BA Honours in Film

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Program Description

BA Honours in Film

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

This three-year degree is one of the best-known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching. Our students’ films are shown at festivals all over the world, and have won Student Academy Awards and a host of honours in both the UK and across the world.

We operate from a purpose-built studio facility in Harrow, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, and extensive post-production facilities. The environment is both academic and practical, scholarly and creative, and all students study film history, criticism and aesthetics alongside their practical work. You will learn to collaborate creatively as you develop production specialisms in areas such as writing, producing, cinematography, directing, production design, editing, and sound. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We aim to develop thinking filmmakers who have something to say to, and about, the world. A very high proportion of our students go on to work in film and television, and recent work from notable alumni includes We Need To Talk About Kevin (Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer), Senna and Amy (Asif Kapadia, director) and Skyfall (Neal Purvis, screenwriter, producer). Under the Shadow, the first feature directed by 2005 graduate Babak Anvari, has been selected as the UK entry for the 2017 Best Foreign Language film Oscar.

The course receives substantial support from the industry and you will gain experience of working with professional actors, negotiating with facilities houses, equipment hire companies and local authorities.

Course content

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from design, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

The academic side of the course is assessed through presentations and through coursework essays that build in length through the levels, up to a substantial dissertation in the final year, where you carry out in-depth research into an academic or practical area of your own choice.

In film practice you will have the opportunity to explore different disciplines such as editing, sound, production design, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing and directing, before specialising in the second year.

The emphasis is on group work, with small-scale productions in the first year, larger groups in the second year, and substantial crews that also include 2nd years in the final third year productions.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Film and Television Practice
  • Constructing the Real: Documentary Cinema and Television
  • Film Theory and Analysis: Hollywood and Genre
  • The Art of Cinema

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

The focus is on specialist areas, including directing, cinematography, screenwriting, producing, editing and sound, to enable you to work in larger crews.

Subjects of study include:

  • Drama Production: Skills and Major Projects
  • Aesthetics of Television Drama
  • Cinema, Dream and Fantasy
  • Contemporary British Cinema and Television
  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • Story, Structure and Style

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

You will work on a dissertation, and drama, documentary and commercials production.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Production
  • Advanced Screenwriting and Documentary Production
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice

Westminster electives

As part of your course, you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Work placements and graduate employment

London is at the centre of the UK’s film and television industry, so there are many opportunities for work experience. In the third year Professional Practice module, you will undertake work experience as an assessed part of your coursework. Recent placements have included location marshaling on Top Gear and Annihilation, work at Des Hamilton casting, Envy Studios, Revolution Films and on Emmerdale, Broadchurch and Florence Foster Jenkins. A very high proportion of our graduates go on to work in film and television – typically 80% progress to working in roles including camera trainee, assistant editor and script development within a year of graduating.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 14, 2018
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