Film BA Honours (formerly Film and Television Production BA)

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UCAS code: W620 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 3 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

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 film makers 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

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. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

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

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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. Find out about Westminster electives.

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 marshalling on Top Gear and Anihillation, 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.

Course team

Visiting professionals include Asif Kapadia, Dougal Wilson, Adrian Smith, Kit Fraser, Christian McWilliams, Sam Donovan, Lucia Zucchetti. Sara Dunlop, Adam Wimpwnny

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

Work experience

As part of the Professional Practice module in the third year of the course, students are encouraged to seek work experience in the industry. This has often led to full-time employment once graduating from the course.

Examples of work experience 2009-14 include:

  • Interns at Revolution Films
  • Camera Trainee on 'Not Going Out'
  • Post production intern at Met Films
  • 2nd Assistant Director on a Bollywood film shot in London
  • Runner for MTV
  • Camera trainee at Arri Media
  • Production assistant on 'Dorian Gray'
  • Shadowing a casting director at Crowley and Poole Casting
  • Working in the development department of Ruby Films
  • Production Assistant at 'This Morning'
  • Trainee Colourist at Nomadic Films

Film student on set

Graduate employment

Our students are very successful in gaining employment status, in many cases straight from graduating the course. In a recent survey of 2008, 9 and 10 graduates, 75% were employed in the industry, a further 10% in further education, and the remaining 15% were employed full-time.

Many graduates go on to work freelance in their specialist areas, and others start up their own production companies.

Some of our most recent graduate employment includes:

  • Location Runner on 'Heart of the Sea' (Charlotte Daniel)
  • Camera Trainee for 'Cinderella' (Jack Mealing)
  • 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 Nomdic Films (Matt Snyman)
  • Cinematographer for music videos by the likes of 'Zero 7' and 'Fightstar', as well as commercials for Pepsi, Nokia and other companies (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)

Explore more about our alumni and recent graduates.

Success stories

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, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Godzilla)
  • Asif Kapadia, director (The Warrior, Senna)
  • Paul Trijbits, producer (Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Neal Purvis, writer (Jonny English, Casino Royal, Skyfall)

Explore more about our alumni and recent graduates.

"They made me realise that every script has a cinematographic heart and you have to think about it before you fling a camera round the set. The course put helium in my balloon and set me on a career path."
Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer (Atonement, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Godzilla)

Film and Tv - Seamus McGarvey
Seamus McGarvey

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

This three-year undergraduate programme is one of the best known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching. It was the first course of its kind in the UK to be awarded degree status.

The environment is both academic and practical, scholarly and creative, and all students study film history, criticism and aesthetics alongside their practical work.

We aim to develop thinking film makers, who learn to collaborate creatively as they develop production specialisms, and who have something to say to, and about, the world.

Industry-acclaimed tutors

Our team of leading lecturers, practitioners and professionals boast a distinguished record in both academic teaching and scholarly research.

Read more about our course team

Visiting professionals

We regularly welcome industry-leading professionals to mentor, tutor, collaborate with and inspire our students.

Find out more about visiting professionals

Cutting-edge technology

We operate from a purpose-built studio facility in Harrow, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, and post-production facilities that include two dubbing theatres.

Explore our facilities

Students on a film set

Award-winning work

From a nomination at the Student Academy Awards to success at the International Film and Video Festival in Beijing, our students are regularly recognised at the most coveted and competitive award ceremonies in the industry.

Check out our students' achievements and awards.

Film BA Honours students filming on set

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Our Alumni say

"The main thing that the course gave me was an opportunity to explore and experiment by providing the equipment and all necessary knowledge and support in our attempts at film-making. One of the other key skills I gained is probably patience! The fact that I had experience in directing and AD-ing definitely helped me to get jobs. People want someone who knows what their doing on and off the set and I gained enough skills and knowledge at the university to be able to handle the job and the pressure that comes with being on set."
Anna Bokova, 2008 Graduate, now Post Production Assistant at Nomadic Films

Read more graduate testimonials on our BA Honours Film and TV Production course.

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Film BA Honours showreel

Check out the award-winning films produced on the Film BA Honours course.

Awards and festivals

Browse the range of awards we've won and festivals we've shown at.

Film and Tv - Seamus McGarvey

Employability

Our students go on to work on feature films, in post-production houses and with major production companies.

Find out more about career opportunities

Film facilities

We operate from a purpose-built studio facility in Harrow, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, and post-production facilities that include two dubbing theatres.

Our team and visiting professionals

Our course team comprises leading lecturers and practitioners. Industry-leading visiting professionals collaborate with and inspire our students.

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Professional recognition

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This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.