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BA in Film-making (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Course Description

Our exciting and innovative Film-making course examines the process of how a film is developed, financed, shot, delivered and exploited. The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the film making experience.

As the name suggests, this is a practical course with a strong vocational ethos. Through producing their own original films, as well as working with camera, sound and post production equipment in the department, students gain valuable hands on experience, preparing them for a career in this exciting industry.

The department has specialist filming equipment as well as editing suites with AVID software and Protocols, a dedicated sound design studio and a preview cinema, which will enable students to shoot and complete their films to a professional standard. 

The course has been established by industry experienced teaching staff with over 35 years’ experience of completion and delivery of films within the film industry, and is one of the few in the UK that has a professional association with the Production Guild of Great Britain.

Our exciting and innovative Film-making course examines the process of how a film is developed, financed, shot, delivered and exploited. The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the film making experience. As the name suggests, this is a practical course with a strong vocational ethos. Through producing their own original films, as well as...

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Course Content

In Year 1 we will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to Film Production
  • Making short films
  • Introduction to post-production and editing

By the end of the first year the student will have gained a working knowledge of the film production cycle as well as an introduction to the technical processes required for shooting a film.

 In the second year the students will build on the knowledge gained in the introductory year one and will be encouraged to commence on their advanced specialised area of interest:

The first semester of year two will concentrate on the fundamentals of the following:

  • Cinematography - directing
  • Sound recording - editing

The second semester will concentrate on a film production project. Students will be able to apply their knowledge in their chosen area and form production teams to produce their 10 minute short.

Year three will continue to build on the expertise learnt in year 2 with the addition of 4 further modules:

  • Sales and distribution; 
  • Sound design and dubbing - VFX and Grading; 
  • Fiction film project. 

 The department is currently building a viewing, dubbing and grading theatre which will allow the students to complete and screen their films in a professional environment.

In Year 1 we will cover the following topics: An introduction to Film Production Making short films Introduction to post-production and editing By the end of the first year the student will have gained a working knowledge of the film production cycle as well as an introduction to the technical processes required for...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through:

  • Group devised productions
  • Individual film and video projects
  • Practical analyses
  • Production diaries and creative scriptwriting
  • Formal essays and examinations
  • Reflective journals, blogs, Wikis
  • Seminar presentations

Additional assessments may include:

  • Storyboards
  • Screenplays
  • Pitches

We assess our students through: Group devised productions Individual film and video projects Practical analyses Production diaries and creative scriptwriting Formal essays and examinations Reflective journals, blogs,...

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