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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Enjoy 24/7 access to outstanding industry-standard facilities
  • Build a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates the specialist skills and practical film-making experience that employers really value
  • Develop your own distinctive creative film-making voice
  • Gain insider knowledge from the sh
  • ared experiences of award-winning film professionals
  • Travel to overseas film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes

If you aspire to see your name in the rolling credits of a hard-hitting Netflix documentary or BAFTA nominated feature film then this is a great place to start out. Our cutting-edge course embraces all the key areas of film production, from development to post production, and will help you determine whether you’re destined to be a director, editor, screenwriter or one of several other vital roles in the thriving film industry.

Our Film Production programme offers a hands-on and aesthetic perspective on the film industry and cinematic techniques. It is anchored around our superbly equipped Multimedia Centre, which has industry-standard facilities, including two HD TV studios with green screens, use of state-of-the-art cameras such as the Black Magic and Canon C100, together with facilities for multitrack audio recording.

A robust range of core modules in Years 1 and 2 covers key areas, from editing and sound to lighting and cinematography. In Year 3, you work on a final major project, a showreel and advanced post-production as well as a fascinating choice of optional specialised modules.

The course team is made up of active and award-winning filmmakers who encourage and support the development of your personal ideas and stories into films in drama, documentary and experimental formats. We aim to help you develop your own distinctive creative film-making voice during your three years with us.

And it’s not all about ‘Lights, camera, action’. The course also examines and engages with film criticism, cinema history, the production process and cultural issues surrounding film so that students can develop wider perspectives on the use and function of film production.

Deep pocketed online TV networks and the internet have led to a surge in the number of people producing visual material for a global market. With record amounts being spent on film production in the UK in recent years, graduates have gone on to work in all parts of the film industry, including related areas in production administration, archiving and distribution.

Careers

The programme leads to a range of careers in the film-related industries.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students have the opportunity to choose the optional volunteering module in Year 2.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Film Production course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Japan.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The degree places emphasis upon the aesthetic and technical dimensions and knowledge of the filmmaking process. The course also examines key critical concerns in film, the production process and cultural issues surrounding film so that students can develop wider perspectives on the use and function of film production.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 96% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 4% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 86% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 14% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 81% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 19% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 112-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

Camera and Lighting 15

This module offers students the opportunity to gain core competencies in professional camera and lighting equipment operation for both drama and documentary production work. Undertaking intensive hands-on workshops, students’ skills and creativity are honed and tested thorough weekly formative exercises designed to foster knowledge and practical application across both drama and documentary disciplines. Student groups will pitch their script ideas in Week 5 for tutor progression feedback.

Genre Filmmaking 15

This module offers students the opportunity to gain a core understanding of film genres and their application to filmmaking and to creating meaning within the frame. Students will explore how genre is created through semiology (the use of signs and symbols) within the frame to express a range of meanings and how they support narrative.  A group film project is designed to advance student understanding and development of filmmaking creative practices. Students undertake an individual case-study examining a genre film or a director working within a particular genre. A formative task pitching the group film project idea and planned framic elements affords project progression tutor feedback.

Editing and Sound 15

This module offers students the opportunity to gain core competences in professional sound-recording equipment and a chosen piece of editing software for use in both drama and documentary production work. Through intensive hands-on workshops, students’ creative and aesthetic skills are tested and honed through weekly exercises designed to test knowledge and practical application across drama and documentary forms. A formative task informs project development and tutor feedback on progress.

Creating Short Screenplays 15

In this module, students have the opportunity to develop basic scriptwriting skills by focusing specifically on the study and writing of short screenplays. The focus will be on analysis and implementation of narrative devices (including narrative shortcuts and use of sound), development of story and character (and the inter-relationship between the two), and on skills in writing visually and succinctly. The particular character of the ‘short’ screenplay will be examined, analysed and practiced. Scripts will be written with a view that they be made as a short film in Semester 2 for the ‘Producing Drama’ module. A formative task involves an ideas pitch for tutor feedback.

