In film, we have to battle against generalities: generalities of thought, of seeing, of making. In order to bring a fresh vision to our work, we have to re-locate the specifics of experience, observation and thought which allows us to make work which is genuinely original and based on one’s own way of looking at the world.
Our programme is based on constantly interrogating and learning how to evolve a personal filmmaking language and approach to visual storytelling in its broadest sense. You can choose to specialise in documentary, drama or experimental film, but we encourage everyone to take part in workshops to learn other skills and extend their knowledge of filmmaking and its contexts. Most students graduate as directors, some as cinematographers or producers, but all are expected to develop secondary skills. We run practical workshops in camera (including lens training and 16 mm), sound recording and sound design and editing, as well as directing, writing and documentary making.
We work very much as a community and all undergraduates, as well as directing their own work, collaborate on camera, production or sound on Senior productions, which is an excellent way of learning. All our lecturers work within the industry on an international level. In addition, we have many speakers and workshops led by industry professionals and also collaborate with broadcasters and institutions on commissions and placements.