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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Media and Journalism

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Some courses teach you about film-making while others concentrate on the theory and history of film. At UEL, we’ll give you a thorough, expert grounding in both.

We combine theory and practice, teaching you not just how to make films and videos but throwing you into every aspect of the film world, from screenwriting to cinema history.

Each year, you’ll make your own films, from fiction to documentaries. And in your last year, your final piece of work will be screened at a special show at a London cinema, attended by film industry executives.

Throughout your course, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your production skills by studying modules focused on documentary, fiction, screenwriting and avant-garde filmmaking.

We’ll give you the skills to work in all film-related fields. Our graduates have gone into a variety of rewarding careers, from film production to festival administration to film journalism.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you have the option of taking an ‘extended’ version of this course.

You’ll begin with a foundation year that will prepare you for the BA course, giving you the academic and personal skills you need for successful degree-level study.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W620

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Hands-on approach

We’ll give you the chance to make your own films and the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of film and cinema including skills such as scripting, cinematography and editing.

Work placement

Guided by lecturers who have made an impact in the world of film and television, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to learn practical skills during a work placement with a film production company.

Purpose-built facilities 

You’ll work in our student film production unit while taking advantage of unrivalled film-making facilities, including a dedicated film production studio, edit suites and a research centre.

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Fees and Funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry Requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

What you'll learn

In our video-dominated world, we offer one of the few remaining courses in the country that gives you the chance to learn how to make films with actual celluloid on 16mm cameras.

There are three strands to our three-year course – film history, film theory and film practice. In your first year, that means you’ll make short documentary and fiction films, while learning how to analyse films and studying the history of Hollywood cinema.

In year two, you’ll explore screenwriting and you’ll also be encouraged to experiment – looking closely, for instance, at avant-garde cinema. You’ll have the chance to go on a highly sought-after work placement in a film production company, and you’ll make films for a particular client outside the University, such as a local charity.

In your third year, you’ll study different film genres and the history of cinemas from different parts of the world, including European, Asian and Bollywood cinema. At the end of the course you’ll have the chance to make a longer film for a prestigious screening of our students’ work at a London cinema.

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What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Academic Development
Creative Project
Ways of Seeing
Narrative and Creativity
Group Film Project
Professional Development: Mental Wealth
Aesthetics and Technologies: Practice as research
Media Cultures
Documentary 1: Documentary and Representation
Narrative 1: Narrative fiction
Agency 1 (Mental Wealth)
Film History
Documentary 2: Experimental Documentary
Narrative 2: Advanced narrative
Critical Theory and Practice
European and World Cinema
Agency 2 (Mental Wealth)
Internship / Study Abroad Module: Employment and Enterprise


Aesthetics and technologies: professional practices
Final Project: Development
Final Project: Completion
Urban Film
Beyond Genres
Agency 3 (Mental Wealth)

How you'll be assessed

There will be no exams but continuous assessment of modules through a variety of forms of coursework, including film or video projects, essays and class presentations.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll learn from an outstanding team of lecturers, including filmmakers and scriptwriters who are working in the business as well as film historians and theorists with big reputations in academia.

They include Dr Jill Daniels, the award-winning independent British filmmaker and director, and Dr Valentina Vitali, a distinguished film historian who has written one of the first academic publications to document key neglected areas of the Hindi film industry.  

You’ll have a personal tutor to help you sort out any concerns you may have and regular access to academic tutors in each of your chosen modules. We’ll also support your study and research through weekly workshops.

Our London location means you have an extraordinary array of opportunities in one of the world’s great cinema hubs. You can meet filmmakers and gallery curators, watch directors in action, learn from festival directors or help run a successful film club.

You’ll have the chance to take your experience well beyond the University. We’ve placed students in small production companies in London where, once a week, they gain practical insight into the film world.

“They’re proper placements,” says the course director. “You’ll be making films, not coffee!”

Your future career

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it’s the students who throw themselves most wholeheartedly into the many opportunities our course offers that end up landing the best positions in the competitive world of film. We have a terrific track record of success here.

One of our students recently finished her course and landed a job as a producer with a film company within the space of a couple of months. Another student returned home to Denmark where he has become a successful TV documentary maker.

Last year, we were visited by a leading filmmaker from Chicago, who set up a screening project where 16 films run simultaneously, all controlled by a single computer. He taught one of our students how to run this extraordinarily complex project and she ran it for the next three weeks when he returned to America.

After graduating, some of you may choose to continue your studies with us by studying for an MA in Film or moving on to film school.  You can take advantage of our close connections with the British Film Institute, Film London and the capital’s film festivals throughout your course.

You’ll also have a great opportunity to showcase your talents when your third-year film is shown at a special screening at a London cinema attended by film industry executives.

As well as opportunities in the film and video industries, our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of other related areas in the media and culture industries such as television, advertising, journalism and teaching.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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