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BA (Hons) Film and Television

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
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.

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

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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

BA (Hons) Film and Television is designed to develop your career aspirations and prepare you for a sustainable career in the film, television or related media industries.

Enterprise and employability is about getting a job, but it’s also 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.

What can you expect?

  • Learn a range of relevant technical and craft skills;
  • Develop an understanding of the roles, workflows and processes by which programmes and films are made;
  • Gain critical, social, cultural and economic awareness and an enterprising attitude that shapes the media industries;
  • Collaborate and contribute to efficient, effective group working whether within cooperative (horizontal) or hierarchical (vertical) team structures;
  • Develop in confidence, self-awareness, and an ability to be a motivated lifelong learner, constantly responding to the developments and opportunities presented by the media industries.

Mode of Study

BA (Hons) Film and TV 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 Television qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Unit summary:

  • 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.

Year 2

Unit summary:

  • 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.

Year 3

Unit summary:

  • 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.

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

Ceri  Higgins

Ceri Higgins

Senior Lecturer, 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

Course Leader

Roddy Gibson

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).
  • Distinction at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, Media).
  • Merit at 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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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 invite you to submit a full digital 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

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 page for more information.

International Fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

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

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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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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