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BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Overview

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* is a practice-based film programme that encourages the development of contemporary filmmaking, exploring the craft and aesthetics of the moving image through a broad range of approaches and applied techniques within a global and cultural context. 

By studying both collaborative and independent approaches, students have the opportunity to create narrative, documentary, and experimental forms of art as well as screen based installations, video art and other emerging film formats using new technologies. 

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* provides opportunities to conceptualise and make film media from idea to display, and students are free to develop a wide range of projects beyond traditional film including screen-based installations, site-specific cinema and/or video art.

Led by a team of practising artists, filmmakers, media designers, and cultural scholars, all aspects of student learning are underpinned by rigorous critical and cultural understanding of the medium in its many contemporary forms. 

Specialist techniques explored through the course include cinematography, production design, script writing, screen direction, sound production, set-building, lighting design, editing, visual effects, internet film and video, social media production and experimental image making.

Hands-on, technical skill is facilitated by student access to a large library of professional film and video-making equipment housed in our Multimedia Lab.

Studio spaces dedicated to pre-production, production and post-production allow students to explore the team-based, collaborative nature of filmmaking and to build their digital literacy and professional skills throughout the course.

Our Fabrication Lab, Materials Lab and Print Lab allow student-led exploration of both the physical and digital aspects of contemporary screen media. 

Unique to an independent art and design college, the interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to engage with areas of practise that intersect with the film arts including, Fine Arts, Photography, Commercial Photography, Fashion Media & Marketing, and Costume through regular all-school workshops and lectures. 

Recent graduates of the course have participated in many leading international film festivals and galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Slamdance (USA), New York Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Cornwall Film Festival, and work in independent freelance practice, film production, television and advertising as cinematographers, directors, production designers and editors.

Core specialisms include:

Filmmaking, directing, lighting, cinematography, camera operation (analogue, video and digital), concept design, production design, art direction, editing, post-production, green-screen technology, title design, soundtrack design, audio recording, writing, film exhibition, film programming, media theory, film history, documentary, fashion film, dance film, narrative, experimental, location-based video projection, video art, music video, mobile media, social media and screen media installation.

Recent contributors to the programme include:

  • Ed Turner, Production Designer
  • Matt Brandon, Producer
  • Peter Sorg, Cinematographer
  • Sarah Smithers, Director of Photography
  • Robin Wright, Wildlife filmmaker
  • Jack Willis, Camera operator
  • Ed Turner, Production Design
  • Luke Sims, Videographer
  • Lindsay Knight, Fashion Filmmaker
  • Kevin Johnson, Actor
  • Anna Navas, Film Programmer
  • Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, Independent Film Directors, My Friend the Polish Girl
  • Tony Hill, Filmmaker
  • Ryan McMurray, Sound Artist
  • Amanda Bluglass, Artist Filmmaker
  • Justin Sihera, Documentary Producer, Vanishing Sail
  • Mia Bays, Oscar-winning filmmaker, Birds Eye View Film
  • Anna Smith, Film Critic
  • Larry Sider, Sound Designer, School of Sound

*Subject to revalidation.
This course was previously titled BA (Hons) Film. The revalidation process reflects the expanded nature of the course content. Courses listed as subject to validation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, designed to ensure they accurately reflect the course content and opportunities for our students.

Please note, this programme is only available for full time study, a part time study offering is not available.

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BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Modules

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Staff

Lucy Leake

Lucy Leake
Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Film & Assistant Head of School for Arts + Media

Lucy Leake is a Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Film and Assistant Head of School for our Arts + Media school. 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 is also 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.

Dr Neal Kirk

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.

Kaz Rahman

Kaz Rahman

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.

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.

Dominic Deane

Dominic Deane

Dominic Deane is a media and sound artist with over 15 years of practical and academic 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 final year PhD student at the University of Manchester, where he began work on a thesis about DIY and independent music making in West Yorkshire post-2000. He also wrote his first research article about DIY music making in Devon for the Punk and Post Punk Journal (Volume 7, Number 3, October 2018) He also contributed an article about Yorkshire based noise artists ‘Nurturing the Noise’ for the Riffs Journal (Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2019) and has also presented conference papers 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 the Leeds and Bradford area. His professional work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, E4, The Guardian, The Independent, and Electronic Sounds magazine. While his film credits include the Leeds International film festival, Darkrooms film festival in London and collaborating with members of the New York filmmakers coop group.

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 & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Student Work

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

Kieran Lyons - Of Kernow

Rauri Cantelo - Bird

Tom Kirkman - Process

Julian Charles - Welcome To My City

BA (Hons) Film Showreel 2019

Joe Winstone - Elements of a Frame

Lewis Rhodes - Wherever

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Students Say

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Careers & Alumni

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Resources

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts* (2020 entry) — Interview

Course Code: 2021
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