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BA (Hons) Film — Overview

On our practice-led programme you’ll be making films from day one, while considering film in relation to culture, society and the wider world.

Working in a stimulating environment, you’ll explore a wide range of practical skills and theoretical approaches.

Film BA location shoot

Through applying these processes and theories creatively, you’ll define your identity as a contemporary filmmaker. You will also be encouraged to work collectively and develop networks that will support your creative and professional future.

Encouraged to embrace the role of filmmaker, you’ll investigate a variety of production contexts and aesthetics, enabling you to contribute fresh new ideas and talent to contemporary moving image culture and the creative industries.

Students benefit from our visiting lecture programme – such as this talk by legendary Kubrick producer Jan Harlan.

Armed with a thorough understanding of the demands of filmmaking, you’ll have the opportunity to produce your own films – from initial concepts through to shooting and screening.

You will be supported in developing a distinct voice, creating imaginative and challenging personal film work, and shaping your career within the creative industries.

Behind the scenes of a film by student Fred Rich.

What will I achieve?

You’ll develop hands-on film production skills, from writing and production design to cinematography and editing, and will explore theoretical approaches to filmmaking. 

Behind the scenes of student Caroline Morley's film 'The Skeleton Who Wanted To Be Whole'.

You will learn research, planning and organisational skills to support your practical work, and you’ll move towards identifying and achieving your filmmaking ambitions.

You will have the opportunity to work with external clients on professional jobs throughout the programme, and will be supported to develop yourself as a filmmaking professional, in whatever context best suits you as an individual.

Our students have had their films selected for screening at a huge range of international film festivals, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, the Paris Festival Signe de Nuit, Slamdance (Utah), New York Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, and Cornwall Film Festival, winning Best Student Film. Student work has also been selected for inclusion in gallery based events such as MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) and the ICA, London. We have won a whole host of Royal Television Society Awards, including Best UK Undergraduate Fiction, and in 2016 won NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Best Film (audience voted), and Plymouth Film Festival ‘Best Student Film’.
 

On set for Michael Stroud’s film ‘Steine’

Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.

BA (Hons) Film — Highlights:

  • ​Learn through doing – you will make films from day one. We are a film collective, not a media factory.
  • Work professionally with external clients, building your confidence and your professional networks.
  • Explore connections between film and other art disciplines.
  • Access our fantastic facilities, from edit and sound suites to top-of-the-range equipment and studios.
  • Screen your own work professionally.

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BA (Hons) Film is validated by The Open University.

BA (Hons) Film — Modules

Year 1

FILM101 Aesthetics and Technologies

This module acts as an introduction to filmmaking, focusing on how to take an idea through from concept to production. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in small crews, to produce a series of tests and a completed film.

Through a series of seminars and workshops, students will explore a range of image-making technologies and consider their impact on audiences. The module is grounded in the exploration of film production technologies, from Super8mm to digital, and a consideration of their aesthetic qualities and possibilities. Student are encouraged to explore constructed environments and landscapes, and consider the narrative qualities of these.

FILM102 Writing, Directing, Performance

This practical module explores the relationship between writing, directing, production design and performance. Students will investigate a range of approaches to collaboration and direction, and will focus on the role of performance in filmmaking.

The module will explore cinematic storytelling, and how film can articulate meaning to an individual, examining traditional story structures, scriptwriting and storyboarding. It will also explore more alternative forms of film as a storytelling medium, using cultural texts from cinema, art, stage, television, music, literature and the Internet. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of how production design, composition, light, space, movement, performance, and sound are key to creating powerful narratives in film. This module plays a central unifying role in the programme structure at Level 4.

FILM103 Editing and Montage

This module introduces students to a range of post-production considerations, exploring the practical, contextual and theoretical elements of these, and focusing on the creation of meaning and storytelling in post-production.

Students’ learning will be grounded in historical and contemporary movements, theories and practices of editing and montage in film and media. Students will respond to a number of tasks that will develop their post-production skills, and will develop an appreciation of the importance of post-production processes in all aspects of media production. They will have opportunity to develop their software literacy, using a range of professional, commercial software products, to manipulate audio and visual aspects of their productions.

