• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW603

BA (Hons) Film Practice

Designed to develop the creative, technical, commercial and practical skills required in digital film production, BA (Hons) Film Practice is geared towards industry.

About this course

Workshops are led by professionals in areas such as sound, lighting, directing, assistant directing, producing, editing, screenwriting, acting, the camera and production design. You will develop and expand your skills and potential to operate creatively and within a variety of technical roles.

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

Student films and profiles

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

LCC Student Voices // Tommy Coulter-Liston 

Students nominated for BFI Futures Best Director Award - LCC Blog

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

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

Content

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'll 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.

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 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)

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 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. 

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

Joint Course Leaders 

Klaus FriedPolly Nash

Associate Lecturer 

Tim Harrison

Senior Lecturer 

Peter Matthews

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

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W603
  • 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.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

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

International applicants

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

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

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.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.  

International applicants will have to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

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.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 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 80 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 you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).  

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor. 

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.

Student selection - what do we look for?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a portfolio/body of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and the quality of the uploaded portfolio/body of work
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in film practice, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, 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 will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment. 

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio/body of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

Please provide us with no more than 10 examples of your current work. Within this work sample, please include no more than five minutes of durational work (film, moving image or sound) along with a contextual statement that explains your contribution to the finished product. It is important that the admissions team are clear about your role(s) within the production of the durational work.  

Important Note: You are strongly advised not to delay the upload by trying to create new work; your main aim should be to demonstrate the creativity within your current portfolio.

Selection Criteria

The portfolio/body of work, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:        

  • Evidence of an informed interest in and appreciation of the subject area
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas through practice to achieve specific outcomes
  • Quality of ideas and thought processes in the approach to and production of your finished work

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

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

£19,350 (2018/19).

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

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 Film, MA 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

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.