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High quality storytelling across all screens.

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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Screenwriter
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Producer


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High quality storytelling across all screens.


Ulster Un. Cinematic Arts is the no.1 film couse in Northern Ireland according to Guardian 2019 Leage Tables

The BSc (Hons) Cinematic Arts programme brings together filmmaking, drama, visual design, and music with the single purpose of finding new pathways for moving image, stories and user engagement. Cinematic Arts encourages consideration of all screens from a mobile device or tablet right through to a modern digital cinema screen, and in so doing it forges together high quality storytelling with the very latest in professional production standards and interactive applications. You will develop key skills in filmmaking and image production, cinematography, post-production, editing, narrative development, screenwriting, acting/directing, music/sound design, and entrepreneurship.

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Technology and the arts are experiencing a period of profound change. Central to this change is the way in which these previously unconnected areas of study are becoming evermore dependent on each other with respect to the creation and delivery of content for new digital media platforms.

This degree is aimed at people who wish to develop working methods in film and drama, drawing on a variety of creative and technological disciplines. You will typically already possess some background or interest in moving image and you will be expected to develop connections with other fields during the course of your studies. At the end of your three years, you will have the knowledge, skills and innovative drive to compete in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the creative industries.

The Cinematic Arts degree is based at the Magee campus within the School of Creative Arts and Technologies. Ulster’s School of Creative Arts and Technologies (SoCAT) is one of only a handful in the UK and Ireland to bring together cinematic arts, creative technologies, dance, drama, and music, in a dedicated multi- and interdisciplinary space.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards


Students are expected to be in attendance during the normal working week. In line with the University’s attendance policy, attendance at all taught sessions is compulsory. In addition, students working on projects and in independent work may be required occasionally to attend for group meetings/seminars in the evenings and at weekends.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC∆ at A2.

Preference may be given to candidates with Moving Image Arts A level.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. Where an applicant offers a profile of Diploma and an A level then the Diploma should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a BB equivalent at Diploma and the A level at grade C, see further below).

BB = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 5 distinctions)


The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile (grade C) - see further below).

A* grade = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions in level 3 units)

A grade = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions in level 3 units )

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades


∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course grades


∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of

25 points to include 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.


Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements


Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall Merit award (for entry to either Year 1).


Applicants holding a HNC with overall Distinction award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall mark of 50% in level 5 modules for entry to Year 1.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis .

Teaching and learning assessment

The course is mainly taught through small classes, so you will benefit from personal attention from your lecturers and tutors. Our labs and studios will be open from early in the morning until late in the evening—it’s just as well as your ideas will often take many hours to realise thoroughly. Assessment is primarily through practical project-based coursework.

In the first year you will have an introduction to film art, contemporary media, and the creation and manipulation of image based media using industry standard applications. By acquiring high-level technology and software skills you will be uniquely placed to present your ideas in innovative ways.

In second year you will take more advanced modules in areas such as screenwriting, cinematography, the history and theory of film, art direction and production design.

In the final year you will collaborate with other students to plan, produce and present a major piece of digital work. Examples of projects include film, documentary, video installation, interactive application, sound design/film score or, ideally, a mixture of a number of these areas.

Students benefit from guest lectures from leading artists and industry figures and will be exposed to cutting edge creative practice and debate through participation in departmental events.

Exemptions and transferability

Students wishing to transfer to the degree at Ulster from other institutions may apply via UCAS for entry into Year 2 provided they can demonstrate equivalence in their learning to that point. Prior learning, including experiential learning, may be evaluated as a basis for admission at any stage of the programme. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Screenwriter
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Producer

Career options

Cinematic Arts graduates will complete their studies possessing a range of valuable and transferrable skills in key areas of moving image content development/production, communication and creative thinking. As systems naturally converge, more and more future opportunities will be grasped by innovative teams of interdisciplinary thinkers.

Cinematic Arts graduates may find themselves in a variety of roles:

  • Film and filmmaking
  • Screenwriting
  • Direction/Production
  • Cinematography
  • Post-production e.g. editing
  • Advertising
  • Online media
  • Ambient media
  • Live performance
  • Visual arts
  • Research

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see:

Work placement / study abroad

On successful completion of Year 2, students can opt for additional diploma qualifications:

  • Industrial Placement (Diploma of Professional Practice, or DPP)
  • Study Abroad (Diploma in International Academic Studies, or DIAS)

Academic profile

Dr. Murat Akser - Fellow of the HEA

Dr. Victoria McCollum

Mr. Lee Cedaux


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes


Additional mandatory costs

The School provides a range of resources incl. computer workstations, cameras, lighting, and sound equipment which can be utilised by students with aporoariate training. Additonally, the Magee library is well stocked with the vast majority of required reading and viewing.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


For further information about this programme, contact the School of Arts and Humanities on +44 (0)28 7167 5133 or email Catherine Russell at

For admissions queries contact

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities


Gemma Carlin-Brannigan is part of the first cohort of cinematic artsgraduates, following the course’s introduction in 2014.

Described by the University as having a passion for her subject, Gemma’s work focuses on filmmaking, post-production, editing, screenwriting, directing and entrepreneurship. Gemma’s course has opened the door for her to work on a number of local film projects and sporting events such as the SuperCup NI.

Gemma Carlin-Brannigan said:

“I was always interested in filmmaking from a young age. It started out as a hobby but I soon realised I was actually quite good at it and ended up studying Moving Image Arts, Photography and Media Studies at A level. When it came to choosing a university course, the Ulster University Cinematic Arts programme was a perfect match with my career ambitions.

“Now that I’ve graduated, I want to spend the summer developing my skills and improve on the techniques I’ve learnt at university. Northern Ireland is becoming a popular destination for big production companies so it’s my ambition to one day work on the next big hit television show.”