The Cinematic Arts programme will be represented at the Skills Northern Ireland event on Tuesday 8 November from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast.

If you are interested in a career in the area of moving image production, we would be happy to chat through the various options, and career pathways available to you.

 

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Registration

  • Year one Cinematic Arts students are scheduled to register on Wednesday 21 September at 1100. Greg (Course Director) will be present to assist you.
  • You must bring the items listed below with you to registration. This is REALLY important; if you do not bring all the required details we cannot register you. The required items are:
    • Results**
    • Passport Photo
    • Photographic ID
    • Pen
    • Fees/Financial Forms

** We check GCSE and equivalent qualifications, A-level and equivalent qualifications such as BTEC, ILC, Access, IB and HND/C and also ancillary qualifications such as COPE, Music Board grades and Key Skills.

Induction

In parallel with registration, and by way of introducing the School and key Cinematic Arts staff, we will be hosting a Cinematic Arts Welcoming Day on Wednesday 21 September. The schedule for the day is as follows:

1015 - 1050: Welcome and general introduction (Room MQ226)

1100 - 1300: Registration at the Sports Centre, followed my online enrolment in room MF218

1300 - 1400: Lunch

1400 - 1500: Regroup with Course Director and team, tour of facilities, Q&A (Room MQ209)

We will direct you to the registration locations (Sports Centre, MF218) at the appropriate time. Rooms MQ226 and MQ209 are on the first floor of the Foyle Arts Building.

Final Notes

  • All students are required to attend as the information provided, and subsequent conversations will be extremely valuable during the opening weeks of the course.
  • Please review our accommodation information and advice for 2016/17 
  • If you have any questions regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Office.

We look forward to seeing you all :-)

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As Cinematic Arts enters its third year, and we begin preparations for our first set of graduates in 2017, the team felt it was time to render a number of updates to the programme. Normally, updates to courses are considered every five years when undergraduate programmes at Ulster go through a mandatory revalidation process. We felt however that three years was too long to wait—a contemporary and consistent student experience is very important to us—and so we're pushing the UPDATE button now!

Over the last two years we have listened closely to the feedback gathered from our wonderful students, and via liaison with industry partners, we have identified a series of optimisations which will ensure a more coherent learning experience. In particular, more time engaged in practical filmmaking—even though we felt we were already quite a hands-on programme with a practical to theory ratio of ~ 2:1—is central to the update. As a university programme the balance between both theory components—which are essential for research—and practical components is a recurring challenge. High level practice informed by research is our mantra.

All modules continue to be assessed by coursework. This simply means that in each module you will be asked to create something; this might be a script, or a final edit, or a short film, or a combination of these. There are no exams as we find this to be a generally ineffective way to assess the type of work that we do. In all cases, the instruction you receive in class builds towards the final assignment, and indeed your final project in final year. Teaching and assessment are therefore tuned to support your learning in the most relevant way possible.

The Cinematic Arts programme can be approximated as follows:

  • Year one will direct attention towards the visual image, and the development of key skills.
  • In year two we introduce narrative elements, character development, and production design while continuing to expand your understanding of film history, and develop more advanced hands-on skills in editing and cinematography.
  • An optional placement year enables students to either study abroad, or engage in work placements with industry partners. We should also note at this point that work-based learning initiatives have been expanded in a number of modules, and in so doing the range of opportunities available to students to engage in real-world work has been greatly increased.
  • The final year includes a selection of optional modules in semester one—designed to provide more advanced instruction in key areas—and a final project which is completed throughout semester two.

In summary, we are pleased with the new structure and are quite excited about the creative opportunities it will present.

The new programme structure can be found here

Thoughts or queries? Please use the comments below or get in touch with us directly

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The Cinematic Arts team will be discussing the programme and showcasing recent work in addition to being available for specific questions about the course as follows:

Talks are scheduled for 1100 and 1300 in room 12G05. Outside of these times a member of the team will be available at the Faculty of Arts stand in the Sports Hall.

  • Magee Campus: 17 September, 2016

Course talks are scheduled for 1100 and 1200 in room MQ209. Each talk will be followed by a tour of the facilities. Outside of these times a member of the team will be available at the Foyle Arts Building.

If you are applying to the Cinematic Arts programme in 2017/18 we would encourage you to come along and chat to the team.

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Prospective students wishing to stay on campus during term time should review the Residential Services website. Information regarding Magee is available here.

