Students write, plan, and shoot their own short movies on this practical filmmaking course. We teach hands-on production techniques while simultaneously delving into film history and theory, preparing you for an exciting career in the film, TV, and broadcast industry.

Join other students with a passion for the screen and a commitment to filmmaking. This degree course has a strong focus on production, supported by watching, investigating, analysing, critiquing, discussing, and thinking about film to discover your own identity as a filmmaker.

Working in small production teams with other passionate filmmakers, you will take an active role in all stages of development and production. You will learn various skills required for directing and managing actors, producing, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, production design, storytelling, and scriptwriting.

Learning and teaching are supported through filmmaking practice - in the studio, on location, in seminars, film screenings, production meetings, class discussions, industry talks, and study trips, including film festivals. Educational visits and trips can take a variety of formats including physical and virtual experiences.

Our students enjoy creative freedom and can pitch and initiate filmmaking projects across a wide range of productions, from fiction to documentary, advertising to music video. You will develop skills such as self-promotion, knowledge in finance and distribution, and learn to commercialise practical experiences. Your broad knowledge will give you the skills to successfully navigate the film and screen industries by the end of the course.


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Please apply direct to the University for our BA (Hons) Filmmaking course using the links below.

Home applicants

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International applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.
 

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What You'll Study

Year One – Begin by exploring the role of filmmaker and the process of filmmaking. You will work across roles and gain experience to frame your understanding of the production process. Films are produced in small teams, and as a class, we watch our work in regular screenings with discussions. The craft and range of skills involved in the filmmaking process are underpinned by film history. You will watch, critique, and discuss some of the great filmmakers, movements, and practices of the last century.

Year Two – You will start to specialise and focus on specific production areas, forming more specialist production teams to support complete production cycles each semester. You will produce a wide and varied body of work across different disciplines, including fiction, documentary, and advertising.

Year Three – You consolidate 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. In addition, you will prepare an impressive portfolio of your work, methods of distribution, screenings, and workshops to support your successful transition into this exciting industry.

Work Experience

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during their time at university. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry.

Accolades

Recent graduates have worked on a number of major TV productions, including:

  • Games of Thrones prequel

  • House of the Dragon for HBO

  • It’s a Sin for Channel 4

Other graduates have secured work at the BBC, Warner Bros, Sky One, Netflix and in other areas of filmmaking as diverse as ballet, documentary, music and advertising.

Course Specification

Contact Hours and Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree courses at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Courses 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 course. Around 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the course. Each level (year) of the course is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. Teaching is split over 2 semesters; each semester has 13 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of assessment. 

For further information visit Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University.

Destination Careers

Graduates can find 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. Graduates may also continue to postgraduate study.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs.

The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Computers and Digital Equipment

Teaching and learning are supported through access to some online events and learning materials. This might include visiting speakers or the chance to review lectures that have been recorded. The University also uses a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support learning. There are a range of computer facilities across the University available to access Monday to Saturday including weekday evenings. If you are intending to buy a computer we suggest you wait until you start your course. You will quickly find out what you do and don’t need. The Course Team will be able to offer you advice on what to buy and where to purchase it from, based on your creative needs and budget.

Educational Visits and Off-Site Activities

Educational visits to enhance your experience may take place throughout the course and can range from a visit to a UK conference, exhibition or gallery, to a European or international study trip. All trips requiring a student financial contribution are optional and costs will always be kept as affordable as possible. We do not guarantee that we will run international visits. The decision is made annually based on availability, cost and the number of students required to make the trip viable.


We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Finance for further information.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

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.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

Duration
3 Years
Study Mode
Full Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
Institution Code
L28
UCAS Code
W610
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"We want to help you discover who you are as a filmmaker, and develop the craft and the skills to make wonderful stories for the cinema and screen."
Paul Booth, Course Leader
BA (Hons) Filmmaking