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BA (Hons) Film

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  • UCAS Code:
    T6H3
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

On this degree, you will be exposed to an exciting range of experiences within film culture, from industry practice through to experimental cinema.

The course is designed to reflect the diversity that exists within film globally, exploring the topics that impact upon filmmakers and audiences across the world. You will explore film through a variety of different approaches, building an understanding of filmmaking through a balanced combination of practice and theory. This includes exploring topics such as the distribution, marketing, buying and fundraising for films, alongside fim production.

The content of your core and option units will give you the opportunity to explore and experiment with different aspects of filmmaking, producing films individually and collaboratively throughout the duration of the course. Working alongside internationally recognised film lecturers and practitioners, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a way that industry rarely provides.

To get a taste of a professional environment, you’ll also have the option to complete either a four-week or minimum 30-week placement during the course. Your placement experience will help to shape your appreciation of the industry, put theory into practice, provide a network of professional contacts, and enhance your CV – all essential for starting a career after graduation.

Optional specialisms will allow you to study areas of particular interest in more detail while ensuring you have a solid base from which to build. You will graduate as an enterprising and entrepreneurial practitioner capable of working in today’s film industry as well as shaping its future.

90% of our final year students who study Cinematic and Photography courses said they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years including a 20-day placement (or 4 years with a 30 week placement) full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 440kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For BA (Hons) Film, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate a passion for film beyond their educational curriculum 
  • Demonstrate examples of experience of working in a team
  • Genuinely reflect on what their positive attributes are, but also what they want to come to university to improve upon.

You should be able to communicate why you want to come on this course, what appeals to you about working in this industry and why you feel you have the edge over your peers. You must have basic computer literacy, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Entry requirements

Careers

This course seeks to generate enterprising and entrepreneurial practitioners that are not only geared up to work in industry as it currently stands, but to have an active role in shaping how it may be in the future.

80% of our students who study Cinematic and Photography courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes