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BA (Hons) Film Practice

Three men resembling members of The Beatles look at the camera in a confused way.
Harry Green, still from 'Paul is Dead', 2019, BA (Hons) Film Practice, London College of Communication, UAL.
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W603

Designed to develop the creative, technical, commercial and practical skills required in digital film production, BA (Hons) Film Practice is geared towards industry.

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)

Joint-Course Leader, Klaus Fried, gives an overview of studying BA (Hons) Film Practice.

Student work

Trailer | Graduation Films 2019

BA (Hons) Film Practice

A taster of the graduation films made by Film Practice students. Video edited by Radu Rojas Oprean.

Showreel | Graduation Films 2019

BA (Hons) Film Practice

Clips from films made by our graduating students. Video edited by Radu Rojas Oprean.

Building sets

A timelapse of second year Film Practice students building and shooting in a set.

Saber Divider

Luiza Herdy Costa

First year student Luiza Herdy Costa made the film 'Saber Divider' for Shell through MOFILM.

Gallery

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    , Boys Will be Boys Writer/Director: Sonny Gaythwaite Producer: Hanni Hooper DOP: Zach Hewett Producer Designer: Maya McAllister Demangeat Construction Manager: Tom Holman First AD: Steve Duan Editor: Radu Rojas Oprean 1st AD: Louis Luckwell Sound Recording: Cathy Marriott-Brown
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    , Image © Jonas Juskaitis
  • ba-film-practice-day-street.jpg
    , Still from Day Street Writer/Director: Paige Neilson Producer: Rebecca Gill Costume Design: Tom Holman Sound: Tyler Ward Editor: Maya McAllister Demangeat 1st AD: Ekin Ilkbag, Script Supervisor: Sam Mathias-Stanley
  • ba-film-practice-uncle-steves-cd-sleeve.jpg
    , Uncle Steve's CD Sleeve Writer/Director: Dana Jungerius Producer: Morgan Macgowan Production Design: Georgia Fisher Director of Photography: Adam Trzcinski Sound: Tyler Ward
  • ba-film-practice-cosmos.jpg
    , Cosmos with Venus Writer/Director: Elifcan Yazgün Producer: Gracie Mills Production Design: Kitty Brown Construction Manager: Tom Holman Director of Photography: Nabila Nugroho Key Lighting Operator: Lara Diamond Editor: Ekin Ilkbag 1st Assistant Director: Radu Roja
  • ba-film-practice-cosmos2.jpg
    , Writer/Director: Elifcan Yazgün Cosmos with Venus Producer: Gracie Mills Production Design: Kitty Brown Construction Manager: Tom Holman Director of Photography: Nabila Nugroho Key Lighting Operator: Lara Diamond Editor: Ekin Ilkbag 1st Assistant Director: Radu Roja
  • ba-film-practice-boys-will-be-boys-filming.jpg
    , Writer/Director: Sonny Gaythwaite Producer: Hanni Hooper DOP: Zach Hewett Producer Designer: Maya McAllister Demangeat Construction Manager: Tom Holman First AD: Steve Duan Editor: Radu Rojas Oprean 1st AD: Louis Luckwell Sound Recording: Cathy Marriott-Brown

Student voices

Shaneika Johnson-Simms

Graduate stories

Meet Shaneika Johnson-Simms, a graduate from BA (Hons) Film Practice. Shaneika is now the creative producer and co-founder of the production company Asare Simms.

Dana Jungerius

Student voices

Dana tells us about  writing and directing a short comedy, 'Uncle Steve's CD Sleeve'.

James Clarke

Student voices

James's final year film is a documentary called I Shine, about people who believe that they've encountered Big Foot.

Course stories

Facilities

  • Red light indicating recording is taking place.
    Image © Vladimir Molico
    Lens-based and audio-visual

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

  • Student reading a book in between two bookshelves in the Library
    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.

  • Student soldering in the Creative Technology Lab
    Student in Creative Technology Lab, 2020. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Tim Boddy
    3D workshop

    View images and find out about the range of tools and technologies on offer.

Course overview

BA (Hons) Film Practice gives you practical experience in the art and craft of filmmaking, as well as enabling you to develop specialist skills to work in a range of filmmaking roles across documentary and fiction.   

