📖Introduction

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China.

The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

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📚About the Program

Bachelor’s in Film Making at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Overview:

Watching films has become China’s national pastime. There is a thirst for stories that hold audiences spellbound, and you can now learn how to tell them.

Have you ever sat in a cinema and thought, 'I want to tell stories like that!’? Have you ever wanted to work on real film productions with real movie stars? If you have the passion to communicate your thoughts and your stories on the big screen, this program is for you.

The BA Filmmaking is a practice-based program that fosters creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. You will learn to make films both for the small screen and for cinema consumption.

Your practice will include notions of the creative producer, directing for both documentaries and drama, storytelling, cinematography, sound design, and editing, as well as marketing films worldwide.

Program Features:

  • Learn in an industry-standard, purpose-built film school building operational from 2020, with world-class facilities including high-end cameras, a fully functional digital media lab, a television studio, motion capture facilities, a sound stage, and even a cinema.
  • Study project-management and other international film and television industry-standard software
  • Learn from award-winning international staff and industry professionals
  • Gain practical experience through industry work experience opportunities, and the chance to create your own films and work on live projects
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and a globally recognized degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

NOTE: Students with Chinese nationality can not apply to XJTLU as foreign students, even if they were born outside China. Students with Chinese nationality need to pass the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), also known as Gaokao(高考), in order to get into a university in China.

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from BA Filmmaking, you will have:

  • an awareness of your potential as a content creator, with the ability to take your knowledge, specialist skills and understanding into the world of work
  • advanced and specialist skills in filmmaking, including specific knowledge of production techniques, research, and creative processes within your area of specialization
  • the ability to use theoretical understanding to inform practice, and practice to inform theory
  • high-level skills in critical thinking and communication, with the capacity for both self-reflection and working collaboratively
  • an entrepreneurial mindset, with the ability to think like an entrepreneur in marketing yourself and your projects.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this program are well prepared for positions such as producer, director, screenwriter, content producer, advertising creative, cinematographer, sound designer, post-production editor, and digital media entrepreneur. Graduates may pursue employment in a large media company, or be entrepreneurial and start up a company of their own.

Offers For International Students:

  • Early Bird Discount: All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.
  • Join a free Chinese language course: XJTLU now offers a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Entry Requirements

1) Entry into Year One

They welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in relevant subjects.

2) Entry into Year Two

Students have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

3) English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a range of attractive scholarships to exceptionally qualified applicants who wish to start in 2020.

Scholarships available range from 10 to 50 percent of tuition for each award, depending upon the specific scholarship program.

Available scholarships for International Students and eligibility are outlined below. Successful applicants can be awarded only one scholarship per year, scholarships may not be combined.

The XJTLU scholarship committee meets to consider scholarship awards to students who have already received an offer of admission approximately five times per year from mid-November to mid-June. You are encouraged to apply early for admission to XJTLU programs to ensure the availability of scholarship opportunities.

1) ENTRY SCHOLARSHIP FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC APPLICANTS

We offer an entry scholarship of up to RMB 44,000 (or up to 50 percent of the tuition fee) per year for international and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan undergraduate students, based on academic excellence. Your indication of interest during the online program application process and filling in the ‘XJTLU Entry Scholarship’ section are required to be considered for this scholarship. Entry scholarships are renewable annually subject to continued strong academic performance. The panel that makes decisions on entry scholarship awards meets at various times throughout the year and you are encouraged to apply early for admission to XJTLU undergraduate programs to ensure availability of scholarship opportunities. Deadlines throughout the year are:

  • First round: 30 November 2019
  • Second round: 29 February 2020
  • Third round: 15 April 2020
  • Fourth round: 15 May 2020
  • Fifth round: 15 June 2020

Please note the final application deadline is 15 June 2020.

2) HIGHER EDUCATION TOWN SCHOLARSHIP

Suzhou Higher Education Town where XJTLU is located offers generous academic merit scholarships to international undergraduate students studying degree programs and short courses. Please indicate your interest in being considered during the program application process.

3) THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL 2+2 DISCOUNT

Continuing XJTLU students who choose the 2+2 study route and transfer to The University of Liverpool for Years Three and Four will be offered a discount of 10 percent off the tuition fees of the University of Liverpool.

4) PROGRESSION SCHOLARSHIP

Progression scholarships are awarded based upon a student’s average marks in the previous academic session. The award for first-class marks is currently RMB 10,000; the award for second class marks is RMB 5,000. Nominations are considered automatically, there is no need for students to apply.

5) STUDY DUSHU LAKE AMBASSADOR SCHEME

Up to 25 percent reduction of annual tuition fees and work placement may be available for all continuing students.

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📖Program Curriculum

Year One:
UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two:
Documentary Theory and Practice
Introduction to Sound
Introduction to Camera and Lighting
Introduction to Film and TV
Introduction to Post-Production
Introduction to Storytelling
Introduction to Production
Introduction to Chinese Literature
Screen Writing for Film and TV
Fiction Theory and Practice
Introduction to Directing
English Language and Study Skills III for Language and Communications

Year Three:
Compulsory modules:
Chinese Cinema
Documentary Craft
Adaptation Across the Media
Minor Film Project
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
Film and TV Cultures

Optional modules:
Directing: Craft and Practice
Screenwriting Craft and Practice
Producing Craft and Practice
The Art of Cinematography
The Art of Sound
The Art of Post-Production
Experimental Film Practices
The Music Promo
China and the Digital Revolution
Global Media and Entertainment

Year Four:
Compulsory modules:
Collaborative Project
Marketing and Distribution of Content in a Global Context
Creative Project Development
Mediated Project
Final Year Project: Moving Image

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🏫About Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Why Choose XJTLU?

