University of Westminster

Film BA Honours (formerly Film and Television Production BA)

University of Westminster
In London

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location London
Start September 2019
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London
  • Start:
    September 2019
Description

This three-year degree is one of the best known film and television 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 film makers 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.
Course content.

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...

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Sep-2019
London
Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP, London, England
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Starts Sep-2019
Location
London
Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP, London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Credit
Drama
Design
Screenwriting
Film and Television
Sound
Television Production
Cinema
School
Industry
Media
Music
Aesthetics
Directing
Cinematography
Production
Production
Music

Course programme


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.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
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
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
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
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
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
Westminster electives
As part of your course you can 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 electives.
Work placements and graduate employment
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 Anihillation, 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
Professional recognition
This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries.
Course team
Peter Hort, Course Leader
Zoe Allsop, Course Lecturer
Simon Passmore, Course Lecturer
Julie Lambden, Course Lecturer
Joram teb Brink, Course Lecturer
Margherita Sprio, Course Lecturer
Visiting professionals include Asif Kapadia, Dougal Wilson, Adrian Smith, Kit Fraser, Christian McWilliams, Sam Donovan, Lucia Zucchetti. Sara Dunlop, Adam Wimpwnny
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