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Film BA Honours

Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter, choose a course that’ll prepare you for a career in the film industry.
Code
P303
Start
October 2022
EU/International induction: September 2022
Duration
3 years full-time
Usually 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
David Cottis

Why study film* with us

This BA has been designed to get you into the diverse film industry, bringing together both theoretical and practical learning.

You’ll be following in the footsteps of a long list of decorated alumni, the likes of which have gone on to work on the latest Star Wars productions, for Disney, the BBC, set up their own companies and continued their studies at the National Film and Television School.

Year on year, our students produce outstanding, industry standard films. Watch last year's graduates excellent work on our Creative Graduates 2021 digital exhibition.

You’ll have our state-of-the-art facilities at your fingertips to help develop your own creative identity and produce your best possible work, including: a TV production suite designed by Sony, Avid Media Composer Edit Suites, a dedicated recording studio, a motion capture suite and a greenscreen virtual studio.

Our partnership with Canon means you'll benefit from access to top equipment and development opportunities to help you with your future career throughout your studies.

Explore all stages of the film-making process

Across the three years, you’ll learn about the complete film-making process, covering a range of production roles, conception and development, post-production, script writing, cinematography, and direction, taught by professionals working in the film industry.

A film degree can open a lot of doors and we’re here to help you find the right career path. Graduates of this course become writers, editors, sound technicians, and camera assistants.

*this course is subject to review. We periodically re-evaluate our programmes to make sure the content and teaching stay up to date and relevant. Please check this page regularly for updates.



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What will you study on the BA Film?

Half of your first year of study is dedicated to practical film-making 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 course mates’ 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.

Get the support you need

Sometimes you’ll need a little bit of extra support during your studies and we ensure that you get it. That’s why you’ll have access to our technicians, industry professionals ready to help with your projects and provide support in specialist facilities.

Modules

Modules for students starting in 2023*

  • Year 1

    • Story and Aesthetics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will apply narrative and aesthetic insights to your own production work and develop audio-visual literacy to understand effective storytelling on screen. You will underpin filmmaking practice with particular reference to the aesthetics of cinematography, mise-en-scène, sound, performance and editing and will develop creative techniques to generate screen stories and format structures.

    • Production Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will experiment with a wide range of production roles and craft skills in preproduction, production and postproduction and respond to briefs and practice-based and problem-based learning to develop creative and technical practices. You will be encouraged to be resourceful and creative in the process of filmmaking and develop an interest in the creative, technical and management possibilities of areas of production.

    • Industry & Collaboration Hub: Practices & Roles (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will gain an understanding of the processes, etiquette, protocols and roles involved in professional film/tv production and foster values of safe working, sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion into production practice. The module promotes and raises awareness of a variety of transferable professional and personal skills (aka ‘soft skills’) and facilitates appropriate behaviours, such as collaboration, collegiality and cooperation.

    • Content Creation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will explore the capacity of film/tv as a form of communication and apply storytelling techniques and production skills to deliver group projects in response to briefs. You will consider production decision-making for a range of different types of screen production, contexts and audiences and provide experience with different genres and formats.

  • Year 2

    • Story and the World (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module fosters critical enquiry into the specific ethical and philosophical issues around filmmaking practice. It will motivate you to engage with current political, social, cultural and ideological realities through their filmmaking work and awaken the excitement of exchanging ideas through film language. You will develop critical awareness when planning and writing scripts and concepts and communicating ideas through pitching and/or presenting.

    • Production Skills Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to explore the aesthetic possibilities of work that is creative in the application of production and craft skills and will guide and inspire you to find your preferred production roles/interests and further develop practical skills in specialist roles. It will advance your knowledge and experience in production and craft skills and develop your understanding of undertaking, documenting and presenting pre-production, production and post-production workflow.

    • Industry & Collaboration Hub: Networks and Careers (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further your understanding of the business of screen productions and generate knowledge about contexts within which an emerging filmmaker/content producers can build a career for themselves, e.g., the freelance sector. You will learn about the value of ‘personal branding’ and self-promotion and promote and facilitate your own sense of agency, by supporting professional development through tailored Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops.

    • Creative Production (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module teaches you how to creatively interpret briefs, develop and realise high-quality work; strengthen skills in specialist roles through making work together; cultivate the skills necessary to face technical and production challenges and further develop effective team working skills and professionalism in practice.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • Film Documentary (30 credits) - Optional

      This module examines documentary film and film-making practices through formal and theoretical frameworks and through practical application. In conjunction, with select screenings of feature-length and short documentaries, key aspects of and approaches to the documentary form will be explored. You will acquire an understanding of documentary film development and production processes, and put these into practice in the making of a short documentary. You will also prepare a detailed treatment for a second documentary film which is eligible to be made in the Producing and Directing module.