Students will examine various editorial styles, techniques and conventions, and how these articulate meaning to an audience, exploring grammar, syntax, structure, pace, rhythm, timbre and expression. There will be opportunity to explore how the editing of sound and image might be used to alter perception and manipulate emotions. The module will examine and critically analyse contemporary examples in order to develop theoretical and conceptual understanding through practice.

During this module students will build a practical portfolio of short film work that will develop conceptual skill and practical confidence in the art of film editing, culminating in the production of an original short film work which demonstrates knowledge, understanding and application of key editorial conventions and discourses.

FILM104 Professional Practice & PDP 1

This module is designed to help students explore employment opportunities in Filmmaking and the broader creative industries. Alongside an ongoing programme of research and investigation, students will be encouraged to begin to identify their current skills, knowledge and creative practice, and investigate opportunities that could lead to an intended career path.

Students will identify areas for development and will work with the module tutors to initiate and develop their Professional Development Plan (PDP), identifying the skills needed during the programme of study. Covering a wide range of general skills including personal analysis, effective professional standards with employers, working as a freelance practitioner and sub contractor, the module will include consideration of contracts, copyright, release forms, IP, ethics etc. and working with professional agencies, clients and production companies.

Students will explore technical strategies, practices and processes in professional film and video production. In a series of workshops, inductions and seminars they will be introduced to camera and camera support technologies, lighting, audio recording, dubbing, editing and post-production. They will also explore contemporary studio practice and crewing protocols in addition to the relevant health and safety procedures that underpin professional film and video production. The module also aims to enable students to develop autonomy and build upon future aspirations to help develop effective communication and networking in the creative industries.

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop students’ skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend their understanding of practices both in their subject area, and the wider creative context in which they work.

The module will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and methods in their subject, and open up possibilities for engagement with practices both within and outside their immediate subject area. As such, this Module complements all of their study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices.

The module will encourage students to explore new skills and knowledge, develop team working skills, and above all encourage a reflective understanding of their own skills and contribution within an interdisciplinary context.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice

This module will introduce students to the key theories and debates around film production, and consumption, and associated art, design and media practices, providing a range of critical approaches to support the investigation, interpretation and analysis of contemporary culture.

Students will study a range of concepts that have shaped the way that we understand filmmaking and the media, in its wider historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop core research and communication skills to help them to articulate and contextualise their understanding of the themes covered in the module. The knowledge gained in this module will support students’ creative practice by developing an understanding of the relationship between thinking and making.

 

Year 2

FILM201 Screencraft

Building on the technical and creative abilities established at Level 4, this module supports students to critically examine areas of synergy and interaction between a range of art and film forms, recognising the dialogue and exchange that exists between them in contemporary film practice. Students will extend their knowledge of production design, art direction, camera, lighting and sound design, both on location and in the studio, and will further develop knowledge and skills in digital post-production, and colour grading technologies. Students will particularly engage with the role of production design and sound design in a range of film forms, analysing these as a tool for audience manipulation.

Students will have the opportunity to plan, create and realise a number of film projects, including one substantial production. In addition to the emphasis on production craft skill, the module encourages the synthesis of practical expertise and creative thinking with awareness of professional contexts. Students will be expected to seek out interesting stories, people and places, to further develop their communication and time management skills, and to produce a body of high quality film production work that is distinctive and critically informed.

FILM202 Negotiated Project

This module allows for a thorough exploration of experimental video art, installation and performance, and challenges notions of genre. It is supported through workshops, tests, experiments and critical screenings. Screenings will take place in a cinema context to allow for exploration of spectatorship, audience consumption, exhibition and contextualisation.

This module allows students to focus on an independent, self-initiated project with emphasis placed on building on previous knowledge, ability and experience within a specific area of film practice.

With reference to the seminars, discourses, debates and screenings that they have engaged with during the module, students will develop an action research project towards realising a filmmaking project, and work autonomously under the guidance and supervision of the module leader. They will need to demonstrate a clear vision and viability for the project. Students will need to manage the realisation of their idea, by demonstrating professional working practices, the ability to organise their time, lead a team, and manage deadlines.

