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Filmmaking
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Filmmaking

International Scholarships available

Overview

On this practical degree, you will learn how to produce films and develop your creative and technical filmmaking skills in drama, documentary and experimental film production.

Your theoretical studies will inform your practice and our experienced tutors will guide you in a range of specialisms, including directing (drama, experimental film and documentary), producing, cinematography, screenwriting, production design, editing and post-production, and location and post-production sound.

You will learn how to engage an audience and you will explore the responsibilities of your practice, discovering and developing who you are as a filmmaker.

You will be taught in our own Northern Film School, which creates more than 200 films a year and was rated one of the top five international film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.

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The Northern Film School is based at the Electric Press in Leeds city centre. At the School you will have access to an impressive range of facilities. These include digital production equipment, production studios, professional level edit suites, production offices, screening facilities, a props store and film and script archive.

You will also have access to studios at the heart of the professional film and television production in Leeds. Several feature films and BBC television dramas were shot at Prime Studios.

All of our tutors are film practitioners so you will benefit from a wide range of professional production experience. The team has a wealth of expertise from documentary making to cinematography and includes staff who have received BAFTA and Oscar nominations. Our approach towards collaborative filmmaking ensures that you will be self-reliant, with the ability to work as part of a professional unit.

There are also opportunities to undertake study exchange programmes at film schools including Famu in Prague and Griffiths in Australia.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

CLEARING
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements. All applicants must be able to show evidence of an interest in film and moving image.
Portfolio:
All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio, examples of which could include: cartoons; photography; video; scripts; storyboards; art work; written critical papers or reviews; radio recordings. Guidance notes for the portfolio can be accessed at this link.

International Baccalaureate

27 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements. All applicants must be able to show evidence of an interest in film and moving image.
Portfolio:
All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio, examples of which could include: cartoons; photography; video; scripts; storyboards; art work; written critical papers or reviews; radio recordings. Guidance notes for the portfolio can be accessed at this link.

International Baccalaureate

27 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Peter Baumann

Careers

Peter Baumann
Director & Writer Student Academy Award Winner 2014 for the film Border Patrol

MA Filmmaking

“My filmmaking course taught me how to work with other people in different kinds of circumstances. The highlight was shooting Border Patrol for our final degree project in Germany with an international crew. Winning the Student Academy Award has also helped me a lot with my career. I’m currently writing scripts for new projects including a mini-series based on Border Patrol and a 90-minute feature film.

Teaching and learning

This intensive, creative and professionally-led course has a strong production ethos. You will be encouraged to collaborate with other students on the course and to crew on BA graduation films and MA Filmmaking thesis productions. The core modules will give you opportunities to practice your skills and techniques at all levels, and you will be able to specialise in a particular skill preparing you to work in the film industry. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
In the first year, you will gain skills in collaborative working and project management through practical experience, and gain essential subject knowledge. You will participate in all specialisms (directing, producing, cinematography, screenwriting, production design, editing and post-production, and location and post-production sound), working in small groups on a series of short film exercises.
Overall workload
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387 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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813 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
30%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
Core Modules

An introduction to the craft skills of cinematography, directing, producing, editing, sound and art direction. You will gain experience through workshops and by working on a number of film scene exercises.

Work as part of a production team to develop and produce a documentary, from idea, research and development, through to production and post-production. You will examine the history and theory of documentary filmmaking and learn the different techniques and approaches of documentary filmmaking.

Filmmaking is a collaborative process requiring specialist skills - choose three specialisms from cinematography, screenwriting, editing, sound recording, production design, directing and production management, and take part in practical workshops to help you understand your specialist area and the tools and techniques for successful implementation.

Examine the principles and practice of visual storytelling, both fiction and documentary. You will develop your understanding of narrative principles and structure and apply your skills to the practice of screenwriting as you write a short film.

Learn how scripts are developed for the screen. You will watch films and read scripts of classic and contemporary films to learn the techniques that help convey the story, idea and meaning effectively to an audience, before working in groups to take a script and present your ideas to bring the story to screen.

Develop your research and analytical skills and continue to enhance your specialist skills, focusing on two specialisms chosen from those you learned in your first year. You will form film crews to make a production, following the film process through its four stages of production. You will also build on your understanding of cinema, helping you to find your creative voice.
Overall workload
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300 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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901 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
13%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
87%
Core Modules

Use examples from modern, historical and world cinema to examine the aesthetic considerations of film and filmmaking and apply these to the various specialisms and practices of filmmaking.

An introduction to a range of experimental film, video and performance practice within a historical and contemporary context, you will broaden your creative understanding and engagement with experimental film, artist?s film and video, media art and performance.

Follow the film process in its four stages of production. You will engage with: the formulation of ideas through experimentation and critical reflection; pre-production with an emphasis on design and performance; production focusing on a choreographed crew and post-production focusing on storytelling through image, sound and music.

Develop the skills learned in Specialist Workshop 1. Choose two specialist areas of filmmaking and attend workshops to develop your chosen areas of expertise. You will also enhance your awareness of the discipline, behaviour and professionalism expected of your two specialisms.

Following on from Specialist Workshop 2, you will choose one of your two specialisms to focus on, enhancing your expertise in preparation for your graduation project in your final year.

Gain the independent research study skills you will need to develop your dissertation outline.

The focus in your final year is on independent and self-directed study. You will further hone your skills in your chosen specialism and you will apply your research skills in an area of interest to you for your dissertation. We will help you prepare for life after graduation by enhancing your employability skills. You will use everything you have learned to work as part of a film team on your graduation film.
Overall workload
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403 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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797 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
25%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
75%
Core Modules

Undertake a personal, self-initiated critical and evaluative project in the field of film and/or moving image which is relevant to your personal research and/or production practice. You will present your work as either a written thesis or video essay.

Progressing from Specialist Workshop 3, you will continue to study your chosen specialist area, developing advanced specialist skills and an enhanced understanding of the film language within your chosen specialisms.

Enhance your employability and put your learning in a real-world context. You will create a professional development plan, research employment opportunities in the UK and globally, refine your transferable skills and undertake a 35-hour placement.

Developing the skills learned and insights gained during the Filmmaking module, working as part of a film team modelled on industry best practice you will make your 'graduation film' or write a screenplay for a feature film or TV series.

Anna Zaluczkowska
Anna Zaluczkowska
Senior Lecturer
Anna has 25 years' experience in the media industries and has worked in film, television and theatre as a writer, editor and producer. Anna currently teaches screenwriting and her research interests include transmedia production and writing for new media.
This course prepares you for an industry that is ever-changing, demanding and highly competitive. You will emerge with a strong understanding of your specialism, and with a focused approach towards personal development and career planning.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All equipment, IT resources and film budgets are provided by the School.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Visit to the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland
    (Approximately £200-250). This is an optional visit and does not play a part in any assessment.
  • Visit to the Aesthetica Film Festival
    (Approximately £34). This visit is subsidised. It is entirely optional and does not play any part in assessment.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All equipment, IT resources and film budgets are provided by the School.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Visit to the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland
    (Approximately £200-250). This is an optional visit and does not play a part in any assessment.
  • Visit to the Aesthetica Film Festival
    (Approximately £34). This visit is subsidised. It is entirely optional and does not play any part in assessment.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Electric Press
    Electric Press

    Based at the Electric Press, our Northern Film School has dedicated facilities and equipment for you to use. These include studios, camera and grip equipment, lighting equipment, edit suites for post-production and a 75-seat HD viewing theatre.

  • Prime Studios
    Prime Studios

    The Northern Film School also has a base at Prime Studios on Kirkstall Road, the centre of professional film and television production in Leeds. BBC television dramas Death Comes to Pemberley and The Syndicate and feature films Get Santa and The Rise were all shot at the studios.

  • Film Studios
    Film Studios

    Based in the Electric Press, our two expansive production studios, East and West Side enable the building of substantial film sets. This affords film students the opportunity to fully explore set design and prop building.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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