Should wish to contact Residential Services directly, they can be reached as follows:

Telephone: 028 71675757 -or- 028 71675758

E-mail: accommodationm@ulster.ac.uk

Office Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0930 to 1630

NOTE: Due to the demands of the year one timetable, we would not recommend that students attempt to commute to the campus from the eastern side of the province daily. Remember also that you will need to make time for practice in the labs/studios, and working on group projects with colleagues - none of which will be scheduled by the course team. In short, year one is a full-time commitment and in order to achieve your best, we would suggest you try and keep travel times to a minimum. Please contact Greg (Course Director) is you have any further queries.

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We will be holding an Information Session on Wednesday 9th March. The session will include:

  • a description of the programme objectives: mission and vision
  • a report on progress to date: as a relatively new programme applicants may like to hear how our current students are finding the course
  • questions and answers with staff
  • a tour of the facilities in both the MH and MQ buildings

Location: MQ209, Magee campus

Date: 9th March 2015

Time: 1415

NOTE: If you hope to attend please confirm using the Contact form. This will enable us to anticipate numbers. Thanks!

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We have been made aware of an issue with the Ulster University website which is preventing the appearance of the Cinematic Arts (W600) entry for 2016/17. This is due to an update of the management software.

We would like to assure all applicants that the Cinematic Arts programme will definitely be running in 2016/17 and that the apparent absence of the course listing is in no way related to the reported cuts at Ulster University. It is simply a software update issue.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us

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Following yesterday's (16/09/15) network outage, we have been advised that all systems are now operational.

With this in mind, Cinematic Arts students can register between 0930 and 1300 on Friday 18 September in MF218.

For those students who are unable to make this slot, late enrolment is scheduled for Wednesday 23 September at 1400 in the Library (MM Block). You will not be able to register before this time. 

 

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The entry requirements for Cinematic Arts have been updated for 2016/17. We have provided a summary of the updated requirements below - more details are available under the course description

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.

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Registration

  • Year one Cinematic Arts students are scheduled to register on Wednesday 16 September at 1130 in MF218. Greg will be present to assist you with module selection (see below).
  • Full details of what you must bring with you on the day of registration are available here. This is REALLY important. If you do not bring all the requisite details we cannot register you fully.

Induction

By way of introducing the School and key Cinematic Arts staff we invite all new Cinematic Arts students to a Welcoming Day on Wednesday 16 September. The schedule for the day is as follows:

0930 - 1030: Welcome and general introduction (Room MQ226)

1030 - 1100: Tour of facilities

1130 - 1300: Registration at the Sports Hall (MF218)

1300 - 1400: Lunch

1400 - 1430: UUSU Induction (MB010)

1515 - 1615: Library/IT Induction (Room MM221)

Room MQ226 is in the Foyle Arts Building (also referred to as MQ block). We will direct you to the registration location (MF218) at the appropriate time.

Module Selection

Though the majority of modules in year one are compulsory, in the second semester you will have the option of choosing either DES124 Introduction to 3D Design or DES110 Typography. Descriptions as follows:

  • DES110 - The module specifically works in two segments. Typographic Design and Communicating Design. Typographic Design explores the principles of creating effective typographic design solutions for prescribed visual problems. Communicating Design is the process of developing students appreciation of how good communication is created and applied in a commercial or artistic context. Although students may use technology to finish out projects, the latter half of the module is essentially about coming to terms with the role of design in media rich projects so that students may be confident in the way they use it in future work.
  • DES124 - Through lectures, assignments, case studies and related information students will be introduced to the multi-disciplinary nature of 3D design.  The module provides an insight into the commercial world of 3D Design by studying the working methods and skills required in the field.  The core element of this module is formed by competencies of form, function and purpose. Students will learn how to research, effectively communicate, think creatively, analyse and problem solve and effectively visualise in 3D.

To summarise the options, DES124 is for students who are interested in 3D design and wish to pursue this pathway. Usually, though not necessarily, students who take this module will draw/sketch regularly and enjoy visualising 3D space. DES110 is all about text; how we use it, what it looks like, how it changes over time, what is says. Think about your favourite title sequence from a film and how text was used. DES110 will enable you to consider this in even greater detail.

Final Notes

  • All students are required to attend as the information provided and subsequent conversations will be extremely valuable during the opening weeks of the course.
  • If you have any questions regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Office.

We look forward to seeing you all :-)

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Many thanks to everyone who attended the Cinematic Arts Information Session on Friday 27th March. Here are the slides from that session in case you would like to review. Should you have any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch

We will be holding an Information Session on Friday 27th March. The session will include:

  • a description of the programme objectives: mission and vision
  • a report on progress to date: as a relatively new programme applicants may like to hear how our current students are finding the course
  • questions and answers with the programme Course Director
  • a tour of the facilities in both the MH and MQ buildings

Location: MQ125, Magee campus [PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM HAS BEEN UPDATED]

Date: 27th March 2015

Time: 1415

NOTE: If you hope to attend please confirm using the Contact form. This will enable us to anticipate numbers. Thanks!

