BA (Hons) Content, Media & Film Production

Course Overview

The course challenges you to create branded content, viral videos, fictional TV series and social impact filmmaking, as well as, skills to navigate the modern media environment – digital literacy and data,  social media analytics and creative entrepreneurship.

Each semester an industry partner from a field within the creative industries will set brief at the start of the semester. Our partners include Twitter, Karmarama, Vidcon and MTV, and students will produce content for them as part of their assessment. The partners will deliver masterclasses and teach students the business dynamics that make their brand a success. At the end of the semester, the partners will help judge the productions of the students, and award prizes to the winning entries.

Students will benefit from a module system where they acquire knowledge and understanding about the evolving media landscape (Screen Sense), learn about storytelling, analytics, audience media consumption and new trends in delivering video content (Craft Skills). Coupled with their practical experience (Production) students will emerge from their studies with their degree, a portfolio of professional content, and a business plan to help them navigate the complex media and creative industries job market.

Students will study at our campus at Ealing Studios, learning digital video production skills from skilled professionals who are active in the media industries. This means the skills learned will be relevant and up to date.

Awarding body: University of West London
Award on Completion: BA (Hons) Content, Media & Film Production

Tell A Story: Storytelling fundamentals

Partner: Twitter

Modules

  • Screen Sense
  • Craft Skills
  • Production (5 minutes film which tells a story)

Define your creative purpose through the development and production of a short form piece of work that identifies and connects with the target audience.

Learn the basics of content, media & film production; creating a coherent narrative, using a range of production techniques and technical skills, and understanding the contemporary context.

Change Hearts: Documentary

Partner: Karmarama

Modules:

  • Screen Sense
  • Craft Skills
  • Production (7 min documentary which aims to change attitudes)
  • Use the power of storytelling to trigger an emotive response or ‘change of heart’ from the audience through social impact filmmaking.

Learn to create a documentary and factual content; to work with subjects, people and clients; to observe, capture, and edit material.

Entertain Me: developing fictional content

Modules:

  • Screen Sense
  • Craft Skills
  • Production (pilot for a fictional feature film or TV series)

Develop the core concepts of fiction storytelling and appreciate the audience’s relationship with film and television through the production of a short film, TV pilot or feature film trailer.

Learn the audience and market dynamics of the film and television industries, and how to write, produce, direct, shoot, and edit in the world of fiction.

Change Minds: advertising/branded content

Partner Microsoft

Modules:

  • Screen Sense
  • Craft Skills
  • Production (content that will affect opinion, build brands)

Inspire your audience to make a choice or change behaviour through a piece of advertising or branded content in response to an industry client brief.

Learn how creative agencies and producers engage with clients to create content that will affect opinion, build brands, and change behaviour, and learn how to write, direct, shoot and edit for relevant formats.

Become Influential: innovation and audience

Modules:

  • Screen Sense
  • Craft Skills
  • Production (develop a product to attract an audience)

Employ engaging storytelling and evolving new media technologies to create an online brand that garners a loyal following.

Understand the business dynamics involved in building a presence in the digital space. You’ll learn how to use data and analytics to grow audience engagement and develop your skills in creating innovative content using gaming, VR and 360.

Be an Entrepreneur: develop a business plan and vision

Modules:

  • Screen Sense
  • Graduation Production (a project which showcases entrepreneurial spirit)

Deliver a self-defined graduation project of any scope that develops your skills and showcases your talent in one of six specified areas: creative excellence, entrepreneurism, diversity, innovation, audience engagement or impact.

Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in your chosen area, research and discover new techniques or technological methods to create film or content, and learn entrepreneurship and business skills to raise funding.

