Filmmaking BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

On this course you'll explore the medium of film, developing your own filmmaking practice while acquiring skills for professional work in the creative industries.

You will engage with innovative, ambitious ideas, developing successful films in groups and individually, and gain a practical knowledge of a range of filmmaking approaches. Your learning will be supported by technical inductions, workshops with industry professionals, guest lectures and field trips.

You'll produce films with high production value, through our moving image workshop and with specialist filming equipment. You will be able to experiment with digital and analogue formats, including shooting, processing and scanning 8mm and 16mm film. You will also have access to our 3D workshops, photography darkrooms, printmaking and animation facilities.

You'll be taught by academics who are active practitioners in the film industry, working as artists, directors, cinematographers, editors and producers; they offer access to unique work experience opportunities. For example, our students have participated in placements at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Film & Video Umbrella and Film London, among other organisations.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time W620 2023

For 2023 entry please ensure your application is submitted before the UCAS January deadline 2023 as this course may not be in a position to consider applications submitted after this date.

Please note: We do not accept applications for Year 2 (Level 5) or Year 3 (Level 6) entry onto this course.

Location Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

Reasons to choose Kingston

    • You'll use our inspiring facilities to produce films in analogue and digital formats, with access to high-end and high-speed digital cameras, Super 8 and 16mm film cameras, as well as professional studios and edit suites.
    • You can participate in an annual curated screening of student film work at a London venue. Your final graduation film will also be screened on campus and at a central London cinema with industry guests.
    • This creative filmmaking course values diversity and a practical approach. It incorporates multiple approaches to filmmaking, critical thinking, research skills and technical experimentation.
    • As Kingston is an ARRI-accredited film school, final-year students can do an additional ARRI Certified Training for Camera Systems module to enhance their camera skills and CV.

ARRI certified film school

The Art School Experience

As part of Kingston School of Art, students on this course benefit from joining a creative community where collaborative working and critical practice are encouraged.

Our workshops and studios are open to all disciplines, enabling students and staff to work together, share ideas and explore multi-disciplinary making.

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Filmmaking at Kingston

What you will study

From conception, ideas and creative strategies of engagement, through pre-production and planning, to the innovative creation of bespoke film projects, this course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of filmmaking and key professional roles in the industry.

Throughout the course you will analyse and explore film specialisms, including directing, cinematography, editing, sound recording and production design to find your own unique career path.

You'll learn how to contextualise, engage with and critique the film industry through your own practice and projects, via taught modules and guest lectures. Upon graduation you'll be well equipped to enter film production employment with confidence and in a variety of guises.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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.

Core modules

Filmmaking Practices 1

30 credits

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 will be 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.

Filmmaking Practices 2

30 credits

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 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.

Filmmaking Practices 3

30 credits

The emphasis is towards the development and realisation of original short films involving performers/actors/live presence, through which you will 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.

Contextualising Contemporary Practice: Film

30 credits

This module introduces the various contexts in which the contemporary practices of filmmaking, are defined, debated and displayed. The module is 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 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, you will be encouraged to consider the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts that inform your 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 their own emerging practice.

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.

Core modules

Filmmaking Practices 4

30 credits

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.

Filmmaking Practices 5

30 credits

This module will provide you 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.

Filmmaking Practices 6

30 credits

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

Critical Issues in Filmmaking: Research and Practice

30 credits

Building on the thematic and historical context introduced at Level 4, 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, and begin to contextualise and make sense of the concerns emerging in your own practice.

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.

Core modules

Independent Film

30 credits

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 work.

The Graduation Film

60 credits

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, you can distil  your 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.

Dissertation: Research and Reflection

30 credits

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 7-8000 word written Dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Please note

Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2023

UCAS tariff points: 112-128

Level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).

Additional requirements

Entry onto this course will require submission of a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Further details about the portfolio will also be sent via email after submission of application.

See portfolio guidance below for more information about how to prepare your portfolio.


