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Experimental Film Production

BA (Hons)

Industry recognised

This course carries the Creative Skillset Tick

Professional body accreditation

British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society

Professional equipment

You’ll use pro-standard portable location camera and sound equipment

UCAS code:
W621
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This BA degree is for people who want to combine being an artist with becoming a filmmaker of the future.

Our unique Experimental Film Production degree lets you combine being a creative artist with becoming a filmmaker of the future. It is ideal if you’re interested in establishing a career in film, television and the arts.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset and the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society, and we are also a member of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image. It’s a practical production course that allows you to expand your artistic and creative horizons.

You’ll have access to our media production centre, including purpose-built sound studios and film studios. This will provide you with the facilities to produce innovative and creative films in the areas of experimental film via technical, conceptual and aesthetic exploration. You’ll develop ideas and use creativity to challenge audience perceptions of traditional filmmaking.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production

Course content

During this course, you’ll develop your practical filmmaking skills and explore the historical and contemporary development of experimental film and video art. We also provide up-to-date industry information through guest speakers, such as artists and successful former graduates.

We will teach you how to experiment with filmmaking styles, make up new genres and to play with technology in new ways. Our media production centre includes purpose built sound studios and film studios, as well as industry standard audio and video post production suites. You’ll also have access to technology such as 4K cameras, old school LomoKino cameras, experimental glitch software and lighting kits.

You will have the opportunity to network with the arts and film industries through visits. Previous students have been on trips to places such as MediaCity. Residential trips are also available on this course. In the past, we have provided a three-day location shoot in the Lake District, a five-day trip to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, and visits to UK film festivals and art galleries.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

Accredited by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

BKSTS Creative Skillset

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Crew: Production Process
Studying Film & Media Production
Crew: Film/ Programme Production
Independent Skills Development
Year 2 compulsory modules
Individual: Preproduction & Film/Programme Production
Developing Sound & Moving Images
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image
Professional Film Practice
Year 3 compulsory modules
Negotiated Film Project For Experimental Film Production
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment
Individual Negotiated Film/Project
Design Futures for Experimental Film

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from Experimental Film Production are successfully pursuing careers in film and television and visual arts industries all over the world. They are working in a broad variety of roles, such as artist filmmakers, visual artists, producers, cinematographers, editors and musicians.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and technical instruction sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course, and a variety of studio and production facilities. Our course is accredited by Creative Skillset and the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Daniel Hopkins
Daniel HopkinsCourse Leader

After graduating from the International Film School of Wales in 1998, Daniel studied for a Masters at Staffordshire University. He’s made a broad variety of films and music since, including commissions for the Arts Council of England and Channel 4.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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