School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Filmmaking

Welcome to Filmmaking at University of Plymouth. Through dedicated teaching and production modules that focus on creative exploration, collaboration and industry practice, we provide an environment that allows you to develop your skills and your own unique career destination. Benefit from being taught by lecturers who are active in the film industry, while using our full range of professional cameras, studios, editing suites, production labs, and screening your work in our own digital cinema.

Careers with this subject

  • Self-Shooting Producers / Directors
  • Film Crew
  • Film Directing
  • Careers in Pre-Production
  • Careers in all aspects of Production
  • Artist/Filmmaker
  • Commercial Filmmaker
  • Online Filmmaker
  • Content Creatives
  • Advertising Creatives
  • Careers in Post-Production

Key features

  • A course driven by creativity where you learn filmmaking by making films.
  • Practical filmmaking informed by industry awareness.
  • Small teaching groups throughout the three years allow for bespoke and individually tailored feedback and support.
  • Develop a high level of technical and creative skills which are fostered at an individual level throughout the course.
  • Explore the scope of career opportunities through practise.
  • A course where individuality is nurtured and celebrated through crew-based films and individual projects.
  • Work on dedicated modules that encourage creative risk-taking.
  • Embrace public audiences and develop projects beyond the University.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Explore production and creative research in the practice of filmmaking, studio shooting, sound for film, factual and fiction filmmaking. In your modules this year you will create a minimum of seven film outputs - either long tasks or standalone films.

  • Year 2
  • Explore the social and cultural histories and contemporary debates around film production. Pitch work in a commercial and professional framework and explore new individual film ideas. In your modules this year you will work on a minimum of seven creative projects and films.

  • Final year
  • You will create a portfolio of final film projects, working individually and crewing work of others. This will be supported through professional expertise that prepare you for your own defined future career.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 - 128

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Other
Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU N/A £9,250
International N/A £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) N/A £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


Industry standard facilities and equipment

We believe that to become knowledgable and comfortable with professional equipment you need to start using it as soon as you begin your degree. All students will use 4k cameras from the moment you join us.

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Our teaching

We teach in small groups while supporting your personal projects throughout the degree. We run a range of exciting sessions from leading filmmakers while offering you the chance to present your own work in a professional cinema.

Find out more about our teaching

Connect with us

Keep up with news about the course and our events by following us on:

Instagram: @film_uop

Facebook: @FilmmakingPlymouth

Twitter: @plymouth_film


Meet the course leaders

Mark Simon Hewis

Mark Simon Hewis is a multi-award winning British filmmaker. He has worked on over 60 commercials, directed and edited award winning films, art installations and TV series. He has written and directed films for Channel 4, The Arts Council UK, The BFI, BBC and the UK Film Council. Mark’s first feature film was released in 2014 for BFI, BBC Films, Matador and Arthur Cox, whilst continuing to work as a live-action director, executive producer, mentor, writer and editor. He is currently in pre-production for his first TV series and new feature film. Mark is also the Academic Advisor for the Aardman Academy.

Find out more about Mark


Dr Allister Gall

Allister Gall is an Internationally screened filmmaker and academic. His work explores the idea of Imperfect Cinema as an ongoing social and contemporary interrogation and re-employment (and re-imagining) of filmmaking as a social-participatory-community praxis. As a DIY micro-cinema, Imperfect Cinema make films and facilitate collaborative projects, asking questions about surrounding histories, cinematic memories and ecologies of the moving image. His work has been published, screened and exhibited Internationally including: Besides The Screen (Brazil), The Atlantic Project (UK), Interstate Gallery, (New York), Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy (Australia), Situated Cinemas (Austria), Bad Video Art Festival (Russia), One Plus One Film Journal (UK), Peckham24, South Kiosk Gallery (UK), The River Tamar Project (UK), Walk On Film (UK), and the Supersonic Festival (UK). 

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Meet the team