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Plymouth College of Art

Film & Screen Arts

UCAS Code: W692

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

Entry requirements

A level


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


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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


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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020


Film production

Film directing

**BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts is a practice-based film programme that encourages the development of contemporary filmmaking, exploring the craft and aesthetics of the moving image through a broad range of approaches and applied techniques within a global and cultural context.**

- You’ll be led by a team of practising artists, filmmakers, media designers, and cultural scholars.

- You’ll be free to develop a wide range of projects beyond traditional film including screen-based installations, site-specific cinema and/or video art.

- Full access to a large library of professional film and video-making equipment housed in our Multimedia Lab.

By studying both collaborative and independent approaches, you will have the opportunity to create narrative, documentary, and experimental forms of art as well as screen based installations, video art and other emerging film formats using new technologies.

Specialist techniques explored through the course include cinematography, production design, script writing, screen direction, sound production, set-building, lighting design, editing, visual effects, internet film and video, social media production and experimental image making.

Studio spaces dedicated to pre-production, production and post-production will allow you to explore the team-based, collaborative nature of filmmaking and to build your digital literacy and professional skills throughout the course. Our Fabrication Lab, Materials Lab and Print Lab allow student-led exploration of both the physical and digital aspects of contemporary screen media.

Subject to re-validation.
This course was previously titled BA (Hons) Film. The revalidation process reflects the expanded nature of the course content.
Courses listed as subject to validation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, designed to ensure they accurately reflect the course content and opportunities for our students.


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’.

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