School of Design - Edinburgh College of Art

Film and Television

School of Design - Edinburgh College of Art
In Edinburgh

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Edinburgh (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

The programme provides students with a broad spectrum of practical experience, which enables them to use film and video as a means of creative expression. It focuses on education, with training as a subsidiary aim. Many students become very accomplished technically, but this is valued only to the extent that it assists in the creative process. The emphasis is firmly on projects as the means by which learning occurs.

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Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF, Midlothian/Edinburghshire, Scotland
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Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF, Midlothian/Edinburghshire, Scotland
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· Requirements

* SQA Highers at BBBB (normally including English and Art and Design or revised Higher Craft and Design) equating to 240 points under the UCAS tariff system; or, * GCE A Levels at AA or CCC (normally including Art or a relevant technical subject), plus GCSEs (including English) at CCC; or, * Qualifications equivalent to the above e.g. SQA, BTEC, GSVQ, GNVQ. An SQA National Certificate in Art and Design or Diploma in Art and Design together with Higher Grade English is also acceptable. We are delighted to welcome international applicants.

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Course programme

The moving image media are familiar to us all as sources of information, entertainment and inspiration. Film and Television represent a rich and complex field of activity which has both aesthetic and industrial dimensions.

At Edinburgh College of Art we do not focus narrowly on any single element of these media. Our students may work in established formats such as documentary, drama and commercials, or may make experimental films in which the student seeks to define their own creative agenda. However, the programme is founded on the belief that film, television and video-making is essentially a form of storytelling. We encourage our students to be able to define what they are saying, to whom they are saying it, and by what means it is most effectively said.

Programme Content


Students in First Year Studies progress through three phases of study, namely Exploratory Study, Elective Study and Specialist Study. These are designed to enable initial exploration and experimentation, building experience within a selected range of specialist subjects and moving towards the confirmation of specialism for Year 2 and onwards.


Most students come direct entry into Year 2 with a solid technical base to be enhanced during this first year of specialisation. They are introduced to the technical resources and the working practices involved in film and video production through a combination of taught units, short-production exercises and group projects. Each student will develop two personal projects and will assist senior year students with their productions. Finally, working in small groups, everyone will produce a short documentary and a drama project.


Students have the freedom to discover their personal strengths within the field of film and video production, working as writer, director, producer, cinematographer or editor on two projects. The minor project is an experimental film. The major project will either be a documentary or drama, but integrating experimental elements from term one.

Electives may include:

  • Visual Narratives
  • Contemporary Art
  • Home Truths
  • Expanded Cinema
  • Shopping for Cultural
  • Cultural Threads


By this stage, students have identified the aspects of film and video production best suited to their interests and abilities and must produce a graduation film or video project, with his or herself as writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, sound designer or any combination of these roles. Additionally, through working on other colleagues' films and videos, students can have the opportunity to develop different specialist skills.

Professional Practice

Professional Practice is also embedded throughout all programmes and at all levels at the College to ensure that you develop the necessary range of intellectual, professional and contextual skills in order to maximise the opportunity for success in your chosen career after graduation.

The Professional Practice course provides an introduction to aspects of working in the visual communication industries and starts our students on the process of researching and planning their careers.

Additional information

Career opportunities: The careers open to graduates in Film and Television include: producer, director, writer, production manager, location manager, researcher, editor, AD, cinematographer, focus-puller, clapper/loader, grip, best boy, continuity, sound-recordist, sound designer, boom operator, video mixer, journalist. Related fields include community video, academia or film development agencies.

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