BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography
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Start Date
Course Type
Location
Course Code
Sep 2019
Franchised HE
Salisbury
SAF0200X1
About this course

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course builds on more than 50 years’ experience of educating film makers and consists of a blend of practical assignments and academic study. This industry focussed course will allow you to work on a range of projects that will involve you directing small team productions or taking a variety of leading roles in larger scale films and productions.

You will have the opportunity to produce, direct and edit a range of adverts, promotional and entertainment videos, dramas and documentaries which are taught in conjunction with industry professionals. You will receive technical and production advice and guidance from industry professionals in all aspects of film production skills.

You will have access to broadcast digital video cameras, non-linear edit suites, film cameras including Arriflex and Bolex, Steenbeck film editing tables, film dubbing facilities, location lighting, dollies and tracking.

Click here to see our BA (Hons) Film & Cinematography student showcase showreel.

What will I learn?

Key areas of study include critical media concepts and contexts, production of a self-authored narrative film, film and cinematography project, professional studies and industry placement, concept development and producing a film project.

The course is taught by industry professionals who aim to produce graduates equipped to work in the film and television production industries.

Combining practical experience with academic theory, students shoot and edit over 10,000 feet of film, 600GB of digital footage and spend four weeks on professional placement between the second and third year giving you valuable insight into the industry and enhancing your employability prospects.

Year 1 modules:

  • Media Concepts and Contexts
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Introduction to Production Skills
  • Applied Production Skills 1
  • Collaborative Project

Year 2 modules:

  • Professional Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Applied Production Skills 2
  • Research Methods
  • Film Production and Cinematography Project

Year 3 modules:

  • Concept Development
  • Graduate Project
  • Dissertation
Entry requirements

Entry criteria is 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points including a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (preferred subjects are Media Studies, Film Studies, English Language and Film Production). 

A Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma at 112 tariff points (D*D* or DMM).

This course requires GCSEs at grade C (4) in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Mature applicants will be considered based on their experience if this is included within their applications.

If English is not your first language, you will need to possess IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During each module, you will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment.  Assessment of all modules is by assignments.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the film production and cinematography industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:
You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of film production and cinematography hardware and software.

Work Placements:
The course requires a 4 week placement to be taken between the second and third year. Wiltshire College has extensive links with local employers and appropriate placements will be facilitated as far as possible by the College.

Nevertheless, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme. 

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BA (Hons) in Film Production and Cinematography, accredited by Bournemouth University.

Additional costs and information

The cost of this programme is £9,250 per year.

Applicants are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is PW36.

Click here for the programme handbook.

Applicants without the minimum UCAS tariff points will be interviewed and asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application process and decisions of entry will be made on an individual case by case.

Cameras, editing, recording, lighting and general filming equipment are all included within your course fees. 

As with all arts courses, students are expected to pay for 'material costs'. 

In the case of film production, this includes travel costs for actors, design and prop costs, etc.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

What could I do next?

The course produces graduates equipped to develop careers in a range of production, technical and craft roles.

Recent graduates are now working variously as Unit Managers, Design Assistants and Camera Assistants on major television and film productions. 

These include Kingsman, Happy Valley, King Arthur, X Factor, Sherlock, Tracey Ullman Show, Bridget Jones III, Last Tango In Halifax, Four Weddings and a Funeral, BT Sport, The Fear, The Avengers Movie, Thor 2, Fact and Furious, Downton Abbey, James Bond, Event Horizon, BBC and ITN News, 999, Time Watch, Wildwatch, Survivor, The Blue Planet, Eyes Wide Shut, Band of Brothers, Casualty, Formula One Motor Racing, The Bourne Identity and many, many more.