From day one on this intensive course, we write, plan and make films in the studio and on location; producing work in a community of filmmakers and friends, supported through discussion, practice and expert staff and facilities. Students on the BA (Hons) Filmmaking course are immersed in the hands-on experience of making films and gain a deep understanding of a wide range of production roles, methods and techniques, and the artistic and technical process of film production. Together, we work in production teams to produce high-end fiction, documentary, music and advertising; providing a professional outlook and the experience, knowledge, ability and support to commercialise your skills for work in the film and screen industries.

We are a close community of makers, artists, practitioners and friends. The focus of the course is on the craft of production; supported by watching, investigating, analysing, critiquing and thinking about film in order to discover our own identities as filmmakers. Working in small groups with other passionate filmmakers you explore the key aspects of filmmaking through the process of getting involved in developing and producing films.

We provide the structure and the support for you to be challenged and experimental in your practice, helping you to gain the artistic, practical, cognitive and specialised tools to become a filmmaker. Our students take an active and creative role in all stages of development and production, learning the skills of directing, producing, cinematography, sound, editing, production design and scriptwriting.

Our students enjoy creative freedom, and have the opportunity to pitch and initiate projects across a wide range of productions, from fiction to documentary, advertising to music, with support and guidance for professional and business skills, self promotion, finance and distribution, providing the knowledge to commercialise practical experiences and skills, and to successfully navigate the film and screen industry.

Learning and teaching is supported through filmmaking practice: in the studio, on location, in screenwriting seminars and film screenings, in production meetings and class discussions, industry talks and study trips. In addition, you may have the opportunity to visit international film festivals (such as Berlin and Toronto) and closer to home events (such as Edinburgh, Bristol, Sheffield Documentary Festival and the Leeds International Film Festival).

Our students bring with them an enthusiasm for film and screen, and a commitment to filmmaking. This is a challenging course where your hard work will be rewarded with the knowledge and experience of a filmmaker.

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What You'll Study

Year One — We explore the role of the filmmaker and the process of filmmaking. This is supported by studio and location working on a number of film production tasks. We will work across a number of roles and gain hands-on experience in order to frame our understanding of the production process. We will make films in small teams and as a class we will watch our work in regular screenings with discussions. The focus of this year is on the craft and range of skills involved in the filmmaking process. This is placed into context with an introduction to film history, where we watch, critique and discuss some of the great filmmakers, filmmaking movements and practices of the last century.

Year Two — We start to specialise and focus on areas of production, forming more specialist production teams to support full production cycles each semester. You will produce a wide and varied body of work across a number of options including fiction, documentary and advertising. Additional options also include screenwriting, which will be supported by classes in research methods and film theory. Additionally, we will develop editorial committees within the class where you will take full control over your own creative work and ideas.

Year Three — We will continue with the practices of the previous two years, with a focus on industry practice and the specialisation of skills. You will work on larger scale productions during this year and collaborate across a production team, but also across multi-disciplinary teams. Your work will be substantial and you will prepare a portfolio of your work, methods of distribution, screenings and workshops to help support your progression into industry.

Work Experience

Alongside your core study you are encouraged to negotiate your own work experience, industry research and visits. Typically this will start later in year two, but we encourage and support you to familiarise yourself with industry practices and maximise your exposure and commercial skills.

Destination Careers

Graduates will be able to work across the screen industries in a wide range of job roles in camera, lighting, sound, producing and creative, development and research teams. Some graduates will build freelance careers within film and TV, and some may work for film production companies, studios, edit houses and major broadcasters, such as the BBC or ITV.

Contact Hours & Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree programmes at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Programmes are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the programme. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the programme. Each level (year) of the programme is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of learning, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or supported sessions and remaining hours are allocated for studio/workshop access and independent learning. Individual programmes have their own learning cultures based on their specific use of the teaching and learning methods listed here. These methods feature differently depending on the programme, level, aims of module, content of the sessions and progress through an academic year.

For further information see our Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University document.

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Terms & Conditions

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International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

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