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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Production Design
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Lighting


High quality storytelling across all screens.


Study Cinematic Arts at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BSc (Hons) Cinematic Arts programme brings together filmmaking, drama, visual design, music and interaction design 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 4K 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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About this course

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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 creative technologies, cinematic arts, dance, drama, design 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 2016
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 280 UCAS tariff points, grades BBC∆.

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 UCAS.


Overall BTEC Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points with DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation (the award profile should include a minimum of 9-10 distinctions in level 3 units) or 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 one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a B at A level with the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points - see further below).

280 = Distinction*, Distinction* (To include 10 distinctions)

260 = Distinction, Distinction* (To include 9 distinctions)

240 = Distinction, Distinction (To include 8 distinctions)

200 = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)

180 = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

160 = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

The Subsidiary Diploma 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 total tariff points - see further below).

140 = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions)

120 = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions)

100 = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions)

80 = Merit (To include 5 merits)

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points (to include grades BBBCC) at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of AAAA.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum BBC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points to include 12 at higher level (280 UCAS tariff points).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 65% - 70%.

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 120 credits at level 5 including a minimum of: 2 distinctions, 2 merits and 4 passes (for entry to Year 1). Applicants holding a suitable subject related HND will be considered for Year 2 entry. Typical offers will be 5 distinctions 2 merits and 1 pass in level 5 units.

Applicants holding a HNC will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry.

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses linked to this programme should achieve an overall pass of 40% for entry to Year 2. Applicants from non-linked Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall average of 45-50% in second year modules for Year 1 entry.

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:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Production Design
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Lighting

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


Applications to Ulster’s full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply. UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the central admissions service for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities.

Applications open during September for courses starting in the September of the following year. There are several UCAS deadlines, but it is important that applications are received by January 15. Applications may be made after this date but universities do not have to consider them equally.

If you are at school or college, your teachers will introduce you to the process and help you through your application. The UCAS website has videos and guides explaining what you need to do.

Once you have made your application you will receive offers from universities through UCAS Apply. Offers will be made by universities at different times, the same university may even send offers for different courses at different times. Do not panic and accept the first offer your receive. Before deciding, wait until you have received replies for all the courses you applied to.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Additional mandatory costs

We endeavour as much as possible to mitigate additional costs. The School provides a range of resources incl. computer workstations, cameras, lighting, and sound equipment which can 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 and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.


Greg O'Hanlon - Course Director


T: +44 (0)28 71675529