The BA Digital Film and Television (DFTV) programme led by Adam McIlwaine is for people who
are passionate about the art and craft of film-making. It has swiftly built a significant
reputation in the industry as well as acting as a catalyst and focus for artistic collaboration
within the Conservatoire.
We provide a rich and challenging environment for ambitious students who are keen to develop
their skills to the highest level and who have the potential to originate new ideas and formats for
film and television.
Film is a collaborative medium and here you will find all the resources you need at your
fingertips. Nowhere in the UK provides the range of disciplines that we do at this level.
You can work with actors, composers, directors, dancers, and musicians, as well as scenic
artists, stage managers, and technicians. Everything you need to make great work for the screen is
right here, and you can engage with the whole spectrum of performance arts.
The DFTV has extensive industry links at the highest levels. Our students find themselves
regularly involved in major productions and master classes as well as expert tuition from industry
practitioners on an almost daily basis.
We’ll help you develop your ideas and your creativity, and you can hone your skills in areas
including screenwriting, cinematography, production management, editing, or sound recording.
Over the past ten years our students have won and been nominated for a number of awards,
including BAFTAs and Royal Television Society Awards and our work has been shown in film festivals
across the world.
Our graduates can currently be found at the BBC, STV, on major film and television
productions, or directing and writing their own feature films. Others who want to build on their
experience here have gone on to further training at a number of institutions including to the
National Film and Television School.
Our approach to training is very different from the traditional technical training programmes.
The importance of film and TV theory and history is embedded in their practical work and vice versa
from the very beginning. This holistic approach grounds the students in the need to watch and
analyse in order to create to the highest standard.
Screen Content development is also explored in a students’ three year journey at DFTV. The
development of short form scripts and content for Television including Children’s TV are vital in a
sector where ideas are the most valuable currency.
The DFTV Programme works in partnership with many organisations such as BBC Scotland,
Progressive Broadcast Hire, Dumbarton Studi. We also have professional practitioners from all
disciplines working with our students on a daily basis.
Students work on projects throughout their three-year degree moving from micro-shorts (90
secs) to fully-realised short films (max 20mins). The films are realised on tape-based, DSLR and
RED camera systems as well as being edited on AVID. All productions are mentored by practitioners
and form a key part of a student’s course assessment.