BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking (Two-Year)

Passionate about making film, television and online content? At the “cutting edge of film education”, Met Film School is the perfect place to turn passion into practice and build your future. Check the entry requirements and apply today.

Met Film School: Inspiring a new generation of screen creatives

Met Film School is passionate about screen content and we are at the cutting edge of film education. We teach through practice in a dynamic, inspiring and fun environment. We help you get the careers you want by making you aware of the screen industries and giving you the creative and entrepreneurial skills you need to prosper. We are creating the smart creatives of tomorrow.

Key Facts:

 

  • Choose between our 2-year intensive, or 3-year, practical filmmaking course
  • Designed for undergraduate students who are looking for intensive professional training in the visual arts
  • Our most popular course, preparing students for a career in the screen arts industry
  • 82% of our graduates go on to work within the creative industries

 

Graduate stories

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  • Jessica Hughes, Music Video Director

  • John Somerville, Founder of Six Bells Productions

Why apply to Met Film School?

 

The Practical Filmmaking course will equip you with the creative and technical knowledge crucial for you to take your first steps into the exciting worlds of film, television and online media.

At Met Film School we nurture you as the next generation of storytellers and technicians, and help you to navigate your own creative and career path. You’ll work collaboratively on industry projects learning the skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries.

We have full membership of the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) and outstanding links with industry.

You are exposed to industry experts throughout your time with us, acquiring the skills for a career as a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor and roles you haven’t even heard of yet. We encourage active participation and the ability to work independently.

The Practical Filmmaking course consists of two-year and three-year routes to a BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking award. They both have identical content but the modules on the three year programme are spread over a longer period. Throughout the courses, students are assessed on both written and practical coursework. If you are interested in taking the three year programme instead, click three.

What will I achieve?

 

By the end of your time with us you will:

  • Be employable in the creative industries of film, television and online media
  • Have met and collaborated with likeminded storytellers
  • Have explored your creativity through storytelling
  • Be technically assured in many aspects of production and post-production for film and related media
  • Have a show-reel consisting of short film, factual and episodic productions that demonstrates your screen storytelling

About The Course

There are six semesters of teaching that progress through the Practical Filmmaking course:

  1. Visual Storytelling
  2. Short Form
  3. Factual
  4. Episodic
  5. Long Form
  6. Graduation

And there are five inter-related subject areas running through each semester:

  • Ideas and Story
  • Character and Performance
  • Image and Sound
  • Post-Production
  • Screen Business

 

STUDENT KIT PROVIDED:

As well as access to our industry leading facilities, students starting in October 2016 onwards will be provided with a state-of-the-art MacBook Pro laptop and access to educational versions of Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office, in order to allow them to deliver professional filmed content. Adobe Creative Cloud is used widely across the creative industries and has been utilised on productions ranging from Gone Girl to Avatar.

However, please be aware that there are certain costs you will incur in addition to the course fees.  You can find out more about these costs here:

Click on the tabs below to gain full details of the Year-One and Year-Two BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking Subject Areas. These subjects are the core areas that smart creatives need to master in order to deliver compelling screen content. They are woven through the course as the thread that binds together what we teach and what you learn and are put into practice through the regular integrated productions. At the heart of all you do is storytelling.

Subject Areas

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story explores the importance of stories and how they connect to the human experience. You will develop techniques to generate, communicate and evaluate ideas and stories across a range of different forms and formats and utilise the dramatic principles of conflict, character and structure in order to create your own oral, written and visual stories.

Ideas & Story I

Ideas & Story I

Whilst writing your first short film, explore the fundamentals of storytelling and how they apply to screen stories, including the core dramatic principles and their relationship to character, structure, genre and visual storytelling.

Ideas & Story II

Ideas & Story II

Apply storytelling to both factual and episodic ideas, utilising the strengths of each form and developing stories across a range of formats, including documentary, web drama and reality television, amongst others.

Screenwriting (optional)

Screenwriting (optional)

Create a feature film or television pilot script, mastering the challenges of long-form storytelling and connecting with audiences in a way that establishes a clear market potential.

During these modules you will:

- Develop and refine your pitching skills

- Write and collaborate on scripts for film, television and web content

- Produce script notes and industry standard coverage reports

Character and Performance

Character and Performance I

Character and Performance I

Character and Performance explores the concepts and skills involved in engaging audiences in a story through the use of narrative techniques, character and performance in a visual medium. Students will learn how to construct compelling screen drama through the communication of ideas for performance and action to an actor and in building dramatic visual sequences.

