Film BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W610
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

Film at Falmouth is one of the most successful film courses in the country. We're Skillset accredited, and have been rated by our students to be in the top bracket (92%) for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey in both 2012 and 2013. This achievement comes from our community of committed film scholars and professionals, who ensure 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 film-making skills required to produce exciting and relevant film work.

Whether you want to be a film critic, historian, screenwriter researcher, producer, editor, cinematographer, sound designer or director, 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 film-making, production, editing, journalism, sound design and short and feature-length screenwriting.

To find out more about student work please visit Rushes Magazine at film.falmouth.ac.uk

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.

Creative Skillset Tick

Course outline

In addition to course activity, we receive regular requests for external production projects and we encourage our students to get real experience with live industry briefs, engaging in professional film development by using our production and post-production facilities.

Student placements have included Warp Films, Envy Academy, Sky, Cannes Film Festival, MTV, Working Title, BBC and Channel 4. Our students have also gone on to win film festivals and high-profile awards such as the Frank Capra Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Criticism.

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.

Semester 1

  • FLM110: Professional Practice 1
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the techniques and concepts related to film practice. You will undertake practical exercises that enable you to become familiar with and apply key concepts and skills in scripting, pre-production and production for film.
  • FLM170: Film History & the Canon
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces students to theoretical approaches to the historical consideration of the film canon, the formation of which – through a film's influence, aesthetic significance and the shifting sands of politics surrounding the history of filmmaking – are central in beginning to formulate an understanding of the challenging nature of past film scholarships and the students' place within it.
  • FLM130: Criticism, Analysis & Theory
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the key theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of film. The module will develop your ability to pursue film studies as an intellectual and academic discipline through the study of key approaches to film studies, theory, criticism and modes of analysis.

Semester 2

  • FLM140: Professional Practice 2
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you to extend your knowledge of film production, through the creation of a collaborative, short narrative film that utilises the skills and conceptual understanding gained in Professional Practice 1. In addition, you will engage with issues relating to the practice of film journalism and create a portfolio of material that illustrates your accomplishments in that field.
  • FLM150: History of the Moving Image
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you to explore some of the key themes of film study in the context of a selected case study of a particular and historically significant period of cinema history. This allows you to evaluate each approach in relation to a particular moment, or moments, in cinema history.
  • FLM160: Postwar World Cinema
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you to become familiar with national and transnational cinema beyond that of the Euro-American mainstream. It provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which cinema has been used as a vehicle for the debate and expression of cultural specificity across every continent of the globe and through a multitude of form/content configurations.

Year 2

In your second year you'll build upon your own interests and passions through elective options. This will focus your learning, and its relationship to 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) 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.

Semester 1

  • FLM210: Film & Philosophy
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces and debates key philosophical precepts and their possible application and representation in cinema. The module is built around core arguments of philosophy and how they have been situated in specific social, economic and political contexts. Each week you will be introduced to the key in each area and the various arguments and counter-arguments related to the relevant theme.

One of the following theory options:

  • FLM220: American Cinema
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you become familiar with, and analyse, the socio/economic contexts and products of an emergent American cinema, beyond the confines of the studio system, that fostered a spirit of independence in its subject matter and form.
  • FLM221: British Cinema
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module provides an opportunity to analyse British cinema across the years to interrogate the ways in which film has been used to create, question and/or sustain a British 'national identity'. In doing so, you will explore the economic and cultural contexts in which British cinema has functioned, and the ways in which it has served as a social and political vehicle for the voices of both 'conservatism' and change.
  • FLM233: Transnational Cinema
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module promotes understanding of the most recent developments in the study of film. It takes you on an academic and creative journey outside your own national comfort zone. Its core discussion probes conceptualizations of cinema as a profoundly transnational form of expression.
  • FLM235: Cinema & the Urban
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module provides an opportunity to analyse British cinema across the years to interrogate the ways in which film has been used to create, question and/or sustain a British 'national identity'. In doing so, you will explore the economic and cultural contexts in which British cinema has functioned, and the ways in which it has served as a social and political vehicle for the voices of both 'conservatism' and change.

And one of the following practice options:

  • FLM230: Narrative Screenwriting (Shorts)
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module is designed to develop your skills as a writer for the moving image. Looking at the discipline of structuring and developing screenplay material it provides you with the concepts and techniques that equip you to work with more extended, complex narrative writing for screen.
  • FLM231: Sound Design
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the principles of sound design for the moving image. It will provide the conceptual and practical tools that enable you to design and realise imaginative soundscapes for film.
  • FLM232: Documentary
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to a range of ways in which the history and changing forms of film documentary have been analysed. Providing you with a critically-informed way of considering the form, it also offers the opportunity to put your ideas into practice to create a short documentary film of your own.
  • FLM236: Production
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module will enable you to comprehend and manage the roles, chains of command and stages within film production. You will learn and practice the skills of producing from pre-production, to production and post-production.
  • FLM237: Editing & Post-Production
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module connects technical theory with creative film practice and will allow you to understand the professional contexts, roles and stages of film post-production. You will learn and practice skills in editing; audio and visual effects including title sequences, motion capture compositing and grading.