Semester 2 Credits

The Director: Auteur Filmmaking 15

This module offers students the opportunity to gain a core understanding of how the film director composes and populates the frame in furtherance of creating meaning. Students will explore how a director’s voice can be read as being the ‘author’ of a film through the creation of mise-en-scene. An individual micro-film project is designed to advance student understanding and development of directing a micro-film, one that focuses on to create basic mise-en-scene elements in furtherance of developing an original vision for the script. An individual case-study affords students the opportunity to critically analyse a film director as ‘auteur’. Students undertake a formative task to pitch their story concept and plans for mise-en-scene to the tutor for project progression feedback.

 

 

Producing Drama 30

This module offers students an opportunity to be involved in the production of a short filmed drama from the creation of an original screenplay (as developed in Semester 1, Creating Short Screenplays) to delivery of the final film. Students are able to participate in both the basic creative dimensions of fiction filmmaking including directing performance, cinematography and editing and the organisational dimensions of producing and production management. Working in key roles throughout the pre- production, production and post-production stages of the film making process, students will develop the ability to work creatively and organisationally in groups of 4. The aim of this module is the recognition of filmmaking as a collaborative art form. Students also set up a personal website and an online social presence. A formative task affords project tutor development feedback on project progression.

Documentary Production 15

After a thorough introduction detailing the ranging genres, production methods and styles of historical and contemporary documentary films, students will develop their own ideas for documentary subject matter and subsequently shoot their own documentary film. This module will focus on the documentary filmmaking process and is aimed to strengthen practical and theoretical knowledge gained prior to and throughout the filming of the group documentary project. An individual reflexive account provides students opportunity to consider their creative role and the finished project in relation to documentary genre practices. A formative task involves a group idea pitch for tutor feedback.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1 Credits

Screenwriting and Character 15

Building on the Level 4 module Creating Short Screenplays, and on the demands of drama production, students explore the central role of the scriptwriter in the film production process. Whilst acknowledging the collaborative process involved in the development of initial ideas for the screen, students will also have the opportunity to develop their own sustained screenwriting style with an emphasis on the importance of character in the production of engaging screen narratives.  The module is designed to facilitate those students choosing the Level 6 Adaptations option module and those writing a feature length screenplay for their EIS Level 6 Final Major Project. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.

Rebel Filmmaking 15

Students will explore the theory and practice of rebel filmmaking as it manifests in a range of national and international contexts and across fiction and non-fiction forms. Rebel filmmaking will be understood as a strategy employed by ‘first time’ or transgressive filmmakers to write and direct films outside the ‘mainstream’ context; to subvert traditional production means; to counter/challenge the economics and ideologies of the mainstream cinema; as a product of ‘found’/retro/alternate technologies; as a means for marginalised/oppressed groups to gain access to methods of film production. The module draws on the students’ practical experiences of filmmaking across all the production modules of the programme to make a short ‘rebel’ film that experiments with narrative or documentary practices. Students will self- film a critical reflexive analysis (to-camera) and verbally discuss how they engaged with non- conformist/alternative film practices per their role in the group film and how their themes challenge convention/power systems. A formative task affords a group project pitch to their tutor for project progression feedback.

Film Sound 15

This module follows on from Level 4 sound studies to develop students’ practical sound production technical skills including location shooting and in post-production through a group project. The module examines the historical and contemporary relevance of sound production in relation to the filmmaking process and how it contributes to mise-en-scene. The focus will be on the practical and aesthetic elements of sound production to understand how it operates and how it contributes to theme. Students will individually reflect on their sound work. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.

Cinematography 15

This module develops cinematographic skills, acquired from Lv4 study, to inform creative authorship and technical camera operation. Students will understand that the conceptual development of visual narrative in film is a vital compliment to cinematographic technical ability. Utlising examples from contemporary cinematographers, students will critical analyse how practice informs the filmmaking process, this will be realised to produce a group short film. Studies and experimentation with genre and semiotics will take place during workshops that explore cinematographic methodologies. These workshops are designed to advance students’ key core skills in lighting, camera, direction and mise-en-scene, inclusive of a written critical analysis. A formative task to present a working script and shot/lighting plan affords project progress tutor feedback.

Semester 2 Credits

Introduction to Television 15

This module will give students a practical and theoretical understanding of live television production. Working with pre-prepared editorial content (scripts, insert VTs, running orders, etc) the students will be tasked with planning, recording and directing three pieces of live television: a chat show; a news bulletin; a magazine show. Students will also be required to produce individual production logs, which chart and reflect upon the production process and their role within it. With guidance from tutors and technicians, this module will provide students with an introduction to the logistics, practices and pressure associated with live studio production. The three tasks will give students the opportunity to experience a number of different live TV roles and improve their technical skills in the studio gallery on the studio floor.

