A student standing in front of a green screen with a camera in the foreground

BA(Hons)

Filmmaking

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
W293
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years full-time
Delivery:
Full-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Freya Billington
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.

Page last updated 22 September 2017

Introduction

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: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Creative Producer
  • Scriptwriting
  • Designing Screen Fiction
  • Experimental Short Form.     

Year two

You will study:

  • Documentary
  • Sound for Screen
  • Craft Lab
  • Industry Experience.

Plus optional modules from:

  • Narrative and Modern Short Form (both modules)

or

  • International Exchange.

Final year

You will study:

  • Commercial Short Form
  • Production 1
  • Specialist Practice
  • Production 2
  • Professional Showcase
  • Independent Research Project in Filmmaking.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a mix of lectures and seminars. Take part in an extensive range of craft technical workshops at each level of the course.

As well as studying technical, practical and theoretical ideas to enhance every stage of your creative output, the modern filmmaker also needs a solid understanding of teamwork, ethics and professionalism.

You'll explore these elements in preparation for the needs of today's creative film industry.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

See our students' exhibits on Tumblr and Vimeo.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
154%46%0%100%
245%55%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through projects, essays, group presentations and audio-visual presentation. There are no exams.

You'll write critical of your own production work and relate it to the broader context and history of professional media production.

Marks from second and final year modules count towards your final award.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
10%100%0%100%
20%90%10%100%
30%100%0%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

The course is recognised by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council. It carries the Creative Skillset tick, which shows the course is appropriate for a creative industries career.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We have strong links with broadcasters and the film industry, the cultural and voluntary sectors and commerce. You'll spend at least 15 days on work experience in your second and final year.

Your placement could be with a major TV channel, a small independent film company or an up-and-coming digital media agency. Past students have spent time at Tigress Productions, worked on low-budget features in Halifax and Bristol and interned at Films@59, Al Jazeera and the Encounters and Afrika Eye film festivals.

Take part in the Erasmus/Socrates European exchange programme in your second year to gain valuable experience of filmmaking in a different industrial and cultural context.

Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

From the start, you'll be encouraged to go out and make films using a range of techniques in different environments.

You'll be introduced to the pressures of working both on location and on film sets built in our brand new production studio.  

Explore every element available to the filmmaker, such as scriptwriting, production design, creative producing, sound recording and sound design.

With each module, you'll be encouraged and supported to develop work that challenges and enriches your own approach and abilities as a filmmaker.

Study facilities

Fimmaking is based at Bower Ashton Studios with access to specialist facilities and resources and animation studios.

Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. You'll attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Bower Ashton houses the main creative and cultural industries library as well as student support services.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

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 managers, camera operators, sound mixers, colour graders, researchers and cinematographers.

Past students include:

  • AnRTS Documentary National Award Winner
  • Head of Channel 4 T4 and MusicArs 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 Television Studios
  • Cannes Young Director of the Year
  • Media Adviser to the Shadow Minister for Media and Communications.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - an overview of careers in the media

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year550

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels
  • Relevant subjects: Art, Media, Design and Technology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Portfolio and selection session

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 wide variety of subjects and 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% of applicants with A-levels, 25% with BTEC/GNVQ Media, 25% from foundation courses and 25% 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.

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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