The module will culminate in a body of film focused practical work that demonstrates developed creative skills and conceptual awareness in a specific film practice context. There will be focus on exhibition, and the development of supporting marketing material. Students will be offered the opportunity to develop a festival / exhibition context in which to screen their work.

FILM203 Professional Practice & PDP 2

This module extends skills acquired during Level 4 allowing individuals to further explore their filmmaking practice including potential industry employment, commercial freelance filmmaking and videography, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Running across level 5, it will inform an understanding of the level of professionalism, creativity and adaptability required to negotiate a career in filmmaking. This module equips students with the professional skills and confidence to begin operating in a professional capacity to work with clients and undertake external briefs.

A key element of this module will be the requirement for students to undertake a negotiated period of commercial practice, pertinent to their career aspirations. Students will have the opportunity to work with external clients, with a focus on client liaison, project management and working to deadline. Students will need to become familiar with paperwork protocols, and ethical responsibilities. They will also be encouraged to crew on internal filmmaking projects.

Building on the good practice established in the level 4 Professional Practice module, reflection will also be an ongoing, continuous process recorded and archived through each students PDP blog. By the end of the module students will be expected to have developed their PDP to the point where their filmmaking practice is clearly situated within particular contexts.

Based on these identified career aspirations, students will also be required to begin to develop a personal and professional marketing strategy, including the production of a suite of promotional materials including an online portfolio/website, showreel, utilising social media, and to research possible festivals, and events, for future submissions.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice

This module extends the themed ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in Level 4. Students will attend core lectures and participate in a themed seminar series designed to deepen their understanding of filmmaking practice. This themed approach encourages students to make considered and appropriate links between their area of practice and wider contextual and interdisciplinary discourses. Students will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform their understanding of the relationship between context and practice. They will undertake a contextual research project that links the thematic focus of their particular seminar series to an appropriate area of filmmaking and/or cinema studies.

 

Year 3

FILM301 Research and Experimentation

This module offers a period of reflection on past creative outcomes.

In preparation for the Creative and Professional Conclusion module (CPC) students will embark on a sustained programme of research and experimentation, challenging assumptions, categories, and conventions, looking across art forms and media where appropriate, and investigating a range of critical and practical frameworks that their research and experimentation might sit within.

Students will be supported to devise a project that will challenge, develop and expand their film practice, in order to develop their self-confidence, skills and ambition. Students will develop confidence in their autonomy as creative practitioners who not only understand and contribute to existing creative practices, but also contribute new ideas and insights. This versatile approach is aimed at both enhancing the student’s professional profile, and contributing to the development of exciting and challenging FILM303 projects.

Following the period of research, experimentation and development, students will engage in ideas generation and formal pitching of their project ideas for FILM303.

FILM302 Creative and Professional Development

This module will enable students to use personal career ambitions to position themselves for progression to employment, self-employment or to post-graduate study. It will provide multiple opportunities for students to assimilate previous professional experiences and research into both contextual subject matter and creative outcomes of the final year modules.

The module will encourage consideration of audiences, end-users and relevant markets. Relationships with appropriate external agencies, individuals and professionals will be explored and interactions with the creative, commercial and cultural environments will be investigated. Students will be encouraged to explore avenues for funding.

Students will further develop and refine the promotional materials and social media material developed in year 2, to produce an integrated suite of effective marketing and support materials, and a promotional strategy that clearly positions the student as a professional practitioner in their chosen filmmaking context. The module asks students to clearly situate their practice, targeting exhibition avenues for their FILM303 projects, and producing practical work to support the submission of their work to festivals, exhibitions and/ or awards.

FILM303 Creative and Professional Realisation

This module represents the culmination of the knowledge, skills and understanding developed throughout the entirety of the student’s study on the programme. This is achieved through engagement in a substantial filmmaking project that is the result of self-initiation and negotiation. This module asks students to understand and articulate the contexts in which their film work may be received, and the meanings that may be derived. Students are supported to engage in rigorous critical analysis and evaluation of their own, and others, work.

