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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies

College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P303

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.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • You'll be taught the knowledge and skills for the current, emerging and evolving screen industries.
  • The skills and practices taught include critical review, video essays, podcasting, distribution, curation and exhibition of film and screen. Please note: this course does not teach film-production nor the filmmaking roles through practical filmmaking exercises.
  • You will explore an extensive programme of films and a broad investigative analysis, underpinning the intellectual core of your studies.
  • The graduation project is a student-led film/screen festival. This 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 London College of Communication.
  • 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. London College of Communication 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.

Open Days

The next online Open Day for this course will be announced soon.

A recording of our latest online Open Day for this course will be available soon.

Facilities

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Lens-based and Audio-Visual

Find out about the range of resources, workspaces, and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practices.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
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The Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

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Film and Television

Find out about the resources on offer to Film and Television students.

Course overview

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 will collaborate and curate a film or screen festival.

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

What can you 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.

Mode of Study

BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies runs for 93 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.

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 1

Introduction to Film and Screen Studies (20 credits)

This unit introduces key aspects of the course: methodologies and tools for successful research and written work, skills in visual and verbal pitching for academic papers, critical review and curatorial purposes.

Moving image as an art form (40 credits)

This unit provides a grounding in the significance of the moving image as an art form through the 20th Century. Through screenings and lectures, students build an appreciation of film and screen, together with contextual knowledge of key texts.

Students interrogate, debate and reflect on the historic, national, geographic or genre perspectives including World Cinema, European Arthouse, Soviet, Chinese, Indian Hollywood and Experimental film and television. 

Innovation and storytelling (40 credits)

This unit examines the historical and contemporary contexts of how innovation has influenced storytelling and interactivity on the screen.

The unit tracks the development of innovative screen practices - from silent early cinema and the introduction of synchronised sound to modern storytelling in contemporary areas including experimental film, visual art, online screen media, music videos, computer games and virtual reality. 

Creative technologies for storytelling (20 credits)

The unit introduces the tools and techniques for working with moving images and sound. The unit includes practical, studio-based activity to learn about the acquisition platforms of the Screen School, and includes the fundamentals of digital film production, animation, sound design, games design and virtual reality technologies.

Year 2

Distinctive identities (40 credits)

In this unit students explore the history, critical theories, and the contemporary context and key debates in screen culture for LGBTQA, gender, feminist, race, ethnicity, disability and age issues. This includes studying British-Black and Asian-British screen media in a diasporic, decolonial and international context. 

Curating for the screen (20 credits)

This unit introduces and examines the practical and critical skills for programming, curating, archiving or mounting an exhibition of the moving image for an audience. Study trips and internship options to film festivals and cultural organisations will enable students to demonstrate an awareness of industry and external practices.

Interrogating the truth (40 credits)

This unit examines the documentary form through a historical framework, key debates and narrative structures. The context is a synthesis of traditional and contemporary documentary filmmaking, animation, virtual reality and fact-based computer games.

We will also look at innovations in digital technologies used in screen-based industries and contemporary art practice. 

Collaborative project (20 credits)

This unit offers students an opportunity to develop acquired skills in curation and criticism, working on projects with other courses in the Screen School at LCC, or with external organisations.

Projects could include collaborating on a student film production, curating a project online, or applying to film festivals, so as to develop a deeper and/or wider understanding of aesthetic and creative roles in contemporary screen culture. 

Year 3

Dissertation (40 credits)

This unit is the culmination of the earlier contextual film and screen studies components of the course. During the unit, ‘The Emerging Future’ students will investigate and formulate a research question and will synthesise their knowledge, critical thinking and analytical skills related to the moving image in an extended piece of work.

The Emerging Future (20 credits)

The unit aims to consider the new films and moving image artefacts emerging through the festivals and exhibitions, cultural and critical debates, and digital screening platforms. Students will integrate investigative and contextual analysis and consider the future of the moving image and the screen. 

Major project (60 credits)

In this unit students will curate and deliver a Screen School film/screen festival or series of events with a published catalogue. The curated theme could, for example, be a socially engaged project with an external cultural organisation.

This unit enables students to consolidate their knowledge about a subject of their choosing and to consider it in relation to issues of history, context and criticality, audience, community and decolonisation.

The planning work is to curate the programme, invite speakers, and publish and distribute an accompanying catalogue with critique as well as marketing and publicity material for the programme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Curated programme of screenings and artefacts with analytical and contextual lectures
  • Student-led seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical and technical workshops
  • Planned event delivery
  • Self-directed research
  • Study events

Assessment methods

  • Group and individual presentations
  • Group and individual portfolios
  • Written work: essays, critical review, self-evaluation report
  • Video essays and podcasts

Staff

Ashwani  Sharma

Ashwani Sharma

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies

Ed  Webb-Ingall

Dr Ed Webb-Ingall

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies

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 disability@arts.ac.uk 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

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 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).
  • 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 at 25 points minimum 

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.

Making your application

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.

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

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.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

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.

Erasmus

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

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, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

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.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed

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

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

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.

International applicants may be invited to an online interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Please add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

What happens next

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.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

Scholarship search

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