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BA (Hons) Film and Television

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College
London College of Communication
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 filmmaking 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.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. We don't yet know if places will become available before the autumn term. If they do, we will reopen applications. Please check this page for updates.

Visit the Courses with places available page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

Open Days

The next College Tours for this course will take place on Saturday 16 October and Saturday 27 November.

Online Open Day

(Recorded November 2020)

Year Two Leader, Ian Flemming, gives an overview of studying BA (Hons) Film and Television.

From the Elephant to the World

BA (Hons) Film and Television 2nd Year Broadcast

Student voices

Louise Rechenbach | Student voices

Chenai Nduru | Student voices

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

Nicky Chue | Student voices

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

Course stories

Facilities

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    Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

    Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

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    Students in the Digital Space. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
    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

BA (Hons) Film and Television will support you to develop your creativity, production and technical skills, and will prepare you for a sustainable career in the continuously evolving screen industries.

Our inclusive curriculum delivers hands-on contemporary practice in film and television production. Integrated theory units offer a range of perspectives that contextualise the practices and influences that shape screen stories for 21st-century audiences. 

What to expect

  • This course promotes and values difference and diverse perspectives which together inform the making of distinctive factual and fiction screen content.
  • Lectures, workshops, tutorials and assignments will help you to learn development, production and post-production skills to produce audience-ready work.
  • You’ll be taught by inspiring industry tutors who will provide high-level skills training.
  • You’ll learn how to develop, package and distribute content through marketing techniques used by the screen sectors.
  • You’ll collaborate and network with students from other courses at the College.
  • You’ll graduate with a transferable skillset, prepared for employment in the creative industries or application to further study, including MA degree programmes. 

Work experience and opportunities

We're committed to ensuring an inclusive experience for international, European and home students. We’ll support you to become a resilient, industry-ready graduate who can adapt professionally to the evolving creative industries.

We encourage collaboration across LCC’s Screen School, and recognise the valuable experience this brings to both collaborative practice and the creation of future professional networks.

On this course, you also have the option to complete the following:

Diploma in Professional Studies: An optional, year-long learning opportunity (between Years 2 and 3 of the course) which enables you to develop your professional skills by undertaking a variety of placements and industry experiences. Supported throughout the year by academics, you’ll build on the knowledge gained on your course in a range of national or international locations, and graduate with an additional qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies.

Diploma in Creative Computing: An optional, year-long opportunity (between Years 2 and 3 of the course) which allows you to develop the computational skills that are shaping the future of the digital creative industries. After successfully completing the Diploma and the final year of your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree title: for example, BA (Hons) Film and Television (with Creative Computing).  

BAFTA albert Graduate Certification: The Screen School belongs to the BAFTA albert Education Partnership providing graduates with the opportunity to understand sustainability and its professional and personal relevance. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an optional assignment where you’ll learn about topics including sustainable production solutions, the role of – and opportunities for - responsible businesses, and how to create content with a strategic environmental purpose.

Mode of study

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

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Course units

BA (Hons) Film and Television is structured in 2, 15-week blocks in each academic year. Each block of study is comprised of a practice unit complemented by a unit of contextual study. All units are compulsory. 

Year 1

You’ll learn the building blocks of narrative for short fiction and factual production. Practice units will teach you location and studio-based workflows, while integrated contextual studies focus on key theories and influences that underpin the development of your practice. You’ll learn to apply these skills to your production assignments, presentations and academic writing.

Introduction to Film and Television (20 credits)

You'll be introduced to the course, subject, and effective approaches to learning at undergraduate level. You’ll get to know the practices and knowledge required to understand the discipline, and be supported to develop your academic skills for independent learning, collaborative learning and reflection.

Screen Cultures: Narrative (20 credits)

Through lectures, screenings and seminars, you’ll be taught close textual analysis and how to apply your knowledge to examining narrative forms. Your analysis will include film grammar, signs, tropes and motifs, and will build your knowledge of how narrative is composed and read by audiences.

Sound, Image, Story (20 credits)

This unit introduces the fundamental building blocks of motion picture storytelling. You’ll work collaboratively in a group to produce a practice portfolio of exercises that demonstrate your development of producing screen narratives.

Screen Cultures: Factual Stories (20 credits)

Complimenting your practice with lectures, screenings and seminars, you’ll analyse contemporary factual programming through aspects such as the commissioning process, ethics and research methods, and formats including documentary strands, factual entertainment, arts programming, documentary strands, and social justice and human rights filmmaking.

