Film BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Film at Falmouth is one of the most successful courses in the country. Skillset accredited and situated within a BFI Film Academy, we boast both impressive graduate employability in the creative industries and progression to postgraduate study.

These achievements come from our community of committed film scholars and professionals who understand the connection between the theoretical concepts and practical concerns that drive cinema. The constantly evolving course is informed by current academic scholarship and the demands of a vibrant industry environment. For our students to take their place in the world of cinema with authority, we believe they should excel in more than the purely practical.

Our innovative approach brings together the fundamentals of history, theory and criticism with the filmmaking skills in a world-class facility geared to help you produce exciting and relevant work. Our graduates have set up their own production companies, gone on to work for Disney, HBO and Warner Bros, indies including Working Title, DNA Films and Warp and an array of leading post production facilities including Double Negative, Contra Positive and White House Post. Recent movies that feature Falmouth crew include Belle, The Double, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and The World's End.

To find out more about recent student work please visit Rushes Magazine

Falmouth's BA(Hons) Film course has successfully gained the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick, an accreditation given to courses delivering the very best creative thinking, industry-relevant training, exceptional staff and facilities and partnerships with key businesses.


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme

Course outline

We encourage our students to get real experience with live briefs, engaging in professional film development using production and post-production facilities that mirror the creative environments and workflow of the film industry. Berberian Sound Studio & Submarine producer Mary Burke (Warp Films) serves as our Honorary Fellow, Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams support our annual travel bursary and our external examination team consists of leading scholars and film producers. Our students have gone on to publish in leading journals and magazines, be selected and won for world class festivals and have won high-profile awards including the Frank Capra Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Criticism. Student placements have included Envy Academy, Sky, Sheffield Doc Fest, Cannes Film Festival, MTV, BBC and Channel 4.

Whether you want to be a film critic, historian, screenwriter, researcher, producer, cinematographer, director or work in the fast-growing world of post-production sound, editing or visual effects, we understand the nature of these roles and can help you find your place. Building from a core of theoretical approaches to cinema, you choose how the course develops from options including documentary, narrative or experimental short filmmaking, production, post-production, film journalism, sound design and short and feature-length screenwriting.

What you'll do

Year 1

In your first year you'll be immersed in film culture - watching, writing, producing and directing - acquiring the core skills that underpin your experience at Falmouth. The focus of this first year is a lecture series centred on analysing and developing knowledge of film, coupled with a production series that nurtures skills in all facets of short film-making.

  • Professional Practice 1
  • Film History & the Canon
  • Criticism, Analysis & Theory
  • Professional Practice 2
  • History of the Moving Image
  • Postwar World Cinema

Year 2

In your second year you'll build upon your own interests and passions through elective options. These focus your learning and your knowledge of cinema, in an environment that recognises and embraces the shifting nature of the medium. There'll also be an opportunity to visit an international film festival (Berlinale and SxSW in Texas in 2014) to further your understanding of how the industry works, see the current trends in film form, style, theme and narrative, and network with experienced professionals.

  • Film & Philosophy
  • American Cinema
  • British Cinema
  • Transnational Cinema
  • Cinema & the Urban
  • Narrative Screenwriting (Shorts)
  • Sound Design
  • Documentary
  • Production
  • Editing & Post-Production
  • Research & Methods
  • Film & the Environment
  • Representing Gender & Sexuality
  • Cult Film
  • Serial drama
  • Narrative Screenwriting (Features)
  • Writing about Film
  • Script to Screen
  • Experimental & Avant-Garde Cinema
  • Adaptation

Year 3

This is the starting point of your future career. A masterclass series with scholars and practitioners leads you into further specialization and self-determining projects in you're dissertation and in your practice. You'll progress your professional practice, with your work supported by Falmouth as your enter into international competitions and the development of your academic work in terms of publication beyond graduation.

Our entire focus in your final year is giving you the best possible opportunity for entry into your chosen sector of the film industry. The structure of the third year allows you to undertake work experience opportunities and internships and encourages engagement with industry and academic opportunities and events, with 14 years of success in helping our students find work or further study following graduation.

