Why study at Roehampton
- Students have the opportunity to work with leading filmmakers, film theorists and film historians.
- The chance to develop, shoot and exhibit your own short documentary or fiction film and to develop and write your own script.
- You will benefit from being part of London’s vibrant film scene which imcludes world-class facilities such as: the British Film Institute, the French Institute, Pinewood, Shepperton and Riverside Film Studios.
- Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).
Roehampton’s BA Film allows students to study every aspect of film culture, from film history and theory to film production, and from the oldest to the latest trends in digital and 3D cinema. The film course covers everything from fiction to documentary, experimental film to world cinema, television to the internet. You will learn from leading film scholars and award-winning filmmakers on a course that is fully embedded within London film culture.
All students will learn how to analyse film and study the history of cinema and begin to explore some of the critical debates that shape the way film is discussed and understood. Students on the single honours programme will also undertake some practical filmmaking training, gaining basic skills in digital video production, cinematography, editing and sound. At the end of this year, single honours students will choose whether to specialise in production or history and theory or a combination of the two.
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 options from modules such as Audiovisual Criticism, World Cinemas, 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 the Screenwriting module will provide the opportunity to develop and write your own script. Optional modules focus on areas as diverse as National Cinemas (French, Italian or Japanese), Cult Film and TV or Adaptation, while specialist modules are offered on topics such as The Modern Vampire, Digital Cinema, Screen Women, Contemporary Hollywood Cinema and Producing.
Studios, dubbing studio, editing suites, cameras, sound equipment
- Practical workshops
- Research reports
- Oral presentations
- Practical projects
- Practical essay
- Bordwell, D. & Thompson, K. (2006) Film Art: An Introduction, 8th ed, New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education
- Hayward, S. Cinema Studies: Key Concepts, 3rd ed, London and New York: Routledge.
- Cook, D.A. (2004) A History of Narrative Film, 4th ed, New York and London: W.W. Norton
- Musburger, R. (2002) Single-Camera Video Production, London: Media Manuals/Focal Press
- Millerson G. (2001) Video Production Handbook, London: Focal Press
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 in the Documentary Feature Film category.
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Film Production Skills
- Guerrilla Filmmaking
Graduates have gone on to work in film production, distribution and exhibition, as well as in film festival organisations and film research. The skills you will acquire are also transferable to advertising, PR, and other media-related industries. Film graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Film Institute, Disney, Move-a-Mountain Productions, Studio Canal, Technicolor, Maverick TV, One Eyed Dog Films, Riverside Studios, FEST Film Festival.