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Are you applying to study TV/Film Production at University in 2021?
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If any students have any questions about the Digital Film Production course at SAE Insitute I'm more than happy to help! We have UK campuses in London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow.

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Hi, I’m midnight and I’m applying to Met films school, London film academy, Bournemouth film school and Plymouth conservatoire. I’ve got an offer from Met film s CJ I though so that’s probably where I’m going. I’d love to get to know other people taking similar courses x
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Hi, I’d love to get to know any film students who will be starting uni next year. I’ve got a couple of offers myself and thought it might be nice to get to know eachother! I’m Midnight, I’m studying English lit, dance, drama and classical civilizations and my hobbies are Greek, Latin and poetry.
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(Original post by MidnightAdams)
Hi, I’d love to get to know any film students who will be starting uni next year. I’ve got a couple of offers myself and thought it might be nice to get to know eachother! I’m Midnight, I’m studying English lit, dance, drama and classical civilizations and my hobbies are Greek, Latin and poetry.
Hi There,

I'm also in Y13. I'm not planning on doing film studies, but we could end up at the same uni. Where abouts have u applied?
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Hi There,

I'm also in Y13. I'm not planning on doing film studies, but we could end up at the same uni. Where abouts have u applied?
Uni of West London, Bournemouth film school, Plymouth uni and Uni of Derby. You?
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Application date: 10/12/2020
Currently studying: [b]UAL Level 3 Film
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Applied for film at Ulster, Uni of York, Uni of the Arts London, Edinburgh Napier, and Arts Uni Bournemouth on the 3rd December. Got offers from Ulster and York, and a portfolio request from the other three (submitted portfolios to UAL and AUB, 17th Dec and 2nd Jan respectively). No news from either UAL or AUB yet. AUB is my top choice so the wait is pretty agonising lol, but hopefully there'll be good news.

Currently also finishing off my A-levels in Moving Image Arts, Performing Arts, and History, predicted A*A*A. Hope everyone's doing well and gets good news.
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Applied for film at Ulster, Uni of York, Uni of the Arts London, Edinburgh Napier, and Arts Uni Bournemouth on the 3rd December. Got offers from Ulster and York, and a portfolio request from the other three (submitted portfolios to UAL and AUB, 17th Dec and 2nd Jan respectively). No news from either UAL or AUB yet. AUB is my top choice so the wait is pretty agonising lol, but hopefully there'll be good news.

Currently also finishing off my A-levels in Moving Image Arts, Performing Arts, and History, predicted A*A*A. Hope everyone's doing well and gets good news.
I wouldn’t go to AUB in a million billion years especially not with those grades. It’s so overrated. I’m a current film production student btw
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I wouldn’t go to AUB in a million billion years especially not with those grades. It’s so overrated. I’m a current film production student btw
I see, where do you go, and where would you recommend? It's my top choice largely because of the contact hours, the crowdfunding projects, collaborations with other courses, and a really high recommendation from a friend who goes there, but I'm totally open to somewhere else, even if I need to use Extra or Clearing.
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I see, where do you go, and where would you recommend? It's my top choice largely because of the contact hours, the crowdfunding projects, collaborations with other courses, and a really high recommendation from a friend who goes there, but I'm totally open to somewhere else, even if I need to use Extra or Clearing.
How do you know about those things? You’ve definitely done your research which is good!


This is copied and pasted from another thread but it basically answers your question so I can’t be bothered to type something new.

I’m on the film course at AUB and I wouldn’t go. In fact I wouldn’t go to a film production course in general.

Some reasons:

- Film course is incredibly over subscribed. There’s 120 people on the course and little opportunity to meet and connect with them.

- Campus is too small. You can’t fit everyone in the cafeteria.

- Library is too small. There’s about 100 computers and 3,000 students at AUB. It doesn’t work well.

- Course doesn’t allow you to make your own films. You make other people’s films during the ideas development process and it’s always the loudest who dominate meaning that your ideas get left out.

- SU is lacklustre and often inactive with little in the way of clubs and societies. You can join BUs but they’re clubs are too expensive and also not very active. This is a feature of most of the ‘good’ film production courses because they’re so small and specialist, there’s no clubs/societies which is annoying.

- Most people who do undergrad film courses aren’t successful in the UK. Maybe in America where the undergrad film degrees are better, but I genuinely can’t think of an established UK filmmaker who did an undergraduate film course in the UK.

