Delve into the theory and practice of contemporary filmmaking.
On this Film degree, learn to tell stories through the study and practice of moving image. You’ll develop your craft through hands-on experience in a specialist facility that mirrors real-world practices. By exploring the contexts and history of film culture, you’ll identify ideas, technologies and processes that challenge the norms of conventional filmmaking.
You’ll explore a range of pathways, including short- and long-form cinema, documentary and experimental work, and try your hand at camera, post-production editing, grade and sound design, and screenwriting, before specialising in your chosen craft.
- Learn from award-winning staff and industry experts. Recent visiting professionals include Tom Morgan (Head of Client Services at ENVY Post), Ben Coren (Development Executive at Film4), and Johnie Burn (sound design for Nope, Zone of Interest)
- Build knowledge and skills through technical workshops and masterclasses led by film practitioners that mirror real industry’s practices
- Have the opportunity to work in-house through our production centre, the Sound/Image Cinema Lab. Previous productions include Film4’s Enys Men (Mark Jenkin, 2023), Long Way Back (Simon Harvey, 2022) and Wilderness (Justin Doherty, 2021)
- Study on a Film course accredited by ScreenSkills, in a facility that’s part of CILECT and the ENVY Academy
This Film degree is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
On this Film degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Film BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year and/or a professional placement.
Working in multi-disciplinary teams, you’ll create work in a productive and collaborative environment that will ready you to be a dynamic professional in the workplace.
You'll understand how collaborating with others and honing your research skills can help broaden your own thinking and knowledge to give impact, relevance and reach to your creative work.
Our film school boasts ScreenSkills and CILECT accreditations, which are awarded to courses delivering the very best creative thinking, industry-relevant training, exceptional staff, facilities and partnerships.
The first year of your degree will focus on developing your film knowledge through lectures, seminars and screenings, as well as nurturing your talent in all areas of short film development and production. You’ll further your understanding of industrial and creative contexts by examining current filmmaking trends in form, style, theme and narrative. You’ll have the opportunity to network with experienced professionals through our series of panel discussions and masterclasses, helping to enhance your industry skills and employability profile. You’ll also have the chance to visit an international film festival.
Production Cultures 1
This module will introduce you to the creative, technical, organisational and interpersonal skills that are central to successful film production. A series of weekly tasks will develop your knowledge of the language of cinema, while encouraging networking within your cohort. You’ll begin to understand the key industry roles – writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor and sound designer – needed to produce a short film.
Production Cultures 2
This module will extend the creative, technical, organisational and interpersonal skills developed in Production Cultures 1 to encompass budgeting, design, marketing and film distribution. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of production roles, paving the way for you to specialise in Year 2.
In this module, you’ll consider the key moments and milestones of the development of film as an art form, industrial product and object of academic and critical study. This will prepare you for deeper cinematic research across your Film degree and develop your scholarly research and essay-writing skills.
This module foregrounds a range of contexts, both historical and contemporary, to consider how industry, audience, and film texts are inextricably bound together in industry practice. You’ll collaborate with others to produce a presentation that highlights your research and communication skills.
You'll build on your interests and passions by embarking on specialist pathways of your choice, deploying the skills you learn in a self-initiated project – typically within screenwriting, experimental, documentary or narrative filmmaking. Each week is designed to focus your learning and cinematic knowledge in an environment that recognises and embraces the medium’s changing nature. We also offer the opportunity to engage in placements through a number of external partnerships and opportunities.
Identifying your own interests, you'll develop skills in a chosen specialism – sound design and editing, editing and post-production, producing, screenwriting or cinematography and art direction – and showcase your growing understanding of collaborative practice, professional processes and industry contexts.
Building on the Skills Development module, you’ll work to produce either a narrative film, documentary film, experimental film or screenwriting project for assessment.
This module aims to develop your understanding of the role genre plays in film industry and culture, both historically and contemporarily, and how the idea of 'the cinematic' is closely connected to genre and has spread in influence to other modes and forms of media entertainment.
Cinema of Experience
This module will inspire you by offering contemporary cinematic examples and conceptual frameworks to situate film and serial narrative/documentary forms in wider cultural, social, political and global contexts, such as gender, race, class and sexuality.
You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year.
You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability team.
Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying.
How you’ll study during your professional placement
You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks.
You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation.
Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth.
In filmmaking practice, you’ll immerse yourself in a year-long project of creative cinematic endeavor, where you will develop an ambitious and innovative piece of work that sits alongside your research. You’ll also produce a festival strategy or equivalent as well as build your professional profile to help launch your career after graduation. Alongside this, you’ll continue to explore the wider social, political, industrial and artistic contexts of film culture and cinema, choosing from a dedicated module examining the voices of The Other, and a dissertation in a cinematic subject area related to your interests. Each module results in a long-form piece of scholarly writing which will position you ideally for postgraduate studies.
Through this module, you'll become immersed in film practice. Assessment will reflect professional creative industry processes, contexts and cultures, resulting in an ambitious, innovative and complex cinematic project.
The Other (optional)
You’ll explore global cinematic practices which have traditionally sat outside the dominant film canon and popular culture. You’ll examine non-traditional screen representations to the evolution of cinematic storytelling techniques and the formal fashioning of film visuals. Starting from a historical perspective, you'll be invited to recognise cinema as a potent and flexible medium of expression and communication for all backgrounds and cultures.
