Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

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, 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.

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.

Course structure

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

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

Credit Level 4

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

Credit Level 5

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

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Professional Recognition

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels – ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 34 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended 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 will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year, and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. If you meet the entry requirements for the course (predicted or achieved) you are sent a questionnaire and are considered on your questionnaire responses and, if you are selected for interview, a marked A Level coursework essay or equivalent.

It’s also essential that you have a portfolio of relevant work; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts and 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.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 34 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year, and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

Selection for the course is highly competitive. If you meet the entry requirements for the course (predicted or achieved) you are sent a questionnaire and are considered on your questionnaire responses and, if you are selected for interview, a marked A Level coursework essay or equivalent.

It’s also essential that you have a portfolio of relevant work; this could include film or video work, photographs, artwork, scripts and 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.

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Careers

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 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.

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 Royale, 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)

What our Alumni say

Anna Bokova, 2008 Graduate, now Post Production Assistant at Nomadic Films

"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 they're 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."

Matt Snyman, Graduate 2008

"The BA (Hons) Film and Television Production taught me that filmmaking is tough, and that often you are working to a client's tastes and specifications - not necessarily your own- and that there is nothing more important than teamwork when working on a tough project. It taught me to adapt and to do the best work I could in any given situation. It's a tough industry for a graduate, and Westminster helps arm you for the inevitable challenges and trials."

Cenay Said, Film and Television Production BA Honours; camera trainee working on Skyfall, previous TV credits include Skins and Misfits

"The course has provided me with invaluable skills and knowledge, peers that I have no doubt I will work with for years to come, and allowed me to do what I love – shoot films and learn from my mistakes in doing so."

Seamus McGarvey, Director of Photography for The Soloist, Atonement, The Hours

''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."

Roma O'Connor, VFX Producer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

"The course was invaluable experience not only because it gave a sound technical grounding and therefore adaptability, it also taught me to work within a team environment where every area is given due relevance, which is essential in film-making and especially in features."

Roger Stamp, Freelance Sound Recordist for ITV, BBC, and Channel 4

"I am convinced that the course provides students with a strong theoretical background, relevant practical experience and a degree of realism about the difficulties of pursuing a career in film or TV!"

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Facilities

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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