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 Television qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
Introduction to Film and Television (20 credits)
This unit introduces you to effective approaches to a range of key study skills related to the BA (Hons) Film and Television course, together with the practices and knowledge needed to understand your discipline.
Storytelling, Image and Sound (20 credits)
This unit gives you a grounding in the fundamental components of film-making: storytelling, production roles, technical operation and effective safe working practices. You learn about team working, individual responsibilities and the structures that deliver high quality films and television programmes.
Screen Cultures 1: Evolutions in Screen Practice (20 credits)
This unit explores the increasing tendency towards convergence in modern film and television, but equally reflects on narrative and formal approach where they remain distinct. You’ll engage critically with questions around authorship and you will learn about the historical origins of both media.
Exploring Narrative Forms (40 credits)
This unit provides an enlivening and practical exploration of the building blocks of narrative. Collaborating in both small and large teams, you’ll explore and compare a wide range of moving image forms, each with its own unique set of development, production and distribution contexts.
Screen Cultures 2: The Entertaining and the Subversive (20 credits)
In this unit, you’ll attain a more detailed perspective on storytelling traditions and innovations in screen media encompassing genre and how it operates as commercial strategy for ‘branding’ popular film or television narrative.
You’ll compare dominant entertainment models with bolder, alternative storytelling approaches.
Reel Lives, Screen Stories: Single Drama and Documentary Filmmaking (40 credits)
This unit allows you to experience, compare and contrast the demands of making short films in both drama and documentary forms. It challenges you to create ‘imagined’ and ‘real’ screen stories in parallel and you learn about different story models and the codes and conventions that apply to both forms.
Screen Cultures 3: Film Ideologies and Responsibilities (20 credits)
This unit offers a historical and theoretical context for film and TV documentary as well as hybrid and related forms and formats such as docudrama, reality television and even mockumentary.
Much of your exploration will centre on the identification and critical evaluation of the ambiguous terrain which mediates fact and fiction.
21st Century Television: Episodic Drama and Factual Formats (40 credits)
This unit introduces you to the specialised roles, practices and pressures associated with making television series and serials. You gain experience of how shows and formats are bought, promoted and exploited by broadcasters and streaming services as brands or franchises and consider how this cycle drives their evolution from season to season.
Screen Cultures 4: Audiences and Impact (20 credits)
This unit focuses on television culture and ideologies, describing the rapid evolution in how we consume screen media as well as the discord between traditional public service ideals and recent, more bluntly commercial strategies.
The artistic advantages and potential weaknesses of episodic drama will be appraised, as will the ideas of reality and truth within factual forms.
Screen Cultures 5: Research Portfolio (40 credits)
In this unit you’ll define, research and write a research paper based on a subject chosen by you in discussion with your supervising tutor.
This affords an opportunity for you to engage critically, in depth, with a subject that interests you relating to film, television, the moving image or one of the areas of study you have encountered in previous units.
Professional Development (20 credits)
This unit is designed to help you prepare for a professional career after graduation by researching an aspect of film, television or the creative industries that is directly relevant to your own creative practice, interests, skills, experience and ambitions.
Practice Portfolio (60 credits)
This unit is designed to exercise and develop your skills as a creative practitioner by giving you the opportunity to research, develop and realise a major creative project.
This might be completed independently or collaboratively, it might be a short film or a television programme, or an alternative project that is relevant to your studies and agreed with your tutors.