BA (Hons) Film Practice

Applications closed 2017/18

Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Places available page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

Geared towards industry and designed to develop your creative, commercial and practical skills, BA (Hons) Film Practice will prepare you for a range of technical roles within film production. Workshops in the areas of sound, camerawork, lighting, directing and assistant directing, producing, acting, editing, screenwriting, and production design will develop and expand your skills and potential to operate creatively and within a variety of technical roles.

LCC Student Voices // Tommy Coulter-Liston 

News story round up of international success for BA (Hons) Film Practice students and graduates at recent film festivals around the world.
Still from Perfect, director. Raitis Petrovs (2014)

International Film festivals

Success for BA (Hons) Film Practice students and graduates at recent film festivals

Students nominated for BFI Futures Best Director Award - LCC Blog

First year student Luiza Herdy Costa made the film 'Saber Divider' for Shell through MOFILM

Work by first year BA (Hons) Film Practice student Grace Campbell 'Why I asked Anne Robinson to watch porn with me' featured on the Guardian website.
Grace Campbell

Guardian feature

First year student, Grace Campbell 'Why I asked Anne Robinson to watch porn with me' - The Guardian

Graduate Simon Ball, selected for ten international film festivals - LCC Blog

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.


Course Leader

Polly Nash and Klaus Fried

Course Location

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

£9,250 per year


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 academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

International Fee

£17,920 per year

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineApplications for 2017/18 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
UCAS CodeW603
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

BA (Hons) Film Practice has been developed for students with a passion for independent cinema, both documentary and fiction, who want a hands-on, industry-oriented programme, with a practical emphasis in digital production.

You can expect...

The backdrop to this course is the College's state-of-the-art media facilities that boast a multi-camera studio and Final Cut Pro editing suites. Students also benefit from LCC's excellent location which has easy access to the British Film Institute, Tate Modern and The Cinema Museum. The College is also home to the Stanley Kubrick Archive from where films are screened for seminars and guest lectures.

You'll be thrown into a hands-on learning experience in which you'll explore the entire film production process from development to post production. This rigorous and focused curriculum reflects the strategies, disciplines and realities of contemporary professional digital film production, and takes place in a nurturing and encouraging environment.

You'll also benefit from seminars with agents, development executives and exhibitors, who have been generous in offering to students invaluable opportunities to build professional networks and to receive career advice. In addition, you’ll develop key transferable skills such as entrepreneurship, project management and teamwork to support you in forging a successful career path.

Over the 3 years of your study, there will be collaborations with other students on 6 films, during which you'll experience all the roles that are critical to the production process. 

In order to complete these projects you'll make full use of a large amount of professional digital recording equipment and post-production facilities. In particular, you will be pushed to produce work that has a life beyond its academic assessment. And, you’ll be guided in making submissions to international film festivals and competitions in order to secure work experience at UK film festivals and to start building your professional CV.

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.


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.


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 Practice qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Film Practice (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 1: Modernism (20 credits)
  • Sound Design (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 2: the Global Village (20 credits)
  • Digital Production (40 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

  • Development (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 3: Creative Intent and Genre (40 credits)
  • Story (20 credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

  • Major Project (80 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Outline of the course

The course provides practical experience covering the entire production process from development to post production in a supported environment with industry professionals. This approach reflects the pressures of production deadlines and is designed with an emphasis on creativity and core skills, such as entrepreneurship, project management and teamwork.

The course provides a challenging and stimulating educational experience that will enable students to develop a range of creative, intellectual, vocational and transferable skills that are of direct application to both the commercial world and to further study.

Coursework upholds a methodological approach to professional film production while developing individual abilities and skills needed for employment. It is designed to create a culture of encouragement around the students and provide opportunities to explore the skills needed around freelance work such as financing, marketing and management.

Students are encouraged to produce work that has a life beyond assessment and are encouraged and supported in the submission of work to international film festivals and competitions such as Reed, Film Nation, Mishorts and London Short Film.

Students are also supported in securing work experience at UK film festivals such as Sheffield Documentary, Sundance, BFI and London Independent Film Festival.

The course places great importance on providing students with the opportunity to meet practitioners from all aspects of the film industry, including directors, AD's, producers, development executives, exhibitioners, location managers, casting agents, talent agents, production designers, art directors, cinematographers, sound-recordists, sound designers, gaffers and grips. Qualified professionals will give advice on how best to realise career aspirations.

The courses close ties with industry assure a strong professional practitioner turnout for the graduation industry screening in London's West End.  

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

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, please contact a member of the course team.