All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country-specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Portfolio guidance

Before applying, please watch previous films by students on the course.

Once we have received your application, you will be notified by email where you will be instructed how to upload your written statement and online portfolio. Your portfolio and application will then be reviewed by the Filmmaking BA (Hons) Admissions Tutors.

Written statement guidelines

Your personal statement is important and should include responses to the following prompts:

  • Why you want to study on the Filmmaking BA (Hons) course at Kingston School of Art.
  • What you think a filmmaking course based in an art school will teach you and why this is suitable for you.
  • Who your favourite filmmakers are (cinema directors or artist-filmmakers).
  • What experience you have had of group work and how it went.
  • An original idea for a 3-minute documentary-based film.

Please ensure you answer each question as we pay special attention to your responses.

Portfolio specific guidelines

Please carefully select and edit your work to produce an exciting, creative and representative portfolio which informs us about your filmmaking interests, skills and ambitions. Your portfolio should consist of one of the following elements:

An edited 3-minute video

A link to an edited 3-minute video that is made up of one or more clips from film projects you have made or worked on. Upload the clip to Vimeo or YouTube and provide a link to the uploaded clip (and password if applicable) in a PDF document.

Please leave the original soundtrack on your clips. Do NOT replace the audio with a music track. Underneath the link on the document, please list your role on each film (i.e. individually made, cinematographer, editor, etc.).


A visual portfolio (up to 15 pages maximum)

A visual portfolio in PDF format with up to 15 pages of your work (photographs, drawings, sculptures, collage, etc.).

Each page may include more than one image and should include short notes on each work - what you wanted to achieve, the process you undertook to make the work, and the themes the work explores.

Please do not include written scripts. If you have not made any films, please submit a visual portfolio instead.

Digital portfolio format

You can only upload one compressed file, so your portfolio and statement must be saved in one folder. Please use ZIP to compress your file. Your compressed file must be under 50 MB.

Please check your portfolio is in an easily viewable format and complete, as once you have uploaded your file you will not be able to go back and re-submit or upload anything further.

Typical offer and UCAS points explained

Like most universities, we use the UCAS Tariff point system for our course entry requirements.

Find out more about UCAS Tariff points and see how A-level, AS level, BTEC Diploma and T-level qualifications translate to the points system.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught production and conceptual skills in an integrated manner, focusing progressively on aspects of the short film form: directing, editing, studio and location work, contextualisation and combining approaches to all of these.

You'll also work in groups as production crews and be assigned roles, alongside developing your own individual practice, giving you the opportunity to investigate a variety of methods and their relevance to each creative role

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

  • Scheduled learning and teaching: approximately 2-3 days per week.
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): approximately 2 days per week.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.


How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), practical (e.g. presentations, performance) and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios and dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Practical / coursework: 100%
Year 2
  • Practical / coursework: 100%
Year 3
  • Practical / coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled learning and teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

All Filmmaking staff are professionally active and academically qualified, bringing a high level of expertise and experience to their teaching.  

Their research active current practices, professional contacts, networks and enthusiasm ensure the course is at the forefront of new developments in the filmmaking sector.  

Staff specialisations range from documentary filmmaking production to directing experimental films and working on assigned roles within the industry.

Fees and funding

2023/24 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2023/24 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2023/24): £16,500
Year 2 (2024/25): £16,800
Year 3 (2025/26): £17,100

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2022/23): £16,200
Year 2 (2023/24): £16,500
Year 3 (2024/25): £16,800

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies from the 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting after 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.


Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.


Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Materials and equipment

In order to help you budget, the information below indicates the materials and equipment that are not covered by your tuition fees. Please note that these are approximate costs which vary each year and with every student depending on the project.

  • Your own chosen art materials and equipment: £50 per year
  • USB drive: £25
  • Headphones (optional): £25
  • Super 8 film (optional): £100
  • Film production costs: £100-£500 depending on film

External hard drive

You will need to purchase an external hard drive (approximately £200 depending on model) that can handle high definition video, with sufficient storage and is compatible with Kingston School of Art's editing environment. 

