• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW601

BA (Hons) Film and Television

Applications closed 2017/18

Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed. You may also be interested in BA (Hons) Live Events and Television. For a full list of courses with places available visit the UAL Clearing page.

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

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.


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.

Deferred entry

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.

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

International applicants

 

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

 

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

 

International applicants can apply through one of three routes only:

 

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

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

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.

Deferred entry

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.

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)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 new UCAS tariff points (260 old 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 104 new UCAS tariff points (260 old 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 English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification- see below.

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 in English on the Language Requirements page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions. 

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Your personal statement along with your film and television work
  • Your qualifications (or projected results)
  • Your academic or personal reference
  • A showreel and 500 word film analysis (only if requested)

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  1. Evidence of an in-depth interest in and appreciation of the subject area
  2. An engagement with critical and analytical approaches to the area of study
  3. An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

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 (all applicants)

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.

Pre-selection activity advice (Home and EU applicants only)

All UK/EU applicants are required to complete a pre-selection activity, via PebblePad and from this the course team will invite suitable candidates to attend an interview at LCC. Applicants will be sent a link to PebblePad, where they will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Two short exercises (The brief and full instructions will be given to you via PebblePad
  • 50-word personal statement

Then based on the quality of the work submitted to PebblePad, suitable candidates will be invited for interview where they will have the opportunity to show examples of their film work (portfolio) to date.

Interview advice (Home and EU applicants)

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

If invited for interview, you will also be asked to prepare a task for discussion. We will also review the work submitted for your application brief, and discuss it with you. 

The interview will be at a morning or afternoon session, and will be relatively informal. You’ll have a short individual interview, followed by a group activity alongside other candidates. You may also have the opportunity to see a BA Film & Television class in action, stay to hear one of our industry guest speaker talks, meet the course team, or have a tour of our facilities.

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

Full portfolio advice (International applicants)

All International applicants are required to prepare a digital portfolio, with examples of your film work to date. We want to know what kinds of films you watch, what specialism (if any) you wish to pursue on the course, and first and foremost, we want to know why in particular you want to study on the course.

Guidance:

  • Your portfolio should include photographs, sketchbook images and other two dimensional work.
  • Your film work should include up to 3 minutes of footage, and you are advised to show sections of completed film, rather than a specially edited showreel.

Your work may also include examples of sculpture or set design, and any applicants with an interest in sound design should show examples of their audio work. In some cases, in the absence of film work, we will consider photographic work - in cases of applicants wanting particularly to pursue cinematography.

You should show originality within the portfolio work and film footage you present - evidencing that you have some appreciation of both character and narrative.

You will be asked to upload your work to PebblePad review tool, and full instructions will be given. The international academic admissions team may then invite you for interview (at LCC, or via Skype) or inform you of the decision on your application.

We look forward to viewing your work.

Next steps

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

£17,920 (2017/18).

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.