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.
Our Film BA 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.
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.
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)
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.
Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Screen Women: from Pin-ups to Postfeminism
The Modern Vampire
National Cinemas - France
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Cult Film and TV
Our alumni share their experiences of Roehampton, tips for success and what they are doing now.
Name: Ally Wybrew
Degree: Film Studies
Year of graduation: 2007
Current Job: Digital Content Coordinator, Formula 1 Red Bull Racing
What have you been up to since you left Roehampton?
It took a few years of patience, research and cold calling, but after getting myself on the Autosport Junior program and considerably expanding my motorsport experience, I was able to apply for roles within the Marketing and Comms departments in Formula 1.
Red Bull Racing was the always my preferred choice because of the creativity of the brand - which is quite unique in a sport steeped in history and regulations – but I had to wait for the right role to come up, and in the meantime looked to build on my experience whether it be with another team or through peripheral work connected to the industry.
I now help manage the team's websites and social accounts from the factory and at the race tracks, as well as generating and managing creative projects to build brand awareness and further our reach.
What is your favourite memory of Roehampton?
Studying my course. It was so much fun and so interesting. I had some really great lecturers. I felt very lucky to be able to study one of my favourite interests in such a great environment with such passionate people.
How do you feel Roehampton helped you get to where you are?
Without a degree in film I think it would've been hard to stand out from the crowd in an industry overflowing with young, keen, film loving candidates. By showing that I invested three years of my life to the subject, I wasn't just another blogger or film fan.
Roehampton was especially good because of the range of modules it offered for the degree.
What advice would you give to students or graduates looking to move into your industry?
Be prepared to start at the bottom and work up. Don't wait for job ads - if there's a company you want to work for, research them, find the name of a person in the department you're interested in and email or call them.
Don't be afraid to sidestep. I wanted to write for an entertainment magazine so took a job in advertising because it was on the same floor as the editorial at Titan. I got to write for the magazines and websites through connections I made there. Be patient and persevere.
The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.
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BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours
Single or Combined honours
3 years (full-time)
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.