BA (Hons) Film Practice

Applications closed 2016/17

Applications for 2016/17 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Clearing 2016 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.

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.

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

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

LCC Student Voices // Tommy Coulter-Liston 

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

LCC Summer Shows 2015 - School of Media at BAFTA

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.

Facts

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

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineApplications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
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.

Assessment

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.

Structure

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.  

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.

Staff

Careers

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 Screenwriting and MA Documentary Film at LCC.

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

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.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

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).

Or

An Edexcel GNVQ at advanced level (or equivalent) at merit level

Or

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.

Or

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.

Or

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.

English language requirements

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 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 criteria

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria:

  • The quality of your work to date.
  • Originality within the portfolio work and film footage you present - which should evidence that you have some appreciation of both character and narrative.
  • Your suitability as evidenced in your personal statement
  • Your qualifications (or projected results).
  • Your academic or personal reference.

Personal Statement

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.

Your Portfolio

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.

Interview advice

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.

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

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

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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