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Aberystwyth University

Film-making

UCAS Code: P301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

UCAS Tariff

112-120

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

68%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Film production

Have you ever wondered how films are made? Do you have an interest in discovering more about the roles of director, producer, the goals of the film studio/ financiers? Do you think that you have what it takes to make an impact in the film industry? If yes, then Aberystwyth University’s degree in Film-making is the course for you. Unlock your potential with this new, exciting and innovative course and gain a practical insight into how the film business works. Upon completion of this degree, you will understand the long and complicated process of how a film is conceived, financed, shot, delivered and exploited.

You will learn from leading industry experts who have worked on well-known films such as Quantum of Solace and The Harry Potter films.This leading course and a first of its kind in Wales will allow you to discover how films are produced and the fundamentals of getting a film off the ground, shot and delivered.

We will invite industry professionals to host masterclasses in the department, and they will mentor you in your second and third year, providing you with exceptional networking opportunities that no other University in the UK can match.This course will prepare you for a career in the film industry.

This course will cover the fundamentals of film making, and you will achieve an overall understanding of the business of film by following the film making cycle from the acquisition of the original rights to the underlying material, the legal and financing process through the period of pre-production and shoot to its completion, it's delivery, both physical and legal, the sales and marketing and distribution of the film.

In short, the course will provide the student with a unique overview of the whole of the film production process. We are currently constructing a building a viewing, dubbing and grading theatre which will allow you to complete and screen your films in a professional environment.

Our department has superb facilities and resources for practical work in film and television: 3 Camera High Definition television studio and gallery with chroma key and auto-cue capability; 30 editing systems - Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro software; 50 industry standard HD cameras – P2 and AVCHD formats; DSLR and GoPro cameras available.Superb facilities and resources for practical work in drama and theatre: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.The Sound and Screen archive at the National Library of Wales offers an unrivalled source of material relating to Wales and its people. The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is situated on the main campus, and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances and screenings of all kinds.

The course is supported by an industry panel, people who have extensive experience in their field and they will also oversee a mentoring programme for the second and third year students with industry specialists in the flees that they have decided to specialise in.
Students studying this course could pursue a career in: Producing; Directing; Assistant Directing; Sound department; Filming department; Post production; Tech crew.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Film production

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Film production

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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