BA (Hons) in Practical Filmmaking (Three Year)


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Program Description

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

Key Facts

BA Practical Filmmaking (3 Years)

Three-year full-time undergraduate course for students looking for practical training in creative screen content.

Gain experience across all filmmaking and screen content disciplines, such as screenwriting, producing, directing, camera and lighting, and editing.

Develop a comprehensive portfolio that includes short form, factual, episodic and long-form productions for film, television and the web.

82% of our BA graduates secure a job in the creative industries.

Option to complete your degree in two years.

Why Take the Course

The BA Practical Filmmaking course prepares the next generation of smart screen creatives. It builds creative and technical skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries. Our professional tutors and high-calibre guest speakers teach the fundamentals of storytelling, production and screen business skills.

  • Career skills. Secure employment in the creative screen industries with first-hand practical guidance from working industry professionals.

  • Real-life experience. Build an attractive portfolio and put your knowledge into practice during the course, by working with external companies and creating projects for industry clients.

  • High-calibre guest speakers and tutors. Learn from the best industry professionals. James Marsh (director of The Theory of Everything) and Frank Spotnitz (show-runner of The X Files) are just a few of the guest speakers who’ve visited us.

  • Well-paced. This three-year course has the same curriculum as the two-year BA Filmmaking programme but you get more time for work, travel, self-directed learning.

  • Student pack. Receive your personal state of the art laptop with Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office, that allows you to deliver professional video content.

What You Will Study

There are six blocks that focus on the six main screen productions you will complete during the course: Fiction, Short Form, Factual, Episodic, Long Form and the final Graduation Project. During each block, you will explore core subject areas through practical exercises that will build a comprehensive, practical and in-depth understanding of the key skills needed to produce dynamic screen content.

Core Modules

  • Ideas and story. Learn how to develop creative story ideas across a range of formats, including short form, documentaries, factual television, web series and fiction film. You will gain the tools to identify your target audience and adapt your ideas to the appropriate screen platform.

  • Character and performance. Explore the various techniques for shaping character and performance across a variety of platforms, including fiction, documentary and episodic television. Working with professional actors you will learn how to transpose an idea from the page to the screen through key visual storytelling approaches.

  • Image and sound. Learn how to use a camera, lighting, and sound techniques to create visually and sonically compelling stories for fiction, documentary and episodic productions. You will develop strong technical skills and explore the impact of image and sound on creative screen content.

  • Postproduction. Discover creative and technical skills across the full range of postproduction workflows, including offline editing, sound design, VFX, and colour grading. You will learn how postproduction skills are central to the storytelling process across film, television and new media.

  • Screen Business. Find out how to market and distribute screen content across a range of media platforms, including film, television and new media. Alongside the practical skills you will gain on this course, you will also learn how creative industries work and how you can become a smart screen creative that will be attractive to industry employers. In addition, you will explore how to manage productions, create successful project pitches and work collaboratively within creative teams.

Additional Modules

  • Screenwriting. Create the opening pages of a feature film or television pilot script, mastering the challenges of long-form storytelling and connecting with audiences in a way that establishes clear market potential.

  • Directing. Working with professional actors learn how to create an original dramatic performance that emotionally engages your audience.

  • Cinematography. Specialising in cinematography opens up a world of visual exploration within both the camera and lighting departments. Learn how to communicate audio-visual ideas, create a narrative voice using visual and aural tools, and develop craft skills in camera, lighting and production design.

  • Advanced Postproduction. Equip yourself with key skills that employers are looking for and gain an understanding of offline/online editing, colour grading and sound design.


To apply for the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at MetFilm School:

You must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course.

If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 64 UCAS Tariff points (please note this is using the new tariff points system) and possess two ‘A’ levels or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate

If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is J2A7.

If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

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Please be aware that there are certain costs you will need to budget for in addition to the course fees.

Last updated Jan 2018

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MetFilm School is a leading film, television, and online media school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses across various craft areas. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of c ... Read More

MetFilm School is a leading film, television, and online media school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses across various craft areas. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of creative screen professionals, educating them in the new world of story-telling across multiple devices. By putting industry at the heart of everything we do, MetFilm School best equips its graduates for successful careers. Our goal is to build the greatest school of its type in the world, allowing students to pass seamlessly into work, using our experience to help businesses adapt and change in the ever-changing multichannel world. Read less
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