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Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Film Production course

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!

- Jonathan Carr, Course Leader

Before you join us

The Library here 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.
  • Mamet. D. (1992). On directing film. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Murch, W. (2007) In the blink of an eye. Los Angeles: Silman James Press. – Samuelson, D, W. (1998). David Samuelson’s “hands-on” manual for cinematographers. London: Focal Press
  • 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.

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...


The story of film

Cousins, M. (2008)

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

  • Notepad and pen/pencil
  • Memory stick
  • A smile

You are encouraged to bring your own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

We provide access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you have set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you are planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud we would recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

Please note, the course computers are Apple based.

The nature of the course means that you may need to use your computer on and off-campus. We, therefore, recommend that a portable laptop would be better than a desktop.

The course utilises Pro Tools, which is Mac based, and Avid Editing Suite, which is PC based.

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Overview

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth
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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here
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Arrival

We are looking forward to welcoming you to BA Film Production this year in just a few weeks!