BA Honours in Film

General

Program Description

Course summary

This three-year degree is one of the best-known film 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, was selected as the UK entry for the 2017 Best Foreign Language film Oscar and won the Outstanding Debut Award at the 2017 BAFTA Awards. 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.

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.

Programme Recognition

This course offers industry-relevant teaching and is endorsed by ScreenSkills, the skills body of the UK’s screen-based creative industries.

Entry Requirements

UK

  • A Levels – ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 34 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – DDD
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

If English is not your first language, you may need an IELTS of at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing.

Please note: we do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. You are considered for an interview on your grades (predicted or achieved), your responses to a questionnaire, and the portfolio of relevant work you can bring to your interview; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts or creative writing. We are looking for evidence of ideas, creative expression and visual/audio awareness, and for self-motivated students who will work well in a team and individually.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate – 34 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you may need an IELTS of at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing.

Please note: we do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. You are considered for an interview on your grades (predicted or achieved), your responses to a questionnaire, and the portfolio of relevant work you can bring to your interview; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts or creative writing. We are looking for evidence of ideas, creative expression and visual/audio awareness, and for self-motivated students who will work well in a team and individually.

Careers

This course has helped to shape the careers of some of the most influential names working in the industry today, such as:

  • Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer (Atonement, Anna Karenina, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Godzilla)
  • Asif Kapadia - Director, 2016 BAFTA and Oscar Winner (Amy, The Warrior, Senna)
  • Paul Trijbits - Producer (Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, This is England)
  • Neal Purvis - Writer (Jonny English, Casino Royal, Skyfall, Spectre)
  • Lucia Zuccetti - Editor (The Queen, Rat Catcher, Testament of Youth, Game Change)
  • Babak Anvari - Director, 2017 BAFTA Winner (Under the Shadow)

Our students are very successful in gaining employment status and in many cases, straight from graduating from the course. Many graduates go on to work freelance in their specialist areas, and others start up their own production companies.

Some of our recent graduates have found employment as follows:

  • VFX Camera Trainee on Justice League (Chris Upson)
  • Location Assistant on The Nutcracker (Tara Acton)
  • Location Runner on Heart of the Sea (Charlotte Daniel)
  • Location Assistant on Annihilation (Saba Kia)
  • Production Assistant on The Danish Girl (Behnam Taheri)
  • Camera Trainee for Cinderella (Jack Mealing)
  • Director of Photography for Skins, Misfits and In Our Name (Sam Care)
  • D.I.T on The Muppets 2 (Josefine Thieme)
  • VFX Assistant for Mr Selfridge (Harry Gay)
  • Production Coordinator at Brook Lapping (Tom Cross)
  • Camera trainee on E4 series Misfits (Cenay Said)
  • Editing trainee for feature film One Day (Kieran Waller)
  • Visual Effects Producer at Nomadic Films (Matt Snyman)
  • Cinematographer on Under the Shadows and music videos for Zero 7 and Fightstar, as well as commercials for Pepsi and Nokia (Kit Fraser)
  • Production Coordinator on features like Fish Tank and The Fantastic Mr Fox (Jannika Oberg)
  • Freelance storyboard editor for various TV programmes and commercials (Andy Hammond)
  • Production Coordinator for Tonight with Trevor McDonald (Marie Hession)

Last updated July 2019

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less