Develop techniques for communicating with actors and collaborating on screen performances and create a short performance that utilises creative performance tools. Explore the history of acting and the relationship between characters, performance and audiences.

Character and Performance II

Character and Performance II

Explore the role of performance in factual and episodic storytelling and examine how the language, tools and techniques of communicating with performers relate to different formats.

Directing (Optional)

Directing (Optional)

Understand directional practices through the production process and collaboration with other key roles to create and communicate a consistent and unique creative vision. Create an original dramatic performance that emotionally engages an audience.

During these modules you will:

- Analyse and interpret scripts and translate them to the screen

- Collaborate with professional and non-professional actors

- Create performances that create conflict and find emotional truth

Image and Sound

Image & Sound I

Image & Sound I

Image and Sound explores the craft skills of camera, lighting, sound and production design in the pursuit of storytelling. You will learn to express a narrative both visually and sonically, from the mise-en-scene to creating soundscapes and shaping mood with light.

Explore the fundamentals of camera and sound, combined with lighting and considered use of space to create pieces of work that harness the power of the filmmaking medium.

Image & Sound II

Image & Sound II

Apply the principles to both factual and episodic storytelling in ever more complicated ways; from controlling the seemingly uncontrollable in a factual scenario to managing multiple camera and sound inputs in an episodic environment.

Cinematography (optional)

Cinematography (optional)

Specialising in cinematography opens up a world of visual exploration within both the camera and lighting departments; creating balance, expressing ideas, communicating visually, collaborating professionally and realising a vision. During these modules you will:

- Communicate audio-visual ideas, progressing from exploring simple concepts to applying knowledge across a range of formats

- Create a narrative voice as expressed visually and sonically

- Develop craft skills in camera, lighting, sound and production design

Post-Production

Post Production I

Post Production I

Post-Production explores the power of creating and manipulating the elements of image and sound once they have rolled out of the camera. You will discover creative and technical skills across the full range of postproduction sectors, from offline editing to sound design, FX and grading. You will equip yourselves with skills that will enable you to greatly enhance your telling of screen stories as well as providing invaluable skills to ready yourself for careers in the screen arts industry.

Post Production II

Post Production II

Here you will broaden your techniques to encompass the creative and technical skills surrounding craft editing and sound design for both documentary and episodic programming, exploring the concepts of motif, authenticity and the interleaving of story arc and character. Complimenting this will be an exploration of colour grading, graphics and animation.

Post-Production III (optional)

Post-Production III (optional)

In this module, you will solidify your position as a postproduction specialist. You will equip yourself with key employable skills, training in Avid Media Composer through the official Avid certification program content. Craft editing, technical finishing and sound design work will be pursued in relation to feature film and long form media to develop post production skills that will greatly enhance your storytelling vocabulary as well as place you on a firm footing for the world of professional work.

During these modules you will:

- Edit a range of screen productions, juxtaposing and manipulating images to tell engaging screen stories

- Design sound that enhances screen stories, including foley and post recording

- Explore Visual Effects, Colour Grading and other Picture Finishing techniques

Screen Business

Screen Business Fiction and Short Form

Screen Business Fiction and Short Form

Screen Business explores the changing size, shape, economics and practices of traditional and new screen industries. You will discover how to market yourself and your projects to employers and audiences and how to manage teams and resources to maximum effect. You learn what audiences, broadcasters and financiers want, in order to create projects that will sell, demonstrating a deep understanding of professional practice and enhancing your career prospects in the process. An overview of the fiction industry – cinema, television and online – and the production teams and practices that underpin it. A specific focus on short form including financing and marketing, production management and the value of showreels as part of a career plan.

Screen Business Factual and Episodic

Screen Business Factual and Episodic

A look at the evolving business of "real world" content that includes classic documentaries, factual formats, branded content and social change videos. Students learn how to format reality, cast real people, harness the power of the web and manage factual productions.

Episodic television and web series – understanding formats and the business of commissioning and funding TV series and webisodes. Students are given insight into the management and crewing of episodic production, budgeting and scheduling a series and how to pitch themselves for a career in television.

Screen Business Long Form

  Screen Business Long Form

An outline of the cinema and television long form industry including feature films and television dramas. A look at business models including studio, broadcast and independent production and the management of budgets, resources and crew. Understanding investors and audiences, legal and contractual documentation, marketing strategies and the creation of an online profile as part of a future career plan.