    • Film Craft (30 credits) - Optional

      This module explores the study and production of film from the dual perspectives of style and theory. In workshops you build on your practical skills in camera operation, lighting, sound recording, picture and sound editing, and art direction. In screenings and seminars, you will study in detail the theory and practice of filmmakers with a body of work recognised to have made a substantial contribution to the development of film form. The module emphasises, in both its theoretical and practical strands, the development of a personal vision and its application to your own film-making work.

    • Screenwriting: The Short Film (30 credits) - Optional

      Further developing knowledge and skills acquired in the Screen Storytelling module, you will consider what kinds of stories and narrative structures are amenable to the short film form. In lectures and workshops you will learn about screenwriting craft – format, style, dialogue, action and narrative focus – and write a short dramatic screenplay which is eligible for production in the Producing and Directing module.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Ideas Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to consolidate an understanding of specific theoretical frameworks and to reflect critically on the relationship to your own practice. You will be encouraged to consider filmmaking as “praxis” (or a process based on the interdependence of theory and practice) in order to enhance your appreciation of film form and context and extend the skills necessary to research and pitch ideas professionally, utilising screen language in the pitching process.

    • Advanced Production Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will increase your depth of understanding in your chosen specialist role and you will be supervised to professionally prepare a major project. You will advance your skills in these specialist roles to help you apply sophisticated comprehension of industry practices to your projects. You will learn to hone your professionalism when creating developmental materials to communicate ideas and work-in-progress.

    • Industry & Collaboration Hub: Entrepreneurship and Freelancing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Learn about finding useful and fulfilling work in the screen industries and develop research and practical skills in relation to preparing for employment and/or setting up a production-related business. Further develop and utilise ‘soft’ skills, such as team dynamics, crisis management, negotiation and mediation and develop a short/mid/long term career plan post-university.

    • Major Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Develop high-level critical and practical skills to explore film/tv/screen media in creative, ambitious and innovative ways; provide an environment that reflects current industry processes and conditions when bringing a major project to realisation. Manage a major project with a clear sense of purpose, audience and context and learn the skills and confidence to present your work effectively and professionally to others, both as a work-in-progress and as a completed project.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Advanced Screenwriting (30 credits) - Optional

      You will generate stories then use professional writer’s research methods in order to develop your characters and the milieus in which your dramas unfold. You will consider the link between narrative structure and meaning though case studies of produced screenplays. You will apply this understanding as you develop your story arcs. Links will be made between produced screenplays and genre and industry expectations; and your own screen stories will be developed in response to these expectations.

    • Advanced Craft Skills (30 credits) - Optional

      The module focuses on technical upskilling and aesthetic approaches to the art and crafts of cinematography, production design/art direction, sound and editing, providing specialist workshops for each role, as well as some shared workshops. The workshops and activities are designed to prepare you for your work on your Major Project. Craft Skills students will work closely with producers and directors in the development of graduation films on which craft students will perform their specialist role.

    • Advanced Producing and Directing (30 credits) - Optional

      Some online workshops will be shared and some specialist workshops will be staged for each role. Producing students will develop competencies in funding, project management, risk assessment, scheduling and ethical issues arising out of their projects. Directing students will develop competencies in the creative development of cinematic ideas, interpreting scripts/treatments, visual and aural design, staging, working with actors and heads of departments. Shared workshops will focus on, for example, developing a shared strategy for the project; the relationship between the two roles in project management; negotiation and mediation processes.

More information about this course

*If you are a student starting in 2022, please see the programme specification below for module details.

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU / International
  3. Additional costs

Current work

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, BA Film students produced a short film in collaboration with Big Grange Local, Barnet Multi-faith Forum, and the residents of East Finchley.

BA Film and BA Animation students and graduates, along with their academics, have together produced a powerful and moving videos for the launch of the Violent Crime Prevention campaign for the VCPB (Violent Crime Prevention Board).

Showreels

Have a look at the videos below for more examples of the brilliant work our students are doing at Middlesex.

How can the BA Film support your career?

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.

There are an array of jobs in the industry, from production, post-production, distribution and exhibition, and many entry points.

BA Film facilities

The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Grove building 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:

  • Avid Media Composer Edit Suites
  • Dedicated Recording Studio
  • Motion Capture Suite
  • Greenscreen Virtual Studio

Studio and location filming equipment including:

  • Over 60 HD video cameras
  • Canon DSLRs Kits with prime and zoom lenses
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera Kits
  • Matte box and Follow Focus
  • Lighting Kits
  • Sound Recorders
  • Shotgun Mics and Boom poles
  • Lapel Mics
  • Dolly Tracks
  • GlideCam

Digital Media Workshops featuring:

  • 80 iMacs and Mac Pro workstations
  • Colour Grading Monitors
  • Wacom Cintiq Monitors
  • Premier Pro
  • After Effects
  • Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro
  • DaVinci Resolve Colour Grading Suite
  • Logic Pro
  • ProTools
  • Elvina Nevardauskaite

    BA Film graduate, freelance cinematographer

    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.

  • Annette Uiga

    BA Film graduate

    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.

  • Ben Charles

    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.

  • Simone Scott

    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.

  • Charlie Mortas

    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.


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Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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