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Plymouth College of Art

Film

UCAS Code: W692

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

Entry requirements


A level

C

We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff

Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-120
53%
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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Film production

Film directing

**On our practice-led programme you’ll be making films from day one, while considering film in relation to culture, society and the wider world. Working in a stimulating environment, you’ll explore a wide range of practical skills and theoretical approaches. You’ll define your identity as a contemporary filmmaker. You will be encouraged to work collectively and develop networks that will support your creative and professional future.**

- Learn through doing – you will make films from day one. We are a film collective, not a media factory.

- Work professionally with external clients, building your confidence and your professional networks.

- Explore connections between film and other art disciplines.

- Access our fantastic facilities, from edit and sound suites to top-of-the-range equipment and studios.

- Screen your own work professionally.

Encouraged to embrace the role of filmmaker, you’ll investigate a variety of production contexts and aesthetics, enabling you to contribute fresh new ideas and talent to contemporary moving image culture and the creative industries. Armed with a thorough understanding of the demands of filmmaking, you’ll have the opportunity to produce your own films – from initial concepts through to shooting and screening. You will be supported in developing a distinct voice, creating imaginative and challenging personal film work.

**WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE?**

You’ll develop hands-on film production skills, from writing and production design to cinematography and editing, and will explore theoretical approaches to filmmaking. You will learn research, planning and organisational skills to support your practical work, and you’ll move towards identifying and achieving your filmmaking ambitions. You will have the opportunity to work with external clients on professional jobs, and will be supported to develop yourself as a filmmaking professional, in whatever context best suits you as an individual.

**WHAT WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?**

Our outstanding facilities include film studios, green screen studios, sound recording and post-production studios, vocal recording booths and Foley studio space. Our Equipment Resource Centre is comprehensively stocked with a wide range of film production technologies, including 4K High-Definition cinematography, Super 16mm film, underwater film and photography resources, professional sound design apparatus and extensive support equipment. Our professional post-production editing facilities utilise current professional software packages including Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop), Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and ProTools. We have a team of enthusiastic and highly experienced lecturers and technicians, and we offer a visiting lecturer programme of internationally recognised experts, including writers, production designers, cinematographers, producers and editors from TV and film.

Our Careers & Enterprise team will help you to develop your career both through your studies and after you graduate.

**CONNECTING YOU WITH INDUSTRY**

Our programme has links with NAHEMI, BFI London, the Royal Television Society and the Aesthetica Film Festival, as well as many independent filmmaking professionals, both in the UK and abroad. Students have the opportunity to attend international film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen and Aesthetica, where students have screened their own work as well as held panel discussions. In recent years, we have welcomed Jan Harlan, Ben Wheatley, and Walter Campbell as part of our Visiting Filmmaker programme. We work in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre cinema and with local production companies.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study within Europe and North America.

Modules

You’ll develop hands-on film production skills, from writing and production design to cinematography and editing, and will explore theoretical approaches to contemporary filmmaking.
You will have the opportunity to work with external clients on professional jobs throughout the programme, and will be supported to develop yourself as a filmmaking professional, in whatever context best suits you as an individual.
Our students have had their films selected for screening at a huge range of international film festivals, including Aesthetica Film Festival, the Paris Festival Signe de Nuit, Slamdance (Utah), New York Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art), and Cornwall Film Festival, winning Best Student Film. We have won a whole host of Royal Television Society Awards, including Best UK Undergraduate Fiction, and this year won NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Best Film (audience voted), and Plymouth Film Festival ‘Best Student Film’.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Arts and Media

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.

64%
low
Film production
64%
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Film directing

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

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

82%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Film directing

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