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BA (Hons)Film (formerly Film and Television Production BA)

Tuition fee £12,500 per year
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This three-year degree is one of the best known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching. Our students’ films are shown at festivals all over the world, and have won Student Academy Awards and a host of honours in both the UK and across the world.

We operate from a purpose-built studio facility in Harrow, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, and extensive post-production facilities. The environment is both academic and practical, scholarly and creative, and all students study film history, criticism and aesthetics alongside their practical work. You will learn to collaborate creatively as you develop production specialisms in areas such as writing, producing, cinematography, directing, production design, editing and sound. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We aim to develop thinking film makers who have something to say to, and about, the world. A very high proportion of our students go on to work in film and television, and recent work from notable alumni includes We Need To Talk About Kevin (Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer), Senna and Amy (Asif Kapadia, director) and Jane Eyre (Paul Trijbits, producer). The course receives substantial support from the industry and you will gain experience of working with professional actors, negotiating with facilities houses, equipment hire companies and local authorities.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from design, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

The academic side of the course is assessed through presentations and through coursework essays that build in length through the levels, up to a substantial dissertation in the final year.

In film practice you will have the opportunity to explore different disciplines such as editing, sound, production design, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing and directing, before specialising in the second year.

The emphasis is on group work, with small groups of four to seven in the first year, larger groups of 14 in the second year, and up to 35 in the final third year productions.

Programme structure

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

Creating the Real: Documentary Cinema and Television
Film Theory and Analysis: Hollywood and Genre
Introduction to Film and Television Practice
The Art of Cinema

Year 2

The focus is on specialist areas, including directing, cinematography, screenwriting, producing, editing and sound, to enable you to work in larger crews.

Subjects of study include:

Aesthetics of Television Drama
Cinema, Dream and Fantasy
Contemporary British Cinema and Television
Contemporary World Cinema
Drama Production: Skills and Major Projects
Story, Structure and Style

Year 3

You will work on a dissertation, and drama, documentary and commercials production.

Subjects of study include:

Advanced Production
Advanced Screenwriting and Documentary Production
Professional Practice

Career opportunities

Some of our most recent graduate employment includes:

Location Runner on ‘Heart of the Sea’ (Charlotte Daniel)
Camera Trainee for ‘Cinderella’ (Jack Mealing)
D.I.T on ‘The Muppets 2’ (Josefine Thieme)
VFX Assistant for ‘Mr Selfridge’ (Harry Gay)
Production Coordinator at ‘Brook Lapping’ (Tom Cross)
Camera trainee on E4 series ‘Misfits’ (Cenay Said)
Editing trainee for feature film ‘One Day’ (Kieran Waller)
Visual Effects Producer at Nomdic Films (Matt Snyman)
Cinematographer for music videos by the likes of ‘Zero 7’ and ‘Fightstar’, as well as commercials for Pepsi, Nokia and other companies (Kit Fraser)
Production Coordinator on features like ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (Jannika Oberg)
Freelance storyboard editor for various TV programmes and commercials (Andy Hammond)
Production Coordinator for ‘Tonight with Trevor McDonald’ (Marie Hession)

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States