You will need the hard drive by the second week of commencing the course. Please seek advice by email from tutors or technical staff before making your selection.


You'll have access to the Moving Image workshop at Knights Park campus, in addition to many other studio spaces and workshops. You'll be encouraged to take advantage of our excellent analogue facilities, shooting on Super 8, 16mm and Super 16mm. We have related processing, editing, telecine and projection facilities, specific to Filmmaking students.

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What our students say

During my second year Kingston offered me the opportunity to take part in an internship with Film London's FLAMIN team.

This gave me a greater understanding of how artist moving image operates from pitching ideas to distribution.

Kathryn Attrill at Film London

I got a unique opportunity to thoroughly expand my passion for the analogue film during my work experience as film checker at LUX.

Ada Wesolowska at LUX

After you graduate

This course prepares you for a range of careers such as a film director, independent filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, artist, producer or sound recordist/designer. The course is also a platform for further study or vocational positions in commercial film.

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How we work with industry partners

The BA (Hons) Filmmaking programme has strong links within the moving image sector, through:

  • active staff - all of whom are working within the industry in various capacities; and
  • work experience programmes - offering students a way into key organisations in moving image.

Student work experience placement

Students have recently enjoyed work placements and experience at a variety of organisations that are relevant to the course, including:

  • BFI Southbank
  • Film London
  • Film & Video Umbrella
  • Fly Film
  • PAs/runners on various productions
  • Suite TV post-production house
  • Various film festivals.

A few examples

  • Lina Rimkeviciute and Matthew Boardman completed work placements at Film London.
  • Kadar Kahie and Charlotte Davies completed work experience at Suite TV, a central London post-production facilities house.
  • Laura Flack completed work experience as a camera intern on feature 'Hurricane'. The placement was organised by Filmmaking alumni Ada Wesolowska who was 2nd Assistant Director on the film.
  • Dina Amin completed a work placement at London-based production company Fly Film and student.
  • Alice Denny completed a six-month paid work placement via Erasmus, at Apple Films in Wrocaw, Poland.

BFI Southbank

Our excellent links with BFI Southbank, the UK's premiere film organisation, have enabled many filmmaking students to participate in BFI Southbank's exciting activities, including:

  • the youth jury for the London Film Festival (LFF)
  • internships in key departments
  • participation in the BFI's Future Film Festival
  • participating in exhibitions, schemes and programmes
  • all students attend an introduction to key BFI resources.

Annual Kingston Filmmaking screening at BFI

Since 2015, Filmmaking students have been invited to submit their films for the annual curated Kingston screening at the British Film Institute.

In 2017, students from all three undergraduate years had their films screened in NFT3 at the BFI. The event included a drinks reception in the Blue Room, attended by tutors, students and film industry professionals.

For more information, please visit the BFI website.

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Film festival and award successes

Our Filmmaking students have an excellent history of screening their work at external festivals and events.

These include London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Birds Eye Film Festival, the South London Gallery, Chicago Art House Film Festival, Lisbon Film Festival and the British Student Film Festival.

  • Current second year student Dylan Friese-Greene has been shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Awards for his short documentary Sian: Portrait of a Photographer.
  • Chiemi Shimada's film Chiyo, screening at Open City Documentary Festival in September 2019, has been nominated for Best UK Short.
  • Naomi Wong's graduation film 'Naturally Lazy' screened at the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival 2018.
  • Chiemi Shimada's graduation film 'Fragments' screened at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival in York 2017.
  • Zhao Siyu won Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival in 2017.
  • Will Hooper's graduation film won Best Underground Film at Lisbon International Film Festival in 2016.
  • Jacob Hesmondhalgh and Marie Hobson won Best Documentary Short at Weyauwega International Film Festival in 2015.
  • Ed Chappell won the Young Greenhorn Film Award at Greenhorn Short Film Festival in 2014.

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Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.