This Film degree is a practical course that teaches students to tell powerful, original stories through film. At USW, we’ve been teaching film for over 50 years, and this exciting and creative course concentrates on storytelling through moving images.
We teach documentary and fiction story-telling, and there is a clear practical emphasis that provides professional-level training, underpinned by academic content. Course content was developed with the industry, so you’ll graduate with the creative ability and the skills to enter the workplace.
Our expertise in film making and the reputation of our alumni is acknowledged throughout the industry, and many staﬀ members are award- winning film makers who continue to work in the industry, including the BBC.
Our students benefit from industry-standard facilities at our newly enhanced Cardiff Campus, as well an on-site cinema that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and masterclasses. USW’s Film degree is also part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and film industry.
During the film course you can expect to study the art of creative storytelling, using digital technologies to make documentary and fiction films and commercial projects.
You can specialise in specific areas of film making, screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound and editing, so you’ll gain specialist skills to launch your career. You’ll also make collaborative final films at the end of your third year. This will be your industry calling cards and the culmination of all your hard work.
Year One – Film degree
- Telling Stories
- Craft Skills
- Film History and Theory
- Dissecting Stories
- Studio Production
- Film Analysis and Application
Year Two – Final degree
- Truth and Telling
- Character and Narrative
- Commissioned Project
- Film Style and Analysis
- Advanced Craft 1
- Advanced Craft 2
The craft skills modules have pathways in Screenwriting, Cinematography, Sound Practices, Producing, Editing, Documentary Proposal and Pitch. Documentary and Fiction directing is explored in the film practice modules
Year Three – Film degree
- Advanced Film Practice
- Professional Practice
And option of one from:
- Documentary Commissioning Package
- Advanced Screenwriting for Fiction
Film students can benefit from industry-standard facilities, including Arri Alexa, Black magic Ursa, Sony Z5 and Z150 cameras and Aaton XTR Super 16mm cameras, Sound Devices audio recorders and mixers with a range of microphones and radio mics, LED lights, tracks, dollys and other grip equipment, a fully equipped film studio, AVID and ProTools post-production software, and state-of- the-art finishing suites for professional sound mixing and colour grading. We also have a production suite with adobe, moviemagic and final draft producing/screenwriting software. USW Cardiff also has an on-site cinema that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.