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BA (Hons)

Filmmaking

BA Filmmaking
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Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): W600
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This exciting new degree has been created in response to the global success of the UK film and screen industries.

On this practical course, you'll explore all aspects of filmmaking to set yourself up for a successful career in producing, directing, writing and other key creative roles in the industry.

With guidance from our expert staff, you will develop a deep understanding of the art of filmmaking and create original, entertaining and innovative films. You will gain skills across a range of filmmaking disciplines while making drama, documentary, commercial, music video and experimental projects leading to the production of a final industry facing short film.

Throughout the course you will work on live briefs with our industry partners, learning the technical and artistic abilities required to produce a professional portfolio tailored to your career goals.

Key features

  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement of up to a year in length. Dependent on the duration of your placement, you could gain an additional Diploma or Certificate in Professional Practice.
  • Innovative independent filmmaking – this course has been developed with industry and academic insight by staff with a wealth of experience.
  • Focus on the creative elements of film. We want to create artists who can develop and bring their own projects to life.
  • Learn in a professional studio environment, using industry-standard facilities such as high-end camera equipment and software such as the Adobe Creative suite and Davinci Resolve. View our School of Art & Design Facilities Hub here.
  • Develop your skillset through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, external collaborations, and guest lectures.
  • Learn from staff with expertise in areas such as directing, producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, and editing.
  • During your time here, you will be given the opportunity to showcase your work to members of the creative industries. You can view our graduating students’ showcase here.
  • Optional international study trips to renowned film festivals and events.
  • Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as Northern Arizona University in the USA.
  • Course design approved by the International Moving Image Society, recognising the quality and relevance of our teaching content.
  • We are proud to be ranked 13th in the UK for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
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George Ellison explains why he chose to study BA (Hons) Filmmaking

What you'll study

Taught in partnership with NTU’s School of Arts and Humanities and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, you’ll benefit from a wide range of staff expertise and industry-standard facilities and equipment.

  • Year One

    Script to Screen

    (100 credit points)

    This module will provide you with a foundation of the core creative concepts of writing, directing and producing for film, delivered through practical projects, workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials and masterclasses.

    By undertaking team and individual projects, you’ll develop your storytelling skills by undertaking technical roles in areas such as camera operating, lighting, sound recording, and post-production skills such as editing, working with audio and post-production workflow. All of these key skills will be developed so you can confidently tell your story.

    Style, Narrative, Authorship

    (20 credit points)

    This module will explore film’s relationship with its audience and how characters and stories are influenced by writers, directors and producers.

    A series of screenings will provide you with a broad background of current and historical international and national filmmakers. In these screenings and in lectures, workshops and discussions you will be introduced to film theory, genre, the idea of authorship in film, the power of film and its influence on audiences and culture.

  • Year Two

    Narrative, Production and Audiences

    (80 credit points)

    This module asks you, through a series of given and self-initiated film-based projects, to apply and develop what you have learned through the experience of working on both individual and team-based projects. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement of up to 8 weeks or alternatively work on a live client brief with the supervision of tutors, which will enhance your employability skills.

    Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking

    (20 credit points)

    Through active participation with team-based problem-solving, you will work together in mixed teams on a project where you will use your creative ideas to generate solutions to the challenge or brief. Your project will allow you to explore how creativity can make an impact in society, as you choose a theme of sustainability, social justice, enterprise and innovation or community. This collaborative learning experience will expose you to a range of new processes and approaches that will develop your creative thinking.

    You will also choose one optional 20-credit module from:

    • Storyboarding: Visualising the story, enhancing the narrative
    • Digital Marketing and Communication
    • Motion Graphics
    • The Art of the Video Interview
    • Telling Stories
    • Responding to the Visual World
  • Final year

    Major Project: FILM

    (80 credit points)

    The module enables you to demonstrate the skills, ideas and learning acquired during your degree in an extended piece of film production practical work. You will have the opportunity to create a short film intended to be the core of your graduation portfolio.

    Representation, Genre, & Industry

    (20 credit points)

    This module aims to further develop your understanding of film theory, history and criticism, to better understand your own place in film culture, as well as your contributions to it, and the urgent issues and initiatives that are driving, and delivering fundamental industry change.

    Business and Entrepreneurship for Filmmakers

    (20 credit points)

    This module focuses on career development and employability and examines strategies to help you pursue a future in the filmmaking industry. You will have opportunities to interact, communicate and explore the nature of working in the creative industries.

This course design has been approved by the International Moving Image Society.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • film screenings
  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • masterclasses
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • individual work
  • teamwork
  • live projects
  • study trips
  • personal development planning.

Collaboration across courses

This course offers our new innovative collaboration module. This gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with your contemporaries from a range of different art and design subjects and beyond. You’ll be working alongside artists, performers, photographers, illustrators and animators on daring and creative projects that prepare you for a rewarding career in your chosen industry. Your project will allow you to explore how creativity can make an impact in society, as you choose a theme of sustainability, social justice, enterprise and innovation or community.

International exchanges and study trips

If you’re thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world.

Exchanges take place in Year Two of the course. You’ll receive guidance from the University about where you can study, and help in completing your application and arranging your exchange.

Showcase 

You will be given the opportunity to exhibit your work during your time at NTU to members of the creative industries. Last year we celebrated our final year students work in our ‘We are Creatives’ showcase – you can view our graduating students’ showcase here.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Assessment is 100% coursework. You’ll be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade, receiving feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • design development work (prototypes, storyboards, scripts, animatics, draft edits, research)
  • final project work (e.g. film, scripts, pitch packages)
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • essays
  • visual and verbal presentations
  • production management documentation
  • design journals (online / offline).

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%).

Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.

Careers and employability

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly, helping to raise your profile and enhance your future career prospects.

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature and independent film, television, heritage interpretation, advertising, music video and games production.

You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in media, writing, research, teaching and academia.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large employability team.

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Connecting with industry and work placement opportunities

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects and competition briefs will help you gain real experience of the industry, make contacts, and build your portfolio and CV.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete work experience or longer placement, with the chance to gain an additional Diploma or Certificate in Professional Practice, dependent on duration. Course tutors and our Employability team are on hand to support you in applying for placement and professional practice opportunities.

Creative Industries Federation

We are members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which means students in the School of Art & Design have the opportunity to sign up to free student membership. Creative Industries Federation are an organisation that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries and membership grants students exclusive access to their selection of resources and events to help advance your career and connect with industry.

The National Association for Higher Education in Moving Image Membership

Students on this course will benefit from the NAHEMI (The National Association for Higher Education in Moving Image) Membership. The membership will provide you with the opportunity to enter competitions, network with industry professionals and showcase your work at national festivals such as Encounters and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

NTU have been awarded 5 Stars for Art and Design in the QS Stars Rankings 2022.

Have access to industry standard equipment including high-end work stations with Xeon processors and Quadro Graphics Cards.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC or equivalent; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Other qualifications and experience

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Other requirements

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Foundation courses

If you need to do an art and design foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a digital portfolio. Download some advice on what to include to help make your portfolio stand out. After you have submitted your portfolio, we may also invite you to an online interview to help us make our final decision.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU applicant portal.

We will ask you to provide a digital portfolio. Download some advice on what to include to help make your portfolio stand out. After you have submitted your portfolio, we may also invite you to an online interview to help us make our final decision.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Showcases within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Showcases within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418