University for the Creative ArtsBy Asian Correspondent Dec 06, 2011 4:04PM UTC
For Asian students looking to study film in the UK the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) offers an exciting choice of programmes and a unique student experience. A highly acclaimed university singularly devoted to the creative industries, UCA is one of the leading institutes in the UK.
Film programmes at UCA equip students with the creative and technical skills required to break into this competitive industry. Students are given the opportunity to work with various formats while learning specialist techniques such as directing, multi-camera shooting, production design, special effects, lighting, and scriptwriting, among others. The School invests in cutting-edge technology for the benefits of its students, hosting enviable film-production equipment including high-spec cameras, extensive editing suites and pre and post production facilities.
With five campuses spread across the Southeast England (Canterbury, Farnham, Rochester, Epsom and Maidstone), UCA has over 7,000 students enrolled. All five campuses are hubs of creativity and artistic talent. Students of film can study at any one of three exciting campuses at Canterbury, Farnham and Rochester.
The university has shaped illustrious names in the film industry and has produced renowned celebrities and winners of prestigious awards. UCA graduate from the Epsom campus, Poss Kondeatis, recently won a BAFTA award for Best Short Film for his venture Until the River Runs Red. Poss co-produced the film alongside director Paul Wright. UCA graduates have a knack for industry success, with the School already familiar with Oscar successes. Besides achievements in the glamourous world of commercial cinema, UCA graduates invest their efforts in creating ventures of value. This can be demonstrated by the recent collaboration between UCA film production stars and WWF to celebrate 50 years of conservation. With such an illustrious history, studying at UCA is the perfect pedestal to enter into this creative industry.
The university offers pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of subject areas. Here are a few details of the film courses on offer:
BA (Hons) Film Production: This programme has an international reputation and is widely sought-after among students looking to carve a niche for themselves in the industry. It is geared towards equipping students in 16mm and digital video production skills. Students work in a purpose-built studio right from the start and are exposed to editing and digital formats. Such access to industry equipment not only develops practical skills, but also expands students’ creativity.
BA (Hons) Creative Arts for Theatre and Film: The theatre, film and television industries are constantly looking for experienced and skilled production teams. This programme prepares students for a career in film and theatre, equipping them with such skills as prop design, costume making and creating scenic art backdrops and environments.
MA Fine Art: Artists’ Film, Video and Photography: This one-year full-time course (also available part-time over two years), taught at the Canterbury campus, provides an innovative and unique approach to film education. Students have access to a range of specialisations and also have the opportunity to undertake discipline-led activity within a broader fine art laboratory. Students of this programme are exposed to extensive industry links, working alongside national and international universities and specialist partners within the industry. Graduates go on to to find success in a variety of fields, including video editing, producing, sound production, pre and post production work, and filmmaking.
UCA is home to a diverse and vibrant international student community. Creative industries in the UK are booming and students from across Asia are keen to tap into these opportunities, while taking advantage of the innovative approach to teaching and learning that can be found at UCA.
As you would expect from a top UK university, UCA helps its international students every step of the way, from basic orientation and finding accommodation to looking for and securing employment after graduation. International Student Advisors are on hand throughout the UCA experience to help with all manner of queries and problems.
UCA has representatives and holds exhibitions right across Asia were students can find out all they need know about studying in the UK. Click here to find out what UCA does in your country.
The university offers extensive resources to encourage learning in every possible way. It offers industry-standard equipment for filmmaking and production, darkrooms and studios for photography, workshops, hi-tech computers with the latest software for animation and design, and TV studios for broadcast journalism, to name just a few.
The university library gives access to over 250,000 books in print and electronic forms. It also has a collection of over 12,000 journals and 30,000 video and DVDs to assist the learning process. Computer suites are available for students to do coursework and research on projects and assignments.
The campus galleries regularly display the creative outputs of the students and host exhibitions for various artists.
Overseas students can avail of on-campus accommodation. The university offers the choice of 11 residence halls across the five campuses. University-managed flats and houses are also available for students.