Taught by tutors who are active film practitioners, researchers, and guests from industry, you’ll join an inspired and creative community where you’ll develop the expertise to work collaboratively towards shared cinematic goals. 

You’ll also explore the cinematic movements and cultural landscapes defining past and contemporary cinema, developing tools of analysis and contextual engagement to underscore, inform and enhance your practice.  

When you graduate, you’ll have experience of filmmaking roles across writing, directing, producing, cinematography, sound design, editing and production design. 

BA (Hons) Film Practice is one of the few UK courses to be full members of Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – (CILECT) and hold a BAFTA albert Education Partnership in sustainable filmmaking.  

What to expect

  • Initial group assignments offer opportunities to learn about producing, directing, cinematography, sound design and post-production.
  • Through increasingly complex filmmaking assignments, you’ll explore a more extensive range of departmental roles across your degree, including production design for fiction.
  • You’ll develop ideas, write and pitch scripts, and build your practical skills from pre-production through to delivery and festival entry.
  • As you progress, your filmmaking roles/group participation will be allocated, optional, or selected through a pitching process, and you’ll build an individual portfolio based on your contribution to collective group assignments. 

Work experience and opportunities

Our curriculum is designed to develop collaborative leadership skills for filmmaking roles within an industry-oriented model of practice, and to build your career as a creative professional, innovator, practitioner, employee or entrepreneur. Work-Based Learning (WBL) will help you explore possible employers and work placements.

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

Contact us

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Course units

BA (Hons) Film Practice students undertake all units together and build a community of practice. In the first 2 years, at least 1 unit of each block is practice-orientated, with a parallel unit focused on contextual study. The final year of the course is structured towards an individual dissertation and a group graduation assignment. While contextual studies classes are regular, most of your timetable will be orientated around your production schedule during the practice-based units.

Year 1

Laying the foundations of practice in documentary and fiction, you’ll be encouraged to try out several filmmaking roles to expand your skills technically, creatively and collaboratively. In contextual studies units, you’ll apply theoretical analysis to a range of films and your own work.

Introduction to Film Practice (20 credits)

You’ll be introduced to the discipline of filmmaking through the development of a collaborative documentary film. You’ll also develop a sense of belonging within our diverse and supportive community of practice, which will support your learning and studentship for Higher Education and professional development throughout your undergraduate studies.

Documentary Production (20 credits)

Working in teams, you’ll conceive, research, and deliver a short, non-sync documentary. You’ll be inducted to use equipment and software and take part in documentary filmmaking practices.

Contextual Studies 1: Classical and Modernist Film Forms (20 credits)

After examining the timeless conventions of classical narrative, you'll study the history of modernist aesthetic practices that, from the early 1920s onward, have provided an alternative to Hollywood's continuity editing and seamless narration.

Contextual Studies 2: Contemporary Film and Ideology (20 credits)

Shifting the focus to films made in the last 30 years, you’ll explore the intersection of film practice and cultural/political ideologies.

Fiction Production (40 credits)

In this unit, you’ll engage in the development of a fiction film narrative. You’ll undertake a filmmaking role, develop your skills, and meet the challenges of production in this more complex group film assignment.  

Year 2

The emphasis of Year 2 will be on furthering your creative intent and storytelling through the synergy of contextual discourse and filmmaking practice. Production assignments will offer you the opportunity to further develop your skills for principal filmmaking roles, and you’ll also gain experience of additional roles. You'll have the opportunity to develop your employability by navigating the professional arena through work-based learning (WBL).

Contextual Studies 3: Creative intent and Genre (20 credits)

You’ll build your knowledge and understanding in the analysis of cinematic paradigms, narrative traditions and creative choices that shape fiction and documentary film. 

Supervised Studio Production (20 credits)

You’ll be able to develop your practice skills towards a single-camera production. You’ll take part in workshops and collaborative production assignments. 

Story (20 credits)

You'll have the opportunity to develop either a documentary proposal or short fiction script.

Open Production (40 credits)

You’ll form groups around an idea generated in the ‘Story’ Unit. Each group may pitch to go into a collaborative production with students from other courses and disciplines across UAL.

