“I never imagined myself as a director or a producer, even though I wanted to be one. But now it's a realistic goal.” Annette Uiga, BA Film graduate
Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter, BA Film is a single degree course with a variety of pathways that meets the interests and ambitions of diverse students united by a passion for film.
At Middlesex, we offer a unique degree experience in Film, not only because the course is designed to be flexible, accommodating very different kinds of film students, but also because it encourages, indeed requires, collaboration between students with different interests, skills and knowledge, which is great preparation for working professionally in the film industry. If you want to be part of a great community of people striving to be the best and to develop your passion for film, come to Middlesex.
After your first year, you can follow pathways in producing, directing, editing, sound, cinematography, art direction or scriptwriting, or you may prefer not to identify yourself closely with any of the pathways but rather use BA Film as a means of gaining an excellent all-round education in the theory and practice of film. In your final year you will choose your own final project, meaning you can write and direct your own film as part of the degree if you wish.
Middlesex is the best university in London for film production and photography (Guardian League Table, 2018)
100% of our BA Film students were in graduate level employment six months after completing their degrees, according to the 2013 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.
Half of your first year of study is dedicated to practical filmmaking and you will learn the foundations of film production and post production. The other half of your first year focuses equally on storytelling for screen narratives and film aesthetics.
Half of your second year is again dedicated to production, with a focus on producing and directing. Here you will work in all stages in the film-making process in a variety of production roles, from conception and development to post production. The rest of the year depends on your own interests. You can choose to continue studying the practice of screenwriting, begin to work on documentary films, or improve your skills in cinematography, sound design, editing or art direction. At the beginning of Term 2 students declare a specialisation from among producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound design and art direction, and from that point forward receive additional tuition in their chosen area.
In your final year, you choose the nature of your own final project. The scope for this project is very broad so you can develop a practical film project in any area that excites you: for example, you might choose to write and direct a short film; act as cinematographer on a number of your coursemates’ films; or develop a portfolio of projects as producer, editor, sound designer, or art director. You will also continue your investigations into film theory, ideology and aesthetics – subjects that will inform your filmmaking and screenwriting practice. You will also benefit from wider preparation for employment in the film industry, including gaining a greater understanding of finance, distribution and marketing.
You can find out more information about this course in the programme specification.
To develop an understanding and appreciation of some of the principle film styles and movements, specifically in relation to an investigation of the ways in which film communicates as an audio-visual medium; To develop an historical perspective in relation to the above; To consider specific directors as theorists of film through their film making practices.
To investigate film through close analysis in order to develop an understanding of film language that will inform students creative and critical work; To introduce students to processes, tools and protocols involved in professional film production in order to develop their creative practice; To initiate the Personal Development Portfolio and the required technology.
To develop ideas and practices in film production and post-production from MDA1000, producing work that reflects a growing understanding and application of film language and form; To enable students to manage a short film project to realisation; To develop an understanding of how decisions made in ideas development impact on audiences; To offer students mechanisms for reflection on their own practice and experience with reference to learning from other parallel modules
To introduce some of the foundational stories of human culture and to identify these as they manifest themselves in screen narratives; To engage in the critical analysis of stories, in particular identifying how they convey their ideology, values and thematic concerns; To facilitate the development of introductory level skills in screen narrative through practical exercises in the preparatory phases of screenwriting.
To gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of both producer and director, their relationship to each other and to the rest of the filmmaking team; To acquire this understanding partly through research and close analyses of the works and working methods of select producers and directors, and partly through filmmaking exercises and the making of a short film; To further develop effective teamworking skills and professionalism in practice; To develop and consolidate practical, academic writing and research skills.
To develop an understanding of different kinds of documentary and their distinctive modes of address to an audience; To consider some of the specific practical, ethical and philosophical issues around representing reality using film; To engage in the development of a documentary project reflecting learning on the module.
To manage a complex and large-scale project from first proposal to completion; To demonstrate in the execution of the project high level academic and practical skills as appropriate in the exploration of the chosen aspect of the film medium; To present the work effectively to others, both as a work-in-progress and as a completed project, and finally presented publically at the end of the module with a clear sense of audience and context.
To consolidate and further develop research skills, both in relation to the Dissertation project and in relation to preparing for employment; To become more knowledgeable about contexts within which the film creative sector operates including finance, distribution, marketing and exhibition; To bring to completion the Personal Development Portfolio in a form that meets the individual student's objectives in relation to employment and further career development.