  • Research Practice
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Conceptual Development (Theory)
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 
  • Dissertation
  • Conceptual Development (Practice)


Our technical facility mirrors industry standards. During term-time, our facilities and kit stores are open to our students from 9am to midnight (weekdays) and on Saturdays.

You'll have access to:

  • A large TV studio with three studio cameras and a 4 input Tricaster Ultra HD gallery facility with Chromatte grey screen, blue/green screen and full lighting rig
  • Three animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations for 2D (TV Paint) and 3D (Maya, Nuke) work with Cintiq 27" QHD displays
  • Ten Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe CC, Final Cut Pro and Da Vinci Resolve - network linked to Avid Nexis shared storage
  • 35-seat Production Hub for post production software training equipped with Apple iMacs and creative software including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software including Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting is also included on these machines
  • Xsens motion capture
  • Specialist grading suite featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screen
  • Three post-production audio suites and dubbing theatre equipped with Pro Tools HD plus access to mics, foley traps and props
  • Digital cameras (HD to 4K) include RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic plus Odyssey 7Q+, alongside Arri and Bolex 16mm film cameras.
  • A wide range of hot and cold lighting equipment is available, including Blondes, Red Heads, Dedo, Kino Flo and LED lights
  • Grip and gimbal systems available include Glidecam 2000 Pro and V8, Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Spider Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Libec and Camcrane Jibs
  • Audio devices including 633 Sound Devices mixers, Edirol recorders, radio mikes and an extensive range of dynamic microphones
  • 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series HD projection and 7.2 surround sound


A love of cinema influences everything we do, and our course team come from a wide variety of academic and industry backgrounds. Working in scholarship, film-making, screenwriting, directing, producing and production, we have the knowledge and experience to help you focus on the areas of film that interest you.


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Visual, verbal and written assignments
  • Dissertation in your final year


  • Career in production, direction, cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting, journalism, visual effects and art direction
  • Research, teaching or postgraduate study

Graduate destinations

  • Production Assistant: The Mummy (2017) Universal
  • Assistant Director: Game of Thrones
  • Art department: Blade Runner 2049
  • VFX editor: Double Negative
  • Editor: Contra Positive
  • Development Assistant: Warp Films
  • Data Wrangler: Motion Picture Solutions

Work placements

Film at Falmouth has a close relationship with Warp Films, and has placed more than 20 students in internships at the company's London offices since 2010. Warp Films is a leading UK production company responsible for many acclaimed British films, including Shane Meadows' This is England, Chris Morris' Four Lions and Richard Ayoade's Submarine.

Third year BA(Hons) Film student, Jamie Isbell, spent three weeks with the company and provided this insight into his experience.

"My placement was predominantly working as part of the production/development team. This involved reading scripts (a short by Jake Chapman, and Paul Andrew Williams' new feature), assisting on the initial stages of new productions (an adaptation of Sum, and Peter Strickland's new feature) which could include anything from starting up a file sharing system for producers to access or contributing to the production's visual development, such as gathering research on visuals and audio. The most outstanding thing about Warp is how normal it is. The team of producers, Mary Burke, Robin Gutch (Hunger) and others are all huge successes in their own right, but working with them never seemed exclusive. They were an open and relaxed team, which allowed me to gain some really great experience. Warp are growing really quickly; Four Lions has been their most successful opening feature to date, and they have some fascinating titles on their slate."

Our relationship with Warp Films was established with the FilmatFalmouth lecture series, which has featured visits from producer Mary Burke and director James Caddick.

Graduates Joey Beard and Paul Thomason worked as runners at the 2008 International Screenwriters' Festival, and students have worked at Warner Bros film magazines including Little White Lies, Empire and Total Film.

"After Lucille's internship in the summer 2010, which was part of the Falmouth/Warp internship programme, it was clear that she was an invaluable asset to our team both creatively and organisationally. Since then she has grown into the role as Development Assistant and PA to the MD of Warp Films, Robin Gutch. She rocks." Mary Burke, Producer (Berberian Sound Studio, Bunny & the Bull)

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Film group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form