Work-Based Learning (20 credits)

You’ll have options to seek industry employers in the sector and/or to learn through an assistant role on a third-year graduate film.

Year 3 

Year 3 offers the opportunity for you to consolidate your learning as you work in groups to produce graduation assignments throughout your final year. 

Creative Development (20 credits)

You’ll have the option to develop work, such as a script, in preparation for the Major Project, or a stand-alone piece of work that may inform your creative approach to the Major Project.

Major Project (60 credits)

This is a comprehensive challenge that will demonstrate your skills and knowledge of creative and collaborative filmmaking practices on a group assignment.

Dissertation - Part 1 and Part 2 (20 credits)

Your Dissertation will offer you the opportunity to propose (Part 1) and develop (Part 2) a research-based argument around a chosen subject agreed with academic staff.  

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative practice  
  • Lectures with screenings 
  • Synchronous and a-synchronous screenings  
  • Seminars  
  • Tutorials 
  • Technical and supervised workshops  
  • Collaborative practice workshops 
  • Contextual and theoretical discourse   
  • Independent group production assignments  
  • Work-based Learning  
  • Self-directed learning  

Assessment methods

  • Group work and collaborative team skills and practice  
  • Individual contextual literacy in essay form 
  • Formative critique  
  • Peer feedback 

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:

80 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).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Merit, Pass 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 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 practice, 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), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W603

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:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W603

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 Practice 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.

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.

1. We want to see a maximum of 3 minutes worth of film/sound work.

This could be work you have produced on your current courses however we also encourage work produced outside of education. We would prefer not to see show-reels, but rather full scenes, or coherent sections of your films. You could also include a short piece of work that gives us a sense of who you are and your film making identity. You can submit excerpts from any number of fiction, experimental and documentary film work, but it should not exceed 3 minutes in total and should all be compiled within one file. (Further, detailed upload instructions will be shown in the upload system.)

We encourage applications from all specialisms within filmmaking and it is very important that you clearly describe your specific role(s) on the work you are submitting. This will in no way determine your roles on the course, should you receive an offer, but this information is essential if we are to properly assess your experience to date.

If submitting a film extract, please add the URL to the full version of the film (if possible) at the bottom of your contextual statement (see below).

2. Your practical work should be accompanied by a contextual statement.

Your contextual statement should be brief, no more than 500 words, but could be less. It is your opportunity to tell us what you are proud of regarding the work you undertook on the films you have submitted and to really give us a sense of who you are and what makes you tick. This statement is also an opportunity to describe what qualities you think constitute a good collaborator and why you think BA Film Practice is the right course for you.

We are looking for students who have a keen interest in cinema, be it mainstream or independent, from anywhere in the world - any era.  We want to know what your favourite films are and why.  We want to know that your understanding and love of film extends beyond what you have studied at school.

We are looking for people who enjoy working in a team. You don’t have to have already decided what you want to do within the film making process, but if you have a particular interest, such as sound design, production design, production etc., please let us know what it is about this particular specialism that excites you.

Your contextual statement is an opportunity to demonstrate all of the above.

3. You can also submit a further 9 still images/sound files.

This can include primary and secondary research, ideas development and experimentation with a different range of materials, techniques and media. We are also interested in evidence of the planning around film making, such as story boards, floor plans, technical drawings, concept art, schedules etc.

Due to the high volume of applications we are unlikely to read scripts, and essays.

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

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

  • Production
  • Camera and lighting
  • Sound
  • Post-production (editing)
  • Art Department
  • Distribution and exhibition
  • Screenwriting / development
  • Graduates may also progress onto postgraduate courses, such as MA Film, MA Screenwriting and MA Documentary Film at LCC.

Industry links

BA (Hons) Film Practice 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:

  • De Lane Lea (Warner Bros)
  • Art House Hire
  • Film Fix – Southwark Film Office
  • Technicolor
  • Imaginarium Studios
  • Spectacle Productions
  • Newman Hire
  • Vice TV
  • Lionsgate
  • Caviar Content
  • Food Network
  • Shanghai Media Group

Alumni achievements include: