More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. What does this mean for the future of cinema? As modes of communication shift, and the landscape becomes dominated by smartphones, apps and instant content, a selection of UK film schools respond by offering innovative programmes for the next generation.
Alongside a specialist BA Film course, Falmouth’s Creative App Development Masters acknowledges the importance of interactive media in the digital age. Recognising the prevalence of moving image in everyday life, it explores a range of areas including smartphones, games, VR, tablets, desktops and physical art installations. Find out more here.
London College of Fashion
In an online world dominated by apps such as Instagram, visuals and branding have become key to many industries. LCF’s Fashion Film course explores this, offering students the opportunity to combine striking garments with set design and music, shedding light on key formal and conceptual techniques. Find out more here.
Focusing on the expanding field of virtual reality, Middlesex’s multidisciplinary 3D Animation and Games BA offers the tools to build a career in either industry. Foregrounding ground-breaking developments in CGI, it offers cutting-edge facilities, offering insight into an exciting contemporary field. Find out more here.
Plymouth College of Art
To complement the school’s interest in experimentation, Plymouth’s BA Digital Media Production programme produces cutting-edge digital content, combining moving mage and audio to synthesise dynamic works. From music videos to advertisements, the course gives emerging visionaries the opportunity to develop a career in expanding online platforms. Find out more here.
Manchester School of Art
Offering a rounded approach to filmmaking, MMU’s Music and Sound for Media course specialises in sound for digital formats, looking to the future of cinema, television, gaming and more. The school’s cross discipline environment promotes industry skills; students work alongside filmmakers, animations and experimental creatives. Find out more here.
London College of Communication
LCC’s pioneering MA in Virtual Reality explores the application of VR technologies to filmmaking, visual effects, animation, gaming and augmented reality experiences. Demonstrating the theoretical and practical implications of new media, the course positions students at the forefront of the changing industry. Find out more here.
Film & TV School Wales at University of South Wales
The Visual Effects and Motions Graphics degree at USW looks to the prominence of these techniques in modern media. As an industry-focused course, it offers dynamic placements across cinema, advertising, music and television. Students have gone on to work on big names such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inception and Captain America. Find out more here.
University for the Creative Arts at Farnham
Bridging the boundaries between contemporary art and the moving image, Farnham’s Digital Film & Screen Arts BA explores transmedia approaches to production practice. Encouraging students to work at the cutting-edge of digital content, it offers a creative and critical programme. Find out more here.
Met Film School
New content is defined by cropping, editing and filtering. Met Film School’s MA in Post Production acknowledges this new way of living, providing a practical experience that explores all aspects of the process. From sound design to VFX, the course equips students with creative and technical skills that can be applied across the sector. Find out more here.
Lincoln School of Film & Media, University of Lincoln
Lincoln’s broad-based Interactive Design course looks to a digital industry, exploring virtual, augmented and mixed media worlds. Working with responsive websites, mobile apps and games, the programme opens up the digital landscape through animation, sound, graphic design and motion graphics. Find out more here.
1. Still from Abjective by Marie-Therese Hildenbrandt.
2. Still from LCC showreel 2016.
3. Still from Human ATM by Hannah Brinberg.
4. Still from LCC showreel 2016.