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BA Honours Film

BA Honours Film

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
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Whether you are an aspiring Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Film Researcher or Critic, our BA Honours Film is a single flexible degree course that meets the interests and ambitions of a wide variety of students united by a passion for film. At Middlesex we offer a unique degree experience in Film, not only because the course is designed to be flexible, accommodating very different kinds of film students, but also because it encourages, indeed requires, collaboration between students with different interests, skills and knowledge, which is great preparation for working professionally in the film industry. You will be part of a great community of people striving to be the best and to develop their passion for film.

Why study BA Honours Film

  • Our facilities allow you to familiarise yourself with equipment and learn a wide range of practical skills from pre-production to post-production
  • You will be taught by professional producers, directors and screenwriters with expertise in areas including experimental filmmaking, corporate filmmaking and drama
  • You will learn from guest speakers from the industry
  • Our excellent relationship with the film festivals, such as the Dubai Film Festival will allow you to participate in competitions related to a wide range of film activities. It also offers opportunities for internships and networking with professionals in the industry.


Middlesex University Dubai have recently launched a new MDX Studio in campus. You can witness and visit the brand new facilities of the Studio in Block 16, Dubai Knowledge Park. 

Course Fees : AED 150,000

Half of your first year of study is dedicated to practical filmmaking and you will learn the foundations of film production and post production. The other half of your first year studies focuses equally on storytelling for screen narratives and film analysis. Half of your second year is dedicated to producing and directing, looking at all stages in the filmmaking process from conception and development to post production. In your final year, you will choose your own film dissertation project. The scope for this project is very broad so you can develop a practical or theory-based film project in any area that excites you. You will also look at film theory and research in more detail, as preparation for your film dissertation. You will also benefit from wider preparation for employment in the film industry, including gaining a greater understanding of finance, distribution and marketing.


For more details on Academic Calendar , click here http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

  • Year 1

    • Storytelling for the Screen (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To introduce some of the foundational stories of human culture and to identify these as they manifest themselves in screen narratives; To engage in the critical analysis of stories, in particular identifying how they convey their ideology, values and thematic concerns; To facilitate the development of introductory level skills in screen narrative through practical exercises in the preparatory phases of screenwriting.
    • Production Theory and Practice 2 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop ideas and practices in film production and post-production from MDA1000, producing work that reflects a growing understanding and application of film language and form; To enable students to manage a short film project to realisation; To develop an understanding of how decisions made in ideas development impact on audiences; To offer students mechanisms for reflection on their own practice and experience with reference to learning from other parallel modules
    • Film Language and Production 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To investigate film through close analysis in order to develop an understanding of film language that will inform students creative and critical work; To introduce students to processes, tools and protocols involved in professional film production in order to develop their creative practice; To initiate the Personal Development Portfolio and the required technology.
    • Communicating in Film: Styles and Movements (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop an understanding and appreciation of some of the principle film styles and movements, specifically in relation to an investigation of the ways in which film communicates as an audio-visual medium; To develop an historical perspective in relation to the above; To consider specific directors as theorists of film through their film making practices.
  • Year 2

    • Film and Innovation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Screenwriting: The Short Film (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To expand knowledge of scriptwriting to encompass a practical understanding of the development and writing short films scripts; To explore analytically and critically particular narrative devices in the short form and their impact on the spectator; To further develop competence in the key elements of screenwriting dialogue, characterisation, plotting, visual storytelling and to present screenplays; To facilitate student delivery of meticulously redrafted screenplays to an industry standard
    • Producing and Directing: Film Form and Practice (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      To gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of both producer and director, their relationship to each other and to the rest of the filmmaking team; To acquire this understanding partly through research and close analyses of the works and working methods of select producers and directors, and partly through filmmaking exercises and the making of a short film; To further develop effective teamworking skills and professionalism in practice; To develop and consolidate practical, academic writing and research skills.
  • Year 3