Focusing on academic study, you'll develop high levels of subject expertise and intellectual autonomy as you originate, research, and write a dissertation in an area of your choice.
Final Major Project
You'll be immersed in film practice and assessment that reflects professional industry processes, contexts and cultures. You’ll carry out an ambitious, innovative and complex cinematic project that will help to springboard your career in the film, television and combined creative industries.
This module will help to prepare you for pursuing a career after graduation. You’ll be supported by the University’s Employability Team and a supervisor from the course to help build your professional profile.
Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?
If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.
What you'll learn
If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
If you apply for and enrol onto a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year, you’ll have the option to switch onto a five-year version including a placement year. That means you’ll complete the first three years of your course before completing a placement in industry in your fourth year and returning to Falmouth for the fifth year of your programme.
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn & be assessed
On this Film degree, you’ll learn through a series of lectures, seminars, bookable tutorials, and self and peer evaluation.
You’ll benefit from our School of Film & Television’s industry connections with a curated visiting lecturer programme, panel discussions, technical workshops and masterclasses with industry practitioners. Our learning by doing approach to the course means you’ll gain an understanding of your chosen sector and mirror the film industry’s workflow and creative environments.
Each year is also your chance to gain work experience and internships, and we'll encourage you to get involved in industry and academic opportunities and events.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning and teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
100% of your assessment will be coursework.
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Visual, verbal and written assignments
- ‘Campfires’ (timetabled group drop-in sessions) and bookable one-to-one tutorials
- Optional dissertation in your final year
You’ll learn from an experienced team of writers, academics and filmmakers, including experimental, short, narrative and documentary feature film directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, script editors, sound designers, editors, and art directors. Our technical and craft team includes specialists in lighting, cinematography and post-production picture editing and grade and sound editing and mixing.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
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The School of Film & Television is situated in a dedicated building and features extensive production, post-production and facilities store.
- 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series 2.5k projection and 7.2 surround sound.
- Four large production studios:
- Production Studio 1: multipurpose studio equipped with three Sony HXC-FB80 studio cameras, chromatte grey screen and full lighting rig. Integral live gallery including 4-input Tricaster Ultra HD production system.
- Production Studio 2: multipurpose studio and support area for studio 1.
- Production Studio 3: multipurpose studio with lighting rig.
- Production Studio 5: Specialist green screen studio with infinity cove & 360 degree subject lighting rig. Access to Xsens motion capture kit and VR/AR/MR equipment.
- Nine Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite & Da Vinci Resolve.
- Two specialist grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screens.
- Two 28-seat ‘Post Hubs’ for post-production software training, equipped with dual screen Apple iMacs. Software available includes Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects.
- 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate. Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props.
- Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
- Digital cameras (HD to 5K) including Arri Alexa, RED Gemini, Sony FX6, Canon C500 and XF305, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras, plus Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders.
- Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes and red heads.
- Grip and gimbal systems available include DJI Ronin Gimbal systems, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Ronford Baker Sliders, Libec and Camcrane Jibs.
- Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones.
Stories from our community
Explore student projects, graduate successes, staff news and industry insights
Falmouth Film graduates have worked in the development and production of short and feature films, commercials and major television series, with credits including Deadpool 3, House of the Dragon, Star Wars, Mission: Impossible and Bond franchises, Blade Runner 2049, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Squid Game, and The Great British Bake Off.
Our 20 years of alumni work in production at Warner Bros, Sony, Disney and Universal, and post-production at Halo, The Mill, DNEG, Envy, Technicolor, White House Post, Molinare and Evolution. They’ve secured roles in production design at Lucasfilm, and in the camera department for shows screened on the Discovery Channel, and the BBC.
Our graduates’ work has been featured at BAFTA, BIFA and Academy Award qualifying festivals, secured development from the BFI and BAFTA, and been published in titles including Total Film, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Little White Lies.
Student placements have included NBC/Universal Pictures Hothouse, Envy Academy, Sky, Cannes Film Festival, Mammoth Film, Gorton Studies, Wall to Wall, Big Talk, MTV, BBC, E4 and Channel 4.
We’ve also produced a slate of films through the Sound/Image Cinema Lab, our in-house production centre, including Enys Men (2023), A Year in a Field (2023), Long Way Back (2022), Wilderness (2021), Bait (2019), shorts including and The Birdwatcher (2023), Bloom (2023), Mab Hudel (2022), Kestav (2020), Hard Cracked the Wind (2019) and Backwoods (2019).
How to apply
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Film BA(Hons) three year degree||W610|
|Film BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year||FY24|
|Film BA(Hons) with professional placement||PY54|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2023
UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Can identify what led them to apply.
- Understands film’s cultural and historical contexts.
- Can develop their potential in communication.
- Can self-motivate, work well in a team and never give up.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|£1,385 per study abroad year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
Recurring annual costs
- £50 - Optional study visits and placements
One-off costs for the duration of the course
- £50 - materials
Optional study trips
- £700 - Optional study visit to Berlinale Film Festival
- £50 - Optional study visits and placements
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
To engage in the digital learning activity, although you will be able to access IT suites on campus, you will benefit from a laptop to access the platforms and tools we use. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
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