Semester 2

  • FLM240: Research & Methods
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods required when undertaking extended and case study research in audiences, archives and institutions. It provides you with an opportunity to acquire a working understanding of the possibilities and limitations of a variety of methodological approaches and to test them through application to a predetermined research project.

One of the following theory options:

  • FLM264: Film & the Environment
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module allows you to become familiar with, and develop critical knowledge of, the historical and socio-cultural contexts of film with an environmental focus. It will allow you to analyse and interrogate the production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption/reception of both environmental narrative and documentary films and the contexts they address.
  • FLM251: Representing Gender & Sexuality
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module provides students with both the theoretical methods and the socio-historical framework for analysing representations of gender and sexuality in film. We will discuss the contribution of women to the development of film history discussing the structural and political impediments they faced and analysing how experience and subjectivity informed film-making.
  • FLM265: Cult Film
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module allows you to become familiar with, and develop critical knowledge of, the historical and socio-cultural contexts of cult film and cinema. It will allow you to analyse and interrogate the production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption/reception of subversive and controversial film texts.
  • FLM266: Serial drama
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module will consider the production, broadcast, reception and the cultural contest of serial drama. It examines the institutional and regulatory conditions that are productive of specific and historical narratives and forms. Central to the module is the investigation of the relationship between and across platforms and modes of representation.

And one of the following practice options:

  • FLM260: Narrative Screenwriting (Features)
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module is designed to develop your skills as a writer for the moving image. Looking at the discipline of structuring and developing screenplay material it provides you with the concepts and techniques that equip you to work with more extended, complex narrative writing for screen.
  • FLM261: Writing about Film
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module engages with the practice of film criticism. It offers you the opportunity to consider, and gain experience of a range of modes of film writing and the variety of media through which it is presented.
  • FLM262: Script to Screen
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module provides the opportunity for you to take into production and fully realise an existing script. It allows you to participate in the planning, management and realisation of a short narrative film.
  • FLM263: Experimental & Avant-Garde Cinema
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module explores historical and contemporary experimental and avant-garde film practice. It examines these forms of cinema as conceptual and formal challenges to cinematic conventions, and questions whether they are, themselves, recuperated back into evolving mainstream film practice.
  • FLM234: Adaptation
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the relationships between word and image, literature and film, and the processes of adaptation across various media. By studying the art of film adaptation you will explore key debates and distinctions about the art forms being adapted, and the creative process of adaptations.

Year 3

This is the starting point of your future career. A masterclass series with scholars and practitioners leads you into further specialisation in theory and practice. You'll progress your professional practice, entering your work into international competitions and developing 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 the competitive film industry.

Semester 1

  • FLM301: Research Practice
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module prepares you for the demands of extended and advanced academic research, including your dissertation. It equips you to plan, co-ordinate and produce an independent research portfolio.
  • FLM302: Professional Development Portfolio
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module explores your ambitions for life after graduation. It provides a framework in which you will undertake research as to the structural determinants of your chosen fields of practice and assists you in developing strategies to better demonstrate your accomplishments and make you more employable.
  • FLM303: Conceptual Development (Theory)
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module prepares you for the demands of extended and advanced academic research, including your dissertation. It equips you to plan, co-ordinate and produce, and deliver an independent research presentation.

Semester 2

  • FLM304: Professional Practice Portfolio
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you to pursue your professional practice interests through the production of negotiated careers-orientated projects. Choosing to work in screen writing, film production or writing about film, you devise and realise a scheme of work that demonstrates your level of accomplishment in your chosen discipline.
  • FLM305: Dissertation
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an extended research essay in an area of film studies of your choice. With tutorial support, you will develop the project through to completion, achieving high levels of subject expertise and autonomy as a film researcher.
  • FLM302/4/6: Conceptual Development (Practice)
    (20 Credits or 10 ECTS)
    This module enables you to pursue your professional practice interests through the production of negotiated careers-orientated projects. Choosing to work in screen writing, film production or writing about film, you devise and realise a scheme of work that demonstrates your level of accomplishment in your chosen discipline.

Facilities

The purpose-built Media Centre facilities include:

  • 106-seat cinema, with Christie M Series HD projection (as used in Vue cinemas) and 7.2 surround sound
  • Equipment store with a range of Panasonic, JVC, GoPro and Canon DSLR Cameras, jibs, tracks and dollies
  • Digital production suites equipped with Final Draft (screenwriting), Movie Magic (production management) and a range of edit software
  • Recording and sound edit studios equipped with Pro Tools audio editing and Foley traps
  • TV studio, motion capture studio and green screen studios
  • 22,000-title TV and film library

Staff

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.

Experience you'll get

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

Assessment

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

Careers

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

Graduate destinations

  • Development assistant: Warp Films
  • Editor: Contra Positives
  • Production coordinator: Twofour
  • Art department: The World's End, Red 2
  • Assistant director: Game of Thrones, HBO
  • Digital archive editor: Deluxe Soho
  • VFX editor: Double Negative
  • Researcher: Superhero Films

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 and Television 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: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk