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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

BA Film Making

UCAS Code: 200F

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements


Passes in two subjects at GCSE Advanced level

Passes in three subjects at Higher level

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Drama

The BA Filmmaking is an exciting new development of our multi-award winning BA in Digital Film and Television. It is a scripted, drama-based, practical film-making course aimed at those who are passionate about storytelling in cinema or television. It is a rich and challenging environment for students who are keen to develop their storytelling skills to the highest level and have the passion to produce and develop new and exciting drama content.

Taught within RCS, the BA Filmmaking is a conservatoire-based programme in all aspects of drama filmmaking, from the development of filmcraft skills, directing, producing and writing short and long form content for film
and television. At RCS you have the opportunity to work with actors, composers, directors, dancers and musicians, as well as your peers from production, including scenic artists, stage managers and technicians. Everything you need to make great work for the screen is right here.

The course also has critical thinking and film and television literacy at its core, with workshops and seminars designed to build your ability to appreciate what has gone before as you craft the stories of the future.

You will benefit from extensive industry contact, which can include working on live professional sets, becoming part of the crew on a professional production, masterclasses and expert tuition from industry practitioners. We’ll help you to develop your ideas and your creativity to the highest level, as well as offering you the opportunity to make films and tell stories.

Modules

Year one
Working individually and in groups, you will engage with the mechanical and creative elements of writing for film and television, designed to develop technical skills and grow creative awareness. You will learn about filmcraft skills in camera, lighting, post production, sound recording, producing and directing within workshops and practical projects. Your film and television studies lectures and seminars will inspire your creativity by exploring the masters of storytelling, both current and historic. At the end of the year you will originate a five-minute short film as well as an outline for an original television drama.

Year two
You will develop your filmcraft skills and begin to find your own distinct visual style through practice and exploration. You will improve your skills in directing and producing through the production of two original short films made throughout the year. Your writing will develop with the delivery of two short film scripts and a first episode or series outline for a television drama. Within the film and television studies lectures and seminars you will further explore storytelling focusing on single directors or television shows.

Year three
You will hone your filmcraft skills to a specialised and professional level, whilst reinforcing the practice of independent responsibility and development. You will realise professional creative content for film and television including a 10-12 minute short film and have the opportunity to choose between further developing your television series outline or a one-off television drama. You will submit a research project in your final year that focuses on your chosen area of film or television criticism. The final subject matter is negotiated with your subject lecturer. Throughout years two and three there will be the opportunity to study subjects from a group of options offered to you from a variety of departments within RCS. These options offer you the opportunity to further enhance your skills in your discipline or explore other related disciplines that are of interest to you.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£16,827
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/scholarships/.

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Department:

School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film

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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
Drama

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.

Drama

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
10%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

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.

Drama

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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

71%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Design occupations
6%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Drama

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

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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