Emphasis is placed on consolidating and expanding upon the students, by now well established, community of practicing filmmakers, who due to the diversity of projects, specialisms and perspectives are able to offer a range of informed feedback, support and critique. Students are supported to work effectively with each other, and with outside agencies, to improve their own and others work, in order to demonstrate their versatility, as filmmakers adept at adjusting to and contributing to the wide variety of working practices to be found within the creative industries.

FILM304 Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides students with two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires them to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. Pathway One is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to your creative practice, resulting in a dissertation. Pathway Two is a practice-led research project, with critical commentary.

 

Module details listed above are indicative content only.

BA (Hons) Film — Staff

Lucy Leake

Lucy Leake
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

Lucy Leake is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film, leading on the Contextual Practice modules which examine key theories and debates in visual culture, guiding students towards combining theory and practice, to better their development as filmmakers. She is an active member of the Plymouth College of Art Student Engagement and Experience Committee, championing the Student Voice in college policy-building and decision-making, and is a member of RAISE UK (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement).

Lucy also holds the position of Secretary on the Executive Board of NAHEMI (National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image), the organisation that represents the centres of excellence for the teaching of film, television, video, animation and digital media practice in the UK and in Ireland.

Lucy’s film practice and research is focused around the notion of memory and the familial lens, and how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age. She celebrates the narratives of everyday life and is also fascinated by the creation of monsters, and how we use these in our film, media and cultural storytelling. She is a member of the Family Ties Network and has had her research included in Making Futures, RAISE 2017, CICAP 2016 and The Aesthetic of Renewal.

Lucy’s pedagogic research focuses on student engagement and innovative approaches to teaching. She has had articles published in the Creative Industries Global Conference 2017, and the Higher Education Academy Attainment in Art and Design Report 2017. She regularly attends conferences that champion the student experience, and which allow educators to share innovative approaches to teaching film, including CILECT Teaching Cinematography held at Hochschule, Munich 2017, and CILECT Teaching Documentary to be held in Bolzano, Italy 2018.

Lucy has also recently been appointed as Associate Editor for Screenworks (Journal of Screen Media Practice) which publishes practice research that produces new knowledge in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields.

Lucy is passionate about the Film Programme at Plymouth College of Art, and the potential it offers emerging filmmakers to be the best they can be.

Andrew James

Andrew James
Senior Lecturer

Andrew James is a successful filmmaker, performer and artist with over twenty years experience working freelance both in the UK and internationally. His practice combines choreography, shooting film, installations and working with sonic artists, with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration. He has extensive experience working in the art departments for TV, adverts, animation and theatre.

Andrew studied for a BA (Hons) in Photography, Film and Video at London College of Communication and also has an MA in Contemporary Film Practice from the University of Plymouth. Andrew has written for The International Journal of Screendance and has been lecturing in film since 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education that awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers.

In his role as a lecturer, Andrew has developed a range of skills and approaches to supporting students’ creative development, including innovative practical workshops where the creative, technical and conceptual aspects of the art form can be experienced, comprehended and applied.

Alongside being actively involved in performance art projects such as Claudia Kappenberg’s ‘Slow Race’, Andrew’s professional experience includes shooting commercials for some of the biggest brands in the world, including directing the drone unit for an Oakley advert, featuring the brand’s world class surfers riding waves on location in Costa Rica.   

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey
Senior Lecturer

Chris Bailey is a filmmaker, creative entrepreneur and lecturer. After studying for a BA (Hons) in Writing For the Media at Exeter University, he went on to do an MA in Film at the University of Reading, with a focus on collaborative arts and participatory video. Alongside his strong academic background, Chris has a great deal of experience in the commercial side of the industry, as he runs his own production business, OPENhand Creative. He has been lecturing in FE and HE since 2014. His experience covers practical filmmaking, script writing, writing copy, PR and promotional activity.

With a passion for all things film and TV, Chris is a committee member of the Royal Television Society (SW) and has had one of his short films selected as part of a BAFTA showcase. Chris is also a founding member of Imperfect Orchestra, which works with emerging film and video artist filmmakers, as well as with established films, to create 'live soundtrack events'. Chris also works with Plymouth Music Education Hub and has run a host of community film and video workshops over the years.

Kaz Rahman

Kaz Rahman
Lecturer

Kaz is an artist, filmmaker and curator whose style explores the intersection between Islamic artistic expression, the natural elements and contemporary culture. He has been awarded both Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts Grants.

His work has screened or exhibited at venues such as Anthology Film Archives in New York City, National Film Board of Canada in Toronto, Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, India Habitat Centre in Delhi, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and The San Jose Museum of Art in California.

He is the writer/director/producer of two feature films; Salaat (2010) revolves around the five Muslim prayers and was broadcast on Turkish TV, and Deccani Souls (2012) is a mystical journey that weaves characters through the portentous streets, cafes and chaos of Hyderabad. Both films played across India and have been featured in The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express.

Kaz studied in Canada, England and the USA and has an MFA in Media Arts (writing/directing) from The City College of New York (CUNY). He has previously taught Fine Art at numerous colleges and universities in Hyderabad, India and taught all aspects of filmmaking for five years in the Digital Film and Video Department at The Art İnstitute of Pittsburgh, USA. He was lecturer in the Department of Cinema and TV at Istanbul Sehir University (2014-15) and was lecturer in Communication and Sociology at Istanbul University, Turkey.

His book Islamic Art and Modernism was published in 2017 and offers a thematic new look at how Islamic Art embodies, exemplifies and invents many aspects of Modernism in Painting, Architecture and Film.

Dr John Sealey

Dr John Sealey
Lecturer

John is interested in the methodological approaches to [moving] image making and the ways in which traditional approaches to practice can be challenged. He negotiates questions located at the interface between theory and practice in order to go beyond the consideration that film practice or filmmaking consists of a series of mechanised functions.

John’s approach to film practice is grounded in historical and cultural reference points that inform his work (for example, Afro-Brasilian religion, Blaxploitation Cinema, the colonial experience in World War II). John is interested in the use of theoretical models to analyse key filmic themes such as Genre, Hegemony, Ideology, Classical Narrative and Melodrama.

John’s PhD thesis concerned forms of representation of the Black Subject in the moving image and the reconsideration of Diaspora theory in the age of digital filmmaking. John joined the Film team in 2014.

Dominic Deane

Dominic Deane
Lecturer

Dominic is a media and sound artist with over 10 years of experience working both in the education and multimedia industry. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005 with an MSc in Creative Technology and since worked for several media companies in the Yorkshire area mostly notably, DS Emotion and Label Media. He as previously taught degree and master courses at the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Spirit Studios in Manchester.

He is also currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Manchester, where he has begun work a thesis on DIY music in West Yorkshire post-2000. He also wrote his first research article about DIY music in Devon for the Punk and Post Punk Journal, through Intellect publishing. He has presented talks on DIY and independent music making in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Portugal.

In addition to his academic pursuits, he is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and sound ecologist who has been recording, performing and touring around the world for over the last 15 years. He also continues to perform in several bands and previously promoted gigs and ran a DIY label in Leeds. His professional client work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, E4, The Leeds International Film Festival and worked alongside members of the New York Film-Makers' Cooperative.


Dr Neal Kirk
Lecturer

Neal Kirk received his PhD in English Literature from Lancaster University under the supervision of Professor Catherine Spooner. He received his MS.c in Literature and Society 1688-1900 from the University of Edinburgh. He double majored in English Literature and Mass Communications for his BA at the University of Denver.

His work is included in the collections, Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (Aldana-Reyes and Blake, 2016) and Gothic and Death (Carol Margaret Davison, 2016) and the forthcoming Gothic and the Arts (Punter). Neal has thought in Sociology, Media and Cultural studies, and English literature and continues to explore digital media, digital culture and digital art forms. In addition to this academic background, Neal has over 20 years of experience working professionally in the radio, television, film and new media industries.

Neal works as a Lecturer on our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production and BA (Hons) Film courses, and he teaches the Digital Media Production module: Media Production – Music Video. He also teaches two film modules, the first-year module, Interdisciplinary Film and the second year module, Negotiated Project.