Volunteering: Community Filmmaking 15

This module allows students to produce a moving-image live-brief artefact in consultation, and in conjunction with, the voluntary/charity sector. The aim is that students will make a positive and personally rewarding contribution to the regional community whilst also reflecting critically on the collaborative experience and developing practical skills which will enhance employability and personal development. A formative task affords feedback on project planning and client agreement.

Editing 15

Following on from key core editing techniques learned at Lv 4, students develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and historical practices and aspects of cinematic editing both as a technical skill and as narrative convention. The module will focus on the development of aesthetic and practical skills applicable to the filmmaking process and how image construction and structure contribute to creating mise-en-scene. After a historical overview, students will examine specific areas of editing through lectures and workshops focusing on areas such as: sensation vs perception, editing of moving image, cutting sound, colour grading and delivery. Students will produce an individual portfolio that demonstrates a range of editing techniques, including narrative and experimental image juxtaposition. Students will research and write a case-study analysing a particular editorial practice or industry practitioner. A formative task affords tutor feedback for project progression.

Directing Drama: Master Filmmakers 15

Building on key core filmmaking and directing skills studied at Lv 4, students will develop and hone particular personal and ideological themes, to directorially draw upon as a filmmaker, in pursuit of creating bold, innovative and forward-looking stories and mise-en-scene. Understanding film as an art form, as a means to developing an original voice, will serve to develop directorial craft skills. A series of ‘master filmmaker’ directors will be analysed to broaden and deepen an understanding of cinematic language for mise-en-scene. Students will research and write a critical analysis examining examples of a particular director’s work (other than those studied on the module). A formative task will afford students feedback on project and research progression.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Digital Distribution 15 Credits

Producing Practices 15 Credits

Study Abroad Reflection 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Advanced Post-Production 15

This module develops understanding of how advance post-production techniques are deployed in the modern film production process. Using a wide range of Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects etc.) you will create a short film sequence utilising and demonstrating post- production techniques. Seminars and workshops will explore examples of post-production techniques in current use and provide historical context to improve understanding. This module will equip students with advanced skills in post- production appropriate to entry into the film and media production industries. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.

Showreel and Entrepreneurship 15

Following on from Lv5 studies on the Digital Distribution and Global Producing: Film Festival, Marketing and Networking options, this module prepares students for post-study employment opportunities. The module aims to provide students with a realistic knowledge of the current employment possibilities within the film industry and develops the important aspects and understanding of industry requirements needed for graduate entry into the film industry. Professional and current practitioners will advise and tutor students on seeking and securing work within a particular sector, ones that compliment skills acquired on the Film Production degree. To hone interpersonal skills, each student will present their completed website and showreel, inclusive of a reflexive accounting of their creative choices. A formative task affords tutor feedback on portfolio progression.

EIS Final Major Project 30

The Final Major Project is either a group film production (running time negotiable with supervisor) or an individual feature-length screenplay (80- 100pages); this is an Extended Independent Studies (EIS) project. The practical project is supported by an individual ‘mini-viva’ session (10mins) where students have the opportunity to critically account for, and analyse, their particular creative contribution, research and specialist role on the project to a panel of tutors. Genre and subject area are determined through negotiation with personal project supervisors with whom students will have regular tutorials to discuss creative progress, issues and logistical challenges for the production. 2 Formative tasks are undertaken to receive feedback on the project’s progress across both semesters.

Semester 2 Credits

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Advanced Cinematography 15 Credits

Animation and 3D Modelling 15 Credits

Advanced Screenwriting: Adaptations 15 Credits

Directing: Framing Ideology 15 Credits

Third Cinema: Documentary as Resistance 15 Credits

Transnational Cinema: Producing in the Global Age 15 Credits

Creative Post-Production 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the optional costs for this course:

Optional

Overseas trip

Students have the option to attend a trip to a Film Festival throughout the duration of the course. Cost approximately £375 per academic year.

Technology

It is recommended that students purchase their own hard-drive storage at the beginning of the course. 2TB devices cost approximately £80.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
WPQ3
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
Typical offer: 112-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus