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BA (Hons)Film

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This three-year degree is one of the best known film courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching. Our students’ films are shown at festivals throughout the world and have won a host of honours and awards, including Royal Television Society Awards, a Student Academy Award (2011) and a Grierson Best Student Documentary Award (2015).

We operate from a purpose-built studio facility in Harrow, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, and extensive post-production facilities. The environment is both scholarly and creative, with all students studying film history, criticism and aesthetics alongside their practical work. You will learn to collaborate creatively as you develop production specialisms in areas such as writing, producing, cinematography, directing, production design, editing and sound. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We aim to develop thinking film makers who have something to say to, and about, the world. A very high proportion of our students go on to work in film and television, and recent work from notable alumni includes The Greatest Showman and Nocturnal Animals (Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer), Senna and Amy (Asif Kapadia, director) and No Time to Die and Skyfall (Neal Purvis, screenwriter, producer). Under the Shadow, the first feature directed by 2005 graduate Babak Anvari, was selected as the UK entry for the 2017 Best Foreign Language film Oscar and won the Outstanding Debut Award at the 2017 BAFTA Awards. The course receives substantial support from the industry and you will gain experience of working with professional actors, negotiating with facilities houses, equipment hire companies and local authorities.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Arts – you will work alongside students from design, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

The academic side of the course is assessed through presentations and through coursework essays that build in length through the levels, up to a substantial dissertation in the final year, where you carry out in-depth research into an academic or practical area of your own choice.

In film practice you will have the opportunity to explore different disciplines before finding your specialism in the second year. The emphasis is on group work, with small scale productions in the first year, larger groups in the second year, and substantial crews that also include second years in the final third year productions. The teaching of these specialisms and skills are supported by input from professionals through workshops, tutorials and feedback. Through this you will be introduced to more specialised skill based roles that are crucial to a professional crew and may inform your career path.

We encourage every student to take on work experience as part of their Professional Practice module, which aids them in finding work after graduation.

Career opportunities

Our students are very successful in gaining employment status and in many cases, straight from graduating. Many graduates go on to work freelance in their specialist areas, others start up their own production companies and some go on to MA courses which recently have included courses at the National Film and Television School and Cambridge University.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States