To reflect critically on film themes and debates from previous modules in relation to film theory discourses; To consolidate understanding of specific film theories and to reflect critically on their utility, especially in relation to work-in-progress on the Dissertation Project; To develop an historical appreciation of the ways in which Film Studies has been shaped by different theoretical shifts.
The course involves a great deal of practical work – you will participate in film-making workshops and post-production training, and produce short films in response to briefs. But you will also have a reading and viewing list, and extensive screening/lecture programmes that explore drama, documentary and experimental cinema from around the world. You will investigate practical and theoretical problems through briefs, essays, and individual and group activities. In seminars and workshops and tutorials, you will critique your own and others' work, developing your skills in analysis and reflection, while discovering your own taste, style and vision.
You will be specifically taught how to deepen your research skills to help you become a more independent learner, and in your final year you will produce a major project: a highly achieved short film, long-form screenplay, or portfolio of practical film-making work in your chosen production role.
Assessment is both practical and theoretical, and you will put together a portfolio throughout the course. As well as your practical film-making assignments, you will be assessed on your final project, your professionalism and contributions to others’ film projects, written assignments, pitches and presentations, blogs and analyses of your own practical work.
Criteria for assessment will include the quality of your arguments and your critical engagement in your written assignments, the quality of thought behind your presentations, and your citations and biographical information.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Foundation Year in Media page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Applicants will be asked to attend a selection event that comprises a group interview and a campus and facilities tour at which they will be required to bring with them and present a hard copy portfolio of their work. This will also be a good opportunity for the applicants to visit the campus.
The portfolio must include:
An essay (750-1000 words), of which you are the sole author, on any topic in the arts and humanities, or a work of film criticism. Applicants are asked to present an essay they have submitted as part of their previous studies.
ONE of the following additional items:
Alternative arrangements will be made for international applicants who are unable to attend a face-to-face interview.
Our students are successful. Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers, including writers, editors, sound technicians, directors of photography, camera assistants, directors and designers. Some have gone on to work at major institutions such as the BBC, while others have set up their own small businesses, attracting both commercial work and funded commissions. Some have become music video producers and others are freelancers representing a range of special professions within production and post-production.
We help you to establish yourself in the industry in all kinds of ways, including supporting your submission of work to film festivals (some of our students' work has been screened at Cannes) and supporting your writing, whether critical journalism or screenwriting.
"We had the opportunity to try our hand at a number of production roles and to use a variety of equipment and post-production software. After a few months on the course I found, to my surprise, that a lot of my classmates wanted me to be the cinematographer on their shoots. I have always had a fascination for the visual style of films, so I embraced the chance. I gained a lot of experience working with various cameras on both documentary and fiction films."
Read the full interview with Elvina on the Education UK website
BA Film graduate, freelance cinematographer
"During my time on the BA Film degree at Middlesex I built up a lot of confidence, mastered different technical skills and learned to view films differently. During my second year I wrote and produced a short film called Last Dream, which was a huge challenge. I never imagined myself as a director or a producer, even though I wanted to be one. But now it's a realistic goal. I am now planning to start writing a script for my first feature film."
BA Film graduate
"It was a showreel I created in the Film and Innovation module that started me experimenting with digital software. For my dissertation I continued this process, exploring sound design through an experimental piece called Chromasy, a virtual sound sculpture. I also worked as a sound designer for other people's dissertation projects.
"I intend to carry on working as a freelancer in sound design and filmmaking, whilst continuing to produce my own projects. Since being on the BA Film course I have developed my presentation skills and portfolio to a level where I now feel comfortable talking to clients about my work."
BA Film graduate
"The main thing that changed for me over the duration of the course was the belief in my own creative abilities. I came to the course thinking I was not an ideas person but the course has brought my creativity to the surface and given me the courage to express myself.
"My future plans are to start a small production company providing a quick turnover film service for music videos, corporate films, promos, adverts etc. This will provide me with the funds I need to make my own creative projects. I want to make social awareness films and put them out free on the Internet. My next film, Sedated, is currently in pre-production. The film will explore the various factors that keep the population sedated and apathetic to unacceptable social conditions."
BA Film graduate
"[During the course] I came up with a concept for a video that I also filmed and edited, and co-directed with my good friend Wiktoria Wachowiak. It was great to work on a paid project that really interested me and we had a really amazing time. I gained experience and confidence during my three years at Middlesex. I now have a deeper understanding of films, working in the film industry and the business side of things. I want to develop my own music videos, doing mostly rap, grime, trap, dubstep, hip-hop videos, and punk-rock videos."
BA Film graduate
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art, Design and Media School on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
These facilities include:
Studio and location filming equipment including:
Digital Media Workshops featuring: