Industry needs graduates with a sophisticated set of professional skills—across a range of disciplines—which will enable them to approach a moving image project with a deep understanding of how the various elements interact, and collaborate to create an experience which both engages and moves the viewer. This course offers graduates the ability to build sustained and exciting careers working at the forefront of a highly competitive field.

Degree: BSc (Hons) in Cinematic Arts

UCAS Code: W600

Duration: 4 years F/T (incl. 1 year placement option)


The unique Cinematic Arts programme at Ulster University brings together filmmaking/video, drama, design and music with the single purpose of finding new pathways for moving image, stories and viewer engagement. Cinematic Arts embraces 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. The course offers students above-the-line skills with modules in screenwriting, directing, acting, and also technical modules in editing and cinematography. The scope of the course necessitates project-based work across traditional subject boundaries, leading students to develop adaptable creative and technical skills which will equip them for work in a rapidly evolving media/content landscape.

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.

You will develop key skills in:

  • filmmaking/video and image production
  • cinematography
  • editing
  • post-production
  • narrative development/screenwriting
  • acting/directing
  • visual design
  • music/sound design
  • entrepreneurship

The School of Creative Arts and Technologies is home to filmmakers, designers, technologists, musicians, actors and dramatists alike, and the strong sense of community will provide you with many opportunities to collaborate with and learn from each other. Frequently, these collaborations will continue after you graduate.

With this combination of exposure to a variety of creative fields, a range of technical skills, and an understanding of the wider creative industries, you will be extremely well-placed to compete successfully in what is a rapidly changing employment market.

The course is mainly taught through small classes, so you will benefit from the personal attention of 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. However, when you have a number of outstanding projects to call your own, the long hours will have been worth it.


Listed below are the selection of modules currently available on the Cinematic Arts programme. The focus in Year 1 is on the visual image, and building key skills. As all modules are compulsory you must register for, and pass all modules. Please note that (C) denotes a compulsory module. Similarly (O) signals an optional module. Optional modules—commencing in Year 2— enable students to fine tune their interests by electing specific pathways through the programme.

Full-time students must take 120 credits across the year, or 60 credits in each semester.

Part-time students must take 60 credits in each year.

Year 1

Semester I
Semester II
Introduction to Film Art - CIN101 (C) [20 Credits]Visual Storytelling - CIN102 (C) [20 Credits]
Design Thinking - CRE103 (C) [10 Credits]Introduction to Acting - CIN104 (C) [20 Credits]
Creative Coding 1 - CRE115 (C) [20 Credits]Typography - DES110 (C) [20 Credits]
Editing 1 - CIN103 (C) [10 Credits]

Year 2

Semester I
Semester II
History and Theory of Film - CIN301 (C) [20 Credits]Aesthetic Practices - CRE301 (C) [20 Credits]
Screenwriting - CIN302 (C) [20 Credits]Art Direction/Production Design - CIN306 (C) [20 Credits]
Cinematography - CIN303 (C) [10 Credits]Dramatic Short - CIN304 (O) [20 Credits]
Editing 2 - CIN308 (C) [10 Credits]Acting and Screen - DRA310 (O) [20 Credits]

Optional Placement Year

Semester I & II
Industrial Placement (Diploma of Professional Practice) - DES309 (O) 60 [Credits]
Study Abroad (Diploma in International Academic Studies) - DES313 (O) [120 Credits]

Final Year

Semester I
The Business of Film & TV - CIN500 (C) [20 Credits]
Web Series - CIN501 (O) [20 Credits]
Writing for Stage and Screen - DRA516 (O) [20 Credits]
Music and Moving Image - MUS506 (O) [20 Credits]
Documentary Practice - CIN502 (O) [20 Credits]
Semester II
Final Project (Practice) - CIN503 (C) [40 Credits]
Final Project (Theory & Context) - CIN504 (C) [20 Credits}

Entry Requirements

You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent).

The entry requirements for Cinematic Arts have been updated for 2016/17.

  • A-level

Offer in range 260-280 UCAS tariff points to include grades BCC-BBC. Preference may be given to applicants offering grade C or above in A-level Moving Image Arts (MIA).

  • Irish Leaving Certificate

Offer in range 260-280 UCAS tariff points to include grades BBCCC-BBBCC.

  • Equivalence

Download this table to review how qualifications not mentioned above equate to UCAS tariff points.

How to apply

Details on how to apply via UCAS are available here


The University provides student accommodation at two locations: Coppin House and Duncreggan Student Village.

Both locations are close to the Magee campus.

More details on life at Ulster is available here

Career Options

Graduates will be able to pursue careers in the areas of film, filmmaking and video, screenwriting, direction, production, cinematography, post-production, editing, advertising, online media, ambient media, music and sound design, theatre, live performance, visual arts and research.


Our prospectus entry for 2016/17 can be viewed here and 2017/18 here

Course Fees

Details of tuition fees at the University are available here

Further Information:

For more information on the Cinematic Arts programme you can contact the course team via: