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BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Apply to start in September 2019
This course has places available. Read our Guide to applying for a course starting this September and complete our self-apply form to make an application to UAL.
For a full list of UAL courses open for 2019/20 entry, visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page.

BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies teaches the historical, theoretical, cultural and critical analysis of film and screen to the next generation of filmmakers and influencers in the commissioning, distribution, curation and exhibition of film and screen.

Great reasons to apply

  • You'll be taught the knowledge and skills for the current, emerging and evolving screen industries.
  • You'll explore an extensive programme of films and a broad investigative analysis, underpinning the intellectual core of your studies.
  • A  student-led graduation film/screen festival offers you the opportunity to curate an outward, public-facing event.
  • The course promotes an inclusive approach to the distinct diverse voices from the UK and the international filmmaking community.
  • The course is modelled to generate graduates who are ethically aware, creative risk-takers, for film/screen distribution.
  • Investigation and critical analysis is informed by contextual studies, practice and the technologies of a breadth of screen disciplines.
  • Opportunities for furthering archival research around the Stanley Kubrick Archive and other film-based archives onsite at LCC.
  • You'll develop a critical and analytical approach to the moving image and problem solving and will learn the transferable skills of project management, marketing and public relations.
  • The course is based in the heart of London – the centre of the UK’s film and TV industries. LCC is located within easy reach of the IMAX, the BFI Southbank and the British Film Institute Library, as well as a large concentration of cinemas and venues in central London.

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Course details

On BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies you'll explore the rich global history of the moving image from the 20th Century, alongside contemporary immersive and interactive platforms.

Develop your critical thinking through an extensive programme of film screenings, delivered alongside contextual analysis. You'll explore film and screen narrative from the cinematic, historic, national, geographic, genre, ethnic and diversity perspective.

For your final graduation project, you'll have options to collaborate and curate a film or screen festival or to further your academic research.

BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies aims to generate graduates who are insightful, analytical, commercially minded and ethically aware.

What to expect?

  • The course is taught through an extensive programme of screenings, lectures, and seminars.
  • You'll learn about moving image and screen practices through a combination of contextual theory units and practical workshops.
  • The course celebrates distinct identities and diverse voices. You'll explore British-Black, Asian- British, LGBTQA, gender and feminist debates within the screen industry.
  • You'll explore how innovative techniques and tools inform storytelling and interactivity on the screen.
  • You'll look at audience engagement and learn practical and critical skills for programming, curating, archiving or mounting an exhibition of the moving image for an audience.
  • You'll have a chance to collaborate with other programmes within LCC's Screen School.

You will leave the course with:

  • An advanced understanding of how the British and International film and TV businesses work.
  • A developed understanding of how your personal identity connects to film narrative and how to promote that vision.
  • The experience of curating an outward-facing festival in a capital city.
  • A thorough understanding of film grammar and an overview of current and emerging film technologies.
  • A network of industry contacts.
  • A set of collaborative and transferable skills that can compete effectively in any employment market.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.

This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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

Year one

Unit summary:

  • Introduction to film and screen studies (20 credits)
  • Moving image as an art form (40 credits)
  • Innovation and Storytelling (40 credits)
  • Creative technologies for storytelling and interactive (20 credits)

Year two

Unit summary:

  • Distinctive identities (40 credits)
  • Curating for the screen (20 credits)
  • Interrogating the truth (40 credits)
  • Collaborative project (20 credits)

Year three

Unit summary:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • The emerging future (20 credits)
  • Major project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

  • Interactive lectures
  • Group learning
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Peer-led seminar learning
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Self-directed learning
  • Guest speakers
  • Study trips
  • Formative and summative assessment

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.

Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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 this register your interest form.


Harriet  Cox

Harriet Cox

Programme Director, Film and Television

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements


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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

112 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade B, B, C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Distinction at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, Media, Music and Performing Arts).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma.

And 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an informed interest in and appreciation of film and screen studies.
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study.
  • Commitment to the study and development for your potential career.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course.

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

This course doesn’t require you to provide a portfolio.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in film and screen studies, 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. State what you personally would bring to the course, explain what motivates you to learn, how and when you have shown initiative and your experience of group collaboration.

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.

Making your application

This course has places available for 2019/20 entry — complete our self-apply form to make an application.

Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P303

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this cou­­­­rse will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

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.


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

This course has places available for 2019/20 entry - complete our direct application form.

Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P303

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

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.

Study abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

After you apply

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to London College of Communication 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.

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20)

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 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

£19,930 (2019/20)

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.


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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Careers and alumni

Career opportunities

  • Curating for film festivals, screen events or gallery installations.
  • A range of employability skills either side of the traditional craft or production roles, with specific strengths in written or presentational work for commissioning editors, journalistic critical review, and marketing.
  • Film, screen and moving image production.
  • Working on archival or restoration projects.
  • Postgraduate study.

Work settings could include:

  • Film or screen festival
  • Cultural organisation
  • Film magazine or newspaper
  • Media production firm
  • Film archive or museum
  • Library or media gallery
  • Television or radio station
  • Motion picture company

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