Filmmaking at Aberystwyth University - UCAS

Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)


Course summary

Have you ever wondered how films are made? Do you have an interest in discovering more about the roles of the director and producer, the goals of the film studio/ financiers? Do you think that you have what it takes to make an impact in the film industry? If yes, then Aberystwyth University’s degree in Film-making is the course for you. Unlock your potential with this new, exciting and innovative course and gain a practical insight into how the film business works. Upon completion of this degree, you will understand the long and complicated process of how a film is conceived, financed, shot, delivered and exploited. Why study BA Practical Film Production at Aberystwyth University? Our exciting and innovative Film Making degree will examine the process of how a film is developed, financed, shot, delivered and exploited. The aim of the degree is to provide our students with the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the film making experience. As the name suggests, this is a practical degree with a strong vocational ethos. Through producing their own original films, as well as working with the camera, sound and post-production equipment in the department, the student will gain valuable hands-on experience preparing them for a career in this exciting and innovative industry. The department has specialist filming equipment as well as editing suites with AVID software and Protocols, a dedicated sound design studio and a preview cinema, which will enable the student to shoot and complete their films to a professional standard. The Film Making BA has also teamed up with the Production Guild of Great Britain to enable third-year students to become student members, giving them access to Guild members and resources. The degree has been established by industry-experienced teaching staff with over 35 years’ experience of completion and delivery of films within the international film industry. What will I learn? The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three-year degree scheme. In the first year, we will cover the following topics: An introduction to Film Production; Making short films; Introduction to post-production and editing. By the end of the first year, the student will have gained a working knowledge of the film production cycle as well as an introduction to the technical processes required for shooting a film. In the second year the students will build on the knowledge gained in the introductory year one and will be encouraged to commence on their advanced specialised area of interest: The first semester of year two will concentrate on the fundamentals of the following: Cinematography - directing; Sound recording - editing. The second semester will concentrate on a film production project. Students will be able to apply their knowledge in their chosen area and form production teams to produce their 10 minutes short In the third year, you will continue to build on the expertise learned in year 2 with the addition of 4 further modules: Sales and distribution; Sound design and dubbing - VFX and Grading; Fiction film project. The department is currently building a viewing, dubbing and grading theatre which will allow the students to complete and screen their films in a professional environment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements


A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in Mathematics and/or Science at GCSE (or equivalent).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic62With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £16520 Year 1
International £16520 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

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Aberystwyth University
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Course contact details

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Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (undergraduate enquiries)

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Undergraduate Admissions Office

01970 622021

Filmmaking at Aberystwyth University - UCAS