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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 working professionally.

You will engage with innovative, ambitious ideas, developing successful films in groups and individually, 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.

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, 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.

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

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time WP63 2020
Location Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • Through our excellent links to industry, students take internships at organisations such as the BFI, Film London, LUX and Suite TV.
  • An annual screening of student films from all years takes place at the BFI. Your final graduation film will be screened on campus and at a central London cinema.
  • You'll be able to experiment with digital and analogue formats and shoot, process, telecine and edit on 8mm and 16mm gauges.

What you will study

From conception, ideas and creative strategies of engagement, through pre-production and planning, to the innovative resolution of bespoke film projects, this course provides you with an assured understanding of filmmaking and the roles of its key professionals.

From Director to Editor, Sound Recordist to Art Director, these specialisms are analysed throughout the course.

You'll learn how to contextualise, engage in 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 your own practice, and pertinent to the practice of your own discipline.

Over 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 you within the contemporary contexts of your discipline. Consolidating the research, reflexive and critical skills acquired throughout your programme of study, the Statement engages and applies learning undertaken within CHS modules to studio practice, supporting your self-presentation at Degree Show, in future post-graduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of Art and Design contexts.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

112 tariff points

Typical offer

112 UCAS points from Level 3 qualifications, including Art & Design subjects (i.e. A Levels, BTEC Diploma, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc).

Additional requirements

Entry onto the BA(Hons) Filmmaking course may require a digital portfolio as well as an interview as part of the application process. A short list of selected applicants are invited for an interview. 

UK-based applicants will be required to attend an in-person group interview with their physical portfolio. Further details about the interview will be sent with emailed interview invitations.

Applicants based outside of the UK may not be required to have an interview but will be required to submit a digital 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

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

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 exams. 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 teaching and learning: approximately 2-3 days per week.
  • Guided independent study: approximately 2 days per week.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.


How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg 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
Year 2
  • Practical / coursework
Year 3
  • Practical / coursework

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 teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. 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

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
Overseas Year 1 (2019/20): £15,300
Year 2 (2020/21): £15,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,900
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU 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.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which 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, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Text books

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, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

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.


In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.


Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

For this course you will be 

  • involved in processes of making, as means of exploration, experimentation, and understanding your practice, by using a diverse range of media and materials
  • required to purchase your own copy of books, for required reading
  • required to produce physical artefacts for assessment 
  • able to participate in optional study visits and/or field trips

However, over and above this you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for. 

In order to help you budget, the information below indicates what activities and materials are not covered by your tuition fees 

  • personal laptops and other personal devices 
  • personal copies of books 
  • optional study visits and field trips (and any associated visa costs)
  • printing costs
  • your own chosen materials and equipment
  • costs of participating at external events, exhibitions, performances etc.

The costs vary every year and with every student, according to the intentions for the type of work they wish to make. Attainment at assessment is not dependent upon the costs of materials chosen.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £15,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,900
Year 3 (2022/23): £16,200

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Eligible UK and EU 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.


You'll have access to the Moving Image workshop at Knights Park campus, in addition to many other studio spaces and workshops. Youll 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.

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.

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; and
  • 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; and
  • 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.

BFI Future Film Festival internships

Our students benefit from a wide range of activities offered through the partnership between Kingston and BFI. This includes an internship programme at the BFI Future Film Festival, which Kingston's first and second year filmmaking students can apply for.

The three-month, two-day-a-week internship is offered to two students each year following a selection process. Selected students will support the programming and education team to deliver a weekend of films in February.

For more information on the festival please visit the BFI website.

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 Hooperʼs 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.
Film festival and award successes

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