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BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

P303

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: 5 - 8 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Whether you want to be the next Tarantino, a screenwriter or become a critic, our Film degree delivers the core skills that you'll need to succeed. You'll gain hands-on practice in film-making and build the technical competencies that are vital for your career. We designed this course to professional industry standards, you'll learn:

  • film production
  • film criticism
  • film history
  • how to apply these techniques and ideas to your own work. 

You can specialise in:

  • screenwriting
  • production management
  • new media
  • independent film.

In year 2 you can apply to a year-long paid internship at Universal Studios in London. And in your final year you can opt to do a work placement or a live, industry-mentored project.

Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events.  Our students have worked on productions including Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire, Inglourious Basterds, Saturday Kitchen and Downton Abbey.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

  • AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level; may include 12-unit vocational A-level
  • Other A-level equivalent qualifications will be considered

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offer quoted for each subject.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1, you will establish your creative, critical and professional skills in film production.

Year 2 will build on your understanding and confidence and you will:

  • develop your critical insight and creative proficiency
  • explore film style and digital technologies for research

You can then chose to:

  • further enhance your production skills and knowledge of short film development and production management
  • engage with the exhibition and distribution sectors
  • explores the careers of independent filmmakers and the independent sector
  • examine film stardom
  • carry out an independent study module and either conduct an in-depth research project or develop a short film or screenwriting project.

In your final year, you will focus on the development and production of a major critical or creative project. And a compulsory work placement or live project will prepare you for employment.

Student watching a tutor with a camera

Study modules

Year 1

Making Film 1 and 2*

Two core Making Film modules (Making Film 1: Introduction to Creative Practices, Making Film 2: Screenwriting for Film and TV) introduce you to production work, including a series of practicals, short project work and technical introductions.

Thinking Film 1 and 2*

In three core Thinking Film modules (Thinking Film 1: Framing Film Analysis, Thinking Film 2: Research Skills, Thinking Film 3: Popular Cinema), you build your knowledge of research methods and essential historical contexts.

Working in Film 1 and 2*

In two core Working in Film modules (Working in Film 1: Screen Industries and Working in Film 2: Film History, Industry and Technology), you consider key industry frameworks and systems of funding, production and distribution.

Year 2

Making Film 3: Approaches to Filmmaking*

Thinking Film 5: Digital Research Methods*

Making Film 4: Screenwriting Craft and Practice

Making Film 5: Short Film Production

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Work placement

Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events, and to gain hands-on experience on work placements which are fully accredited as a module. Placements can be based in the UK or, if you have the relevant language skills, with one of our links abroad. Our students have gained valuable experience at companies including Working Title, Eon Productions, Cactus TV, the BBC and Warner Bros. In addition all second year film students can apply to a year-long paid internship at Universal Studios in London. Please note that work placements are organised for you. We have a list of possibilities and you are supported in the process of selecting the right option for you based on your particular interests and focus. Transport costs are not included in the fees so you would need to fund and organise your travel arrangements, but on the whole our placements tend to be local.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Thinking Film 6: Film Theory*

In the core Thinking Film 6: Film Theory, you consolidate and extend your critical and professional understanding with study of advanced theoretical frameworks.

Thinking Film 7: Dissertation in Film; Making Film 6: Short Film Development; Making Film 7: Short Film Project

In your final year, you choose between focusing on the development and production of a major critical or creative project.

Thinking Film 8: Global Cinema & TV

Working in Film 5: Creative Industries*

You undertake a compulsory work placement or live project (Working in Film 5: Creative Industries) as preparation for employment.

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning activities:

Tutorials

Help you to develop ideas and track the progression of your projects. You will also get detailed feedback on your formative (developmental) and summative (assessed) work.

Skills workshops
These hands-on sessions used in the creative modules will help you develop specific abilities or techniques to benefit your practice.

Technical Demonstrations
Accessed through the School of Arts’ innovative ‘Skills Carousel’ sessions, these will teach you technical competence with a range of production equipment.

Work-based Learning
Central to your compulsory final year module, you'll have help in finding a work placement or live project. Placements are available in sectors including film/media production, journalism, exhibition, film festivals, or research.

Live Projects
An entrepreneurial alternative to work placements. Working in a group with other students to deliver a specific project or event which will often be public-facing.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 22%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 78%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 13%
  • Placement - 12%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 75%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Field trips

Recent field trips have included:

  • visits to local cinemas (eg The Ultimate Picture Palace)
  • events at the London Film Festival
  • a week in New York, including the Museum of the Moving Image and NBC Studios
  • a week in Berlin during the Berlinale
  • the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

The course is 100% assessed through coursework.  All group work is supported and monitored closely to ensure fairness and maximum participation.  

This course encourages you to think and behave like a professional and you will have the opportunity to:

  • use cutting-edge digital methodologies
  • pitch story ideas
  • create scripts
  • direct short films
  • design a programme for a local independent cinema
  • organise and run our popular Student Film Festival.
  • Written
  • Coursework
  • Practical

Year 1

  • Written - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical - 0%

Year 2

  • Written - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical - 100%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our exciting and varied curriculum will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for a variety of careers in the film and media industry: from film, TV and media journalism to research; from production management for film and TV companies to creative writing for the screen. The professional contacts developed during the work placement will enhance your opportunities in TV and the film industry.

Our graduates have recently secured positions including Research Coordinator at Universal Pictures, Marketing Assistant at Be At TV, PA to the Commercial Director of Icon Films and freelance make-up artist at Pinewood Studios.

Further study

Students can choose to continue their study of film at postgraduate level with our MA in Popular Cinema, or pursue doctoral level supervised research.

Student profiles


Our Staff


Dr James Cateridge

I teach undergraduate modules on the film industry, national cinemas and film festivals and exhibition. My postgraduate teaching is in industrial studies and film cultures.

Read more about James

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