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BA PRACTICAL FILMMAKING (2 YEARS)
- Two-year full-time undergraduate course for students looking for intensive practical training in creative screen content
- Gain experience across all filmmaking and screen content disciplines, such as screenwriting, producing, directing, camera and lighting, and editing
- Develop a range of work that includes short form, factual, episodic and long form productions for film, television and the web
- 82% of our BA graduates secure a job in the creative industries
The BA Practical Filmmaking course prepares the next generation of smart screen creatives. It builds creative and technical skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries. Our professional tutors and high-calibre guest speakers teach the fundamentals of storytelling, production and screen business skills.
- Career skills. Secure employment in the creative screen industries with first-hand practical guidance from working industry professionals
- Real-life experience. Build a range of work and put your knowledge into practice during the course, by working with external companies and creating projects for industry clients. Learn more
- High-caliber guest speakers and tutors. Learn from the best industry professionals. James Marsh (director of The Theory of Everything) and Frank Spotnitz (show-runner of The X Files) are just a few of the guest speakers who’ve visited us. See more
- Intensive and fast. Complete your course in just two years and start working in the industry sooner.
- Student pack. Receive your personal state of the art laptop with Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office, that allows you to deliver professional video content
There are six blocks that focus on the six main screen productions you will complete on the course: Fiction, Short Form, Factual, Episodic, Long Form and the final Graduation Project. During each block you will explore core subject areas through practical exercises that will build a comprehensive, practical and in-depth understanding of the key skills needed to produce dynamic screen content.
- Ideas and story. Learn how to develop creative story ideas across a range of formats, including short form, documentaries, factual television, web series and fiction film. You will gain the tools to identify your target audience and adapt your ideas to the appropriate screen platform.
- Character and performance. Explore the various techniques for shaping character and performance across a variety of platforms, including fiction, documentary and episodic television. Working with professional actors you will learn how to transpose an idea from the page to the screen through key visual storytelling approaches.
- Image and sound. Learn how to use camera, lighting, and sound techniques to create visually and sonically compelling stories for fiction, documentary and episodic productions. You will develop strong technical skills and explore the impact of image and sound on creative screen content.
- Post Production. Discover creative and technical skills across the full range of post Production workflows, including offline editing and sound design. You will learn how post production skills are central to the storytelling process across film, television and new media.
- Screen Business. Find out how to market and distribute screen content across a range of media platforms, including film, television and new media. Alongside the practical skills you will gain on this course, you will also learn how creative industries work and how you can become a smart screen creative that will be attractive to industry employers. In addition, you will explore how to manage productions, create successful project pitches and work collaboratively within creative teams.
- Screenwriting. Create the opening pages of a feature film or television pilot script, mastering the challenges of long-form storytelling and connecting with audiences in a way that establishes clear market potential.
- Directing. Working with professional actors learn how to create an original dramatic performance that emotionally engages your audience.
- Cinematography. Specialising in cinematography opens up a world of visual exploration within both the camera and lighting departments. Learn how to communicate audio-visual ideas, create a narrative voice using visual and aural tools, and develop craft skills in camera and lighting.
- Advanced Post Production. Equip yourself with key skills that employers are looking for and gain an understanding of offline/online editing and sound design.
Dates & Prices
- 28 September 2020 — 13 October 2022
To apply for the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course at the MetFilm 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 64 UCAS Tariff points (please note this is using the new tariff points system) 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
- Find out about Application Deadlines.
Please be aware that there are certain costs you will need to budget for in addition to the course fees. You can find out more about these costs here.
YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY
From the very first day at MetFilm School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetFilm Futures team help our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.
Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for.
We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects should give you an idea of what you’ll be able to produce by the end of the programme.
Don’t take our word for it. Find out what our graduates say about their MetFilm School experience.
- Situated and based in the world-famous Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is a professional film and television production environment and MetFilm School is based inside this space, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Being on the lot creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students and these are advertised through our student opportunity department, MetFilm Futures.
MetFilm School does have its own studio space – Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our Post Graduate Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case by case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.
Regarding the main studios, we expect all students to be courteous, professional and respectful while they are on the lot. For obvious reasons, they cannot enter sets or professional productions freely.
- Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
- Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
- Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more. Our degree course was described as ‘At the forefront of film pedagogy’ by the QAA
- Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses