Film BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Film at Falmouth is the exciting starting point of your professional life. This course is constantly evolving, informed by academic scholarship and the demands of a vibrant industry.

Immersed in the culture of cinema, you'll build upon your interests through the analysis and production of film material and in specialist craft and theory modules which focus your skills, knowledge and critical thinking. 

Final year major projects develop through the year under the supervision of a mentor, supplemented by a masterclass series, which guides your dissertation and enhances your practice. Film at Falmouth has established itself as a centre of micro-budget feature filmmaking, with students and graduates involved in Wilderness (Doherty, 2017), Bait (Jenkin, 2018), Songbird (Adams, 2018) and iFeatures-funded Make Up (Oakley, 2018).

Our visiting speaker programme has included directors Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Mo Ali (Montana), Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Ben Wheatley (Freefire, High Rise), Alice Lowe (Prevenge), Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills), VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill, camera operator Max Williams (Isle of Dogs), documentary filmmakers Don Letts and Kim Longinotto, and film critics Mark Kermode, Ryan Gilbey and Charles Gant.

Recent movies to feature Falmouth crew include Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Jungle Book: Origins, Pan, The Mummy, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Man from UNCLE, The Huntsman: Winter's War, and Belle. 


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme
  • Creative Skillset Tick - an accreditation given to courses delivering the very best creative thinking, industry-relevant training, exceptional staff, facilities and partnerships 

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£50 - Recurring annual costs

£50 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)

£650 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W610

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all eligible applicants to attend an interview. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll email you with a personal log in for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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How the course is taught

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
238% 62%0%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

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.

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 One

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 filmmaking 1
  • Film history & the canon
  • Criticism, analysis & theory
  • Professional filmmaking 2
  • History of the moving image
  • Post war world cinema

Year Two

In the second year you'll build upon your own interests and passions through elective options, allowing you to determine your own pathway through the degree. These focus your learning and knowledge of cinema in an environment that recognises and embraces the shifting nature of the medium. There'll also be an opportunity to visit the Berlinale international film festival 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. 

Core Modules

  • Film genre (Study Block 1)
  • Film & philosophy (Study Block 2)

In Study Block 1, choose between:

  • American cinema
  • British cinema
  • Transnational cinema
  • Narrative screenwriting (shorts)
  • Sound design
  • Documentary
  • Production
  • Cinematography

In Study Block 2, choose between:

  • Film & the environment
  • Representing gender & sexuality
  • Cult film
  • Narrative screenwriting (features)
  • Writing about film
  • Script to screen
  • Experimental & avant-garde cinema
  • Editing & post-production

Year Three

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 your dissertation and in progressing your professional practice through the course of the year, with the support of specialist supervision.. The structure of the third year allows you to undertake work experience opportunities and encourages engagement with industry and academic opportunities and events, with 16 years of success in helping our students find work or further study following graduation.

Research practice

  • Dissertation 1: Development
  • Film Practice 1 : Development
  • Dissertation 2: Final Project
  • Film Practice 2 : Final Project


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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


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

Graduate destinations

  • Production: Warner Bros, Fox Searchlight Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, MGM, Legend, Working Title, , iFeatures/BBC Films
  • Development: DNA Films, Endemol, Blast, Warp Films, RDF, Passion Pictures, 7 Wonder, Boundless, Early Day
  • Post Production: Technicolour, Envy, Evolutions, Double Negative, Framestore, Molinare, Motion Picture Solutions, White House Post, Films at 59, Contra Positive, Glassworks
  • Commercials: HSI, Beagle Media, Vintra, Rockets and Rascals
  • Production Design: Lucasfilm, Bladerunner 2049/Sony Pictures, Pinewood, Planet EM, ITV Studios, Impossible Pictures
  • TV Production: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, HBO, Sky, Rocksalt, Dragonfly, Wall to Wall, Two Four, SpectraTV, Zebra, Endor, Freemantle

Work placements

Film at Falmouth has close relationship with a number of film and television production companies, distributors, agencies, facility houses. We have developed a slate of feature films developed within the university – including Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which has won 11 awards at 16 international festivals. We have been placed over 30 students at the NBC/Universal Pictures Hothouse since 2014, have placed students and graduates on three feature films in 2017/2018 alone, and regularly run live production briefs through Falmouth's in house agency – MAYN Creative.

Jamie Isbell spent three weeks with Warp Films and provided this insight into his experience:

"My placement was predominantly working as part of the production/development team. This involved reading scripts, and assisting on the initial stages of new productions 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 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."

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 mentors can be reached on the Film BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to