One of the UK's most highly regarded film and television degrees. Acclaimed film-makers and lecturers. A stimulating range of options. With the BA (Hons) Film and Television you get access to all three. From directing to producing and from sound design to cinematography, you'll use industry-standard software, choose your own specialism and see your work on screen. In 2012/13 our graduates' films went up for awards at BAFTA and the British Film Institute.
BA (Hons) Film & Television | Graduation Screening 2013 | BFI
BA (Hons) Film and Television 2012. Final year showreel screening at BAFTA
London College of Communication at Elephant and Castle
Study Level Undergraduate Study Mode Full time Course Length 3 years full time Home/EU Fee
Standard tuition fee for 2014/15: £9,000
Standard tuition fee for 2014/15: £15,180
Start Date September 2014 Autumn Term Dates Monday 29 September 2014 – Friday 12 December 2014 (Starting with Freshers Week) Spring Term Dates Monday 12 January 2015 – Friday 27 March 2015 Summer Term Dates Tuesday 27 April 2015 – Friday 26 June 2015 Application Route
Through UCAS. Please see the apply tab for more information.
Application Deadline Priority consideration is given to those applications received by 15 January deadline, however applications submitted beyond this point will still be considered UCAS Code W601 University Code U65
Content and Structure
The 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 film-making 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 art gallery 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 film-maker 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, a high quality preview projection theatre, and a variety of different gallery spaces.
Our students participate in a programme of engaging weekly film theory seminars with film screenings. The focus of these seminars is the ideas and philosophies that have informed both film-makers and film critics of the past, and on new discourses for film criticism and practice in the future. In Year 3 of the programme, you are given the chance to 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 1st assistant directing.
Our BA offers an unique opportunity to collaborate in your film projects with students working in other artistic fields in the College, particularly those working in animation, sound arts, and graphic design; many of our student films benefit from original soundtracks composed by musicians and DJs from the Sound Arts BA. You can also collaborate with students from other Colleges in the University of the Arts London, particularly those studying set design, fashion design and make-up design at Wimbledon College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and London College of Fashion.
You will also be able to participate in a wide-range of guest talks from artists and filmmakers from all over the world. Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials are led by a vibrant mix of award-winning film- makers, published academics and film critics. Course mentors, advisors and workshop leaders include critically acclaimed artists and top professionals from film, television, music video, commercials, and the art world.
Your work will be screened regularly in LCC's own high definition cinema and art galleries. The College also benefits from a central London location near the BFI/NFT, Tate Modern, Cinema Museum and Kubrick Archive within the UAL Special Collections Centre, where we regularly screen films for our seminars and guest lecturer programmes.
This course is taught within the School Of Media.
Learning and teaching
Courses in 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 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 always sounds austere and foreboding, but it is not. We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.
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. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.
Year 1 consists of the following units:
- Introduction to Higher Education
- Politics of Screen Practice
- Studio Practice
- Contextual Studies
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 consists of the following units:
- Narrative and Genre
- Collaborative Project
- Contextual Studies
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
- Introduce you to 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
- Enable you to work as an assistant on year three projects.
Year 3 consists of the following units:
- Major Project
- Creative Sectors
- Contextual Studies
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
Programme Director: Chris Petter
Course Leader: David Hoyle
BA 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 TV 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.
Our Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) team can help you find out about careers contacts for film and TV and offer advice on funding opportunities to showcase your film work and/or visit festivals for 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. Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) are dedicated to helping you build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. You will also benefit from our many relationships with industry, which give our students exclusive opportunities and access to networks and funding.
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.
Find out more about Student Jobs and Careers
Recruitment and admissions
The BA Film and Television course team recognise applicants come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds from across the world. The course in the main attracts students who apply direct from A level or other equivalent qualifications but it also welcomes students from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Pathway) and other art related courses as well as mature students who may have worked in industry.
Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)
For admission to the BA Film and Television course applicants normally need:
240 UCAS tariff points but a minimum of 160 UCAS tariff points (gained at GCE Advanced level) will be considered, supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved 1 subject at GCE Advanced level and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. In addition, the University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will be considered.
We also accept people with the equivalent qualifications obtained through a National Diploma, Access, NVQ and a variety of other pre-University level qualifications including International and European Baccalaureate. Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered.
We also accept those with relevant professional and vocational qualifications.
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 Social Science subjects.
Other 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 with 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.
Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with BA Film and Television Theory and practice.
Language requirements (International/EU)
International and EU students: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required.
If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information is available on our Language Requirements page.
International Applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding International Admissions.
Study Abroad applicants
International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad website for details on how to apply or contact the Study Abroad office on:
T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and course leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.
International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.
The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.
Applications are normally made through UCAS. Applications for this course are assessed on the basis of qualifications and the personal statement. If more information is required, a member of the course team may contact the applicant and in some cases, may request the candidate to attend an interview.
Student selection criteria - what do we look for?
All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:
- Firstly they will look at your qualifications (or projected results).
- Secondly, they will review your academic or personal reference.
- Then they will scrutinise your personal statement, showreel and 500 word film analysis.
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 the academic reference, you may be invited to the second stage of the application process. The admissions team will look for a personal statement that demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the Film and Television and a passion for the subject.
The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in Film and Television and that you have thought very carefully about why you want to study on this course.
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 biggest chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. It is also an opportunity for you to state what you feel you would bring to the course. Through their personal statement, applicants should show a strong interest in Film and Television. This can be demonstrated through work experience, studying and personal experience and their ambitions for personal development as a student at the LCC.
You have to produce a two minute showreel of film related work that demonstrates your creativity and passion for the moving image. We are not looking for highly finished pieces, but a selection of your work that demonstrates your ideas, vision and your potential. We do not accept work that is a montage of material cut to music. This should be sent along with a 500 word written film analysis.
Occasionally an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application with the Course Leader or who the Course Leader feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to final consideration.
If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement- from which the Course Leader’s questions will probably arise. The interview will be relatively informal and will take place, normally, at the 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.
Minimum UAL entry requirements
Find out more about the University's Regulations on Admissions.
How to Apply
You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.
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.
You can find London College of Communication (LCC) courses listed under University of the Arts London.
The University code is U65. The UCAS course code is W601. There is no 'campus code' for LCC.
If you have an admissions enquiry please contact us:
T: +44(0)20 7514 6599
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form and select LCC along with your question.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:
The LCC International Admissions Team look after all non-EU international applicants who want to study a full-time course at LCC. They can provide admissions advice, help with processing applications and enrol international students once they arrive at the University.
If you have any questions please contact the LCC International Admissions Team:
T: +44 (0)20 7514 8138
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
Study Abroad Applicants
International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.