This course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills as an independent filmmaker working in fiction film. You will have the opportunity to write and direct your own Short Film, or follow a specialist route as a Head of Department in film production.

You'll develop high level skills in a learning environment which nurtures technical excellence in the creation of cinematic sound and image. You'll develop personal creativity and the ability to collaborate effectively within a team in pursuit of a shared cinematic vision.

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Length of study:

One year full-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

The course allows you to experience the rigours of filmmaking by reflecting the realities of current film practice, within the supportive structure of our extensive Film School. It will enhance your understanding of the professional demands of the film industry and fully equip you for a freelance career, should you so desire.

You'll have the opportunity to engage in critical debate around current theoretical approaches to filmmaking practice, as well as developing your own practical project alongside other like-minded students.

At UCA, you'll also benefit from access to a fantastic selection of cutting edge facilities, including 16mm and digital cinema cameras, advanced sound recording equipment, a purpose-built film studio and industry standard post-production suites.

Our graduates have gone on to work on some of the biggest box office movies of recent years - including Gravity, the Harry Potter franchise, The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible, Skyfall, Godzilla, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Rush, Total Recall, Fast & Furious 6 and many more - as well as on major TV programmes and other projects with leading media companies. Some alumni have also started their own companies, with recent successes including Kode Media, Bright Stem and This Place.

Course content - 2017 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Research and Critical Approaches

    This unit explores the different modes of research related to the creative process. It is a critical and practical study in which students will develop their skills in translating imagined film concepts into treatments, project proposals, screenplays and other forms of communicating film ideas.

  • Skills and Development for Filmmaking Practice

    This unit allows you to further your knowledge and technical ability within your own filmmaking practice. Through a series of practical workshops you will be given the opportunity to cover some of the following: directing, producing, camera operating, lighting, art direction, sound recording, editing, and sound design.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Production

    This unit is built around the creative, organisational and technical processes of the pre-production and production of your short film.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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  • Project Delivery and Professional Context

    This unit focuses on the practices of film post production, allowing you to advance your knowledge of editing and other techniques through your own creative process. You will be challenged to reflect on the work that you have produced so far and to resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery according to industry standards.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

This course prepares you for a career within the field of fiction film production and also equips you with a range of versatile skills that open up a broad variety of career paths.

 

Graduates from related UCA courses have been commissioned to work by broadcasters and film funds worldwide in a wide range of roles within the industry such as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, screenwriting, production design and VFX. Potential careers open to students undertaking this course might include work in archives, curating or distribution.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require an online portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the process for submission of your work will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

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