme, commissioning and producing student films for Channel 4 television. Projects and commissions are offered to students and supervised by industry professionals and staff. Find out more about our links with business and industry.

What you will study

Filmmaking is a production-based course, responding to a rapidly expanding moving-image sector where there is a need for freelance industry professionals, independent productions and artist filmmakers. The course is a series of diverse, challenging and outward-facing projects, integrating skills acquisition, demanding creativity and versatility, which will prepare you for a range of film sector and broader career options.

In Year 1 and Year 2, specialist technical skills are taught intensively alongside contextual understanding in an integrated manner, focusing on all aspects of film. These include taught sessions and workshops on film production techniques including: script development, pitching ideas, directing actors, how to research successfully, methods and approaches to genre, studio work, running a film set, interview technique, location shooting, lighting and cinematography, sound recording and design, film as experimentation, super 8 and 16mm film (shooting, in-house film processing and editing). While primarily a production course, these practical components are refined alongside a contextual studies element, all taught by award-winning filmmaking staff in a dynamic working environment. The emphasis throughout is on creative thinking relative to film grammar, the imperatives of cinema and contemporary moving-image practice. Group work and role-assigned projects are combined with the development of a more specialised independent practice and professional development.

In Year 3, you will be involved in guided self-directed study, supported by one to one tutorial contact and group production meetings. You will be encouraged to play to your strengths, negotiating your roles and involvement in a number of films that demonstrate your advanced awareness of creative film production. The course culminates in The Graduation Film module where you will demonstrate your success in gaining an advanced understanding of filmmaking. The graduation films are presented at the Degree Show and at an external screening in a central London cinema space. This is augmented by an annual screening of student films at the British Film Institute, London. Throughout the course professional development opportunities are targeted to your developing needs and interests. This nourishes creativity, develops employability and ensures that you build a genuine understanding of the breadth of industry practices.

View a full list of our current moving image resources.

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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     

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.

     
  • 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.

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

     
  • 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.

     

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.

     
  • The Graduation Film
  • 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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