Birmingham City University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for a three year degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.
After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within Birmingham School of Media.
This cutting edge BA programme will develop your skills across key filmmaking debates and practice conventions. You will be taught by noted film scholars and established practitioners, who will provide their knowledge of international film criticism and filmmaking perspectives.
The course is part of Birmingham City University’s Film Futures suite, designed to develop graduates with the theory, practice and industry trends that will enable them to succeed in a rapidly changing film environment.
What's covered in the course?
The course considers of a wide range of filmmaking conventions, from theory, practice and industry perspectives. Not only will you gain an understanding of Hollywood cinema conventions (from silent cinema to modern blockbuster spectaculars), but you will apply these storytelling techniques to a variety of production scenarios. As well as looking at American filmmaking conventions, you will also be introduced to other international traditions of cinema that range from European perspectives of documentary to Bollywood film and beyond.
A key focus of the course will be on the aesthetic and creative aspects of filmmaking, with consideration being given to both mainstream and experimental modes of film creation, as well as how these traditions are mediated by differing production and postproduction techniques. Whilst theoretical and practice based considerations of filmmaking techniques remains a central focus to the award, the course also provides modules on film festival programming and film entrepreneurship, which help provide core skills relevant to the film industry.
How you will learn
You will be taught in a range of lectures, seminars, writing workshops and production sessions, while regular film screenings help you contextualise cinema traditions against your own script creations.
Your formal studies will be enriched by the possibility to work on a range of external events, such as the Cine-Excess International Film Festival. This annual event attracts visiting international filmmakers, as well as hosting UK theatrical premieres on a regular basis. Having previously operated in London’s West End and Brighton, Cine-Excess has now relocated to BCU to operate as a central resource for the course.
Why Choose Us?
The course combines practice, theory and industry approaches to filmmaking, alongside training in film festival programming techniques.
You will be taught by noted film professors, cinema scholars and established screenwriters. Staff on the programme work together to ensure that you receive a balanced understanding of theory, practice and industry skilling relevant to the field.
You will be taught at the city centre campus, home to a £62 million suite of media resources, studios and edit suites.
You will also have the opportunity to work on film projects completed as part of the Cine-Excess festival.
You will have access to film collections that will enrich your course of studies. These include the Cult Film Archive, a collection of 4,000+ resources (including films, screenplays and promotional materials) that have been donated directly from leading filmmakers and distribution companies in the field.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Parkside Building Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||80 points|
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
excluded subjects General Studies and Critical Thinking
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||
60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3
Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved at application stage.
|Scottish Higher||Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CDDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).|
Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Points achieved may be considered if applicant is falling short on A-Level points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||
GCSE English Language grade 4. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered refer to tutor
Must have been achieved at the point of application
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English
Key Skills level 2 - Communication
Must have been achieved at the point of application
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||
Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted.
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two Higher Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DM||Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||D*D*||Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MM||Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).|
|Scottish HND||Not accepted|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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