- 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.
- We’re creating a brand new media centre for 2019 – 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).
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 BA is both 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 term, 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 film-making. 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.
Our London 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, 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. Students have also had their films screened at festivals, such as Watersprite.
- 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.
- Undertake practical filmmaking training, gaining basic skills in digital video production, cinematography, editing and sound.
- At the end of this year, choose whether to specialise in production, or history and theory, or a combination of the two.
- Deepen your understanding of film history and theory or continue pursuing your filmmaking ambitions.
- Study our pioneering Audiovisual Criticism module, that 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.
- 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 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:
Approaches to Directing
Contemporary Documentary Storytelling
Cinema in the Digital Age
The Film Soundtrack
The Politics of Screens: Women-Practice-Representation
The Horror Genre and Society: Screening the Undead and Other Monsters
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Joining this course will give you access to London's newest media centre. Opening in the 2019/20 academic year, facilities will include a brand new film studio, editing suites, a cinema and new computing suites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).