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: 2015/16
  • 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: Tim Tarrant
  • Key fact: Our BA(Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media is a production-based course that will give you the practical and intellectual skills essential for a career in today’s creative industries.

Introduction

Why Filmmaking and Creative Media?

Our production-based BA(Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media builds the strong storytelling, technical and teamworking skills you will need to work in the professional media. The course pushes boundaries, intellectually, imaginatively and technically. We will open your eyes to new ways of making films drama, documentary, nonlinear, transmedia, multiplatform applying techniques you have never used, never imagined. Creative practical work is underpinned by an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

Our high-quality, multiskilled graduates go on to work in careers in the creative industries and in groundbreaking roles in digital media.

Why study this course?

This is a production-based degree: you will learn by making. Our teaching team works at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise.

You will be based at Bower Ashton Campus alongside all our Creative Industries courses. Exceptional facilities supporting studies in filmmaking, creative media and broadcast journalism include a state-of-the-art Media Centre offering the latest technology.

Real-world experience

Bristol is one of the UK's principal media production centres. Our strong industry contacts, including the BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations, Endemol, Icon Films and E3 Media, ensure ongoing professional input. Work experience is integral to the course.

Recent guest speakers have included commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who shared their influences and techniques. Visiting professors include Tom Archer, former head of documentaries at BBC and a renowned documentary maker.

Where it can take you

The course provides excellent preparation for a rewarding career in the creative industries. Our graduates go on to work in wide range of media and multimedia production companies, as researchers, camera operators, editors, assistant directors/producers, mixers, graders, even cinematographers. Others go on to further study on MA or doctoral research projects.

Visit Vimeo to see a selection of films by our students.

Watch our video to find out more about the fantastic facilities for filmmaking, photography and broadcast media at UWE Bristol.

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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

Plus a selection of optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Narrative and Experience
  • Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills
  • Animation Option
  • Socrates and Developing Practice
  • Visual Culture: Contemporary Contexts

Final Year

In your final year 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

Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered. Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied however the structure will differ.

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

The course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council, and carries the Creative Skillset Tick indicating courses appropriate for a creative industries career.  

Placements

We have strong links with broadcasters and the film industry, with the cultural and voluntary sectors, and with commerce. You will spend at least 15 days on work experience in Years 2 and 3. We encourage a confident, entrepreneurial approach alongside imagination and creativity.

Placements could be with a major TV channel, a small independent film company or an up-and-coming digital media agency. Recent students have spent time at Tigress Productions and been involved in low-budget features in Halifax and Bristol. One gained an internship at Al Jazeera and another worked on a live multimedia performance.

You can also choose to take part in the Erasmus/Socrates European exchange programme in your second year to gain invaluable experience of filmmaking in a different industrial and cultural context.

Fieldwork

From the start, you will be encouraged to go out and make films and associated moving image work using a range of techniques in different environments.

Study facilities

Filmmaking and Creative Media is based at Bower Ashton Campus alongside all UWE Bristol's Creative Industries courses. Our unrivalled facilities include a fantastic Media Centre offering the latest technology. Equipment includes RED cameras, a fully fitted HD studio with gallery, state-of-the-art postproduction and dubbing resources, printing, photographic workshops, and well-equipped computer and digital media labs.

Staff have a range of industry credits and extensive expertise and we are able to offer full technical support for student projects.

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

Student success

Students have gone on to work at a wide range of media production companies and in a huge variety of roles. They include:

  • RTS Documentary National Award Winner
  • Head of Channel 4 T4 and Music
  • Ars Electronica Winner
  • Grierson-nominated Editor
  • Adam Curtis' Editor
  • Head of the BBC Centre of Technology
  • BAFTA-winning web designer for Aardman Animations
  • BBC Producer/Director and Series Director
  • Emmy-nominated Art Director,
  • Editor for Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach
  • Managing Director of Spectrecom
  • Cannes Young Director of the Year
  • Media Adviser to the Shadow Minister for Media and Communications.

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Careers/further study

Our graduates go on to work in media companies ranging from the BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations and Heart Radio to interactive multimedia companies and arts-based organisations. Posts include production management, camera operators, sound mixers, colour graders, researchers and even cinematographers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

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.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real-world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Be inspired

Read how Daniel's work experience led to a job with the BBC.

Read about some of the work opportunities generated by the Enterprise office.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Prospects - an overview of careers in the media

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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, or equivalent.
    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • 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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