Creative Development and Graduation

Creative Development and Graduation

The business of pitching yourselves and your projects is a key focus of this final Screen Business element. Sessions on networking and online marketing as well as how to operate as a freelancer and in a company, fuse the lessons learned in previous weeks. You will draw on this knowledge when pitching for your role on a graduation project that will most effectively advance your career.

During these modules you will:

- Pitch, network and learn how to build lasting contacts

- Develop marketing and distribution plans

- Schedule, budget and manage productions

Productions

Productions

Productions

The BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking programme offers a wide range of production opportunities, each based on a typical industry brief. You will be working with potential industry partners such as YouTube and Spotify to create content based on real world practices and processes that closely mirror the creative screen industries. You will have opportunity to direct your own work and to play key roles on other students’ productions.

Across the following production slots, we would expect you to play a key role on at least 10 productions during the course of the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking, and you can choose to undertake a lot more – the only limitation being your own time.

1. Fiction:

1.	Fiction:

You will direct a scene with two actors, and edit that piece of work. You will also perform key roles in 7 other productions.

2. Short Film:

2.	Short Film:

You will use everything you have learnt in your first two semesters to make a short film. You will be pushed to use all your storytelling skills to engage an audience. You will then distribute your film according to a plan that helps you reach a relevant audience either online or through more traditional routes. Short Films still act as an important calling card, and this is a chance for you to explore early on the type of films you want to make and the roles you might prefer to focus on later in the course.

3. Factual (one of the following):

3.	Factual (one of the following):

1. Social Change Campaign: you will be given a brief from a social change organisation for a ‘live’ campaign. You will work on making a film that has the potential to change people’s behaviour or calls people to action. Potential clients include charities, local government and community partners. Social change videos have huge impact and make headlines; the Dumb Ways to Die rail safety campaign is just one example of the many campaigns that have gone viral.

2. Branded Content: you will be given a brief by a known brand to produce content that is aimed at their target market. Whether it is shooting extreme sport videos or filming new bands, the key is to tell an engaging story that remains true to the brand’s ethos. Branded content is a fast moving and expanding industry that offers a number of career opportunities on graduation.

3. Documentary: if you have a factual story that you want to tell the world about, you will be able to produce a short form documentary that does just that. Documentary films have been growing in audience, especially through online platforms like Netflix. You will not only make a short documentary but also explore how to get it to an audience. The School’s in-house award winning production company (Met Film Production) that has extensive experience of making highly successful documentaries will be on hand to offer advice and help.

4. Episodic (one of the following):

4.	Episodic (one of the following):

- Reality: you will be able to work on a "scripted reality" television soap opera. A format that is highly popular with audiences, as demonstrated by the success of, for example, The Only Way is Essex on British TV, you will work on an existing series that is broadcast on the School YouTube Multi Channel Network (MCN). For example, students have recently produced a series on market stall traders at Camden Market that was picked up by Live TV. The experience will allow you to find work in production companies that need assistants to work on productions. You will market the series by setting up a social media campaign.

- Sitcom: you work on an on-going multi camera sit com that will be broadcast on Met Film’s YouTube Multi Channel Network. A majority of the most successful TV sitcoms have been shot multi-camera. You will learn the fundamentals of the way this type of production works by writing, shooting and working on the marketing of the series. Production companies that produce sit-coms will be brought in to offer industry insight and advice. You will be involved in promoting the series through exploring social media marketing.

5. Long Form: (one of the following):

5.	Long Form: (one of the following):

- Series Pilot: TV is going through a Golden age with HBO, Showtime, BBC and ITV making series that reach huge audiences. Before series are commissioned it is common industry practice to make a test episode or ‘pilot’, to see if the underlying concept and story engages with an audience. You will work on a student written pilot script chosen by industry insiders. You will explore the importance of story to all aspects of production by taking on a specific role within the production and make choices that best serve the script. The finished show will be presented to TV producers who will judge whether there is market for it, and give an insight into how industry works. By the end of the production you will understand what needs to be considered in TV drama production and what industry needs for it to be seen as a success.

- Feature Film: working on a feature film is the ultimate goal for a lot of filmmakers, and one many achieve. At the School you will work on a student written script chosen by industry in a specific production role. By the end of the production you will have an understanding of how to manage micro-budget feature films, that are an increasingly important part of the industry. The final challenge is to sell as many tickets as you can for the premiere at Met Film School.