Christopher Nolan actually did English at UCL! Something to think about.

Also going to copy and paste this thread as it’s the most comprehensive guide to a film production degree I have ever read:- https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...6#post93114246



https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...6#post93114246
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How do you know about those things? You’ve definitely done your research which is good!
I've read just about every single document on AUB's website lol. I remember some spec document saying 87% contact hours for every year in the course (although I can't find it anymore so I don't know how accurate it is), which was far better than anywhere else I could find, so it shot AUB up my rankings pretty fast.

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This is copied and pasted from another thread but it basically answers your question so I can’t be bothered to type something new.

I’m on the film course at AUB and I wouldn’t go. In fact I wouldn’t go to a film production course in general.

Some reasons:

- Film course is incredibly over subscribed. There’s 120 people on the course and little opportunity to meet and connect with them.

- Campus is too small. You can’t fit everyone in the cafeteria.

- Library is too small. There’s about 100 computers and 3,000 students at AUB. It doesn’t work well.

- Course doesn’t allow you to make your own films. You make other people’s films during the ideas development process and it’s always the loudest who dominate meaning that your ideas get left out.

- SU is lacklustre and often inactive with little in the way of clubs and societies. You can join BUs but they’re clubs are too expensive and also not very active. This is a feature of most of the ‘good’ film production courses because they’re so small and specialist, there’s no clubs/societies which is annoying.

- Most people who do undergrad film courses aren’t successful in the UK. Maybe in America where the undergrad film degrees are better, but I genuinely can’t think of an established UK filmmaker who did an undergraduate film course in the UK.

Christopher Nolan actually did English at UCL! Something to think about.

Also going to copy and paste this thread as it’s the most comprehensive guide to a film production degree I have ever read:- https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...6#post93114246



https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...6#post93114246
I'll keep all these in mind, thank you! Certainly the stuff about dominant voices being the ones who ideas get made is worth keeping mind, I imagine that can be quite frustrating. I'm hoping offer holder days might give me a bit more insight on the other places I've applied, so I'll keep my options open. Thanks again!
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I’ve applied for Film production at Hertfordshire, Westminster, UAL, ravensbourne and UCA Farnham!
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I've read just about every single document on AUB's website lol. I remember some spec document saying 87% contact hours for every year in the course (although I can't find it anymore so I don't know how accurate it is), which was far better than anywhere else I could find, so it shot AUB up my rankings pretty fast.



I'll keep all these in mind, thank you! Certainly the stuff about dominant voices being the ones who ideas get made is worth keeping mind, I imagine that can be quite frustrating. I'm hoping offer holder days might give me a bit more insight on the other places I've applied, so I'll keep my options open. Thanks again!
I’d still go for a more traditional university/a more traditional course just because you’ll have a better time and be happier as a result. You’ll also make more friends as you’ll be at a bigger university meaning you’ll meet more people.

Not to mention that you’ll have more options if film/tv production doesn’t work out. If you don’t end up going into film/tv you’ve essentially got nothing left as no ones going to hire a film production graduate to do anything other than make films as you’ve got no transferable skills.

Also consider apprenticeships. They’re actually a really good way to get into the industry, especially since no one really cares whether or not you have a degree, let alone where it’s from.

It all comes down to your portfolio in film. It doesn’t matter if you went to AUB or London Met. It won’t matter if your portfolio is rubbish.

Also the equipment that you use in industry standard. This is fine aside from the fact that what you’ll learn becomes outdated within a few years as technology inevitably improves. Ten years ago you would have been using Mini DV tape, in the next ten years you’ll be using VR and AR technology. This means that a large portion of what you’ll learn (especially in cinematography/editing) will become outdated.
Not to mention that you’ll be taught how to operate on a film set. This is fine if you do, but in most cases you won’t and will go make films for companies that need a film person. You won’t be using industry standard software such as Avid, you might be using Final Cut or Premiere Pro, in which case you become illegible for these jobs. Also the course (most likely) won’t teach you any animation/motion graphics which film employers like to see.

If you joined a filmmaking society or did a free/low cost film course (assuming you haven’t already) you’ll probably make better films than on a film Production course (especially in first and second year).

I’d say I’m enjoying the course (that’s mainly because I’m actually doing something with my life now after a long period of soul searching and figuring out what to do) but I certainly wouldn’t say it was worth it by any stretch of the imagination.
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