BA Film Making Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Undergraduate

The BA Filmmaking is an exciting new development of our multi-award winning BA in Digital Film and Television. It is a scripted, drama-based, practical film-making course aimed at those who are passionate about storytelling in cinema or television. It is a rich and challenging environment for students who are keen to develop their storytelling skills to the highest level and have the passion to produce and develop new and exciting drama content.

Taught within RCS, the BA Filmmaking is a conservatoire-based programme in all aspects of drama filmmaking, from the development of filmcraft skills, directing, producing and writing short and long form content for film
and television. At RCS you have the opportunity to work with actors, composers, directors, dancers and musicians, as well as your peers from production, including scenic artists, stage managers and technicians. Everything you need to make great work for the screen is right here.

The course also has critical thinking and film and television literacy at its core, with workshops and seminars designed to build your ability to appreciate what has gone before as you craft the stories of the future.

You will benefit from extensive industry contact, which can include working on live professional sets, becoming part of the crew on a professional production, masterclasses and expert tuition from industry practitioners. We’ll help you to develop your ideas and your creativity to the highest level, as well as offering you the opportunity to make films and tell stories.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Drama Production

Modules

Year one
Working individually and in groups, you will engage with the mechanical and creative elements of writing for film and television, designed to develop technical skills and grow creative awareness. You will learn about filmcraft skills in camera, lighting, post production, sound recording, producing and directing within workshops and practical projects. Your film and television studies lectures and seminars will inspire your creativity by exploring the masters of storytelling, both current and historic. At the end of the year you will originate a five-minute short film as well as an outline for an original television drama.

Year two
You will develop your filmcraft skills and begin to find your own distinct visual style through practice and exploration. You will improve your skills in directing and producing through the production of two original short films made throughout the year. Your writing will develop with the delivery of two short film scripts and a first episode or series outline for a television drama. Within the film and television studies lectures and seminars you will further explore storytelling focusing on single directors or television shows.

Year three
You will hone your filmcraft skills to a specialised and professional level, whilst reinforcing the practice of independent responsibility and development. You will realise professional creative content for film and television including a 10-12 minute short film and have the opportunity to choose between further developing your television series outline or a one-off television drama. You will submit a research project in your final year that focuses on your chosen area of film or television criticism. The final subject matter is negotiated with your subject lecturer. Throughout years two and three there will be the opportunity to study subjects from a group of options offered to you from a variety of departments within RCS. These options offer you the opportunity to further enhance your skills in your discipline or explore other related disciplines that are of interest to you.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 200F
Institution code R58
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 53 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. Telephone interviews can be arranged for international and non UK applicants.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level Passes in two subjects at GCSE Advanced level
Scottish Higher Passes in three subjects at Higher level

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for interview - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/dramaanddance/


Audition locations

In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
RCS £55 £55
Telephone Interview £55 £55

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
RCS Not available at this location
Telephone Interview Not available at this location

Additional information

Please see our website for what to prepare for the interview - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/ba-film-making/.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1,820 Year 1
International £16,026 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/scholarships/.