Watching films has become China’s national pastime. There is a thirst for stories that hold audiences spellbound, and you can now learn how to make them.
Have you ever sat in a cinema and thought, 'I want to tell stories like that!’? Have you ever wanted to work on real film productions with real movie stars? If you have the passion to communicate your thoughts and your stories on the big screen, this programme is for you.
The BA Filmmaking is a practice-based programme that fosters creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will learn to make films both for the small screen and for cinema consumption.
Your practice will include notions of the creative producer, directing for both documentaries and drama, storytelling, cinematography, sound design, and editing, as well as marketing films worldwide.
Why Should I Study Filmmaking at XJLTU?
Learn in an industry-standard, purpose-built film school building operational from 2020, with world-class facilities including high-end cameras, a fully functional digital media lab, a television studio, motion capture facilities, a sound stage and even a cinema;
Study project-management and other international film and television industry-standard software;
Learn from award-winning international staff and industry professionals;
Gain practical experience through industry work experience opportunities, and the chance to create your own films and work on live projects;
Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.
Practice-Based Interdisciplinary Learning
Taught by a mix of international and Chinese talent from academia and the film and television industries students will be taught in a syntegrative way where theory, practice and industry meet in the classroom and on location. The thinking will be strong as will the craft skills and knowledge of the developments in the industry at a local, national and international level. The School has an ambitious plan to develop international partnerships within both education and industry. There will be opportunities for other film students to spend a semester on an exchange, co-productions between the SoFTA film school and others in China and internationally.
XJTLU will also offer filmmaking students the opportunity to work with like-minded students from other parts of the University. The innovative teaching practice promoted by the University will create an environment where students can benefit from the expertise and practice of other disciplines whilst specialising in their own training. The collaboration will be a core component of the new degree programme and could see the filmmaking students work with students from Industrial Design (including special FX model work), Architecture students (projects such as ‘Cityscape’ where students from filmmaking and architecture collaborate on a short visual piece of work about a local building), China Studies students to identify historical or local stories to be dramatised or made into documentaries. The potential is great indeed!
A Complete One-Stop Shop for Filmmaking
Students will also be taught using state of the art equipment ranging from RED and Arri Alexa camera systems to allow 4/5k shooting potential, AVID Media Composer editing systems, DaVinci Resolve software for colour grading, Protools for post-production audio, After FX and 3D Studio Max for special FX, professional dubbing and sound recording facilities, 4k rushes review facility, viewing cinema. The students will also have access to professional grip equipment, drones, jibs and jimmy jibs, track and dolly. All equipment used will be industry standard and in line with current industry practices.
The projects originated will be a mix of location and studio-based. The studio facilities will allow both drama and variety show production on both multi-camera and single-camera formats as well as motion capture and green screen special FX work.
A Unique Offering Within A Unique Learning Environment
The film industry in the 21st century is global, collaborative and requires specialist training in a specialist environment, exactly what is being offered on the BA Filmmaking programme at XJTLU.