BIMM Institute

Degree level: Undergraduate

Filmmaking (Top-Up)

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Course summary

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About the course This course is taught at a partner college, Screen and Film School, at their premises in central Brighton. Upon successful completion you will receive a degree from BIMM Institute. This is a one-year top-up degree aimed at students who have studied practical media or arts subjects such as film making, art direction or creative media at either a foundation degree, HND or equivalent level. A three-year option is available for students holding A level or equivalent qualifications. This cutting-edge industry-led course has been developed from in-depth and ongoing industry feedback and input from all areas of production that reflects the current demand for industry ready, technically skilled students, who have the creative, logistical and production skills that are currently needed in industry. The growth in high end production for content providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus and Apple TV in the UK supports the need for highly skilled graduates for industry. This practical course provides students with an industry-relevant offering that includes a critical understanding of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors such as music videos, advertising and short form content. To ensure this professionalism is embedded in the curriculum the film school acts as a production house, the tutor as executive producer, to support the collaborative film production that is realised in the student’s graduation films. As film production is continuously evolving the Screen and Film School is constantly adapting to support the industry’s demands. The course’s intensive curriculum will challenge students to develop their skills and prepare them for the production world of today. Students will gain experience shooting projects on the newest developments in HD, film and digital equipment - from Arri Alexa to Red Raven - as well as classic film cameras like Panavision and Arriflex on 8mm, super 16mm and 35mm film. Disciplines you can specialise in:

  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Cinematography (all camera department roles)
  • Producing
  • First Assistant Directing
  • Production & Post-Production Sound
  • Editing
  • Lighting/Gaffer
  • Continuity/Script Supervision
All students leave Screen and Film School with a professional portfolio of work, which will serve as a calling card for the skills. Students also gain an understanding of how to navigate the film industry which will support the technical and creative film craft skills that will be acquired.

Course details


Students can expect to study the following core modules:

  • The Creative Industries & You:Professional Practice
  • Final Project
  • Pre-Production Process
  • Production Realisation
A range of Expert Optional modules can be selected, subject to availability and student demand: The expert module in Level 6 will ensure all new students have the chance to prepare and refine their technical and production skills to the appropriate level to work collaboratively on the graduation films. The optional modules are; Screenwriting , Direction Factual, Direction Fiction , Cinematography , Creative Producing & Managing the Production, Post Production Editing & Grading, VFX Compositing and Motion Graphics, Production Design & Art Direction, Sound Recording & Post, Camera, Grip & Lighting, Camera, Grip & Lighting, Production Logistics, Development, Distribution & Commissioning, Research for Specialism, Factual Entertainment, Idea Development & Commissioning – Factual

Assessment method

Assessment methods: Practical Assessment, Portfolio, Visual & Written Essay, Production Realisation Outcomes & Evaluations

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Screen and Film School are not able to accept international applications that require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For further information please contact the admissions department

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Completion of a Level 5 qualification such as Higher National Diploma, FdA, FdSC or equivalent. In certain circumstances, applicants may be considered if they can provide evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work and demonstrate this successfully at interview. Those applicants who meet the academic entry requirements will be invited to prepare for and participate in an applicant day held at Screen and Film School. Portfolio All applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet the entry requirements through their UCAS application will be invited to submit a show-reel and / or portfolio which will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor.

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Additional entry requirements


All applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet the entry requirements through their UCAS application will be invited to submit a show-reel and / or portfolio which will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor. Details of what to include will be provided by email upon receipt of an application

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic50A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

We also accept the following qualifications: - ESOL Skills for Life Level B2 (Higher B2 on CEFR Scale) - IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C/4 or above - IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B/3 or above - International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £13750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only. Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as: - Living costs (rent/bills/travel) - Equipment required for your course such as hard-drive,computer and software/camera equipment and film/books etc
Filmmaking (Top-Up) at BIMM Institute - UCAS