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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council
Creative Skillset
  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: W293
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Film and Journalism
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Study abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Tim Tarrant
  • Key fact: BA(Hons) Filmmaking is a production-based course that will give you the practical and intellectual skills essential for a career in today's creative industries.


Why Filmmaking?

Our production-based BA (Hons) Filmmaking focuses on key drama and documentary storytelling skills by developing advanced craft techniques used in the professional media.  Creative practical work is underpinned by an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

The course pushes boundaries, intellectually and imaginatively. We will open your eyes to filmmaking for the 21st century through development of non-linear, trans-media and multiplatform projects.  The aim is to give you the knowledge to navigate the industry as it changes over the next 10 to 20 years by applying techniques you have never used, never imagined.

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

Why study this course?

Film making is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media studios, while production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

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 have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at the City Campus at Arnolfini and City Campus at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Real-world experience

Bristol is one of the UK's principal media production centres with a unique arts and culture scene. 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 broadcast commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who shared their influences and techniques. Visiting professors include Tom Archer, former head of documentaries at BBC Controller of Factual Production 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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