Filmmaking is a practice-based course with an art school ethos designed to help students express their ideas and stories though moving image and sound. The programme fosters an environment in which inquiry and independent thinking enable students to become creative practitioners exploring filmmaking and it’s possibilities as an expressive medium. The staff team are all practising filmmakers and artists who specialise in drama, documentary and experimental filmmaking. The course has developed its own on-line cinema, and student films are entered into international and national film festivals with field trips regionally and overseas.
In the first year students are introduced to self-directed learning, research and technical skills and engage with different filmmaking approaches. Working collaboratively there is an appreciation of the multidisciplinary aspects of filmmaking through Factual, Fiction and Artist Film.
During the second year the curriculum will help students identify themes, structures and issues to communicate through film practice, with an emphasis on experimentation and discovery. This allows the discovery of strengths towards specialist roles of director, editor, cinematographer, sound design and producer and individual pathways.
In the final year students develop contextual and craft skills to a professional standard in documentary, screen drama or artist film. These elements are then fostered to make their final degree film in preparation for the world of work and/or further study.
In the first year you will work collaboratively in production teams to appreciate the multidisciplinary aspects of filmmaking. You will learn to develop concepts around filmmaking ideas through the use of research and will be introduced to the principles of Factual, Fiction, and Artist Filmmaking.
You encounter key approaches towards documentary film modes, including critical investigation into observation, authorship, style, and storytelling. In addition you will study the production of a film using factual methodologies, and cover key approaches towards documentary and artists’ film modes, in which the real world provides subject matter, content and meaning.
You are introduced to the building blocks of creative filmmaking practice through a range of techniques. You will build on your awareness of the moving image in the art & design context through a study of historical and contemporary artists, film-makers and practitioners.
The unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within the Faculty of Art and Design. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. Lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings, and presentation. The set projects will vary from year to year and will designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
In Year 2 you will identify themes and issues to communicate through your filmmaking. You will be introduced to personal filmmaking and more challenging film structures such as non-linear narratives. This will allow you to discover your strengths towards the specialist roles of director, editor, cinematographer, sound design and producer.
In this unit you explore cinematic narrative structures as well as the forms, purposes and the meanings they create within the wider context of film language. You will conduct an investigation into narrative structure in film; this will lead to a generation and development of ideas and the creation of a short film centred on narrative strategies. You will research cinematic narrative structure in general and investigate, in further depth, a particular narrative structure designated at the project brief which will form the basis of the film's narrative strategy. You will also explore and consider the short film form and narrative structure in the context of their own practice. Films made for the unit can be screen drama, documentary or artists' moving image. You may work independently or in production groups of creative collaborators. Working in specific craft roles within a group you will individually research the specific practice, methods and skills associated with that role.
In this unit you will explore a personal perspective through filmmaking in order to make a 5 minute film in either Screen Drama, Factual or Artist Moving Image Filmmaking. This unit is concerned with the exploration of narratives that investigates a diverse range of perspectives such as autobiographical/confessional filmmaking, self/portraiture, sexuality, gender, identity and race within film practice. Practice based explorations will be undertaken to explore processes and techniques that will enable you to express a personal narrative. You will investigate and contextualise personal narratives and forms within film-making and the artist moving image practice.
Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.
Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.
In this unit, you find your voice through the production of a five minute film which reflects real world situations. You are encouraged to see film-making as a vehicle for communicating complex and challenging subject matter which expresses and communicates a particular theme. You can choose to reveal your theme as a documentary, screen drama or artist film and will investigate visual styles and story-telling to articulate your viewpoint effectively. You will pay attention to your film craft, in particular your attitude towards the quality of your outcomes, and the balance which is struck between film technique and content. The film-making cohort will be expected to support each other through collaborative assistance.
This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice. You will engage in a range of learning opportunities which encourage collaborative and interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. The course offers lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings, and presentations. Opportunities may include time spent outside of the university working within the creative community and the public domain.
In Year 3 you will build on the strengths of the previous years to develop your filmmaking to a professional standard in documentary, screen drama or artist film. You will build on professional and craft skills to make your final degree film in preparation for the world of work and/or further study.
You will also develop your professional and craft skills to make your final degree film, in either documentary, screen drama or as an artist film.
This unit will concentrate on the creation of a 10 minute short film. You, as a filmmaker, will draw upon work undertaken during your research unit where ideas, genre, visual style, theme and plot are investigated and tested. You will undertake filmmaking practice through pre-production, production and post-production. There will be an emphasis on independent study, management and organisation of film productions. You will address your film craft, in particular your attitude towards the quality of your outcomes. You will be expected to support each other through collaborative assistance.
This unit focuses you on a period of research to ensure the elements of your film are carefully designed and planned before production. The nature of your research will be linked to the area you choose to focus on. The genres of documentary, screen drama, and artist film each vary in approach and possess their own distinctive developmental processes. A series of tutorials will guide you through the early stages of your study and you will establish a methodology around a theme (in many cases guided by a script). You will identify specific roles and strengthen craft skills through a series of self-initiated testing, idea exploration and content development. The detail and depth of your research will have a direct impact on the quality of your finished film. Working both on your own and collaboratively, the research will be practice-based though it will also engage in theoretical approaches, critique and philosophical engagement.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.
This unit will concentrate on the creation of a 5 minute short film. You, as a filmmaker, will draw upon work undertaken during your research unit where ideas, genre, visual style, theme and plot are investigated and tested. You will undertake filmmaking practice through pre-production, production and post-production. There will be an emphasis on independent study, management and organisation of film productions. You will address your film craft, in particular your attitude towards the quality of your outcomes. You will be expected to support each other through collaborative assistance.
On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.
End of unit assessment and final work exhibition at the annual Faculty show.
There are no formal placements however you will have the opportunity to undertake work based learning projects during the course, and seek work experience through the many independent film and television production companies throughout Manchester. Work experience and work based learning is optional, and the setting up is considered part of the learning associated with professional development.
You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document.
The are over 800 films made by Filmmaking students and staff to watch on our Online Cinema.
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Graduates of this course can go on to study the MA in Filmmaking and/or be founders of independent production companies, directors, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, producers, scriptwriters, production designers, and artists and documentary filmmakers.
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|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other level 3 qualifications.
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|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE Grade C (or acceptable alternative) in English Language
|Non Tariffed Qualifications|
A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.
|International Baccalaureate||28 Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 is required.
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