• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW601

BA (Hons) Film and Television

BA (Hons) Film and Television is aimed at students with a passion for cinema, television and moving image art forms, which they want to develop through filmmaking and critical thinking about film.

About this course

The course is one of the UK’s most highly regarded film and television degrees. Course tutors include acclaimed filmmakers, lecturers and award-winning directors and producers. You will benefit from many opportunities to secure work in the international screen industries.

Gain a grounding in a wide range of production methods and styles: from narrative fiction to fine art films and installations, and from documentaries to multi-camera television drama. 

You will have a stimulating and diverse range of options to choose from and learn skills in directing, producing, sound design, cinematography and editing. You'll use Final Cut Pro HD and Pro Tools/Logic sound software and specialise in your chosen area of production. 

Student films and profiles

LCC Student Voices // Patrick Taylor

LCC Student Voices // Josie Brown and Bradley Wilson

LCC Student Voices // Jakub Pieta and Julia Konstantinova

Watch: LCC Degree Shows 2016 // Film screening, showcase and panel discussion evening

LCC Student Voices // Mitchel Marion 

Watch: BA (Hons) Film & Television // Graduation Trailer 2014 

Content

BA (Hons) Film and Television is aimed at students with a passion for cinema, television and moving image art forms which they want to develop through filmmaking and critical thinking about film.

The course gives you the opportunity to gain a grounding in a wide range of production methods and styles: from narrative fiction to fine art films and installations and from documentaries to multi-camera television drama.

You will be able to develop your own unique themes, style and portfolio as a filmmaker by collaborating on at least one film every term and experimenting in these different production styles.

We encourage students to experiment with a range of technologies for recording, editing and projecting film throughout the three years. We offer networked Final Cut Pro HD editing and Protools/Logic sound systems and a high-quality preview projection theatre.

Our students participate in a programme of engaging film theory seminars with film screenings. The focus of these seminars is on the ideas and philosophies that have informed both filmmakers and film critics of the past and on new discourses for film criticism and practice in the future. In Year 3 of the course, you can develop your own interests in film culture by writing a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Unlike other film undergraduate courses in the UK, we give you the opportunity to receive professional workshops and tutorials in a specialism other than directing. In your final year of study, you can choose between six specialisms: directing, producing, sound design, cinematography, editing and first assistant directing.

The course offers you a unique opportunity to collaborate on film projects with students from other relevant courses in the College, such as animation or graphic design; previous student films have used an original soundtrack composed by students from BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design. You can also collaborate with students from other Colleges in the University, for instance, set design, fashion design and make-up design at either Wimbledon College of Art, Chelsea College of Art or London College of Fashion.

You will also be able to participate in a wide range of guest talks from filmmakers and artists from all over the world. Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials are led by a vibrant mix of award-winning filmmakers, published academics and film critics. Course mentors, advisors and workshop leaders include critically acclaimed professionals from film, television, music video, commercials and the art world.

Course units

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Film and Television qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Professional Practices in Film and Television (20 credits)
  • Sound, Image, Story: The Foundations of mise-en-scene (20 credits)
  • Media Cultures 1 (40 credits)
  • The TV Studio: Drama and Factual Programming (20 credits)
  • Documentary (20 credits)

This first establishes your foundation of visual, technical, theoretical and communication skills related to the study and practice of film and television and associated media, you will complete the following:

  • Practice-based projects
  • Practical and technical workshops 
  • Essays, critical analyses and presentations in response to the contextual studies programme

Year 2

Units summary:

  • The Script (20 credits)
  • Media Cultures 2 (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Specialisms (40 credits)

The emphasis at this level will be to enable you to:

  • Analyse and evaluate technical and aesthetic knowledge of film and television and associated media.
  • Explore opportunities to specialise within film and television production, begin developing specialist skills and personal style and approach.
  • Develop and enhance your ability to work creatively in the moving image and in sound.
  • Analyse argument through essays addressing contemporary issues in film and television and associated media.
  • Consolidate the ability to compose a written paper and give a seminar presentation based on research and argument.
  • Understand the varied employment opportunities in the relevant industries through contact with a range of industry professionals.
  • Analyse and evaluate issues outside film and television through the elective unit.
  • Acquire the study/research skills necessary for this stage of the course. 
  • Work as an assistant in Year 3 projects.

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)
  • Media Cultures 3: Enterprise (20 credits)

The emphasis at this level will be to:

  • Work both independently and collaboratively in the production of major works both practical and theoretical.
  • Develop a personal creative approach and style within a specialist skill on a major group project.
  • Judge the appropriate strategies required to research, plan and present effectively.
  • Apply an appropriate level of technical resolution to the completion of a production.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theory and practice, articulated through the major project and dissertation.
  • Analyse your personal and colleagues' contributions to the production project.
  • Focus on career and postgraduate opportunities.
  • Time-management, budgeting, inventorying and documentation coordination.
  • Present coherent arguments, theories, ideas, concepts and visions.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

Course Leader 

Ceri Higgins

Senior Lecturer

Patricia Diaz

Associate Lecturers

Mark ClompusRob MacGillivray

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W601
  • There is no campus code for LCC

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application.

 

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Film and Television for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry. 

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

120 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A-levels will be achieved at grade C or above.

Or

One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).  

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor. 

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Student selection - what do we look for?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a portfolio/body of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and the quality of the uploaded portfolio/body of work
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in film and television, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio/body of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

Please provide us with an example of your current work. Please include no more than two minutes of durational work (film or moving image) along with a contextual statement that explains your role(s) within the production of the work.      

Important Note: You are strongly advised not to delay the upload by trying to create new work; your main aim should be to demonstrate the creativity within your current portfolio. 

Selection Criteria

The portfolio/body of work, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:      

  • Evidence of an informed interest in and appreciation of the subject area
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas through practice to achieve specific outcomes
  • Quality of ideas and thought processes in the approach to and production of your finished work

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage. 

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

 

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

BA (Hons) Film and Television graduates have gone on to very successful careers in the UK and US screen industries from independent film, to commercial television, music video, advertising and art film.

As a result of our close proximity to the creative industries centre in Shoreditch, the old centre of film in the West End, and the Tate Modern and BFI Southbank, you are able to start networking with potential employers long before you graduate.

Most of our students have already embarked on their career ladder by combining their studies with 1-2 days per week working for film and television companies in the East End or West End before leaving the BA.

The course is run in partnership with many award-winning post-production companies and suppliers who provide equipment, mentors and guest lectures on a regular basis. Most students combine their studies with work placements or paid roles in these organisations.

UAL Jobs and Careers

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.