  • UCAS Tariff: 96 points
  • A-Level: CCC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MMM
  • GCSE Match & English: A, B, C

UK applicants need to apply through UCAS using codes:

  • Course code: P3W6
  • Institution code: W05
  • Campus name: University of West London

A UCAS application requires applicants to complete a simple online form where they will have to supply the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Details of the ScreenSpace degree programme applied for
  • Education and employment history
  • A personal statement
  • A reference, and contact details for your reference

Once you submit your application, a member of the Admissions team will be in touch to arrange a brief interview. This can be done in person at Ealing Film Studios, where we are based, or over the phone. Applicants will be assessed on their background, creative experience and passion for studying at ScreenSpace. Applicants are encouraged to research ScreenSpace and MetFilm School prior to applying. If you are accepted at ScreenSpace, you will be given an offer via UCAS. It is then your responsibility to accept this offer at your preferred institution.

International Students

International students who require a VISA to study in the UK are unfortunately not eligible to apply for ScreenSpace courses.

However, MetFilm School courses are open to all students who meet the relevant language and admissions requirements; please do get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you on your application.

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, or if your previous education was not conducted fully in English, you will need to provide documented evidence of your English language competence to study a course with us.

ScreenSpace accepts the qualifications listed below as evidence of English language ability from students from the European Union. However, we request that students submit an IELTS score of 5.5 overall as preference. In addition, we will take into account studies previously undertaken in English, for example at IB, Foundation or undergraduate level. Please contact info@screenspace.co.uk if in doubt.

The qualifications listed here are all considered, as well as each application on its own merit.

  • Cambridge PET
  • Cambridge FCE
  • Cambridge Advanced / Proficiency / Business Higher / Legal / Financial
  • ESOL Skills for Life Levels 1 & 2
  • BULATS Online (certificated version)
  • TOEFL IBT Test
  • PTE Academic
  • Trinity Level 1
  • Integrated Skills in English
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas
  • Norwegian Vitnemal
  • Polish Extended Matura

21 May 2019

UCAS Undergraduate Apply opens for 2020 entry.

4 September 2019

Applicants can pay and send their applications to UCAS, and unis and colleges can start making decisions on applications. 

15 January 2020

Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day (check course details in our search tool for the correct deadline). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to us.

25 February 2020

Extra for eligible applicants. 

30 June 2020

If an application is sent to us by 18:00 (UK time) on this day, we’ll send it to the chosen universities or colleges. Applications received after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.

5 July 2020

Last date for applicants to add an Extra choice.

31 August 2020

The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant. Adjustment ends on this date.

21 September 2020

The final deadline for applications to 2020 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).

20 October 2020

The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.

Full-time undergraduate Home and EU students

UK and EU students For UK and EU students, the total course fee is £27,750, which is £9,250 per year. Students who will be starting a course at ScreenSpace are able to apply for a full student loan to cover this cost of their fees. 

UK students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to cover the costs of study. For more information about student finance, read the Student Finance guide and the guide to how and when to apply. 

For more information about student finance, visit Student Finance.  

To apply online for student finance, visit the Direct.gov student finance website. 

EU students following the referendum

Following the EU Referendum, the current advice from The Student Loans Company (SLC) in England in relation to EU student funding is as follows: 

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those residents in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those residents in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances. 

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at the university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged.  

The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.            

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for the same funding and support as those in 2019/20. 

It has also been confirmed that students’ eligibility will continue throughout their course. For further information, please refer to the UK Government’s EU funding support page. 

International student funding and support

Unfortunately, no funding, bursaries or scholarships are available for international students.

Students must provide:

  • A camera or smartphone capable of recording 1080p at 25fps
  • A laptop computer (PC or Mac) to a minimum spec to allow Adobe Creative Suite to run optimally
  • An Adobe Creative Suite license

 We estimate the total cost of this equipment to be less than £750, though some students may choose to spend more. The Adobe license will cost around £200 per year.

 For a full list of kit requirements and spec, click here.

Foundation Degree

If you don’t have enough UCAS points to join directly into the first year, UWL runs a foundation year which you can join before starting the first year of your degree (Credit Level 4).

Whatever your starting point, the Foundation Year offers a firm grounding in the underpinning skills and knowledge that you will need to survive at University.  We will work on written skills, and spend a lot of time making sure that your maths skills are strong enough to see you through your degree, so that by the time you get to Credit Level 4 you will be in a really strong position to get the most from your studies.

Apply for the 2020/21 Content, Media and Film Production with Foundation.

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