Programme Director

Chris Petter

Joint Course Leaders

Klaus Fried (Directing & Editing) and Polly Nash (Producing)

Senior Lecturers

Ian Liggett (Cinematography), Peter Matthews (Film theory), Deborah Salter (Screenwriting)

Associate Lecturers

Tim Harrison (Sound design), Françoise Gouliardon (Producing), Dean Williamson (Acting), Anna Bird (Acting), Ilga Leimanis (Drawing – Production/Design), Lucy Pickering (Sound Recording), Ryan Baxter (Script Development), Marcus Brent (Script Development), Michelle Salamon (VFX), Dan Saul (VFX), Jo Wiser (Industry Work Experience).

Visiting and Special Lecturers

The course teaching is also complemented by a range of Visiting and Special Lecturers, including a number of high-profile industry professionals across the film and media specialisms. Past visiting lecturers have included:

  • Kate Ogborn – Producing, including This Is England and Bronson  (IMDb)
  • Mark Hubbard – Line Producing, including St. Trinians (IMDb)
  • Kate Hardie – Directing (IMDb)
  • Matthew Lloyd – Directing Actors
  • Mark Denham – Acting (IMDb
  • Philip Wright – Acting (IMDb)
  • Roger Smith – Screenwriting, including as Ken Loach’s script advisor (IMDb)
  • JP Kelly – Production Design, including The Theory Of Everything and Under The Skin (IMDb)
  • Alice Normington – Production Design, including Nowhere Boy (IMDb)
  • Astrid Seiben – Art Direction and Technical Drawing (IMDb)
  • Adam Zoltowski – Construction Prod Design (IMDb)
  • Adele Fletcher – Sound Design & Dialogue Editing (IMDb)
  • Paul Parsons – Sound Recording (IMDb)
  • Nichola Koratjitis – Documentary Development (IMDb)
  • Jes Benstock – Documentary Development (IMDb)
  • Hilary Frankland – Script Development (IMDb)
  • Agnieszka Liggett – Editing (IMDb)
  • Katy Milner – VFX Animator (IMDb)
  • Mark Thornton – Editing (IMDb)
  • Björn Ventriss – Camera (IMDb)
  • Alex Howe – Camera (IMDb)
  • Paul Ros – Web Design
  • Paul Laverty – Screenwriting, including I, Daniel Blake (IMDb)


Future careers and graduate prospects:

Students graduating from the Film Practice course will be prepared to enter a variety of roles within the film and wider related media industries including within the following areas:

  • Production 
  • Camera and lighting
  • Sound 
  • Post-production (editing)
  • Art Department
  • Distribution and exhibition
  • Screenwriting / development
  • Graduates may also progress onto postgraduate courses, such as MA FilmMA Screenwriting and MA Documentary Film at LCC.

Industry links:

BA (Hons) Film Practice is well-connected to industry and students on the course often gain high-profile work-based placements. Previous students have gained placements with organisations including:

  • De Lane Lea (Warner Bros)
  • Art House Hire
  • Film Fix – Southwark Film Office
  • Technicolor
  • Imaginarium Studios
  • Spectacle Productions
  • Newman Hire
  • Vice TV
  • Lionsgate
  • Caviar Content
  • Food Network
  • Shanghai Media Group

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 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or 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:

80 new UCAS tariff points (200 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.


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 80 new UCAS tariff points (200 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.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) 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 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.

Admission Procedures

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 and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, your personal statement, and your portfolio of work. 

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College. 

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC may be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio. 

Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review/interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

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 suitability as evidenced in your personal statement and film work to date
  • Your qualifications (or projected results)
  • Your academic or personal reference

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

  • A strong interest in and appreciation of the subject area
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

Applicants are not guaranteed an interview or review of work and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, at any stage post-application.

Personal Statement (all applicants)

Your personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are genuinely engaged in documentary and/or fiction film production, and that you have thought very carefully about why you want to study BA (Hons) Film Practice.

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 can help you in the future. It is also an opportunity for you to state what you feel you would bring to the course.

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

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 (UK) and EU applicants

If invited for an interview at the college, applicants must bring examples of their film work on USB/memory stick, and/or as portfolio form which consists of photographs, sketchbooks and other two dimensional work.

Applicants are very rarely considered without examples of their film work to date. 

You will need to prepare up to 3 minutes of footage for an interview, and are advised to show sections of completed film, rather than a specially edited showreel. In some cases, in the absence of film work, we will consider photographic work in cases of applicants wanting particularly to pursue cinematography.  

Your work may also include examples of sculpture or set design, any applicants with an interest in sound design should bring examples of their audio work. You should show originality within the portfolio work and film footage you present - evidencing that you have some appreciation of both character and narrative.

If invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the course leader. The interview will be relatively informal and will take place at the College in Elephant & Castle.

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 our course.

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

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example, related academic or work experience.

International applicants: Full portfolio advice

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.


  • 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.

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: W603
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

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

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

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016. 

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 Practice 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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