September. 2020

Start Date

1 FY + 3 UY

Course Duration



Basic Information

Start Date

September. 2020

Course Duration

1 foundation year (if required) + 3 undergrad years

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Program Description

Course summary

Some courses teach you about film-making while others concentrate on the theory and history of film. At UEL, we’ll give you a thorough, expert grounding in both.

We combine theory and practice, teaching you not just how to make films and videos but throwing you into every aspect of the film world, from screenwriting to cinema history.

Each year, you’ll make your own films, from fiction to documentaries. And in your last year, your final piece of work will be screened at a special show at a London cinema, attended by film industry executives.

Throughout your course, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your production skills by studying modules focused on documentary, fiction, screenwriting and avant-garde filmmaking.

We’ll give you the skills to work in all film-related fields. Our graduates have gone into a variety of rewarding careers, from film production to festival administration to film journalism.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you have the option of taking an ‘extended’ version of this course

What you’ll learn

In our video-dominated world, we offer one of the few remaining courses in the country that gives you the chance to learn how to make films with actual celluloid on 16mm cameras.

There are three strands to our three-year course – film history, film theory and film practice. In your first year, that means you’ll make short documentary and fiction films, while learning how to analyse films and studying the history of Hollywood cinema.

In year two, you’ll explore screenwriting and you’ll also be encouraged to experiment – looking closely, for instance, at avant-garde cinema. You’ll have the chance to go on a highly sought-after work placement in a film production company, and you’ll make films for a particular client outside the University, such as a local charity.

In your third year, you’ll study different film genres and the history of cinemas from different parts of the world, including European, Asian and Bollywood cinema. At the end of the course you’ll have the chance to make a longer film for a prestigious screening of our students’ work at a London cinema.

How you’ll be assessed

There will be no exams but continuous assessment of modules through a variety of forms of coursework, including film or video projects, essays and class presentations

Future Career

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it’s the students who throw themselves most wholeheartedly into the many opportunities our course offers that end up landing the best positions in the competitive world of film. We have a terrific track record of success here.

One of our students recently finished her course and landed a job as a producer with a film company within the space of a couple of months. Another student returned home to Denmark where he has become a successful TV documentary maker.

Last year, we were visited by a leading filmmaker from Chicago, who set up a screening project where 16 films run simultaneously, all controlled by a single computer. He taught one of our students how to run this extraordinarily complex project and she ran it for the next three weeks when he returned to America.

After graduating, some of you may choose to continue your studies with us by studying for an MA in Film or moving on to film school.  You can take advantage of our close connections with the British Film Institute, Film London and the capital’s film festivals throughout your course.

You’ll also have a great opportunity to showcase your talents when your third-year film is shown at a special screening at a London cinema attended by film industry executives.

As well as opportunities in the film and video industries, our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of other related areas in the media and culture industries such as television, advertising, journalism and teaching.


  • Academic Development (core)
  • Independent Project (core)
  • Visual Communication (core)
  • London and Literature (option)
  • Reporting London (option)
  • London and History (option)
  • Media, Culture and Society (option)
  • Creative Digital Practice (option)
  • Cinematics 1 (core)
  • Film analysis (core)
  • Film history (core)


  • Cinematics 2 (core)
  • Critical theory (core)
  • Professional practice (core)


  • Cinematics 3 (core)
  • European and world cinemas (core)
  • Cinemas of affect (core)