Russell Cleave

Russell Cleave
Technical Demonstrator

Russell Cleave is a Director of Photography and a musician with a specialised interest in DIY culture. He is involved in several ongoing underground music projects as well as creating his own independent short films that are heavily influenced by the South West of England.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Film — Student Work

Lewis Rhodes - Call it Woodwork

Michael Stroud - Hello From Paris

Rauri Cantelo - Bird

Julian Charles - Welcome To My City

Russell Cleave, Tarig Elmakki and Paul Chanter - Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

Luke Sims - Home

Michael Stroud - The Deer Stalker

Kirstin Jarvis - Shooting Fire

Michael Howard - That Little Voice

Lewis Rhodes - Wherever

BA (Hons) Film — Students Say

Tom Kirkman BA (Hons) Film graduate

"I left school at 13 and was home educated. I travelled a lot but I wanted to study locally and have always had an interest in art and film. I opened a skateboarding shop and learned about business. Eventually I came back into education because I was ready and they offered what I wanted. The facilities here are something I’d never get the chance to use anywhere else.

I’ve found my direction working in 16mm documentary and hand processing, so I really understand the process and medium of film. It offers ways of telling a story you can’t get with digital, however good you are at postproduction. I work with digital film for external work, though.

Because the College is relatively small, it’s very intimate and you have access to all its facilities. Tutors from all subjects are happy to help – I’ve done metalwork, silkscreen and an interdisciplinary project that fed lots of new ideas into my film practise."

Tom German BA (Hons) Film graduate

"Being here has really helped me to specify my interests. I now know what I’m into and why I’m into it. Before, I would find a film or filmmaker I liked and try to make my films look like theirs. 

I was interested in making stuff that looked good, but there was no real context behind them. Now, more of the ideas and inspiration come directly from me. I’m not afraid to do things my way."

BA (Hons) Film — Careers & Alumni

Our programme has links with NAHEMI, BFI London, the Royal Television Society and the Aesthetica Film Festival, as well as many independent filmmaking professionals, both in the UK and abroad.

Students have the opportunity to attend international film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen and Aesthetica, where students have screened their own work as well as held panel discussions. 

Students test drive feature film cameras in a workshop with ARRI.

In recent years, we have welcomed Jan Harlan, Ben Wheatley, and Walter Campbell as part of our Visiting Filmmaker programme.

We work in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre cinema and with local production companies.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Students Tarig Elmakki and Russell Cleave speak about their film at the Culture in Conflict Conference, Luton.

Graduates become:

  • Independent Filmmakers
  • Commercial Filmmakers
  • Documentary Filmmakers
  • Freelance Filmmakers
  • Artist Filmmakers
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Production Designers
  • Cinematographers
  • Scriptwriters
  • Editors
  • Post-Production Specialists
  • Sound Designers
  • Location Managers
  • Lecturers
  • Researchers

Recent Alumni:

Our BA (Hons) Film programme is well-respected in the industry for producing innovative and creative film-makers. Our students and alumni, with the help of our programme leaders, technicians and tutors, are regularly picked up for screenings at prestigious film festivals – and many go on to win awards for the quality of their films.

We have a strong track record of getting our students and graduates recognised by industry and landing great jobs.

Robbie Doran (2014 graduate)

- Graduate film 'Knives' screened for NAHEMI at Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, Sept 2014

- 'Knives' also won Best Undergraduate Fiction 2014 at RTS Devon and Cornwall

Jake Tish (2014 graduate)

- Graduate film 'Malvinas' selected for Council House Graduate Exhibition, PCC, Sept 2014

- 'Malvinas' also selected for Aesthetica Film Festival 2014

- Plus 'Malvinas' selected for inclusion in the Aesthetica Artists’ Film Archive

Tom Kirkman (2014 graduate)

- Graduate film 'PROCESS' selected for Council House Graduate Exhibition, PCC, Spet 2014

- 'PROCESS' also selected for London Analogue Film Festival 2014

- 'PROCESS' screened at NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts 2014, BFI Southbank, Nov 2014

- 'PROCESS' screened at International Festival Signe de Nuit, Paris, Dec 2014 and awarded a SPECIAL MENTION for THE SIGNS AWARD. (The Signs Award honours films which treat an important subject in an original and convincing way.)

