Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W621
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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

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 British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. It may be subject to change. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Crew: Production Process Compulsory
Studying Film & Media Production Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Crew: Film/ Programme Production Compulsory
Independent Skills Development Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Individual: Preproduction & Film/Programme Production Compulsory
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image Compulsory
Professional Film Practice Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Developing Sound & Moving Images Compulsory
Creativity for Sound & Moving Image Compulsory
Professional Film Practice Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Negotiated Film Project For Experimental Film Production Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Individual Negotiated Film/Project Compulsory
Design Futures for Experimental Film Compulsory

Teaching 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.