With strong foundations in documentary and drama, we'll teach you to adapt and evolve these key narrative skills for modern audiences and evolving technologies - engaging with web drama, interactive immersive storytelling, docudrama, music and sports content, commercials, and branded content for social media.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Get ready for the industry through high-level critical thinking with hands-on experience. You'll have the chance to take on live briefs with industry clients through our creative agency MAYN, go on work placements, and get the opportunity to crew on our in-house micro-budget feature film programme. You’ll also learn from craft skills tuition and our visiting speaker series, as well as lectures, seminars and masterclasses, and final year project supervision.
The School of Film & Television is a member of CILECT, the global association of the world's best film, television and animation schools.
What our students do
Student Producing Documentary with Kernow King
Joey Millward-Nicholls, second year Television student, is producing a behind-the-...
Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award
A film featuring an A-list actress, funded by Falmouth University and crewed by Film and...
In Conversation with Peter Lord
Aardman founder and Falmouth University Honorary Fellow, Peter Lord, recently visited our School...
What our graduates do
Students from the School of Film & Television have worked as an Assistant Director on Game of Thrones, Camera Assistant on Rush, Atlantis and Silent Witness, Assistant Producer for the Telegraph Group, Production Coordinator for Two Four, and Production Assistant on Made in Chelsea and The Great British Bake Off.
What’s more, our Fellow is alumnus Toby Haynes, Director of Black Mirror: USS Callister, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock and Doctor Who.
What you'll learn
By studying documentary, you’ll find out more about yourself, your creative voice, how to research characters, and the building blocks of story. You’ll also take on a professional crew role in a studio environment as you study drama. Through these disciplines, and in particular though screenwriting, you’ll keep the idea of story at the centre of everything you do.
We’ll cover creative, technical and narrative skills, like sound, camera, lighting, and post-production - improving the production values of your projects and developing a range of highly valuable skills.
Building on the first year, you’ll get to specialise in areas of particular interest and develop your craft and content creation skills - specifically in documentary and drama - forming a basis for all other disciplines. With employability front and centre, you can tailor your experience to your career ambitions. We’ll also develop your critical thinking and research skills with a mix of integrated and stand-alone theory work.
You’ll have the chance to build your storytelling skills through practices like screenwriting and making, and undertake additional projects like branded content, commercials, music, sports, social media and online platforms. There’ll also be opportunities for live briefs, cross-course collaboration, work placements, studying abroad and possible paid internships.
With our support, you’ll choose your practice projects and your research topic. You can hone your skills toward a focused final portfolio, perhaps as a director or cinematographer. Or you can opt for a wider skill set, taking different roles across a number of projects, for example as a writer, director, producer, editor, sound designer, cinematographer, or any other combination. You’ll even work with industry mentors for your final practical output.
You can produce an extended piece of academic writing around your chosen research topic, which is typically a dissertation, but it may also be possible to negotiate other assessment methods.
Sales, distribution and marketing feature more heavily in the final year, where you’ll learn to better understand your audience and help your projects succeed. You’ll also learn to present and pitch yourself as a creative practitioner in and outside the evolving film and television industries.
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
You’ll take on live briefs from industry clients, have the chance to study abroad, and learn from an industry mentor in year three. Student placements have provided various professional opportunities. Regular learning will come from our lecture and screening series, and our visiting speaker programme provides valuable industry insights.
Visiting speakers have included Otto Bathurst (Director: Robin Hood 2018 film, Peaky Blinders) James Hawes (Director: Black Mirror, Genius, Penny Dreadful), Ashley Bond (Camera Dept: Game of Thrones, Mr Selfridge), Phillippa Giles (Exec Producer: Delicious, Silent Witness, Luther) and Emmy Award-winning sound mixer Graham Wild (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Hunt).
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations.
- Visual, verbal and written assignments.
- Dissertation or equivalent, and practice projects in your final year.
Our industry professional staff have backgrounds in television drama and documentary, producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and research. Their award-winning work has appeared on Netflix, BBC, Channel 4 and in cinemas.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Professor Chris Morris
Christopher Morris is a documentary filmmaker and professor of documentary practice. His work...
Faye is Head of Television at the School of Film & Television, having joined the...
Charlie is a former BBC journalist and producer and co-founder of Fieldgrazer Productions....
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, David graduated in Film at Falmouth University before moving to...
After graduating with a degree in History and Media from the University of Leeds, David started...
Denzil is a lecturer in Film specialising in producing at the School of Film & Television at...
I graduated from the University of Hull in 2002 after taking a BA in Music Technology. Music...
Dr Anna Misiak
Former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Anna Misiak ...
Dr Jem Mackay
Dr Jem Mackay is a filmmaker/artist who has been exploring collaborative systems within creative...
Dr Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television,...
Dr Laura Canning
Laura Canning joined Falmouth University in 2014, having completed her PhD - which focused on...
Dr Neil Fox
Since arriving at Falmouth University in April 2013 I have fallen in love with Cornwall and...
Dr Victoria Byard
Victoria Byard is a lecturer in the School of Film & Television. She received her BA in...
I joined Falmouth University in September 2008 having moved from Swindon, I have over 40...
James Henry's writing career was launched with his original comedy Skiffy, which won Channel...
Jeremy is an award-winning television producer/director (BAFTA, One World Media Award,...
Many things have influenced my approaches to film production and to learning about film but...
Before I joined Falmouth University in January 2016 I had spent 20 years working in the British...
Initially Marie worked as an actress after training for three years at the Royal Central School...
Educated in British and North American universities, Mark was appointed lecturer in Cultural...
Working in digital and analogue mediums and hand-processing super8/16mm film Mark is...
Matthew is a multi-skilled, reliable and innovative socially-minded thinker who enjoys sharing...
I joined the University in 1991 when I moved to Cornwall. My first role was to run the...
After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1998 with and HND in Electrical and...
Simon is a producer based in Truro Cornwall. He has produced three feature length films;...
- 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. Production management software is also available.
- 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate.
- Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props.
All post-production suites network-linked to Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects.
Digital cameras (HD to 4K) including Arri Alexa, RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras. Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders are also available.
Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes & red heads.
Grip and gimbal systems available include Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Glidecam 2000, Libec and Camcrane Jibs.
Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones.
Four animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations with Cintiq 24” & 27" pen displays. Software available includes Autodesk Maya (3D), TV Paint (2D) and Foundry Nuke Studio (VFX Compositing), alongside Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
Dedicated stop-motion animation studio equipped with Canon EOS camera bodies, Nikon lenses, manfrotto grip and Dragonframe capture software.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code 09X2
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has something to say and is passionate about telling meaningful stories.
- Engages with some of television’s many forms.
- Understands the importance of critical thinking.
- Can communicate, self-motivate, work well in a team, and never give up.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£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
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