Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BA Film and Television

UCAS code: P390

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BA Film and Television

We encourage you to find individual approaches through directing work in documentary, drama or experimental film. Work which challenges filmic norms and boundaries is nurtured through exercises and short films in which you will find your own creative identities and perfect skills which help you get work in the industry on graduation.

Practical experience in directing, camera, sound and editing is gained in order to explore how every aspect of film can be a means of creative expression. We work very much as a film community across years and encourage cross-fertilisation between different technologies and conventions. We believe that you will learn the creativity necessary to enter the film and television industries with a freshness of approach both to changing technologies and the cinematic ideas that they embrace.

You will benefit from workshops and masterclasses from internal and visiting staff, who all work and exhibit internationally in film and television, and from sessions provided by Edinburgh College of Art's Scottish Documentary Institute.

Our students graduate primarily as directors, having made several films during their time at ECA, but we also encourage all to have a secondary practical skill to help gain work in the industry.

Review

Due to ongoing curriculum development, we are making changes to our Film and Television programme. We are yet to confirm these changes, however we expect this programme will follow a similar structure to our other Design programmes.

We will update information as soon as detail is available.

Year 1

You will work on your own mini-films and exercises as well as attending masterclasses and workshops on various practical aspects of the film-making process. In the second semester you will collaborate on senior productions in order to understand the working of a crew and the different roles possible.

As part of the School of Design, you will also participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and classes which will expand your thinking and approach to making work.

Year 2

Basic principles, theories, working practices and technical instruction of film will be covered in set projects and exercises.

You will have practical workshops in the use of camera (including prime lenses, 16mm and the Red), lighting, sound and editing. You will also collaborate on an experimental film as well as directing your own self-initiated short film in the second semester. You will assist senior-year students with their productions in order to develop a secondary skill in camera, sound, editing, or production.

As part of the School of Design, you will also participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and classes which will expand your thinking and approach to making work.

Year 3

An externally facing professional practice year where there are a range of opportunities for internship, exchange, competitions and live projects with the film industry. Electives within the wider University are also available.

Students may also choose to collaborate on senior projects within the department.

Year 4

In the first semester you will attend workshops to help develop ideas and approaches for your final film and in the second semester you will direct either a fiction or a documentary.

This work is supported by practical tutorials as well as by contextual reflection. You will identify the aspects of production best suited to your interests and abilities and will produce a graduation film as director, producer, cinematographer, editor, or sound designer.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Design students benefit from studio-based learning at our Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. Option courses are usually taught outside the School across the wider university campus. You will also have access to the University's extensive libraries and computer facilities.

The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.

Further information is available on the ECA website.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Placements

There will be opportunities for credited work-based learning during Year 3 although students from each year group often explore internships during their holiday period.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3.

How will I learn?

The majority of design teaching and learning is through involvement in a range of experiential projects situated in a studio environment. Conceptual, material and technical issues are explored through seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials and critiques.

Research, critical thinking and study of the visual, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative design practice are regarded as essential to your development. This often involves participation in exhibitions, competitions, collaborations and live industry projects.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is continuous throughout the year, aiming to give you meaningful feedback and to encourage experimentation in the studio and beyond. Formative assessment for compulsory courses is through a mix of verbal and written modes such as portfolio, presentations and essays.

There is a mid-session review, usually at the mid-point of any given course you study. Summative assessment at the end of all the courses you take is informed by your academic and creative progress and performance throughout.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Our programmes have strong industrial pathways to ensure the most successful and meaningful careers for graduates. You are encouraged to participate in national and international showcase events appropriate to your programme.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5.

Additional requirements

Mini-portfolio

Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to provide evidence of artistic aptitude and potential, this will form an important part of the selection process. Applicants applying to enter Year 2 of our programmes, who pass the first stage of selection, will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day. (Revised 08/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

How to submit your mini-portfolio

Important dates

  • Early November 2017: Mini-portfolio submissions site opens
  • 15 January 2018: UCAS deadline for Home/EU applicants
  • Mini-portfolio submission deadline to be confirmed
  • 30 June 2018: Final deadline for UCAS applications from applicants from outside the EU. (Revised 08/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

BTECs

Applicants studying the Pearson BTEC Diploma in Art and Design will be considered for entry with the following:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design with Merit.
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design with Merit plus one A Level at Grade B.
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design with Merit plus two A Levels at Grade B.

Applicants studying the University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arts and Design will be considered with Merit.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Entry to the second year is available. Successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (at Merit Grade), a relevant HND or equivalent is required. Applicants will normally be expected to have undertaken these qualifications in addition to having met the minimum entry requirements (Highers, A Levels, IB etc). In some of our less competitive programmes it may be possible to consider applicants presenting ABC (or equivalent) or above at A-level. These grades must have been achieved in a single first sitting.

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Film and Television

Additional Costs

There are likely to be additional costs for materials.

In addition, some programmes offer study trips and individual field-based projects. You will usually be required to cover accommodation, subsistence and travel costs.

Your actual contribution will depend on the programme and courses you select and on the nature of each trip.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding