BA (Hons) Film and Television

Applications closed 2016/17

Applications for 2016/17 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Clearing 2016 page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

One of the UK's most highly regarded film and television degrees. Acclaimed film-makers and lecturers. A stimulating range of options. With BA (Hons) Film and Television you get access to all three. From directing and producing to sound design and cinematography, you'll use industry-standard software, choose your own specialism and see your work on screen. Our graduate films have been up for awards at BAFTA and the British Film Institute.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

BA (Hons) Film & Television | Graduation Trailer 2014 | BFI

LCC Student Voices // Mitchel Marion 

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Ceri Higgins

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineApplications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW601
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

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 in 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.

Learning and teaching

Courses at UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility for and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. 

Structure

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)

Year 1 establishes a foundation of visual, technical, theoretical and communication skills related to the study and practice of film and television and associated media.

In Year 1 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 on 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 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 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.

Staff

Programme Director: Chris Petter

Course Leader: Ceri Higgins

Careers

BA (Hons) Film and Television students 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 BA 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.

Artsmart organise events like Starting out in film and television where a panel of speakers from film and television discuss and share tips on how to kickstart your career in these highly competitive industries. At events like this you get to find out from professionals and recent graduates about funding, freelance work and the importance of networking.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

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 a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve:

260 UCAS tariff points, supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

A typical applicant might have:

  • GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at Grade B or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. 
  • National Diploma.
  • Access certificate recognised by the National Open College Network.
  • Edexcel GNVQ at advanced level (or equivalent) at merit level.

The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging, your A levels (or equivalents) would ideally be achieved at Grade C or above and may include: English, History, Media, Business, Art and Design or other subjects within Social Sciences. We will consider applicants with A levels in all other subjects if they can demonstrate an informed interest in Film, Television or other Visual Media.

Alternative Entry Routes

We also welcome applicants such as mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience.

In such cases students applying on the basis of their previous experience or who wish to enter the course through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes should apply via UCAS and will be guided by the admissions staff on the AP(E)L processes.

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 at enrolment.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), 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 Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria:

  • Your qualifications (or projected results).
  • Your academic or personal reference.
  • Your personal statement.
  • A showreel and 500 word film analysis (only if requested)

Consideration will be given to your UCAS application. The admissions team will read all applications and, depending on the strength of your qualifications your personal statement and academic reference, you may be invited to the second stage of the application process. 

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a very important part of your application and should clearly demonstrate your interest in film and television and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

The course team will look for a personal statement that demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the film and television and a passion for the subject.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, studying and personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should take great care when writing your personal statement to ensure that it is well written, clear 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 can help you in the future. It is also an opportunity for you to state what you feel you would bring to the course.

Portfolio Advice - Showreel

Applicants are not guaranteed an interview or review of portfolio (showreel and film analysis), and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, at any stage post-application.

In some cases the Course Leader may wish to see more of your work, if so, full details of what is required will be sent to you by a course administrator.

You will be asked to provide a two-minute showreel of film-related work that demonstrates your creativity in terms of the moving image.

We are not looking for highly finished pieces, but for work that demonstrates your ideas, vision and potential.

We do not accept work that is a montage of material cut to music. In such cases, your showreel should be submitted along with a 500-word written film analysis.

Interview Advice

If you are invited for interview you can prepare by thinking of questions that you may have for the Course Leader, and by re-familiarising yourself with your personal statement, from which the Course Leader's questions will probably arise.

The interview will be relatively informal and will take place, normally, at LCC.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Next Steps

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

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, 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.

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

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

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.

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