- 'PROCESS' selected as ‘Best Student Film’ at Cornwall Film Festival 2014

- 'PROCESS' selected for screening at NAHEMI Future Film conference at BFI Southbank, Feb 2015 and Tom Kirkman invited to take part in panel discussion (Feb 2015)

Tom German (2014 graduate)

- Graduate film 'Somewhere Else' selected for Aesthetica Film Festival 2014

- 'Somewhere Else' also selected for London Surf Film Festival 2014

Kan Esmer - 2013 graduate

- Graduate film 'Kesinti' funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which allowed him to shoot his film on location in Turkey. 

- 'Kesinti' won Best Film at Prime Cuts 2013, where it was up against work from Film and Media undergraduates from all over the UK

Since graduating, Kan has secured work as an editor with Red-Handed TV, an independent production company with a passion for creating great television. Their approach to filming is innovative, unique and gets to the heart of the subject. Red Handed TV works on two basic principles: Defining Moments, Observational Clarity.

Lucy Sutcliffe (2014 graduate)

Lucy completed her FD Film Arts in 2013, and progressed to complete her BA (Hons) Film (top-up) in 2014. During her second year of study, Lucy began working collaboratively on college projects with two fellow students, and soon established that their collective creative and technical skills, teamed with their ambitious drive, was a powerful combination. This led them to embark on a series of external professional opportunities to enhance their film portfolios enabling them to eventually set-up their own production company Tertiam Media. Working on promotional videos for several external clients developing a range of promotional videos provided the crew with important professional skills and experience.

Lucy is also a professional blogger / vlogger, and has created a number of revenue streams alongside her online persona. With her partner Kaelyn, she has successfully marketed herself as a YouTube filmmaker, and has a fan base that extends to 150,000 subscribers.

http://www.kaelynandlucy.com/

Dan Broadley (2010 graduate)

Dan completed his FD Film Arts in 2009, and progressed to complete BA (Hons) Film (top-up) in 2010. Daniel Broadley Films has been his personal film venture for the past three years since graduating.

Daniel Broadley Films as a company is about to become Foxleaf Media and will begin to take on new directors and new visual avenues as it branches into the field of corporate and advertising as well as continuing to produce high quality music promos.

Dan was fortunate enough to be picked up by Kode Media after graduation, who supported him as a director – granting him access to much bigger projects and nurturing his skills and performance. Although based mostly in Bristol now, Dan has remained an active alumni member, supporting placements for FD students, and sharing his experiences with current students as part of our VL programme.

Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.


BA (Hons) Film — Entry Requirements

Minimum 5 GCSEs, grade C or above, from a general range of educational GCSE subjects, preferably including at least one from Art, Design, Textiles or Media.
200 UCAS Points

BTEC National Diploma - MMP grade
VDA: AGNVQ, AVCE, AVS
Access to HE Art and Design
Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
International Baccalaureate
Other International Qualifications

Applications welcome from candidates without formal qualifications who can provide evidence of their creativity.

BA (Hons) Film — Resources

Our outstanding facilities include film studios, green screen studios, sound recording and post-production studios, vocal recording booths and Foley studio space.

Our Equipment Resource Centre is comprehensively stocked with a wide range of film production technologies, including 4K High-Definition cinematography, Super 16mm film, underwater film and photography resources, professional sound design apparatus and extensive support equipment.

Our professional post-production editing facilities utilise current professional software packages including Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop), Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and ProTools.

We have a team of enthusiastic and highly experienced lecturers and technicians, and we offer a visiting lecturer programme of internationally recognised experts from diverse film and media contexts, including writers, production designers, cinematographers, producers and editors from TV and film.

Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative career opportunities.
 

Facilities at the college include:

Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fine Art Printmaking Studios

A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, an historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.

Create your own film poster in our fully-equipped printmaking studios.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre

Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best printed textile workshops in the UK.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Our FabLab.

Our Photographic cove.

BA (Hons) Film — Interview

UCAS Code: W692 Full Time
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