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.

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


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
  • 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

Access routes

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

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?

  • 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

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?

Start date

  • September


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:

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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

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 whilst 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:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

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.


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

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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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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