BA (Hons) Filmmaking

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Overview

Filmmaking is an exciting practice based course that enables you to express your ideas and stories through a variety of principles, processes, activities and projects that help you to explore, refine and redefine your understanding of filmmaking as a creative practice.

The staff team are practising filmmakers who specialise in drama, documentary and artist film and connect their research interests and professional networks through the course curriculum. Professionalising practice is a key ethos running alongside our bedrock of creativity and exploration as we provide opportunities for students to benefit from visiting speakers and workshops by professionals from different areas of the film and moving image world, and encourage students to develop their practice through engaging with external opportunities and film festivals.

Find out more about this course, staff and facilities and view student films at www.art.mmu.ac.uk/filmmaking

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Graduates of this course can go on to study the MA in Filmmaking and/or be founders of independent production companies, directors, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, producers, scriptwriters, production designers, and artists and documentary filmmakers.

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Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112

112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Showreel and interview

Course details

The course enables you to identify themes, structures and issues to communicate through ongoing film practice, with an emphasis on experimentation, creativity and innovation. Based within an art school environment, we encourage you to work collaboratively and appreciate the multidisciplinary aspects of filmmaking through factual, fiction and artist film. This allows the discovery of strengths towards specialist roles of director, editor, cinematographer, sound designer, production designer and producer and other individual pathways within contemporary filmmaking disciplines.

In the first year students are introduced to self directed learning, research and technical skills and engage with different filmmaking approaches. Working collaboratively there is an appreciation of the multidisciplinary aspects of filmmaking through factual, fiction and artist film.

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Core Units

Unit X

At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities. 

Film Art

You are introduced to the building blocks of creative filmmaking practice through a range of techniques and an awareness of the moving image in an art and design context. In this unit you encounter key approaches towards documentary and artists film modes, in which the real world provides subject matter, content and meaning. The unit encompasses critical investigation into form, authorship, style, storytelling, and issues of observation, towards production of a film using documentary or artists documentary methodologies and a relationship to montage principles.

Film Storytelling

You are introduced to different forms of film storytelling and narratives in the area of screen drama, through the development of ideas to script and then realised in a creative collaborative practice to make a film. Film practices include directing, storyboarding, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and sound design.

Option Units

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers and visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice. The 15 credit option is taken when you opt to do a 15 credit Uniwide languages unit as well (mmu.ac.uk/uniwide).

Contextualising Practice 1

30 credit unit. You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice.

During the second year the curriculum will help students identify themes, structures and issues to communicate through film practice, with an emphasis on experimentation and discovery. This allows the discovery of strengths towards specialist roles of director, editor, cinematographer, sound design and producer and individual pathways.

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Core Units

Narrative

In this unit you will explore cinematic narrative structures: their forms, their purposes and the meanings they create within the wider context of film language. You will investigate narrative structure in film leading to the generation and development of ideas and creation of a short film centred on narrative techniques and strategies. During the unit you will select to specialise and focus on either screen drama, documentary or artists' moving image and will be provided with a pathway through the unit that interrogates your specific area of practice in terms of narrative techniques, strategies and creative choices. 

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the University and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Exploration

In this unit you will explore a personal perspective through filmmaking in order to make a negotiated duration film in either screen drama, factual or artist moving image filmmaking.

Option Units

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

In the final year students develop contextual and craft skills to a professional standard in documentary, screen drama or artist film. These elements are then fostered to make their final degree film in preparation for the world of work and/or further study.

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Core Units

Research and Development

This unit focuses you on a period of research to ensure the elements of your film are carefully designed and planned before production. The nature of your research will be linked to the area you choose to focus on.  The genres of documentary, screen drama, and artist film each vary in approach and possess their own distinctive developmental processes.  A series of tutorials will guide you through the early stages of your study and you will establish a methodology around a theme (in many cases guided by a script). You will identify specific roles and strengthen craft skills through a series of self-initiated testing, idea exploration and content development. The detail and depth of your research will have a direct impact on the quality of your finished film. Working both on your own and collaboratively, the research will be practice-based though it will also engage in theoretical approaches, critique and philosophical engagement.

Option Units

Minor Film

You will make a film in a specific area of filmmaking practice such as documentary, screen drama or experimental filmmaking. You will draw upon work undertaken during the research and development unit where ideas, genre, visual style, theme and plot are investigated and tested, processes and a methodology established. You will undertake filmmaking practice through pre-production, production and post-production. There will be an emphasis on independent study, management and organisation of film productions. You will address your film craft, in particular your attitude towards the quality of your outcomes. You will be expected to support other students on the course through collaborative assistance or work independently as artist filmmakers.

Major Film

This unit will concentrate on the creation of a film drawing upon work undertaken during the research and development unit where ideas, genre, visual style, theme and plot are investigated and tested. You will undertake filmmaking practice through pre-production, production and post-production. There will be an emphasis on independent study, management and organisation of film productions. You will address your film craft, in particular their attitude towards the quality of their outcomes. You will be expected to support each other through collaborative assistance.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.
Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Contextualising Practice 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Additional information about this course

A DBS check may be required for some locations.

Placement options

There are no formal placements however you will have the opportunity to undertake work based learning projects during the course, and seek work experience through the many independent film and television production companies throughout Manchester. Work experience and work based learning is optional, and the setting up is considered part of the learning associated with professional development.

Manchester School of Art

Our School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, offering courses designed to serve specialist industry needs and give students the tools for their chosen career.

Like the city of Manchester, the school prides itself on being creative, unconventional and professional, providing a broad range of architecture, art, design, media and theatre undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a unique creative environment that encourages creative collaboration across the disciplines.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£90

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs and Mac desktops on campus. There are editing suites open Monday-Friday and a number of Macs in the library that can be used for editing 7 days a week. It is recommended that all students have their own external hard drives and are responsible for managing their files.

Placement Costs

There are a number of field trips open to each cohort, these include national and international field trips.

Professional Costs

We recommend filmmaking students to set up their own vimeo channels and subscribe to relevant forums. A DBS check may be required for some locations.

Other Costs

Some students choose to go on international exchanges (worldwide) or Erasmus. This would involve flight costs/travel/subsistence and an application for grants. Filmmakers can also require additional costs particularly for their graduation films or if they choose to work with specific material or analogue formats (film and process costs). We encourage students to develop crowdfunding platforms. where feasible. Third year students are encouraged to develop their online portfolios with a website also.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

PW32

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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