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Film BA (Hons)

UCAS code: P301

Stories matter. They’re part of being human. Our film degree prepares you for a future as a storyteller. You’ll explore a diverse range of film narratives, developing a unique voice, and enabling you to tell tales on screen.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Film, Media and Television
Department: Creative Arts
Four students film in the broadcast studio, some operating equipment and another holding a folder and supervising the exercise.

Have you got what it takes to capture your vision on film? What ideas are driving cinema? Our film degree gives you the skills you need for success and places you at the heart of these conversations.

Film can be a magical experience. It offers us representations of worlds real and imagined. It is both a social and cultural mirror, and a blank canvas on which we can project new visions of what it is to be human. At Edge Hill, we’ll help you discover how the myths and tales created for cinema make it such a powerful medium.

Our degree combines craft, creativity, and critical analysis. All essential skills for producing and analysing film. You’ll discover how to work with, and challenge, existing forms. You’ll develop a critical eye.

“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it,” says Steven Spielberg. Our team of dedicated teaching staff will equip you with the essential skills you’ll need to realise your dreams.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

During your first year of BA (Hons) Film, we’ll introduce you to the essentials of film: craft, creativity, technique, critical analysis. We’ll incorporate these themes into your learning over the course of the degree. Your modules will cover idea generation, camerawork, lighting, editing, sound, and storytelling. You’ll also develop a better understanding of how to examine, interpret and write about film.

Compulsory modules:

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Film Making and Analysis: The Sequel

I, Filmmaker

Introduction to Film Making and Analysis

Storytelling on Screen

Working in Creative Industries

One of:

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Global Popular Culture

Photography

Language 1

Your second year will present you with fresh opportunities to challenge yourself. With our support, you’ll broaden your experience and understanding by producing a short documentary. This module will equip you with technical and creative filmmaking skills. It’ll provide you with experience in problem-solving, analysis, evaluation, and teamwork. Optional modules will allow you to focus on film genres, animation and fantasy filmmaking. You could also choose to spend time on work placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Documentary

Researching Film

Four of:

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Animation on Screen

Cinema at the Edge

Directing Film

Fan Cultures and Subcultures

Fantastic Visions and Where to Find Them

Festivals

Genre Film

Production Management

Production Placement

Language 2

The final year will develop your learning further. You’ll complete practical filmmaking projects and an independent research project or dissertation of your choice, supported by a supervisor. Optional final year modules include Cinema and Identity, and World Film. The practical filmmaking projects and the development of a show reel help you showcase your knowledge and skills to future employers.

Compulsory modules:

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Filmmaking Project 1: Pre-Production

Filmmaking Project 2: Production

Dissertation/Research Project

Presentation and Dissemination: Building and Distributing Your Industry Profile

One of:

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Cinema and Identity

World Film

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching and learning takes place through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. Your learning will be supported by a personal tutor, individual or group tutorials and an experienced team of specialist technicians.

You may have the exciting opportunity to help bring Liverpool’s Sound City music festival to life. As part of an innovative partnership, Film and Television students at Edge Hill University are invited to film and edit footage of performances to create high quality videos of bands which are used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is varied, ranging from practical projects, traditional essays, case studies, presentations, and a dissertation.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a dedicated team of enthusiastic lecturers and tutors, with interests and experience in a broad range of media theories and practice, who are actively publishing their own work.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

If you apply to join this degree and do not meet the UCAS Tariff requirements, we may invite you to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your suitability for the course.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeFilm students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Learning resources

Creative Edge boasts high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels that can be operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Asset Management system (Editshare) which ensures a seamless tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work. There is a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use industry standard equipment such as vision mixers, sound mixing consoles, a chroma key infinity wall, and fully populated motorised lighting rigs. Media editing booths are also available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Your film degree could lead you in many different directions. Graduates go into roles within the media and creative industries, festivals and cultural events, project management, or social media. Edge Hill film and TV alumnus James Emmott became a first assistant director on Wes Anderson’s double-Oscar nominated film Isle of Dogs.

Popular graduate job roles include:

  • researcher, runner, location manager, production design (within the film and television industries)
  • video producer
  • video editor
  • camera operator
  • associate producer
  • production assistant
  • film reviewer
  • project manager
  • social media marketer

Another route is postgraduate study. Our MA Film and Media is a natural next step for students who want to take their expertise to the next level.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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