- Broadcast Factual: you will learn what goes into the production of shows like Top Gear and The One Show by producing your own 30 min show. You will be responsible for researching and sourcing your guests, interviewing them, filming live performances and promoting the show via the School’s MCN. Magazine style shows are an important part of the industry and regularly attract large audiences.

6. Graduation Project:

6.	Graduation Project:

For your final project, you will explore everything you have been taught and learnt through your own experience in production, by making or writing a project that will act as your first step into industry. It can be anything that you believe will serve you best as a stepping stone into the career you want. Whether that is directing a short film, acting as a Director of Photography or Editor on someone else’s project, or writing a script for a TV show or feature film, the School will mentor you to make something that has the greatest impact on your graduation.

Dates & Prices

  • 19 September 2016 — 11 August 2018
  • 16 January 2017 — 14 December 2018
  • 18 September 2017 — 8 August 2019
  • Price

    £23,000/y

    Whilst the deadline for UCAS applications was the 15th January, we are still accepting direct applications for this course.  Please find out more here.

    To apply for the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 160 UCAS Tariff points and possess two ‘A’ levels or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is WW60. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria
  • Price

    £23,000/y

    Whilst the deadline for UCAS applications was the 15th January, we are still accepting direct applications for this course.  Please find out more here.

    To apply for the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 160 UCAS Tariff points and possess two ‘A’ levels or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is WW60. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria
  • Price

    £23,000/y

    Whilst the deadline for UCAS applications was the 15th January, we are still accepting direct applications for this course.  Please find out more here.

    To apply for the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 160 UCAS Tariff points and possess two ‘A’ levels or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is WW60. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the Met Film School are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria

MEET THE TUTORS

Joe Hepworth is Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes. He has written for film and television as well as run his own production company, Shot in the Dark Productions, directing and producing social change and advocacy films. He has spent over 10 years working in film education, developing and delivering projects and programmes. (Click here for full profile)

Chris Bould is Showrunner. He has widespread experience as a director and producer of prime time television and film productions in the UK, Canada and America with over 200 directing credits and numerous prizes and awards to his name. As Showrunner, Chris’ role is to run the shows, acting as creative executive producer, leading and mentoring students. (Click here for full profile)

 

Bren Simson is Head of Directing. She has spent a lifetime working as a director on high profile, long-running drama serials for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She specialises in teaching directing from the character and performance perspective. (Click here for full profile)

Faye is Head of Cinematography. She has many years experience working freelance in the film industry, starting as a Clapper Loader on commercials and music videos, then working as a Camera Assistant on documentaries, soon progressing into Focus Pulling in some of the more unusual areas of Feature Films, from fake sharks and submarines underwater, to explosions and helicopters in the sky. Faye continues to work as a freelance Cinematographer. (Cick here for a full profile)

Steve Pinhay is Head of Producing and also of Met GO. He is the founder of “Britain’s first media centre” and winner of the BFI Independent Spirit Award. He has over twenty years’ experience working for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Disney and major broadcasters and independents in the UK and around the world. He was Series and Executive Producer of award-winning shows like SM:TV Live , music entertainment series CD:UK and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy as well as creating international formats and comedies, documentaries and reality TV. (Click here for full profile)

Mat Troughton is Head of Post-Production. He leads the commercial post operations at Met Film Group as well as guiding post production education. He has over ten years of experience in colour grading and post production, working on a wide range of award winning feature, TV drama and documentary projects including the BBC’s period drama “The Go Between” starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent. Mat has also worked with many top tier recording artists, Grading music promos for the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, You Me At Six and Razorlight. (Click here for a full profile)

Rachel Wood is Head of Screenwriting. Prior to joining the Met Film team she was Head of Production in London for LA based Catch23 and Head of Development at Scala Productions. Previous member of the BAFTA short film Jury and served on the board of the Script Factory and the NFTS Script Advisory Board. (Click here for full profile)

 

Careers

Our courses open doors and we’re very proud of the success of our graduates. Over 80% of our students go on to work in the creative industries, across a wide array of media. You could be working in roles ranging from the entrepreneurial to the creative, big screen and small screen, Hollywood and independent film, Broadcaster and independent TV production, commercials and corporate or cutting edge web-based content and social media. The opportunities have never been more diversely exciting.

 

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