    • Film Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To reflect critically on film themes and debates from previous modules in relation to film theory discourses; To consolidate understanding of specific film theories and to reflect critically on their utility, especially in relation to work-in-progress on the Dissertation Project; To develop an historical appreciation of the ways in which Film Studies has been shaped by different theoretical shifts.
    • Film Research and Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To consolidate and further develop research skills, both in relation to the Dissertation project and in relation to preparing for employment; To become more knowledgeable about contexts within which the film creative sector operates including finance, distribution, marketing and exhibition; To bring to completion the Personal Development Portfolio in a form that meets the individual student's objectives in relation to employment and further career development.
    • Film Dissertation Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      To manage a complex and large-scale project from first proposal to completion; To demonstrate in the execution of the project high level academic and practical skills as appropriate in the exploration of the chosen aspect of the film medium; To present the work effectively to others, both as a work-in-progress and as a completed project, and finally presented publically at the end of the module with a clear sense of audience and context.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,B,C (three subjects) or with A*, A* (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Math’s with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes 

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions

Applicants should submit a portfolio which must include:

An essay (750-1000 words) of which you are the sole author, on any topic in the arts and humanities, or a work of film criticism. Applicants are asked to present an essay they have submitted as part of their previous studies.

AND

ONE of the following additional items:

  • a film or film extract (not more than five minutes), in which your production role is clearly evident (eg, directing, editing, cinematography, etc.)
  • a storyboard consisting of no more than 15 images
  • a short script or extract of a script (not more than 5 pages), or a prose scenario for a short film.

Your interview

The interview itself usually lasts around 15 minutes but allow about two hours for the whole interview process. You should bring a full portfolio of work to the interview. This should include between 10 and 20 pieces of work that represent your art and design skills and experience, together with your favourite sketchbook. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and to explore why you want to study the subject with us.Students not located in the UAE, will be interviewed via Skype.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email onadmissions@mdx.ac.ae

Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers, including writers, editors, sound technicians, directors of photography, camera assistants, directors and designers. Some have gone on to work at major institutions such as the BBC, while others have set up their own small businesses, attracting both commercial work and funded commissions. Some have become music video producers and others are freelancers representing a range of special professions within production and post-production. We help you to establish yourself in the industry in all kinds of ways, including supporting your submission of work to film festivals and supporting your writing, whether critical journalism or screenwriting.

What our students say

Elvina Nevardauskaite
BA Film graduate, freelance cinematographer

"We had the opportunity to try our hand at a number of production roles and to use a variety of equipment and post-production software. After a few months on the course I found, to my surprise, that a lot of my classmates wanted me to be the cinematographer on their shoots. I have always had a fascination for the visual style of films, so I embraced the chance. I gained a lot of experience working with various cameras on both documentary and fiction films."

Read the full interview with Elvina on the Education UK website

Annette Uiga
BA Film graduate

Annette Uiga 

"During my time on the BA Film degree at Middlesex I built up a lot of confidence, mastered different technical skills and learned to view films differently. During my second year I wrote and produced a short film called Last Dream, which was a huge challenge. I never imagined myself as a director or a producer, even though I wanted to be one. But now it's a realistic goal. I am now planning to start writing a script for my first feature film."

Ben Charles
BA Film graduate 

Ben Charles
"It was a showreel I created in the Film and Innovation module that started me experimenting with digital software. For my dissertation I continued this process, exploring sound design through an experimental piece called Chromasy, a virtual sound sculpture. I also worked as a sound designer for other people's dissertation projects.

"I intend to carry on working as a freelancer in sound design and filmmaking, whilst continuing to produce my own projects. Since being on the BA Film course I have developed my presentation skills and portfolio to a level where I now feel comfortable talking to clients about my work."

Simone Scott
BA Film graduate 


"The main thing that changed for me over the duration of the course was the belief in my own creative abilities. I came to the course thinking I was not an ideas person but the course has brought my creativity to the surface and given me the courage to express myself.

"My future plans are to start a small production company providing a quick turnover film service for music videos, corporate films, promos, adverts etc. This will provide me with the funds I need to make my own creative projects. I want to make social awareness films and put them out free on the Internet. My next film, Sedated, is currently in pre-production. The film will explore the various factors that keep the population sedated and apathetic to unacceptable social conditions."

Charlie Mortas
BA Film graduate


"[During the course] I came up with a concept for a video that I also filmed and edited, and co-directed with my good friend Wiktoria Wachowiak. It was great to work on a paid project that really interested me and we had a really amazing time. I gained experience and confidence during my three years at Middlesex. I now have a deeper understanding of films, working in the film industry and the business side of things. I want to develop my own music videos, doing mostly rap, grime, trap, dubstep, hip-hop videos, and punk-rock videos."

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