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Hey there,

I'm currently in yr 12 and looking for university courses. My heart has been set on doing a film production course, which is probably a bad idea as I have a fear of not getting in and has thus added to my horrendous stress levels.

Anyway whilst looking for the best places to study I've heard that Bournemouth is one of the best for this. When you say that do you mean Bournemouth university or AUCB? I understand that both do courses, but which is better? Or are they both the same?

I also understand that AUCB may be offering a year 0... which sounds interesting.

Any enlightenment is appreciated.

Oh and to save opening a second thread,

I'm currently thinking of applying to;

Westminster (however unlikely)
Bournemouth/AUCB?
UCLAN
Derby

anyone suggest a 5th, that isn't too prestigious but not too terrible?

Thanks!
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AUCB is best for film production. They have succesful people there such as NIck Love.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, is best for TELEVISION production. Film production in Bournemouth uni is held at a differnt college and not by the university itself.

I'm going to AUCB for film production this year and I've been to opening days and it's really impressive.
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I'm just completing Film Production at AUCB and it's been a good learning experience.... However! I know a lot of people at BU on TV Production, and have done since the end of my first year, I've helped out on their shoots and I would definitely say that in my opinion I wish I had done that course instead! Their facilities are outstanding and I'm not just refering to the HD Studio that I've had the chance to work in whilst helping on some other people's shoots but other facilities, editing etc and so on... The course is structured so much better too..

For example in third year at AUCB (film production), they only do about 10 graduation films so thus, only pick 10 directors, and in turn there can only be 10 producers, there's always too many camera specialists so people get small roles rather than director of photography etc etc

on TV Production in final year, each person directs a minor project (3-4 mins) and a major project (around 9 mins for drama, I think 12-15 for documentary and you can even do a studio piece- around 25 mins)... This means each person works on around 5 projects, so if you're an editor... you direct your own then do a rough cut, get another editor to help tidy it up, then also edit I think (may get corrected here) 5 projects.. So not only do you get to direct but you get to work on a lot more projects making the learning experience much more worthwhile!

I would seriously consider studying at BU, also if you're thinking of doing an MA, alumni get up to 20% off the course fees!
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Hi TSR, new guy here! Just so happened to stumble upon this post and wanted to tell OP that having researched AUCB's Film Production course throughout my gap year, i thought the course structure and layout was the most ample and intriguing of the art's universities which is why i chose it as my university to go to! All the best with your Apps!
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Ugh seriously?

Read my post above and you may change your mind!

By the way if you do decide to go there, be realllllly amazing at sketchbooks!
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Ugh seriously?

Read my post above and you may change your mind!

By the way if you do decide to go there, be realllllly amazing at sketchbooks!
Nah, I agree with Iloilo. Aucb will push you to do your hardest. :yep:
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I'm going into year zero at AUCB this year, but I really don't know what to expect. I mean, I got in really easily because my portfolio was pretty good and they gave me a CC (or 160 points from 2 A-Levels) offer already having one whole A-Level (an A in Spanish). But when it comes to the course structure and all that, I'm still pretty lost. And I haven't picked up my camera in months, and I can barely remember how to use FCP.

Back to the actual topic, AUCB is definitely meant to be one of the best courses (got skill set again now I think). I know a few people going into year 2 who are really enjoying it, and my brother's on the course and really likes it.
I had a look at Solent, and the film course there is pretty crap. There's barely any hands on. In he first year, they made one three minute film, and that's it. In AIB year 0 they made at least three five to ten minute long films. That said, Solent's editing suite is top notch, but they're really better for television than they are film.
Falmouth has one of the best and most hands-on courses. If I didn't need a year zero I think I would have gone there. Oh, and it has really good places to go surfing. On the downside it's a trek from anywhere.
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I'm going into year zero at AUCB this year, but I really don't know what to expect. .
Expect the unexpected. Take it as an adventure! A challenge!
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Since no one is giving a crap about the last part of the post.

Other universities I'd recommend are Middlesex, Gloucestershire and LCC. The first two are skillset accredited, which basically means they should be kickass.
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Since no one is giving a crap about the last part of the post.

Other universities I'd recommend are Middlesex, Gloucestershire and LCC. The first two are skillset accredited, which basically means they should be kickass.
No, the last two are skillset accredited, which are "Gloucestershire and LCC"
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Hi! I'm in year 12 myself and going into year 13 in sept and I've been a bit confuzzled regarding which of the two Bournemouths to choose.

AUCB definitely seems impressive but my first choice was BU, but what put me off was that the FILM course (film production + cinematography) is actually held at a different college.

My other choices are Westminster, LCC and UCA (back up!)
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By the way if you do decide to go there, be realllllly amazing at sketchbooks!
Ooohh! Could you expand on that a little? I'm thinking of going there! How was yours?
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Nah, I agree with Iloilo. Aucb will push you to do your hardest. :yep:
Ok, up to you.. I did do the course for 3 years but clearly you already know all about it! I thought it was amazing when I was waiting to do it.

You'll find that the access to equipment is good but tuition = quite poor
Especially if you do production design, you will get like practically zero tuition

But what do I know
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Ok, up to you.. I did do the course for 3 years but clearly you already know all about it! I thought it was amazing when I was waiting to do it.

You'll find that the access to equipment is good but tuition = quite poor
Especially if you do production design, you will get like practically zero tuition

But what do I know
Did you do fim production or production design?
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what I meant is you specialise in an area during 2nd and 3rd year, production design being one, camera being another, directing, producing etc and you have workshops specifically for what you choose to specialise in, from what I heard a lot the production design people didn't get much in the way of tuition
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Hey, guys don't let me put you off completely! Just appreciate that I've had 3 years experience of the course and accept my advise? Not all of the course was bad, I think I painted it in a far more negative light than I meant to originally (ha pun!), er but I've also had experience of working with people from the TV Production course and a lot of the time I wanted to transfer and the only reason I didn't was that I'd have to go into first year all over again so it didn't suit me to do that and I persevered with my own course while working on projects of the other course.
I'd suggest making friends with people on other courses and helping on their projects (there's also MA Directing and Producing students who need help with shoots particularly their final major projects.. sometimes in the HD studio ).. get a wide range of experience
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Hey, guys don't let me put you off completely! Just appreciate that I've had 3 years experience of the course and accept my advise? Not all of the course was bad, I think I painted it in a far more negative light than I meant to originally (ha pun!), er but I've also had experience of working with people from the TV Production course and a lot of the time I wanted to transfer and the only reason I didn't was that I'd have to go into first year all over again so it didn't suit me to do that and I persevered with my own course while working on projects of the other course.
I'd suggest making friends with people on other courses and helping on their projects (there's also MA Directing and Producing students who need help with shoots particularly their final major projects.. sometimes in the HD studio ).. get a wide range of experience
I like that advice

I guess maybe you enjoy tv production than film. If you don't mind me asking, how was your first year at AUCB?
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I like that advice

I guess maybe you enjoy tv production than film. If you don't mind me asking, how was your first year at AUCB?
First year was ok, to start with I felt as if I wanted to be learning things faster, I think that was the same for most people though. Unfortunately I had massive family problems in the middle of the year meaning I had to have a few weeks off and that resulted in an extension for a unit etc and missing out on other stuff but tutors were very understanding so that's a definite bonus!
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No, the last two are skillset accredited, which are "Gloucestershire and LCC"
you mean that middlesex's courses are not skillset accredited? then why does skillset's website tell otherwise?
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you mean that middlesex's courses are not skillset accredited? then why does skillset's website tell otherwise?
My bad, all three are skillset accredited :p:
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