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We have at last joined the Twitter machine! Now you can keep up to date with course developments, events and thinking as they occur ;-)

Our handle is @cinematicarts_

Should the question arise, for a variety of reasons, we do not feel that Facebook is suitable within an education environment and therefore do not support it in this particular context. More details on our thinking in this area are available from the Creative Technologies website

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Following a recent BBC Northern Ireland report which made reference to cuts at Ulster University, and in particular, cuts to courses "linked to film studies", we are aware that this may be causing some concern amongst Cinematic Arts applicants. Let me assure you that Cinematic Arts will not be affected by the cuts. Cinematic Arts is in a healthy condition and will continue to focus on the future of moving image for the foreseeable future.

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It's that time of year again and as we busily work our way through Cinematic Arts applications for 2015/16 it is encouraging to note that this year we're seeing close to a 200% increase in application numbers. Why is this encouraging? It's encouraging because it signals that our feelings regarding the need for such a style of programme were correct and that our message, and mission, is resonating with future filmmakers :-)

If you have applied to Cinematic Arts rest assured we'll be in touch very soon. As we receive a large number of applications we're working through them in groups. Please note:

  • We have updated our admissions policy with respect to A-Level candidates studying Moving Image Arts and these applicants should be receiving a conditional offer via UCAS very soon
  • Applicants seeking direct entry into year 2 of the programme will be required to attend an interview (see The Interview below)
  • In the majority of cases, applicants from the Republic of Ireland will also be required to attend an interview (see The Interview below). This should not be regarded as a cause for concern. It's simply the case that sometimes we're unable to assess a candidates suitability for the programme from their application alone. For the first time this year we're making available to Republic of Ireland applicants the possibility of a video interview via Skype. Please let us know if this is your preference when confirming your interview slot.  

The Interview

The interview is essentially an informal chat where we discuss favourite films, directors, and in particular, previous work in the area. This work can be either formal (via a course of study) or informal (for example, you have your own camera and have made a number of short films, or, you have written/performed a script.) All we are trying to do is establish the level of your interest in the subject. 

We therefore encourage applicants to bring along relevant examples of previous work, for example, sketching, writing, illustration, photography and in particular moving image work. Should you have any materials available online, please forward relevant links to the Course Director in advance.

Lastly, the interview schedule for 2015/16 is quite tight so we ask all applicants to be prompt and prepared. If displaying digital materials which have not been forwarded in advance, we would ask that you bring along a laptop if possible.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Registration

Induction

By way of introducing the School and key Cinematic Arts staff we invite all new Cinematic Arts students to a Welcoming Day on Thursday 18th September. The schedule for the day is as follows:

1045 - 1145: Welcome and General Introduction (Room MQ125)

1215 - 1315: Library & IT Induction (Room MM221)

1315 - 1415: Lunch

1415 - 1530: Q&A with Staff, Building Tour (Room MQ125)

Room MQ125 is in the Foyle Arts building - it is also referred to as MQ block on campus maps. We will direct you to MM221 at the appropriate time.

If you have any questions regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Office.

We ask all students to attend as the information provided and subsequent conversations will be extremely valuable during the opening weeks of the course.

We look forward to seeing you all :-)

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The best education in film is to make one. I would advise any neophyte director to try to make a film by himself. A three-minute short will teach him a lot. I know that all the things I did at the beginning were, in microcosm, the things I’m doing now as a director and producer. There are a lot of noncreative aspects to filmmaking which have to be overcome, and you will experience them all when you make even the simplest film: business, organization, taxes, etc., etc.

Stanley Kubrick (1928 - 1999)

Since successfully validating the new Cinematic Arts programme in March we've been hard at work making preparations for September and our first cohort of students. The preparations range from acquiring library resources, updating and developing teaching/research resources, developing a high-end visual computer lab, hiring new staff and updating our filmmaking equipment resources; specifically the purchase of new cameras, lighting and the development of a dedicated space for work with chroma key and compositing.

Our intention is to enable Cinematic Arts students to produce moving image work to the highest possible standard utilising industry norm workflows. From the outset we will provide training in and access to all available resources. So, even in year one, students will have access to the best we have available in filmmaking resources which will include three Canon C100 cameras incl. range of lenses, rig, microphone, Ninja 2 recorder, matte box and follow focus and an extensive range of lighting equipment. Our media workflow is primarily Mac and Avid-based utilising Media Composer for editing and Avid ISIS for storage and collaboration. We'll also be utilising Adobe Creative Cloud quite extensively and Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and compositing. Lastly, a grading facility is in development utilising DaVinci Resolve and a fully featured Tangent Element panel. Sound good? We think so!