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BA (Hons) Film and Television

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W601

Course summary

Please note: This course is subject to re-validation.

Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

For people committed to cinema, television and online content production, BA (Hons) Film and Television will develop your skills, knowledge and creativity in preparation for your entry into the creative industries.

About this course

You'll gain a grounding in a wide range of production skills and styles including fiction, factual and TV studio, studying a variety of forms from long-form drama to feature films, music videos, branded content and experimental shorts.

Choose from a stimulating and varied range of options and develop your skills in directing, producing, screenwriting, sound, camera and post production.

Tutors are embedded and active in the industry and include award-winning filmmakers and content producers who bring their international expertise and knowledge to the course.

Learn to use Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro HD and Pro Tools and Logic sound software and Sony FS5 and FS7 cameras, lighting, movie magic, under the guidance of experienced practitioners and technical teams.

Open Days

Student voices: Bek Wa Goro

Bek talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student voices: Nicky Chue

Nicky talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student voices: Josie Brown and Bradley Wilson

Alumni Josie and Bradley talks us through their work in the London College of Communication Degree Shows 2016.

Karibu, a film by Bek Wa Goro

Film by Bek Wa Goro, alumni of BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication (LCC).

Boy, a film by Freja Majlund Westh

Film by Freja Majlund Westh, alumni of BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication (LCC).

Purple, a film by Toby Haygarth

Film by Toby Haygarth, alumni of BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication (LCC).

LCC Degree Shows 2016

Highlights from the BA (Hons) Film and Television and BA (Hons) Live Events and Television film screening, showcase and panel discussion evening, held on Thursday 9 June in the College, part of LCC Degree Shows 2016.

Course stories

Facilities

Red light indicating recording is taking place.
Image © Vladimir Molico

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.

A close-up of a monitor in the TV studio.
Image © Vladimir Molico

Film and Television

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

Course details

Three years of non-stop making, thinking and developing your talents, during which we liaise with industry and clients to enable you to work to live briefs and network for your future career.

You'll also participate in a programme of engaging critical seminars and film screenings. The programme focuses on the ideas and philosophies that inform filmmakers and to explore new discourses for future practices.

What you can expect?

Unlike other film undergraduate courses in the UK, you'll receive professional workshops and tutorials to help you become a self-directed, multi-skilled creative.

Working collaboratively with small and large crews as well as individually, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your strengths and build new knowledge and skills in a diverse and dynamic environment.

We actively encourage collaboration with other disciplines and courses in the College and University, such as BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Games Design.

In addition to our permanent tutors, we have a vibrant community of associate lecturers, advisors and guest speakers who offer workshops and talks throughout the programme.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s 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.

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

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Professional Practices in Film and Television (20 credits)
  • Sound, Image, Story: The Foundations of mise-en-scene (20 credits)
  • Media Cultures 1 (40 credits)
  • The TV Studio: Drama and Factual Programming (20 credits)
  • Documentary (20 credits)

This first establishes your foundation of visual, technical, theoretical and communication skills related to the study and practice of film and television and associated media, you will complete the following:

  • Practice-based projects
  • Practical and technical workshops
  • Essays, critical analyses and presentations in response to the contextual studies programme

Year 2

Units summary:

  • The Script (20 credits)
  • Media Cultures 2 (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Specialisms (40 credits)

The emphasis at this level will be to enable you to:

  • Analyse and evaluate technical and aesthetic knowledge of film and television and associated media.
  • Explore opportunities to specialise within film and television production, begin developing specialist skills and personal style and approach.
  • Develop and enhance your ability to work creatively in the moving image and in sound.
  • Analyse argument through essays addressing contemporary issues in film and television and associated media.
  • Consolidate the ability to compose a written paper and give a seminar presentation based on research and argument.
  • Understand the varied employment opportunities in the relevant industries through contact with a range of industry professionals.
  • Analyse and evaluate issues outside film and television through the elective unit.
  • Acquire the study/research skills necessary for this stage of the course.
  • Work as an assistant in Year 3 projects.

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)
  • Media Cultures 3: Enterprise (20 credits)

The emphasis at this level will be to:

  • Work both independently and collaboratively in the production of major works both practical and theoretical.
  • Develop a personal creative approach and style within a specialist skill on a major group project.
  • Judge the appropriate strategies required to research, plan and present effectively.
  • Apply an appropriate level of technical resolution to the completion of a production.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theory and practice, articulated through the major project and dissertation.
  • Analyse your personal and colleagues' contributions to the production project.
  • Focus on career and postgraduate opportunities.
  • Time-management, budgeting, inventorying and documentation coordination.
  • Present coherent arguments, theories, ideas, concepts and visions.

Teaching and learning methods

The programme outcomes are taught through combinations of the following learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Supervised Practice
  • Group Tutorial
  • Group and Peer Review
  • Dissertation Seminars
  • Dissertation Tutorials
  • Written Feedback
  • Film Screenings

Assessment methods

The programme outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Report and essay writing
  • Practical workshop and computer based activities
  • Individual and group projects and project appraisals
  • Oral and seminar presentations
  • Group production projects
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertation
  • Self-Assessment exercises

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.

Staff

Ceri  Higgins

Ceri Higgins

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Patricia  Diaz

Patricia Diaz

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Patrick  McGrady

Patrick McGrady

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Mark  Clompus

Mark Clompus

Associate Lecturer

Rob  MacGillivray

Rob MacGillivray

Associate Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Ian Fleming, Roddie Gibson, Sal Anderson, Peter Matthews

Associate Lecturers

Gabriella Enis, Nick Gordon-Smith, Tracey Gardiner, Alan Cridford, San Berrido, Funke Oyebanjo, Daniel Nixon

Visiting Practitioners include:

Marigo Kehoe, Narinder Minhas, Peter Davis

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 minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 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 104 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 Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C/grade 4 or above in at least three GCSE subjects.

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 portfolio/body of work, along with 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 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

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 invite you to submit a full 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.

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

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in film and television, 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 an example of your current work. Please include no more than two minutes of durational work (film or moving image) along with a contextual statement that explains your role(s) within the production of the 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.

Making your application

Apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS):

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W601

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. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

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.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

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: W601

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)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

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.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

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 Television 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.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

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 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.

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 deposit 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 pagefor 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.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Career Paths

BA (Hons) Film and Television graduates have gone on to successful careers in the UK and US screen industries from independent film, to commercial television, music video, advertising and art film.

Students graduating from the course will be prepared to enter a variety of roles within the film, television and wider related media industries including within the following areas:

  • Production
  • Post-production (editing)
  • Screenwriting/ development
  • Camera and lighting
  • Researchers
  • Art Department
  • Broadcasting e.g. BBC and Sky TV
  • Sound
  • TV studio engineering
  • Branded content creation
  • Music video creation
  • Graduates may also progress onto postgraduate courses, such as MA FilmMA Screenwriting and MA Documentary Film at LCC

Industry links

BA (Hons) Film and Television 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:

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • De Lane Lea (Warner Bros)
  • Working Title
  • Arri Group
  • Art House Hire
  • Imaginarium Studios
  • Technicolor
  • Spectacle Productions
  • Vice TV
  • Lionsgate
  • Kyra TV
  • Shanghai Media Group Pictures
  • 42 Management and Production

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