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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.
Polly Nash and Klaus Fried
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)
£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)
|Start Date||September 2016|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
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.
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 exe cutives 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 three years of your study, there will be collaborations with other students on six films, during which you'll experience all the roles that are critical to the production process. Your final major project- the focus of the third year – will be screened in London’s West End, to an audience that has a consistently strong professional turnout.
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.
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.
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.
Programme Director: Chris Petter
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:
Camera and lighting
Distribution and exhibition
Screenwriting / development
Graduates may also progress onto postgraduate courses, such as MA Screenwriting and MA Documentary Film at LCC.
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:
BA (Hons) Film Practice is expected to appeal to students with a strong interest in film production who may want to pursue a career in the independent sector or further study in the field at postgraduate level.
Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:
200 UCAS tariff points or above which equals two (or more) A-Level/AVCE passes with two at Grade B or above, with at least three GCSE passes (A-C).
An Edexcel GNVQ at advanced level (or equivalent) at merit level
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. The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will be considered.
We also accept applicants 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.
Exceptionally, 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 experience. This might, for example, be demonstrated by related academic work and/or professional experience in a parallel field, such as theatre or other time-based art-forms.
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.
All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria:
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.
If invited for an interview, applicants must bring examples of their work on CD and/or as portfolio form which consists of photographs, sketchbooks and other two dimensional work. 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.
However, applicants are very rarely considered without examples of their film work to date. You will also need 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.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate 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.
If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the Course Leaders. The interview will be relatively informal and will take place, at the College in Elephant & Castle.
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.
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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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