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Film Production BA

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option

Overview

Our location in West London is advantageous for contacts and work placements in the Film and Television industry and other media organisations  

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

The new BA in Film Production aims to develop the creative, practical, technical, cultural and interpersonal knowledge and skills associated with professional film production. Combining the production and theory of visual digital media, it is the perfect starting point for those interested in pursuing the career in Film, TV, Communications or Media.

The course offers a combination of film production (including practical film/video-making, scriptwriting, filming and editing, project management skills) with critical analysis, thinking and research skills and an understanding of the how the film and TV industries work. 

Aims

The Film Production BA is designed for those who want the opportunity to develop professional expertise in filmmaking, mixed with academic study and more general knowledge of the workings of the film and television industries.

 

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course Content

The BA consists of a mix of compulsory and optional modules. A typical selection is provided below, although some variations may occur from year to year.

Level 1

All modules at level 1 are compulsory

  • Storytelling: a mix of practice and theory in which you will engage with components of storytelling in film and TV including the construction of character, narrative, genre, editing and storyboarding
  • Technology and Industry: an examination of the theory and history of film and TV technology and its relationship to industrial and institutional contexts (for example, the role of new technology in contemporary Hollywood, digitization and media convergence, multichannel TV)
  • Representation and Identity: an exploration of various aspects of representation and identity in film and TV, including issues such as gender/sexuality, class, race and nation
  • Creative Development: an introduction to industry practices for the design of creative ideas, including the generation of initial synopses, the presentation of ideas, promotion

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Filmmaking (double weighted)
  • Understanding the Film and TV Industries

 Optional modules (three of the following)

  • Screenwriting
  • Global Cinemas
  • TV Texts and Contexts
  • Film and TV Genres

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation Film

And either

  • Image and Violence (practical)

Or

  • Digital Media Project (practical)

Optional modules (three of the following)

  • Work Experience
  • Independent and Art Cinema
  • Horror
  • Gender and Sexuality

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel

Employability

  • Modules including Understanding the FTV Industries and Work Experience foster employability
  • The Work Experience module is delivered by industry professionals with a programme of industry speakers.
  • Including a 70-hour work placement, offering the opportunity to apply skills in a range of contexts.
  • A network of contacts in film and television industry, marketing and PR, charity sector

Emphasis throughout your studies is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers. Brunel’s Professional Development Centre is a dedicated service that are committed to increasing our students' employability, helping you to develop the skills and experience you need to stand out in the job market.

Careers

Our graduates have gained employment in the following roles in the FTV industry: Distributor, Casting work and production assistant, Freelance script supervisor, Press assistant, Freelance producer, Visual effects production co-ordinator, Head celebrity booker, On-air planner, Compositor, Contracts co-ordinator, Senior digital producer.

Work Placements

With the Professional Practice option, you have the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. We have excellent links with a wide range of external organisations providing high quality placements.

Placement venues include The Pinewood Group, Fremantle Media, Objective Productions, WaterAid and BalletBoyz.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry Criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units.

 GCSE English grade C or grade 4 is required. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Teaching style varies and is designed to suit each module

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops; screenings; tutorials

Course facilities include

  • 17 fully-equipped edit suites, using Final Cut Pro X, Avid and/or Adobe Premiere
  • Cameras including Canon C100, Sony PMW200, Canon XF100, Canon 5D

Assessment

Practical work (videos, scripting, storyboards, websites), coursework essays/projects (various kinds), seminar presentations, video essays, extended dissertation/film at Level 3

Special Features

  • Our location in West London is advantageous for contacts and work placements in the Film and Television industry and other media organisations  
  • You will have access to the latest equipment and technology.  Our editing suites have up-to-date production software such as Avid with accredited training facilities for Final Cut Pro 10
  • Film Production at Brunel is strongly committed to making links between teaching and research, with most modules taught by staff who have published authoritative work in their field.
  • With the Professional Practice option, students are encouraged to take advantage of our extensive range of contacts in film and television production, distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. Also, we are often approached by media companies looking for students to help out on specific projects.


Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.