  • Two Degrees: 1 from the University of Liverpool & 1 from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Bachelor's students)
  • The University of Liverpool degree (Master's and PhD students)
  • All degree courses are taught 100% in English.
  • No knowledge of the Chinese language is required to apply to XJTLU.
  • Learn free of charge Chinese alongside your course.
  • A friendly international community.
  • International Opportunities: "2+2" study route to the University of Liverpool, UK for undergraduate students (more than 3,500 XJTLU students are now studying at the University of Liverpool, UK through "2+2")
  • International Opportunities: Wide range of study abroad opportunities in partner institutions in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the UK, the USA, South Korea, Russia, etc.
  • International Opportunities: Partnerships with multinational companies in the likes of HSBC, Standard Chartered, Siemens, KPMG, Alstom, Schneider, ICBC, etc.

About Suzhou

You have the opportunity to live in one of the most culturally rich areas of China, with Suzhou’s UNESCO World Heritage gardens and canals famous around the world.

Suzhou combines its rich 2,500-year-old history with a drive to become one of the most modern cities in China. It has a population of more than six million and a GDP of a trillion RMB – far larger than those of many entire countries!

Alongside its beautiful tourist spots, Suzhou has many excellent learning resources and sports facilities, a great choice of shopping malls, cinemas and restaurants, and a variety of bars and nightclubs.

Today, the city’s canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000.

Suzhou is located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Within Suzhou is Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the most competitive development zones in China. This area also contains the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (home to XJTLU), which sits beside Dushu Lake, one of two lakes in SIP.

Central Shanghai can be reached from Suzhou in just 30 minutes by high-speed train.

Library

XJTLU students have access to a wide range of library resources, from books and journals to electronic databases and articles. The library plays a key role as a research support and learning centre for the University, developing its collection by focusing on subject development and research requirements.

The library currently holds over 500,000 books, which are added to and updated throughout the year in response to requests from academic departments. It provides 22,000 square metres of space, housing 300 PCs and 2,500 seats for studying, discussion and computer and studio work.

Campuses

North Campus

Full of striking, architecturally impressive buildings, our North Campus provides state-of-the art teaching, laboratory, research and support facilities. This includes the award-winning and iconic Central Building, which houses our library.

The campus also has sports facilities, world class-fully equipped science and engineering laboratories, International Business School Suzhou, and design studios, as well as a variety of catering facilities, including Subway, Pacific Coffee Company, and many canteen-style fast-food options.

Landscaped gardens complement pieces of modern art to create a campus environment that has become one of the striking features of Suzhou Industrial Park.

South Campus

The first phase of our South Campus was opened to the public on 26 July 2016, as a major part of the University’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Architecturally it contrasts our North Campus and features modern designs that complement the surrounding area. Eventually, the South Campus will satisfy the learning and teaching needs of approximately 6,000 XJTLU students as well as the University’s academic exchanges and research development plans. It will consist of eight buildings and be developed over two further phases:

Phase II: International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU

This phase will see the completion of a new building for International Business School Suzhou, set to open by the end of 2017.

PHASE III: XJTLU-GF School of Film and Television Arts and XJTLU Gym

Phase III consists of two buildings – the construction of the XJTLU-GF School of Film and Television Arts and a gym. Both buildings are expected to open by the end of 2018. The development of the School, in collaboration with financial services provider Gold Finance Group, is a significant part of XJTLU’s academic development strategy. It will mix digital media arts and film and television production and technology with performance and acting. The gym will provide improved and diversified sports facilities for students and staff on campus.

Living in University

When you come to XJTLU, you will have the opportunity to try a whole range of different sports and activities as well as developing any existing skills you already have.

Student clubs and societies

Student clubs and societies play an important part of student life. XJTLU has many organisations with themes such as art, sports, music, entrepreneurship, dance to name but a few. Some of the more established groups include a Model United Nations and the Student Union.

Another society, Intercom, provides a platform for all international students to arrange activities and events, and share ideas and experiences with the wider student body.

Catering

3 canteens, 3 coffee shops, Bar, Restaurants

Sports 

Currently, 21 sports are offered through PE classes at XJTLU, including badminton, basketball, belly dancing, billiards, boxing, bridge, Chinese martial arts, football, free combat, body building, golf, popping, roller-skating, sport dancing, table tennis, taekwondo, tai chi, tai chi sword, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and yoga.

We have outside sport facilities that include basketball and tennis courts as well as indoor facilities, such as a golf training venue, gym, dance room, and table tennis room. There is also a football field located next to the new South Campus.

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🏠 Accommodation

The accommodation facilities our students stay in are located within the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District and managed privately by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development and Investment Limited Company.

All international students are guaranteed accommodation throughout their study at XJTLU. Accommodation options range from studios to five-bedroom apartments (subject to availability with preference given to advanced bookings).

Most students stay in the Wencui Parfait apartments where each student has a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom – the average monthly rental fee is RMB 1,600 per month. Rents range from RMB 1,200 per month to RMB 2,100 per month depending on the length of the contract.

If preferred, postgraduate international students can access cheaper, basic dormitory accommodation which is either single or shared with prices ranging from 300-500 RMB per month.

Notes:
  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

88,000 CNY per year

352,000 CNY in total

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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