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BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts — 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

This course was previously titled BA (Hons) Film. The new title reflects the expanded nature of the course content. 

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

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts — Modules

Year 1 (Level 4)

FILM101 Aesthetics and Technologies is focused on the art and language of film and screen. Students learn the fundamentals of cinematic visual language, aesthetics, techniques and processes, giving them the foundational knowledge required to make film projects. The module focuses on ideas generation, production skills, and how to progress and realise a concept. Key concepts around narrative, storytelling and framing, are explored through relevant historical and contemporary case studies. The module allows students to work with a variety of image-making technologies, including direct animation, and Super 8mm film, and to generate original sound design. Students make films throughout the module, supported by practical workshops and skills-building sessions. The module is underpinned with theoretical, historical and conceptual introductions to film as a discourse, and is supported through lectures, screenings, critiques, research tasks, individual, reflective activities and team assignments / presentations.

FILM102 Editing and Montage 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 through editing techniques. Students’ learning is grounded in historical and contemporary movements, theories and practices of editing and montage in audio visual media, including Soviet Montage, Slow Cinema, French New Wave and Hip Hop, and how these have been adapted, challenged and utilised by film artists across the globe. Students respond to a number of practical tasks that develop their creative skills and understanding of film as a medium, and develop an appreciation of the importance of editing processes in all aspects of film production, screen based storytelling and communication, as well as audio post-production. Students have the opportunity to develop their software literacy, using a range of professional, commercial software products, to manipulate audio and visual aspects of their productions, and to consider the social, economic, cultural and aesthetic effects of film.

FILM103 Cinematic Storytelling is a practice based module that explores how the film medium can articulate meaning to an audience, examining traditional story structures, as well as interrogating more alternative forms of film as a storytelling medium, using cultural texts from cinema, art, stage, television, music, literature and the Internet. Students are introduced to the importance of production design and art direction, and develop an awareness of how composition, light, space, movement, performance, and sound are key to creating powerful narratives in screen based media. Through a range of practice based projects, students explore the relationship between story, directing and performance. Students investigate different approaches to collaboration and direction and the role of performance in production design. 

FILM104 Professional Practice runs for the whole of Level 4 raising the students' awareness of professional practices within screen based media and film creative industries. This module focuses on technical induction activity, including audio, camera, lighting, post production, studio and support resources. It encourages students to develop professional working practices, through individual and crewed projects, tests, workshops and image making challenges. With sessions on the more formal aspects of using film based media, students will develop the correct protocols for creating screen based projects. Throughout this module students will be supported to identify their own personal development needs feeding into their PDP, and planning for their future careers.

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies provides an opportunity to expand and develop skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend the student’s 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 the student’s study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices. The module will encourage students to explore new skills, knowledge and approaches including team working and problem solving. Above all, it will encourage critical reflection on the range of interdisciplinary approaches and contexts explored within the module.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice 1 allows students to further develop their critical, contextual and historical studies within film and the wider context of art, culture and media.

All production focused modules are underpinned by rigorous theoretical discourse, and relevant critical screenings, as well as regular class and individual critique sessions and tutorials. Each production module allows students to make at least one finished film based project, with additional short tests and experiments. The production modules allow students to respond to assignment briefs in a thematic rather than a generic way, allowing individual creative freedom to respond to a module in their own way, unbound by conventions of genre. Students are encouraged to make critical micro documentaries throughout the programme, to encourage reflection on practice, and keep an individual blog or online sketchbook, to record their research, experimentation and development.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FILM201 Screencraft encourages 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 extend their knowledge of screen arts by developing a substantial crewed project, encouraging the synthesis of practical expertise and creative thinking with awareness of how creative choices can manipulate an audience. With a focus on production craft skills, cinematography, lighting, camera movement, art direction and sound design, both on location and in the studio, and opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in screenwriting, directing and digital post-production technologies, this module is key to the programme. 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-focused production work that is distinctive and critically informed.  The module is supported by seminars, workshops, and individual / group screenings and critiques, as well as an immersion in cinema studies, and contemporary film focused debate.

