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  • Work with leading filmmakers, film theorists and film historians. 
  • Write, develop, shoot and screen your own drama and documentary films. 
  • Easy access to world-class facilities including the British Film Institute. 
  • Study in our new state-of-the-art media centre – find out more. 
  • Roehampton is in the top 20 universities in the country for film (Guardian University Guide 2019).  
  • 100% of students in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2018).
  • Within one year, Roehampton graduate salaries for film and photography are the 7th highest in the country

Summary

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

Our Film degree promotes a balance between the practical and theoretical. You’ll explore everything from fiction to documentary, experimental film to world cinema, and television to the internet, as well as screenwriting, animation and cinematography.  

Looking beyond the story, you’ll 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. 

From your first semester, you'll be introduced to the use of video equipment, group work and key roles of the production team and facilities, and produce a short drama on digital video.  

As you move through the course, you can choose to focus on the theoretical study of film or the practical side of filmmaking. 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 year three.  

We currently offer a module on career preparation, so you can understand your career choices, refine your interests, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and present a creditable application.  

There's also an opportunity to earn course credits by undertaking a work placement in any area of the creative industries: TV, film, online and print media, arts and campaign organisations, museums, art galleries, theatres or community projects. 

As London’s only campus university, our picturesque yet easily accessible location means you'll be studying film while immersing yourself in the creative culture of the capital at film festivals, studios, galleries and pop-up cinemas. Meanwhile, you'll have access to state-of-the-art film, editing and studio facilities, including sound and dubbing equipment, and a cinema on our campus, whose beautiful parkland setting provides the ideal location for your short films. There will also be opportunities throughout your course to attend international film festivals, which have previously included Berlin and Tribeca (New York). Students have also had their films screened at local festivals. 

Year one 

  • Learn how to analyse film and study the history of cinema.  
  • Begin to explore some of the critical debates that shape the way film is discussed and understood. 
  • Develop skills in close cinematic analysis and critical reflection.
  • Undertake practical filmmaking training, gaining basic skills in digital video production, cinematography, editing and sound.  

Year two 

  • Deepen your understanding of film history and theory while continuing to pursue your filmmaking ambitions.  
  • Study our pioneering Audiovisual Criticism module, which allows you to analyse film through assemblage, editing and other forms of audiovisual output. 
  • Choose from a range of module options such as Alternative Film Cultures, Cinematography, Post-production Techniques and Introduction to Screenwriting. 
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Year three 

  • Undertake one of three major independent projects:  
    • a Production Project, where you’ll develop, shoot and exhibit your own short documentary or fiction film
    •  a Dissertation, where you’ll conduct in-depth research into a subject of personal interest, or 
    • Screenwriting, where you’ll develop and write your own medium-form film or television script to industry standard. 
  • Other modules offered include The Film Soundtrack, The Horror Genre and Cinema in the Digital Age.

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Film History and Criticism
Production Practices – Fiction
Reflections on Film Craft
Thinking with Images
Production Practices – Non-fiction

Optional modules
Filmmaking Portfolio

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Audiovisual Criticism

At least one of the following:
Theorising Film
Approaches to Popular Film

Optional Modules
Documentary Production
Fiction Production
Post-production Techniques
Alternative Film Cultures
Audiences and Reception
Cinematography
Introduction to Screenwriting
Career Preparation

Year 3

Optional modules
Approaches to Directing
Contemporary Documentary Storytelling
Producing
Cinema in the Digital Age
Experimental Filmmaking
The Film Soundtrack
The Politics of Screens: Women-Practice-Representation
The Horror Genre and Society: Screening the Undead and Other Monsters
>Work Placement

Compulsory modules (students must take one of the following):
Independent Creative/Critical Dissertation
Professional Screenwriting
Group Production Project

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

You could go on to work in film production, distribution or exhibitions, in a film festival organisation or in film research. The skills you gain are also transferable to advertising, PR and other media-related industries.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You'll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

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. 

House of Women 

Having released the award-winning Visa/Vie (2010) and Icehorse (2014) as writer-director, Elan Gamaker turned his hand to producing for House of Women (2017), which toured several international festivals before enjoying its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018.  
 

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. 

Female Human Animal 

Following on from his breakout success of The Infidel (2010) and the award-winning The New Man (2016), this is a psychothriller directed by Josh Appignanesi about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life - and modern men - have to offer her.  

Alumni 

Many of those who studied our BA Film have gone on to have successful careers in film and media. They include:  

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).

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.