• Film

Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked the number one London university for Film, production and Photography (Guardian University Guide 2016). 
  • Work with leading filmmakers, film theorists and film historians.
  • Develop, shoot and exhibit your own drama and documentary films.
  • Easy access to world-class facilities including the British Film Institute.
  • Roehampton is ranked the best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

Our leading film scholars and award-winning filmmakers will help you build a strong foundation for a career in film. You will explore film history, theory and production, and learn about the latest trends in digital and 3D cinema.

The course is both practical and theoretical. It covers everything from fiction to documentary, experimental film to world cinema, television to the internet, as well as screenwriting, animation and cinematography. You'll look beyond the story and consider how meaning is created through film language and visual aesthetics. You'll broaden and deepen your critical awareness of the diverse formal and experiential possibilities of cinema, both as they have developed in the past and as they are transforming in the contemporary moment.

Right from your first term you'll be introduced to the use of video equipment, group work, key roles of the production team and facilities, and you will produce a short drama on digital video. As you move through the course you will be able to pick to focus on the theoretical study of film or the practical side of film. If you can't decide and enjoy both, you can continue to give both equal weighting. Students who choose the film production route have the opportunity to screen their film at the British Film Institute, Southbank (BFI) at the end of their third year.

We currently offer a module on career preparation, which will enable you to understand different career choices, refine your career interests, evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses and learn how to present a creditable application. There's also an opportunity to undertake a work placement in any area of the creative industries: TV, film, on-line and print media, arts and campaign organisations, museums, art galleries, theatres and community projects.

Being located in London means you'll be studying film whilst immersing yourself in the creative culture of the capital at film festivals, studios, galleries and pop-up cinemas. Whilst on campus, you'll have access to state-of-the-art film, editing, and studio facilities, including sound and dubbing equipment.

Recent films by Roehampton Staff

The Act of Killing
Michael Uwemedimo acted as producer on this documentary about Indonesian death squad leaders who come to face their past. The film won a Bafta and a European Film Award for Best Documentary and was also nominated by the American Academy for an Oscar.

Home Sweet Home
Enrica Colusso's Home Sweet Home tells the story of the demise of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London. The film has played at the Open Docs Film Festival and at the Turin Film Festival.

Patience (After Sebald)
Chris Darke acted as a creative consultant on Patience, a film essay that looks into the life of German émigré writer WG Sebald, in particular his Norfolk-based work, The Rings of Saturn. Among others, Patience played at the New York Film Festival.

Common Ground
William Brown directed Common Ground, a fictional story about a man looking for his missing brother. The film played at the FEST Film Festival in Portugal 2013 and has been selected for the American Online Film Awards Spring Showcase 2014.

Secret City
Michael Chanan directed this documentary, which reveals the workings of the Corporation of London, the organisation that runs the capital's Square Mile. Secret City won Best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival 2012.

Alumni

Our alumni go on to have successful careers in film and media. Here is what a few are doing after their BA Film course at Roehampton.

Dominic Buchanan (Producer, including Gimme the Loot and Lilting)
Lyle Lindgren (Director, including a commercial shoot for Breaking Bad)
Shane O'Sullivan (owns distribution company, E2 Films)
Christina Mankellow (film editor at Market Me)

Course content

In your first year, you'll learn how to analyse film and study the history of cinema. You will begin to explore some of the critical debates that shape the way film is discussed and understood. If you are a single honours student, you will undertake practical filmmaking training, gaining basic skills in digital video production, cinematography, editing and sound. At the end of this year, you will get to choose whether to specialise in production or history and theory, or a combination of the two.

In your second year, you will deepen your understanding of film history and theory or continue to pursue your filmmaking ambitions. You will have an opportunity to choose a range of module options with recent examples including Audiovisual Criticism, World Cinema, Cinematography, Experimental Cinemas and Forms of Animation.

In your final year, you will be able to undertake one of three major independent projects: the Production Project will allow you to develop, shoot and exhibit your own short documentary or fiction film, the Dissertation will enable you to conduct in-depth research into a subject of personal interest, and Screenwriting will provide the opportunity for you to develop and write your own script. Other modules offered include The Modern Vampire, Digital Cinema, Contemporary Hollywood Cinema and Producing.

Career options

You can work in film production, distribution and exhibition, as well as in film festival organisation and film research. The skills you gain are also transferable to advertising, PR and other media-related industries.

UCAS code

W600

Level

Undergraduate

BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

2016 entry: 280 points
2017 entry: 112 points*

*New style UCAS tariff. Find out more

Specific entry requirements

General entry requirements

Department

Media, Culture and Language

Duration

3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU)

£12,500 (2016; International)

Cash scholarships and bursaries available

Key Information Set

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Combinations

Creative Writing [PW38] »

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies [PWH4] »

French [PR39] »

Media, Culture and Identity [P391] »

Photography [WP63] »

Spanish [RP43] »

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