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Film Production Welcome Guide

Preparing for your course

We're delighted that you've chosen to join our creative community at Arts University Bournemouth. We can't wait to see what you'll create.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Film Production

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. We hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your Course Leader

Congratulations on joining the BA (Hons) Film Production course at Arts University Bournemouth. You have an exciting time ahead of you! In this pack, you'll find all the information that will allow you to prepare.

While practical filmmaking forms an extensive part of our course – and you'll be making films within weeks of your arrival – research is also central to your process. You must recognise the importance of reading widely, watching critically, and reflecting on all aspects of your creative practice. But we also encourage you to look beyond film to the wider arts and to the political, social, and cultural stories of the day. Students who engage with the world around them will always generate the most compelling stories.

The film staff and students look forward to seeing you!

- Tom Strudwick, Acting Course Leader

Before you join us

The Library at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you'll need. The Course Handbook will be given to students during Induction Week, and this contains key and recommended texts. For now, you can get started with some of the following:

  • Cousins, M. (2008). The story of film. Pavilion.
  • Dancyger, K. and Cooper, P. (2005). Writing the short film. [ebook] Boston/Oxford: Focal Press
  • Macdonald, K. & Cousins, M. (1996). Imagining reality: the Faber book of documentary. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Stok, Danusia (1993). Kieslowski on Kieslowski. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Vogler, C. (1998). The writer’s journey. CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

There is no summer project for this course.

Current student work

Have a look through some of the work our current students are producing to get an idea of the type of work you may be making on our course.

What to bring on your first day

All you need to bring on your first day is a smile, a USB stick, a notebook and a pen.

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We’re delighted for you to join us at AUB – we can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

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Next Steps

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