Factual (40 credits)

Factual programming produces compelling narratives in highly constructed contemporary formats. You’ll be taught current documentary production skills, collaborating on both self-shooter and crew-based practice assignments in the Television Studio and on location to research, develop and produce factual content that responds to the world around us.

Year 2

You’ll continue to develop your skills and knowledge through practice and theory-based assignments. You’ll experience a range of challenging briefs, with an emphasis on working with genre, scripts, actors and drama productions. This year will increase your awareness of the strategies, practicalities and commitment required for a successful early career in the creative sectors.

Screen Cultures: Screen Performances and Genres (20 credits)

This unit examines the relationship between genre and on-screen performance. You’ll analyse different approaches to the presentation of character from the standpoint of international styles and the cultures they derive from: for example, naturalistic, avant-garde, mime, and movement. As a result, you’ll create a foundation from which you can develop ways of working with actors and performance for screen.

TV Studio Production (20 credits)

You’ll focus on the Television Studio as a space for exploring the potential of live and pre-recorded broadcasting. Working in a multi-camera environment, you’ll produce fiction and factual content in studio crews.

The Script (20 credits)

Scriptwriting is a central element of producing fiction and factual content. In this unit, you’ll learn writing techniques and tools to generate story outlines, develop treatments and structure drama. Scripts produced in this unit will also be pitched as an option for further development in the ‘Drama’ unit of study.

Drama (40 credits)

You’ll learn the workflow which underpins the research, development and production of screen drama. You’ll continue to develop texts from the 'Script’ unit, and shoot both on location and on a purpose-built set where you’ll undertake role(s) in pre-production, production and post production.

Story Development (20 credits)

The creative industries require versatile communicators as well as knowledgeable developers and makers of programmes. In this unit, you’ll learn essential skills for developing and shaping stories into comprehensive presentations, and the skills to pitch them to commissioners.

You’ll be taught how to design and produce series bibles, pitch decks and teaser trailers, and how to use words and images to create compelling marketing materials for your content. This unit considers careers and employment routes in the creative sectors alongside the options that are available to you in Year 3.

Year 3

You’ll further develop your critical writing, production knowledge and leadership skills alongside your understanding of collaborative team working for enterprise and autonomy in your developing screen practice.

Dissertation (40 credits)

Delivered through lectures and tutorials, you’ll conduct research into and develop a close, detailed examination of your chosen topic in an area related to film and television. Your dissertation supervisor will support you as you develop your research, argument and writing.

Major Project: Portfolio (40 credits)

You’ll research, develop and produce a substantial portfolio of work that demonstrates your learning and experience gained on the course. This can be an independent or collaborative assignment, and you'll be assigned a supervising tutor to support you.

Professional Perspectives (20 credits)

You’ll be prepared to function and prosper in the commissioning, production and distribution landscape of enterprise and employability. Industry speakers drawn from key creative sectors will offer their perspectives, helping you to make informed decisions about current employment routes. If you decide to continue with further study, you’ll be supported with guidance on potential MA pathways.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures with screenings
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practice-based workshops
  • Collaborative practice workshops
  • Contextual and theoretical discourse
  • Unsupervised group production assignments 
  • Self-directed learning

Assessment methods

  • Group practice
  • Collaborative team skills
  • Individual contextual literacy in written and video essay form
  • Presentations
  • Formative critique
  • Summative critique
  • Peer feedback

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.

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.

Making your application

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. We don't yet know if places will become available before the autumn term. If they do, we will reopen applications. Please check this page for updates.

Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

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 29 January 2021 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Deferring your place

This course is no longer accepting deferral requests from offer holders because either all our deferral places are filled, or the request deadline has passed. If you want to start later, please re-apply when applications open for that academic year.

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.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. We don't yet know if places will become available before the autumn term. If they do, we will reopen applications. Please check this page for updates.

Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

  • Through one of our official representatives in your country
  • Through UCAS
  • Through a direct application

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.

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 29 January 2021 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 is no longer accepting deferral requests from offer holders because either all our deferral places are filled, or the request deadline has passed. If you want to start later, please re-apply when applications open for that academic year.

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 attend one of our online Offer Holder events. This is your opportunity to meet the academic team and fellow offer holders, find out more about the course, and get a taste of what it will be like to study here.

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