BA Film & TV
BA Film & TV manifesto to students
- You will be taught in smaller class sizes
- You will not have to suffer boring classroom teaching…classes take place in cafes, beaches, abandoned buildings
- You will have the opportunity to go on study trips (such as Berlin, Paris, Prague, Pinewood Studios, BadWolf Studios)
- You will help run an international film festival
- You will have the opportunity to work in the Film & TV industry like so many of our graduates are currently doing.
- You will be involved in student films that follow diversity guidelines mirroring BFI and BAFTA
- You will become accomplished storytellers in your chosen specialism (camera, script, directing VFX etc)
- You will be taught job roles in technical sessions (such as 1st AC, Production co-ordinator, DIT)
- Your modules will be taught in block sessions that mirror the Film & TV production cycle. One module will last 4 weeks, then you move on to the next.
- You will have access to BAFTA Cymru events.
- Student films are entered into a variety of film festivals including the Royal Television Society (Cymru).
- Swansea has every location you need to create amazing films.
UCAS Code: W610
Institution Code: T80
3 years, full-time / 6 years part-time
Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries
Swansea College of Art
You will never become a great storyteller and filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom. You need to experience the world with all its beauty, quirks and complexities head-on. To help with that, we offer an exciting and intensive blend of teaching and practical sessions. You will be challenged to take your learning from the classroom to out there in the real world - this is where the teaching really begins.
So here at Swansea College of Art UWTSD, you will be offered a unique learning environment offered nowhere else. You will learn story (from idea to visualisation to completion) in a variety of venues; cafes, churches, shops, carparks etc. Our philosophy is simple - if you never leave the classroom, you will always remain a student and although we have never met, we know that you are not going to university to graduate as a student filmmaker, but as a professionally minded filmmaker ready to conquer the world.
Our technical demonstrators (Kylie and Adam) do not teach software or cameras in the traditional boring way. Instead, they prepare you for the industry by teaching you within job roles. so for one session, you might be a Director of photography, and the next you will be the 1st AC.
We are also one of the few UK Film Schools that offer our students the opportunity to run a film festival. The Copper Coast International Film Festival is a Swansea College of Art UWTSD student-run film festival that attracts interest from around the world, giving an insight into the wider film market and an understanding of what it takes to make an award-winning film. The 2018 festival received over 3000 entries!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we are the ONLY film school in the world that has responded to the #MeToo movement and the clear lack of equality of opportunity for many social groups within film, by changing the way we approach student film productions. This means that any student production you work on must demonstrate very clearly that you have worked to increase the number of under-represented groups in your film, This will be achieved by you identifying two of the three areas in which you will address under-representation. The three areas are;
- The story - the film’s themes, content, characters
- Demographics - creating and engaging a diverse range of audiences
- Personnel - placement in creative and technical roles across the life cycle of the production (pre/production/post).
To change the world, it is not enough to talk about it, we must act...
“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come” Steve Jobs.
Keywords: Emulate and experiment. During this year you will be expected to experiment with cinematic practices (camera, lighting, editing, writing etc). In modules such as Visual Studies, Film & TV Production and Post Production 1 you will be learning new approaches to storytelling in film & tv that will begin the hard process of trying to make your voice and contribution to film a truly unique one. The main production for this year will be on a creating content for a YouTube web series.
Keywords: Create and design. By year two, we will be expecting you to have already learnt a variety of storytelling techniques, so now we will be demanding you to start producing exciting new pieces of work. We do not want to see cliches or fan fiction, but instead, we need to see new pieces that push the boundaries of narrative and aesthetic conventions. So in modules such as Creative Practices 3 & 4, you will have the opportunity to show off your new storytelling skills. The main production for this year will be on a filming a short genre film.
Keywords: <Challenge and explore. By year 3 in the modules Major Project 1 & 2, you will be turning your attention to your graduate film. This can be a single camera drama, documentary, series of music videos or adverts, or indeed a fashion film. Whatever it is, you will need to take your skills and knowledge of the first two years and start turning yourself from a student filmmaker into a professional one. This is not an option, but a requirement of your learning that you start showing us just how good you can be. The main production for this year will be the creation of a graduate film (10 minutes) and a 2 minute short film for the Royal Television Society awards.
All modules are assessed by coursework.
All assessment is based on 100% coursework. Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding in the form of practical project work. All practical work is project-based. Contextual Practices is also assessed on coursework in the form of essays and constitutes 20% of your coursework during years 1 & 2, with the dissertation constituting 25% of your final year marks.
We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to the idea and design of story as the driving force in film and tv. Therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, art, humanities, designers etc. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered.
Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email email@example.com as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.
Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
- Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
- BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
- International Baccalaureate score of 32
- Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis
See our Interview Guide for more information.
This year our students won three awards at the Welsh Royal Television Society annual awards night (RTS)
The film Heart of Steel (2018) shot in and around South Wales was written, directed and produced by 3 of our graduates. During filming, we had 10 of our students working as paid crew. It is currently in post-production and is being edited by a 3rd-year student.
Elsewhere, our students have worked on a variety of film and tv shows such as Sherlock (2012), Atlantis (2013), Fury (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), The Collection (2016), The Grand Tour (2016), Bang, (2017) Will (2017), Bancroft (2017), Dark Materials (2018), Overlord (2018), Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and many many more.
Many of our graduates now work across various areas of the film and TV sector around the world.
A selection of graduate stories:
Rory Jones is Human resources manager at Milk VFX in London.
Eoin McLoughlin now works as a freelance camera assistant, working on BBC. ITV and Sky dramas. He is also DoP for an upcoming documentary on a legendary blues singer shot across America.
Nick Perry & Dan Williams graduated in 2017 and has since created their own film production company called Copper Films. Their first feature filmed in April 2018.
Evey Swayland worked on Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour for seasons 1 and 2.
Josie Morgan has worked on several feature films including Mission Impossible 5 & 6 and Fury.
Dave Clark has worked as a grip on many films (including Paddington 2) and TV show for BBC and Sky.
Siri Vålberg Saugstad is now working as a news photographer and editor at Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in Oslo.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
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Overseas Tuition Fees
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Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that performing arts students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.
During your time with us you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.
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