Arts University Plymouth is an arts university for the 21st century, preparing students who are uniquely placed to provide creative solutions to the complex global challenges of a changing world. Formerly known as Plymouth College of Art, we were granted full university title in Spring 2022. We are now the city of Plymouth’s first and only specialist arts university, allowing us to offer our students a dynamic and unique learning experience. In May 2022 we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university. BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts is a practical filmmaking course that focuses on the craft and aesthetics of contemporary filmmaking. With a focus on cinematic storytelling, the course allows you to design and create storyworlds for a range of audiences, and to gain real insight into the global filmmaking industries. This course allows you to explore the skills necessary to succeed as a practical filmmaker. These include cinematography and lighting design, directing and camera operation, sound design and mixing, production design and art direction, editing and post production. Alongside this you are challenged to consider the role of film in society, how audiences consume film across multiple platforms, and how best to showcase your own work to audiences. From initial idea, to shooting and screening, you will be encouraged to think through the creative techniques you choose to use, whilst also considering your work in relation to culture, society and the wider world. Being filmmakers in an Arts University allows for creative collaborations that make for unique works being created, sometimes beyond traditional film forms, including screen-based installations, music videos and site specific cinema. Led by a team of practicing filmmakers, sound artists and film writers, all areas of your learning are underpinned by rigorous critical thinking and cultural enquiry in order to understand how film functions in its many contemporary forms. Our experienced technicians support your practical learning, and you’ll have access to our outstanding facilities including film and media studios, sound recording and post-production studios, vocal recording booths and foley studio space. Our Multimedia Lab is stocked with a specialist media equipment, with cameras including Arri Alexa, Black Magic Ursa, Arri Super 16mm cinema cameras, camera rigs, specialist lighting kit, sound recording kit and much more. Our on-site independent cinema, run by Plymouth Arts Cinema, provides the perfect opportunity for you to display your work on the big screen as well as to watch a diverse programme of films, and to engage in specialist film-focused events. With a rich programme of visiting filmmakers and lecturers, and opportunities to take on professional client briefs from your first year, you will have the chance to build a creative network that will truly support your development as a filmmaker. We have established links with NAHEMI, BFI, Royal Television Society and the Aesthetica Film Festival, as well as many filmmaking professionals and organisations. You’ll have the opportunity to attend international film festivals such as Glasgow Short Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Aethestica Film Festival, where our students have screened their own work as well as held panel discussions. Graduates of the course have had their work selected for screening at international film festivals including the London Short Film Festival, New York Tribeca Film Festival, and Raindance International Film Festival. Our alumni are employed across the globe at organisations including Paramount Pictures, Netflix, BBC, Aardman, ProDirect Sport, TwoFour and SpongeUK.
You’ll develop hands-on film production skills, from writing and production design to cinematography and editing, and will explore theoretical approaches to contemporary filmmaking. You will have the opportunity to work with external clients on professional jobs throughout the programme, and will be supported to develop yourself as a filmmaking professional, in whatever context best suits you as an individual. Our students have had their films selected for screening at a huge range of international film festivals, including Aesthetica Film Festival, the Paris Festival Signe de Nuit, Slamdance (Utah), New York Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art), and Cornwall Film Festival, winning Best Student Film. We have won a whole host of Royal Television Society Awards, including Best UK Undergraduate Fiction, and this year won NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Best Film (audience voted), and Plymouth Film Festival ‘Best Student Film’.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We will look at your application on an individual basis, but you must evidence 120 Level 4 credits from another HEI
Plymouth is the largest city in the county of Devon, and the safest big city in south-west England, listed in the top ten safest cities in the UK. The city has excellent travel links via car, train and ferry, with direct train services to London Paddington and the rest of the country and easy access to three nearby airports (Bristol, Newquay and Exeter). Plymouth is the gateway to the South West of England and is approximately 3 hours from London by train. The best airport to fly into is London Heathrow, which has a direct rail line to Paddington station. Our dedicated international team will be able to support you throughout your application and enrolment with us, giving you expert advice and guidance on everything you need, from accommodation to what to do once you arrive in the UK.
Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the university. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you. We encourage you to visit the university, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar). We accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.
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Additional entry requirements
If your application meets our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to submit your portfolio, so that we can review your work and find out more about your creative potential. You will have the opportunity to submit your portfolio digitally, or in person at one of our Applicant Experience Days. At an Applicant Experience Day, you'll also get the chance to discuss your portfolio with a member of our academic team.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
|Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass
|PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50
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Fees and funding
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