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BA (Hons) Film and Television

College
LCC
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W601

BA (Hons) Film and Television combines intensive hands-on practice in a range of genres, forms and formats from experimental film-making to mainstream TV. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the key movements, makers and theories that have shaped film and television in the 21st Century.

This course is subject to revalidation, which is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be on Monday 9 November.

Boy: Freja Majlund Westh

Boy is a final year film by Freja Majlund Westh.

Purple: Toby Haygarth

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

Student Voices: Chenai Nduru

Chenai talks to us about working as a production designer on her graduation film Pretty Sapphire.

Student Voices: Louisa Rechenbach

Hear about Louisa's final year film about gender neutral parenting.

Student Voices: Nicky Chue

Nicky's talks us through the process of directing a queer web series.

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.
Image © Ana Escobar

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 overview

The BA (Hons) Film and Television is for students with a strong interest in television, cinema and cross-platform production which they want to develop through programme making, film making, the design of multiple-media objects and critical thinking about television and film and the industries which produce and distribute them.

Its over-riding aim is to prepare you for sustainable careers in the media industries, and to ensure you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to adapt your careers to the constantly changing demands of television, film and cross-platform production.

A graduate of BA (Hons) Film and Television from the LCC will have:

  • Technical skills in programme making;
  • A developed understanding of the processes by which programmes and films are made, and a critical and innovative attitude to the sociology and economics of the media industries;
  • Advanced skills in team working and collaboration;
  • Self-awareness, and a willingness and ability to be a self-motivated lifelong learner, constantly responding to the developments and opportunities presented by the media industries.

We are committed to teaching, learning and assessment designed to enhance, nurture and recognise your employability, individuality and entrepreneurship.

Enterprise and employability within a creative education in arts, design and media is about the integration of practice, behaviours and qualities that enable you to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life.

The curriculum is designed to communicate and open up the possibilities of your own creativity by developing your career aspirations and professional awareness for enterprise and employability, whether for the creative and cultural sector or beyond.

Enterprise and employability is about more than getting a job, it is about enabling you to find, make and take opportunities and to meet your aspirations in a changing world, whether as a successful creative professional, innovator, practitioner, employee and/or entrepreneur in the UK and globally.

Course units

Year One Units

The emphasis on Year One will enable you to:

  • Establish a foundation of visual, technical, theoretical, narrative and communication skills related to the study and practice of film, television and associated media;
  • Learn the basic building blocks of mise-en-scene;
  • Apply them to a range of narrative types;
  • Understand and be able to apply the fundamentals of TV studio working;
  • Design and produce documentary film and use a variety of research methods and resources;
  • Complete practical projects; take part in practical and technical workshops; write essays; carry out critical analysis and deliver presentations in response to the Media Cultures strand.

Year Two Units

The emphasis on Year Two will be to enable you to:

  • Analyse and evaluate technical and aesthetic knowledge of film and television and associated media;
  • Explore opportunities to specialize in roles in film and television production, beginning to develop specialist skills and a personal style and approach;
  • Develop and enhance your ability to work creatively in the moving image and in sound;
  • Analyse arguments through essays that address contemporary issues in film and television and associated media;
  • Consolidate your ability to compose written papers and give seminar presentations based on research and argument;
  • Become aware of the employment opportunities in the media industries through contact with a range of industry professionals;
  • Acquire the research and study skills required for this stage of the course;
  • Enable you to work in assistant roles on year-3 projects.

Year Three Units

The emphasis on Year Three will be to:

  • Enable you to work both independently and collaboratively, according to need, in the production of major works, both theoretical and practical;
  • Develop your personal creative approach and style in a specialist area;
  • Allow you to research, plan and present ideas effectively;
  • Enable you to apply appropriate levels of technical resolution to productions;
  • Require you to evaluate critically the relationships between theory and practice articulated through the major project, the dissertation and media cultures;
  • Develop your analyses of your own and others’ contributions to productions;
  • Enhance your time-management, budgeting, production management and documentation practices;
  • Enable you to present coherent, theories, ideas, concepts and visions;
  • Develop your understanding of the economics, sociology and practices of the media industries in ways that enhance your employability.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Supervised practice
  • Group tutorials
  • Group and peer review
  • Dissertation seminars
  • Dissertation tutorials
  • Written feedback
  • Film screenings

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-sssessment exercises

Staff

Roddy  Gibson

Roddy Gibson

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Ceri  Higgins

Dr Ceri Higgins

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Jeremy  Williams

Jeremy Williams

Course Leader, MA Documentary Film

Mark  Clompus

Mark Clompus

Associate Lecturer

Rob  MacGillivray

Rob MacGillivray

Associate Lecturer

Patrick  McGrady

Patrick McGrady

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Kate  Iles

Kate Iles

Year 3 Leader, BA (Hons) Film and Television

Senior Lecturer

Ian Fleming, 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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

104 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 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).
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, Media);
  • UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production);
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum.

And 3 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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: 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, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 examples of your current work, using a maximum of ten 'images'. Please include no more than two minutes of durational work (film or moving image) as one 'image', along with a contextual statement that explains your role(s) within the production of the work. Please add the contextual statement in the 'image' title field.

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.

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 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