Filmmaking (Film)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course BS04

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Filmmaking (Film)
School/s
School of Creative Industries (School of Study)
Taught by
Boomsatsuma
Course length
Three years full time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: BS04
Campus Code: Y

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

Gain the skills that employers are looking for. Created alongside industry, our Film Production course is guided by the needs of film professionals.

  • Collaborate with industry partners, including key players Films@59 and The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol.
  • Learn a distinctive, sector-leading, practice-based curriculum – based on current trends and forecasts.
  • Work with real clients on real briefs to hone your creativity, gain professional experience and stack specialist technical skills.

Learn key skills in all aspects of the film industry. This course aims to enable you to reach the professional standards required by employers. Alongside practical, theoretical and industry-standard technical skills, there will be a real focus on working professionally, collaboration and communicating ideas, all of which will be fundamental to your employability once you graduate.

This course has been created with direct input from Boomsatsuma’s industry partners in television and film – all of whom will be actively engaged in its delivery. You'll learn in small and intensively taught classes, and will specialise in one of two pathways – Production or Post Production – throughout your three years on the course.

BA (Hons) Filmmaking is taught at Boomsatsuma in Bristol, which became a UNESCO City of Film in 2017 due to its extensive production and media culture in television and film.

What you'll learn

Overview

You'll learn by doing, actively working on at least one project at all points of the course. Each project is designed to develop different sets of skills; from learning how to tell stories at screenwriting stage to re-telling them in the edit, and from designing and building a physical film set to shooting and VFX-ing a greenscreen one.

You'll work on large crew studio shoots and smaller crew documentary style filmmaking, and learn scheduling for both film shoots and post-production. This combination of projects will give you hands-on experience across the extensive filmmaking process.

Course structure

Year one
You'll take a combination of introductory modules on process, scheduling and production as well as story and narrative, film history and context. There are two principal areas of emphasis. The first is to provide a grounding on the fundamentals of cinema and the storytelling process, with an understanding of narrative structure, scriptwriting and editing. The second is to combine introductory technical skills in camera and lighting with professional skills in budgeting, managing, organisation and production coordination.

Year two
This year's focus is on both factual/documentary and non-factual/fiction production. In-depth modules cover production design (set building and design, lighting, greenscreen, blocking and so on).

You'll produce short documentaries and drama films. Additional creative and work experience modules (which provide you with opportunities to work in areas relevant to your pathway) aim to build specialist creative and employability skills.

Year three
The final year of study is structured around independent learning, leading to the development of major projects and separate project portfolios. These include online portfolios, websites, showreels and specialist submissions, along with one or more graduate films, developed as group projects.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used. Assessments include:

  • Films (both factual and non factual)
  • Production portfolios
  • Production design
  • Post production submissions
  • Online portfolios
  • Websites
  • Showreels
  • Specialist submissions
  • Presentations
  • Essays and other written research submissions. 

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mix of large, combined teaching groups, smaller pathway sessions and opportunities to work on your own in specific modules.

Research and context will be integrated into all practical modules, facilitated by in-house staff and visiting lecturers.

Teaching sessions will combine lectures/seminars and workshops across a cinema, seminar space, film studio, post production suites and a break-out space for more informal relaxed discussion.

Opportunities

Field trips

You'll be given the opportunity to attend field trips, for example:

  • The Berlin International Film Festival
  • The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam

Each of these is a three-day trip that includes screenings, talks, and a visit to a film museum.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Work placement opportunities may include working with companies such as Films@59, The Bottle Tard Studios, BBC Bristol and Channel 4.

Careers

This course prepares you for entry level roles in film production, including areas such as camera, lighting and production design.

You'll develop transferable skills in digital technologies and storytelling, and the projects you'll work on during the course, both factual and fiction-based, will lay the foundations for success in your professional life. You'll learn to work with others in teams on a range of complex processes, to competing deadlines. Our aim is that when you graduate, you'll be better equipped to understand and manage complexity in the workplace. 

Final year modules focus on tangible outcomes: graduate films and a body of research, which can form part of your portfolio when you graduate – demonstrating your abilities. 

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at Boomsatsuma, Bristol. Delivery is likely to be across several sites.

Resources

Facilities include purpose-built digital editing suites, including a dedicated grading suite. Software includes Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.

You'll have access to professional filmmaking equipment, including high-end production cameras. Lighting and sound kit is available to students both on and off-site.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

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Course fees

Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
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Course fees

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Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

Interested in applying?

Typical offers

Applicants are considered on an individual basis also taking into account any skills and experience that may not be reflected in A-level scores. The most important consideration is for applicants to have the qualities and potential to succeed in this exciting new area of study.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – overall grades CCC-CDD accepted.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 26 points are accepted.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 15 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Interested in applying? Please send any queries to admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk 
Course leader: Freya Billington

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