Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands BA (Hons)

UCAS code W600
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands is designed to allow you to produce creative films using the beautiful and diverse rural landscapes of Scotland.

The programme will give you the opportunity to collaborate with local communities, as well as arts and cultural industry experts, to set up realistic industry links for your future career and employment.

You will study a mix of craft skills, editing and production, film studies, documentaries, and cultural archiving and recording, in an environment that promotes personal development and learning. You will also develop skills in small business planning and research, while acquiring technical ability and hands-on, intensive experience.

Residentials take place twice each year and you will be required to self-fund any travel to these and cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

Special features

  • You will be taught by industry experts
  • Collaborations with local communities and industry experts will help you set up realistic links for your future career
  • A blend of theory, technical and project-based learning is applied throughout the course
  • You will receive hands-on learning and immediate experience, and develop skills in business planning and research
  • Residentials will enrich your experience

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, one in a literary subject, eg English, History, Psychology OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above, one in a literary subject AND
  • Standard Grade Credit level, National 5 Computing Science at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media PLUS an additional Scottish Higher in either English, History or Psychology, at Grade C or above
  • Relevant industry experience or understanding of the requirements of film-making is also required
  • You will be required to attend an interview to assess your technical ability
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Advanced entry to year two may be possible with a relevant HNC (with a B in the graded unit) such as: Creative Industries: Television; or Creative Industries Radio, Audio Visual Technology or Interactive Media

Access routes

Advanced entry to year two may be possible with a relevant HNC such as Creative Industries: Television, Creative Industries: Radio, Audio Visual Technology or Interactive Media, with a B in the graded unit.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Writing for film: introduction to screenplay
  • Single camera production
  • Stories from the highlands and islands, making a film: pitch
  • Moving images: history and development of film
  • Stories from the highlands and islands, making a film: production
  • Introduction to post-production

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Moving images: visual literacy
  • Remote and rural film making in a highlands and islands community
  • Creating work for clients: developing the brief
  • Writing for film: writing a screenplay
  • Creative work for clients: production
  • Post-production

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Factual film project
  • Documentary film: development
  • Fictional narrative film project
  • Scotland in film
  • Live event production

You will also choose one option module from our range of creative degree courses

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Critical commentary
  • Post-production: advanced techniques
  • Freelancing skills for the digital film-maker

You will also undertake a major film project (60 credits)

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, from September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. This also applies to the residential which is likely to be a virtual event this year.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, residential experiences and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
  • Residentials take place twice each year and you will be required to self-fund any travel to these and cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI - Alness campus
  • Orkney College UHI - The programme will run at Orkney College UHI subject to the recruitment of a minimum cohort
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

  • Residentials take place twice each year and you will be required to self-fund any travel to these and cover accommodation and subsistence costs

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this degree, you might like to consider an enhanced career in:

  • Digital arteface production
  • TV or film production
  • Video production
  • Post-production editing
  • Camera operation
  • Photography
  • Production assistant
  • Runner
  • Location or props manager
  • Programme researcher

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Creating and learning as a filmmaker is the whole point of the course and having the ability to express ourselves tops a lot of other courses.

I’ve had great support both as a class member and as an individual. The course is being run fantastically, with the course leader listening to our concerns and using this feedback to improve the programme for future students.

Andy Wells is studying in the third year of the BA(Hons) Contemporary Film-making in the Highlands and Islands.

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