Our Film & TV degree course at UWTSD Swansea is designed around the idea of story and storytelling – as any professional will tell you, story is the most essential part of any film or programme.
As a student storyteller, you will discover how to build an effective moving image production around a core story idea, with script, directing, cinematography and sound combining to create strong narratives.
You will learn how to create a range of stories ranging from drama, documentary, music, fashion films to online content, you will be experimenting in every aspect of storytelling from initial concept to final delivery.
You will not be taught boring film theory in a class. Instead, your lessons take place not just in university but also cafes, abandoned buildings, theatres, beaches, and many other locations.
Finally, you will be trained in technical crafts within job specify roles in our weekly craft sessions (such as 1st AC, Production co-ordinator, DoP, sound etc).
Pathway Options and How to Apply
Film & TV (BA)
UCAS Code: W610
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The programme aims to educate creative individuals proficient in meeting the needs of contemporary and future demand. The programme is underpinned by the Research and Knowledge Transfer activities of the faculty as a whole
How to apply
All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David. All our course come under the institution code T80.
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5 reasons to study this course
- NO PORTFOLIO REQUIRED
- We welcome and encourage applications from non-media focussed courses such as English, history etc.
- You will have the opportunity to go on study trips (such as Berlin, Paris, Prague, Pinewood Studios)
- You will help run an international film festival.
- You will be taught job roles in technical sessions (such as 1st AC, Production co-ordinator, researcher, studio director etc.)
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What you will learn
Our philosophy is simple: you will never become a great storyteller and filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom. Instead, we offer a unique learning experience, with an exciting and innovative blend of taught and practical sessions that take place at a variety of venues – cafes, churches, shops etc., bringing you closer to where stories are told. Modules are taught in condensed 4-week blocks one after another, mirroring the production process.
We also do not teach software or cameras in the traditional, boring way. Instead, workshops prepare you for industry by teaching you within job roles. You will learn what it means to be a producer, a director of photography or a 1stAC through to directing short drama pieces. All this supported by teaching staff and technical demonstrators.
To learn how to tell stories well, you need to understand and experience them firstly. You need to experience the world with all its beauty, quirks and complexities head-on. To help with that, we offer an exciting and intensive blend of teaching and practical sessions. You will be challenged to take your learning from the classroom to out there in the real world - this is where the teaching really begins.
So here at UWTSD Swansea College of Art, you will be offered a unique learning environment offered nowhere else. You will learn story (from idea to visualisation to completion) in a variety of venues; cafes, churches, shops, car parks etc. Our philosophy is simple - if you never leave the classroom, you will always remain a student and although we have never met, we know that you are not going to university to graduate as a student filmmaker, but as a professionally minded filmmaker ready to conquer the world.
Our technical demonstrator (Kylie) do not teach software or cameras in the traditional boring way. Instead, they prepare you for the industry by teaching you within job roles. so for one session, you might be a Director of photography, and the next you will be the 1st AC.
We are also one of the few UK Film Schools that offer our students the opportunity to run a film festival. The Copper Coast International Film Festival is a Swansea College of Art UWTSD student-run film festival that attracts interest from around the world, giving an insight into the wider film market and an understanding of what it takes to make an award-winning film. The 2018 festival received over 3000 entries!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we are the ONLY film school in the world that has responded to the #MeToo movement and the clear lack of equality of opportunity for many social groups within film, by changing the way we approach student film productions. This means that any student production you work on must demonstrate very clearly that you have worked to increase the number of under-represented groups in your film, This will be achieved by you identifying two of the three areas in which you will address under-representation. The three areas are:
- The story - the film’s themes, content, characters
- Demographics - creating and engaging a diverse range of audiences
- Personnel - placement in creative and technical roles across the life cycle of the production (pre/production/post).
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“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come” - Steve Jobs.
Keywords: Emulate and experiment. During this year you will be expected to experiment with cinematic practices (camera, lighting, editing, writing etc). In modules such as Investigating Spaces, Textual Practices 1, and Applied Storytelling Practices 1 you will be learning new approaches to storytelling in film & TV that will begin the hard process of trying to make your voice and contribution to film a truly unique one. The main production for this year will be on creating content either short film festivals and/or a YouTube web series or scripts.
Keywords: Create and design. By year two, we will be expecting you to have already learned a variety of storytelling techniques, so now we will be encouraging you to start producing exciting new pieces of work. We do not want to see clichés or fan fiction, but instead, we need to see new pieces that push the boundaries of narrative and aesthetic conventions. So in modules such as Textual Practices 2, Learn to Love Solitude, and Applied Storytelling 2, you will have the opportunity to show off your new storytelling skills. The main production for this year will be on filming short genre films.
Keywords: Challenge and explore. By year 3 in the modules Graduate Pitch and Graduate Project, you will be turning your attention to your graduate films. This can be a single camera drama, youtube film, documentary, series of music videos or adverts, or indeed a fashion film. Whatever it is, you will need to take your skills and knowledge of the first two years and start turning yourself from a student filmmaker into a professional one. This is not an option, but a requirement of your learning that you start showing us just how good you can be. The main production for this year will be the creation of a graduate film (10 minutes) and the running of the Copper Coast International Film Festival.
All modules are assessed by coursework.
All assessment is based on 100% practical coursework.
Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding in the form of practical project work. All practical work is project-based.
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We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered.
Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
- Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
- BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
- International Baccalaureate score of 32
- Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis
Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email email@example.com as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.
The most important thing that we will expect to see at your interview is a strong passion and enthusiasm for storytelling in Film & TV. There is no need for a portfolio. If you have one, then great, but we treat the interview as the main test of your suitability for the course and its demands. You will be given a small film to watch beforehand and from that we will structure our interview. The structure of the interview is designed to allow time for you to ask questions about the course to ensure it is the right course for you and that you are the right student for us.
See our Interview Guide for more information.
Our alumni have found production roles across the film & TV industry, with recent graduates working on projects such as Mission Impossible (4,5 and 6), The Grand Tour, His Dark Materials, Paddington 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Outlaw King, Bancroft, Doctor Who and many, many more.
Other graduates have landed jobs with established industry heavyweights, including BBC, Sky, Amazon and Milk VFX. Many past students have also found success as freelancers or creating their own production companies.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.
However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.
Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course. We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.
A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first. Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.
During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.