BA (Hons) Film

We’ve been teaching film for over 50 years, and this exciting and creative film degree concentrates on storytelling through moving images. We teach documentary and fiction story-telling, and there is a clear practical emphasis that provides professional-level training, underpinned by academic content. Course content was developed with the industry, so you’ll graduate with the creative ability and the skills to enter the workplace. Our expertise in film making and the reputation of our alumni is acknowledged throughout the industry, and many staff members are award- winning lm makers who continue to work in the industry, including the BBC.

Our students benefit from industry-standard facilities at our newly enhanced Cardiff Campus, as well an on-site cinema that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and masterclasses.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
36VA Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
36VA Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

During the film course you can expect to study the art of creative storytelling, using digital technologies to produce films and live briefs.

You can specialise in specific areas of film making, screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound or post-production, so you’ll gain specialist skills to launch your career. You’ll also make a collaborative final film at the end of your third year. This will be your industry calling card and the culmination of all your hard work.

 

Year One - Film degree

  • Telling Stories
  • Craft Skills
  • Film History and Theory
  • Dissecting Stories
  • Studio Production
  • Film Theory and Analysis

Year Two - Final degree

  • Truth and Telling
  • Film Analysis 1
  • Commissioned Project
  • Film Analysis 2
  • Screenwriting for Fiction
  • Screenwriting for Documentary
  • Directing for Fiction
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Practices in Production and Post-Production
  • Editing
  • Producing

Year Three - Film degree

  • Advanced Film Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Documentary Commissioning Package
  • Advanced Screenwriting for Fiction
  • My Career My World
  • Advanced Film Project Development

Modules are subject to change.

Teaching

Students on USW's Film degree will be taught through a blend of workshops, seminars and lectures, as well as guest lectures from industry professionals. 

Assessment

Students on the Film degree will be assessed through a mixture of practical and written assignments. Your final film will form a large part of the final year assessment, and this is a practical task, with written elements.

Accreditations

As part of our Skillset accreditation, you’ll have the opportunity to access work placements during the course. We also actively encourage you to pursue your own work experience throughout the course.

Facilities

Film students can benefit from industry-standard facilities, including Arri Alexa and Blackmagic Ursa cameras, fully equipped film studio, AVID and ProTools post-production software, and state-of- the-art finishing suites for professional sound mixing and colour grading. USW Cardiff also has an on-site cinema that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and masterclasses.

Lecturers

Shafeeq Vellani, Film Course Leader
Philip Cowan, Academic Subject Manager
Professor Florence Ayisi 
Nigel Orrillard, Senior Lecturer
Sally Lisk – Lewis, Senior Lecturer
Inga Burrows, Senior Lecturer
Margaret Constantas, Lecturer
Vivian Mainwaring, Lecturer

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Interview: An interview and portfolio are required for this course. Your portfolio should include a showreel/examples of film work and examples of written work, both essays and/or samples of scripts. The portfolio can include photographs, artwork, design projects, paintings, storyboards etc. You will also be required to complete a task for the interview. On one side of A4 paper, write a synopsis of your best idea (fiction) for the 5-minute film that you would like to make most. You may add sample storyboard/drawings for illustration, photographs, soundscapes, or even moving images, which may indicate your stylistic approach to the task. Your synopsis should introduce your subject (what you’re really writing about), your main characters and your setting.Your synopsis should also clearly indicate how the story ends, and how the subject or characters are left resolved or clearly unresolved. Be clear, concise and keep your sentences short. We are looking for evidence of strong, imaginative ideas; clear description and communication through writing skills and illustration; an ability to explore, express and develop your ideas in the interview; and an understanding of some key aspects of cinema such as storytelling, visualisation and sound.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject such as Art, IT, English, Visual Arts, Welsh, Film Studies, Media Studies or Photography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject such as Art, IT, English, Visual Arts, Welsh, Film Studies, Media Studies or Photography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £400
Cost of film production materials in year 1.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500
Cost of film production materials in year 2.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £600
Cost of film production materials in year 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
Headphones (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
Hard Dive and USBs (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £50
Grad Show. Year 3
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £250
Print (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £250
Books (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
DSLR Camera and Microphone (All academic years)
Field Trips £500
International Trip (All academic years)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Our graduates go on to do a whole variety of jobs within the film industry including working for BBC Wales, Channel 4, MTV, and many other companies all over the world. Due to our international reputation for film, graduates of this Film degree are highly regarded within the industry.

In 2016, Film graduate Asif Kapadia won an Oscar for his documentary film, ‘Amy’, having won acclaim and BAFTAs for ‘Senna’. 

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.