Falmouth University Film

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Falmouth University Film


With an impressive record of graduate employability in the creative industries and progression to postgraduate study, Film at Falmouth is the starting point of your professional life. The course is constantly evolving, informed by academic scholarship and the demands of a vibrant industry. Our students excel in demonstrating their understanding of cinematic discourse both through their written work and exciting, meaningful filmmaking.

Immersed in the culture of cinema, you will build upon your interests though the analysis and production of film material and in specialist craft and theory modules which focus your skills, knowledge and critical thinking. Final year major projects develop through the year under the supervision of a mentor, supplemented by a masterclass series which guides your dissertation and enhances your practice.


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme
  • Creative Skillset Tick – an accreditation given to courses delivering the very best creative thinking, industry-relevant training, exceptional staff, facilities and partnerships

Course outline

We encourage our students to get real experience with live briefs, engaging in professional film development using production and post-production facilities that mirror the creative environments and workflow of the film industry.

Our students have gone on to publish in leading journals and magazines, be selected and won for world class festivals and have won high-profile awards including the Frank Capra Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Criticism. Student placements have included Envy Academy, Sky, Sheffield Doc Fest, Cannes Film Festival, MTV, BBC and Channel 4.

Whether you want to be a film critic, historian, screenwriter, researcher, producer, cinematographer, director or work in the fast-growing world of post-production sound, editing or visual effects, we understand the nature of these roles and can help you find your place. Building from a core of theoretical approaches to cinema, you choose how the course develops from options including documentary, narrative or experimental short filmmaking, production, post-production, film journalism, sound design and short and feature-length screenwriting.

What you’ll do

Year One

In your first year you’ll be immersed in film culture – watching, writing, producing and directing – acquiring the core skills that underpin your experience at Falmouth. The focus of this first year is a lecture series centred on analysing and developing knowledge of film, coupled with a production series that nurtures skills in all facets of short film-making.

  • Professional Practice 1
  • Film History & the Canon
  • Criticism, Analysis & Theory
  • Professional Practice 2
  • History of the Moving Image
  • Postwar World Cinema

Year Two

In your second year you’ll build upon your own interests and passions through elective options. These focus your learning and your knowledge of cinema, in an environment that recognises and embraces the shifting nature of the medium. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit an international film festival (Berlinale and SxSW in Texas in 2014) to further your understanding of how the industry works, see the current trends in film form, style, theme and narrative, and network with experienced professionals.

  • Film & Philosophy
  • American Cinema
  • British Cinema
  • Transnational Cinema
  • Cinema & the Urban
  • Narrative Screenwriting (Shorts)
  • Sound Design
  • Documentary
  • Production
  • Editing & Post-Production
  • Research & Methods
  • Film & the Environment
  • Representing Gender & Sexuality
  • Cult Film
  • Serial drama
  • Narrative Screenwriting (Features)
  • Writing about Film
  • Script to Screen
  • Experimental & Avant-Garde Cinema
  • Adaptation

Year Three

This is the starting point of your future career. A masterclass series with scholars and practitioners leads you into further specialization and self-determining projects in you’re dissertation and in your practice. You’ll progress your professional practice, with your work supported by Falmouth as your enter into international competitions and the development of your academic work in terms of publication beyond graduation.

Our entire focus in your final year is giving you the best possible opportunity for entry into your chosen sector of the film industry. The structure of the third year allows you to undertake work experience opportunities and internships and encourages engagement with industry and academic opportunities and events, with 14 years of success in helping our students find work or further study following graduation.

  • Research Practice
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Conceptual Development (Theory)
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Conceptual Development (Practice)