FILM202 Negotiated Project is an investigation into comparative film and media practices, such as analogue and digital, documentary and experimental, site specific and video art. Students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of creative practices, such as rotoscoping, set build, costume design, installation design, glitch art and advanced cinematography, supported by seminars, workshops, critiques and tutorials.  FILM202 allows students the chance to then negotiate a personal film arts project with their tutor(s). The focus of the project is on researching and experimenting, using action research to test a practical idea, in order to improve personal practice, and offering a critical framework through which to view their work. Students develop independent skills and autonomy, taking responsibility for the whole process from concept, experimenting and evaluating, to final film or screen arts outcome. Students are supported to develop communication, time management and organizational skills in order to achieve a fully realized creative project. The module is supported by philosophical and theoretical debate and discourse, regular cinema screenings, and engagement with exhibitions and gallery events. 

FILM203 Collaborative Project extends skills acquired during Level 4 allowing individuals to further explore professional screen based creative practice. Students have the opportunity to engage in external client work, and negotiated professional briefs, including national competitions, such as NAHEMI Kodak Commercials, and NAHEMI Canon Eco Competition, as well as in community work, and in social contexts such as youth work and activism. They continue to broaden their practical skills, and have the option to make work with Super 16mm film. They investigate various platforms for exhibition of their work, and investigate, and produce, a range self-promotional material. This module runs across Level 5 and informs an understanding of the level of professionalism, creativity and adaptability required to negotiate a career in film, screen arts, and associated creative industries.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice 2 module extends themed ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in BCOP100 Contexts of Practice 1. A series of core lectures and themed seminars deepen understanding of students creative practices in their wider contexts. Students continue to develop critical approaches to research, and show an understanding of the relationship between context and practice through submission of a written paper.

Year 3 (Level 6)

FILM301 Research and Experimentation module provides space for practical research, experimentation and testing in preparation for the second semester modules. It tackles ethics in storytelling, and pushes students to critically analyse their own and others work from the perspective of different audiences. Beginning with an intense period of experimental making, FILM301 provides a platform from which the student’s FILM303 Creative and Professional Conclusion project may develop. It is a period of exploratory action research, creative film and screen practice and critical reflection, during which students will negotiate their final project for Creative and Professional Conclusion module and begin pre-production. It is fully supported by practical workshops, peer study groups and critiques, seminars, lectures and individual tutorials. Students make work throughout the module, and work closely with their peers to further develop their confidence and their creative voice. 

FILM302 Creative & Professional Development module provides students with the opportunity to synthesise their professional and contextual research, skills and creative intentions with their understanding of professional practice and career ambitions. The module enables students to position themselves at a professional level for progression to employment, self-employment and / or postgraduate study. Focus of the module is on developing personal, biographical material, self-promotional material and an understanding of the need for students to situate their professional practice. Students identify possible routes for funding, exhibition and promotion of their work. The module is supported by an exciting programme of visiting artists, filmmakers and creative practitioners, including alumni. There is time built in for individual tutor support throughout.

FILM303 Creative and Professional Conclusion module represents the culmination of the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired throughout the entirety of the student’s study on the programme through the production of a self-initiated film or screen arts project that is the result of a self-initiated or self-selected brief. This major body of work is supported by rigorous critical analysis and evaluation. Module delivery is more bespoke, focusing on key areas of inquiry that students select, and supported by workshops throughout. Weekly peer group meetings, and individual tutorials, support student engagement, and the collaborative nature of the final projects means that transferable professional skills are developed to a high level. Students evidence extensive research into their project ideas, including identifying appropriate theoretical frameworks, situating their work contextually, identifying potential readings of their work, and offering critical analyses of these.

FILM304 Contexts of Practice 3 module provides two pathways, a written research project (dissertation), or a practice-led research project. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking, research, and development. The output is a fully supported research project, presented using rigorous academic conventions.

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts — Staff

Lucy Leake

Lucy Leake
Senior Lecturer & 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.

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.

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.

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 — 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 — 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."

Watch the films below for a taste of what our students think about studying here.




BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts — 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 & Screen Arts 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.

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 & Screen Arts — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts — 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 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 & Screen Arts — Interview

UCAS: W692 Full Time / Institution: P65