BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts is a practical filmmaking course where you will explore the craft and aesthetics of contemporary screen-based media, learning the skills required to design and make for film and media production. You’ll study a broad range of approaches to film and media, and investigate the current and emerging techniques used in the global filmmaking industries.
You will explore specialist techniques including cinematography, production design, screen direction, sound production, set-building, lighting design, editing, visual effects, social media production and experimental image-making.
You’ll have the opportunity to design and make films, from your initial idea, to shooting and screening, all while considering your work in relation to culture, society and the wider world. You’ll have the opportunity to develop a wide range of projects beyond traditional film, including screen based installations, site-specific cinema, music video, and video art. Led by a team of filmmakers and media producers, all areas of your learning will be underpinned by a rigorous critical and cultural understanding of film in its many contemporary forms.
Our experienced technicians support your practical learning, and you’ll have access to our outstanding facilities including film studios, green screen studios, sound recording and post-production studios, vocal recording booths and foley studio space. Our Multimedia Lab is stocked with a specialist media equipment, including Arri Alexa, Arri Super 16mm cinema cameras, underwater film and photography kit, and much more.
Unique to an independent art and design university, our interdisciplinary curriculum allows you to engage with areas of practice that intersect with film and screen arts including, Fine Art, Photography, Commercial Photography, Fashion Communication, and Costume through regular all-school workshops and lectures.
Our on-site independent cinema, run by Plymouth Arts Cinema, provides the perfect opportunity for you to display your work on the big screen as well as to watch a diverse programme of films, and to engage in specialist film-focused events.
Recent visiting lecturers to the course include Maria Norman, Head of Production at BBC Natural History Unit, award-winning filmmaker Ben Wheatley, Oscar-winning producer Mia Bays and Production Designer Ed Turner. We have established links with NAHEMI, BFI London, the Royal Television Society and the Aesthetica Film Festival, as well as many independent filmmaking professionals both in the UK and abroad. You’ll have the opportunity to attend international film festivals such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen and Asethestica, where students have screened their own work as well as held panel discussions.
Graduates of the course have participated in many international film festivals and galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, New York Tribeca Film Festival, and Raindance International Film Festival.
Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.
We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.