BA(Hons)
Filmmaking and Creative Media

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council Creative Skillset
  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: W293
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Creative Industries
  • Campus: Bower Ashton
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Abigail Davies
  • Key fact: Real world insight from industry professionals is central to the teaching and we run an extensive programme of guest lectures and master classes.

Introduction

BA(Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media combines video, sound and interactive multimedia, to explore the creative potential of media in a converging multi-platform digital world.

The course is production-based, enabling students to build strong story-telling, technical and team-working skills essential to working in the professional media.  Creative practice is informed by academic study developing students' understanding of media cultures and contexts.

Visit the Vimeo web site to see a selection of films by Filmmaking and Creative Media students.

Bristol is one of the UK's principal media production centres. UWE has established links with the BBC, ITV and independents such as Aardman Animations, Endemol, Icon Films and E3 Media. The teaching team are at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice with high levels of expertise in their professional and academic roles.

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Structure

Content

Year 1

In Year 1 you are introduced to a variety of media including interactivity, TV Studio, scriptwriting, short film, photography, audio and site-specific media, developing a broad range of creative, technical and production skills.

Seminars introduce key ideas and debates, and begin to critique media processes. Students will learn to plan, record and edit sequences in video and sound and to use computers to manipulate text, sound, and images to make a multimedia project.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Professional Practice 1: Introduction to Filmmaking and Creative Media
  • Scriptwriting
  • Sound, Image and Sensory Experience
  • Exploring Interactive Media
  • Creating Screen Fiction

Year 2

You will explore factual and fictional narrative forms in depth, making multi-platform documentaries and dramas, and building your creative, craft and critical analysis skills. Developing professional and craft skills is also an important component of this year. Option modules include overseas study and an opportunity to produce multi-media, on-line travel 'blogs'.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Documentary Research and Production
  • Narrative and Experience
  • Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills

Year 3

In Year 3 you have the creative freedom to produce a portfolio of work that showcases your talents, supported by an intensive teaching and tutorial programme with advanced technical instruction by visiting industry professionals. Projects produced during this year are often innovative, highly ambitious and award winning.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Preparation for Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media
  • Professional Practice 3: Work Experience and Future Directions
  • Filmmaking and Creative Media Dissertation
  • Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning takes place primarily through lectures and seminars. There is an extensive range of craft technical workshops at each level of the course.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course, including projects, essays, group presentations and audio-visual presentation. There are no exams. Critical evaluations are written throughout the course. In these students are expected to critique and analyse their own production work, and also relate it to the broader context and history of professional media production. Marks from modules undertaken in years 2 and 3 can contribute to the final award.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Special Features

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council, and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

Placements

Students can take part in the ERASMUS/SOCRATES European exchange programme.

Study facilities

Significant investment in a new Media Hub at Bower Ashton campus supports studies in broadcast journalism, filmmaking and creative media.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Student success

Our students have enjoyed considerable success over the years, winning many Royal Television Society Regional Student Awards as well as Creative Filmmaking prizes awarded by the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image. Student work has been selected for Sheffield International Documentary Festival and Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival amongst many other festivals and screened at the Eat Our Shorts national Student Media Showcase at the National Film Theatre in London. 

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Careers/further study

We have an excellent track record in producing high quality, multi-skilled and knowledgeable graduates who go onto work both in the established media and creative industries as well as ground-breaking roles in digital new media.

Graduates from this course (formerly called Media Practice) are now working in a wide range of media production companies, including the BBC, ITV, Heart Radio, Aardman Animations and for a variety of interactive multimedia production companies in the region and beyond.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skill development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives, including the highly successful Undergraduate Internship Scheme, we nurture talent and encourage innovation. Through these opportunities students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the job market.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

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Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Prospects - an overview of careers in the media

The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies and after you graduate in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies. They also source opportunities for students to gain work based experience. This support can be accessed face to face, over the telephone or online.

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Fees

Fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

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Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 280
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Art, Design and Technology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DMM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 L3 credits at merit; achievement of Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language. Applicants completing Level 3 credits in Art and Design are guaranteed an interview.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 25 points

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Individual offers may vary. Entry is based on portfolio and ability. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. Students of all ages and from all social backgrounds are recruited with a variety of qualifications including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A levels or equivalent qualification in Art and Design

Applicants demonstrating commitment to and knowledge of the subject on their application form are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field. It should be noted that it may not be possible to interview every applicant to the course.

Entry on to this course has always been competitive. In recent years we have taken approximately 25 per cent of applicants with A-levels, 25 per cent with BTEC/GNVQ Media, 25 per cent from foundation courses and 25 per cent students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience. We particularly welcome applications from these students, since we feel that they make a distinctive and important contribution to the life of the academic community.

To have a good chance of obtaining a place on the course, you should be able to bring a portfolio of media related work to the interview. The emphasis is definitely on quality not quantity, but the portfolio might include samples from any of the following: video show reels, CD-ROMs, web design work, audio materials, artwork, storyboards, photography and samples of written work.

If we feel an applicant has the right potential but is not yet ready for the undergraduate course, it is possible that we will recommend the Foundation Studies: Creative Media Arts course, prior to studying at degree level. Please see the general information about applications.

How to apply

Applications should be made through UCAS but it should be noted that it may not be possible to interview every applicant to the course.

Please see the general information about applications.

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