This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Film and Journalism
- City Campus
- Three years full-time
- Study abroad:
- Programme leader:
- Freya Billington
- Key fact:
- This production-based course gives you the practical and intellectual skills you need for a successful career in today's creative industries.
Page last updated 30 August 2018
Why study filmmaking?
Our everyday lives are filled with moving images through social media, TV streaming, broadcast TV and cinema to mention just a few.
Traditional cinema is still a huge and vibrant industry, and the surge in streaming services has created more opportunities for filmmakers to reach their audiences and produce truly cinematic storytelling.
We're also seeing the expansion of virtual and augmented reality and starting to discover how filmmakers will use this technology in the future.
The industry needs creative new filmmakers to produce adverts, music videos, social media campaigns, political films, documentaries big and small, TV series, independent titles and big summer blockbusters.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Filmmaking is based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources include digital media studios and production and fabrication workshops offering traditional tools and the latest technology.
This is a production-based degree - you'll learn by making. Our teaching team works at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise.
Attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed. Develop drama and documentary storytelling skills by developing advanced craft techniques used in the professional media. Gain an in-depth understanding of culture and context.
The course pushes boundaries, intellectually and imaginatively. Explore filmmaking for the 21st century through development of eclectic short form projects that span the vast opportunities for audience and presentation in the modern industry. Build the knowledge to navigate the industry as it changes over the next 10 to 20 years by applying cutting-edge techniques.
Our City Campus is a creative powerhouse. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.
Be a part of Bristol's vibrant arts and cultural scene, where students and workers in the creative industries often collaborate.
Our strong industry contacts include the BBC, ITV, Aardman Films@59, Bottleyard Film Studies and E3 Media. They provide ongoing professional input and work experience opportunities.
Attend talks from broadcast commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who will share their influences and techniques. Recent guest speakers include director Ben Wheatley (High Rise), write and director Gurindha Chandha (Bend It Like Beckham). We have also held masterclasses with editor St John O'Rorke (The White Princess) and art director Sarah Hauldron (Gosford Park).
Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.
Where can it take me?
The filmmaking industry is in a hugely exciting period covering a vast array sectors and outputs, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Our multi-skilled graduates go on to work in the creative industries for a range of media and multimedia production companies - as researchers, camera operators, editors, assistant directors/producers, mixers, graders and cinematographers.
Others go on to further study on MA or doctoral research projects.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Introduction to Filmmaking
- Creative Producer
- Designing Screen Fiction
- Experimental Short Form.
You will study:
- Sound for Screen
- Craft Lab
- Industry Experience.
Plus, optional modules from:
- Modern Short Form.
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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
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 Year two 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.
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.
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 / 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:
- An 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 Television Studios
- Cannes Young Director of the Year
- Media Adviser to the Shadow Minister for Media and Communications.
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.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
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.
- Tariff points: 128
- 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 and Design, Photography, Film and Media Production, Film and Media Studies, Drama, English, Music, Music Technology
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
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
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. In recent years we have also accepted applicants 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.
Applicants demonstrating practical experience/work experience, a passion for the subject and creative inspiration 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.
The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their
- Communication, interaction and analytical skills
- Critical engagement with the discipline/ profession/ programme area
- Interest and motivation to study
Further details specific to the programme are below.
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 you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333