BA (Hons) Film Production supported by University of Brighton*
Are you passionate about film and want to develop your craft within a specialist film school environment offering industry-standard filmmaking resources and industry-relevant tuition by lecturers who are all professional practitioners? The BA (Hons) Film Production at Brighton Film School has a clear focus on inspiring and developing the next generation of practicing filmmakers.
This cutting-edge industry-led course provides you with the opportunity to acquire the fundamental skills and techniques of film production required for a sustainable career in the film and related creative industries.
You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners from other arts disciplines through Brighton Film School’s partnerships with the British and Irish Modern Music (BIMM) Institute and the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT).
All students leave Brighton Film School with a professional showreel, which will serve as a calling card for your skills, and an understanding of how to navigate the film industry.
The Film School teaches with HD and Film to introduce you to working with both mediums. The BA (Hons) Film Production undergraduate degree introduces you to a variety of film genres and styles and covers the principal creative and technical skills and roles that are found in the film industry including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, production sound mixing, editing, lighting/gaffer, continuity/script supervision and production management.
As you move through the course, you will be able to specialise in a film form through a range of optional modules offered in the second year including narrative shorts, documentary, experimental film or feature film screenwriting.
The development of your practical film production skills is supported by a film theory strand which provides you with a critical understanding of applied film theory and ensures that you will enter the film industry as an informed practitioner.
Year 1 of the course will build your skills and confidence in a range of filmmaking techniques and theory. In Semester 1 you will have an introduction to the organisation and practices required to go from idea to delivered piece. You will learn production fundamentals through introductory sessions on camera, lighting, sound recording and production management leading to fast turnaround small crew productions equipping you with the experience of ﬁlming the elements of a narrative ﬁction or narrative documentary. In addition to this, you will learn post-production fundamentals through sessions on editing/editing workﬂow leading to the fast turnaround of edited sequences, ingesting footage, transcoding to proxies, organising the edit environment, editing, autoconforming, grading and titling. Production organisational fundamentals will also be essential. Who does what, when and why? Cultivating an understanding of all the departments and roles, both to understand what your function is individually, and how and in what way you work together as a crew.
Semester 2 will be learning through doing. You will produce a short narrative film production, from idea to screen, followed by a short form documentary or music film production. Film theory will continue through scene analysis, the construction of meaning, ﬁlm history and appreciation.
The second year of studies will be developing your practice through specialist options and engagement with relevant applied theory. Compulsory modules will include Film Production and Film theory, which will advance into aesthetics and visual literacy – how to read images, constructing meaning in sequence and narrative theories.
In Semester 1 you will select two of the four options below:
- Camera, Lighting & Production Sound
- Editing & Post-Production Sound
- Writing & Directing
- Producing & Managing the Production
In Semester 2, you will produce a narrative short, film documentary or music ﬁlm as well as further your film theory. You will then advance your chosen two specialisms from above by narrowing it down to one and undertake a work placement embedded by your chosen specialism.
Your third and final year focuses on employment progression and your chosen discipline. You will study critical understandings of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors.
In Semester 1 you will produce a showreel, CV, biography and website, together with an essay and presentation exploring current professional practices. You will take on a Head of Department role in preparation for your Major Project then complete, document and evaluate your pre-production work. You will then conduct initial research for an extended essay under the guidance of your supervisor.
In Semester 2 you will continue with your Head of Department role to take your chosen Major Project through production and final delivery, documenting and reflecting on your work. After submitting a proposal and literature review, you will write a 4,500 word essay on your chosen aspect of film production, history or theory.
*Subject to validation
Please note we cannot accept Non-EU International students unless you already have a VISA which allows you to be in the country for the duration of the course you would like to study.
|Course name||BA (Hons) Film Production|
|Start date||September 2019|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
|Course fees||£9.250 per year (subject to review)|
|Entry requirements||A full Level 3 BTEC extended diploma is required or two grade C A Levels|
|UCAS codes||course code: P3W3 institution code: B72|
|Introduction to Production Organisation|
|Short Film Production|
|Short Form Documentary and Music Promo Production|
|Camera, Lighting and Production Sound|
|Editing and Post-Production Sound|
|Producing and Managing the Production|
|Writing and Directing|
|Historical and Critical Studies Extended Essay|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Production Fundamentals||Film Production||Professional Practice|
|Post-Production Fundamentals||Camera, Lighting and Production Sound||Major Project|
|Introduction to Production Organisation||Editing and Post-Production Sound||Historical and Critical Studies Extended Essay|
|Short Film Production||Producing and Managing the Production||Minor Project|
|Short Form Documentary and Music Promo Production||Writing and Directing|
|Film Theory||Film Theory|
The staff have been extremely helpful throughout and very welcoming, and have guided me along the way in many aspects. The facilities are really professional and the range of equipment amazed me.