Film Production BA (Hons)

Overview

If you’re a budding Spielberg or DeVernay, aspiring cinematographer or the next big thing in script writing, this BA (Hons) Film Production degree course is for you.

You’ll learn how to develop, write, produce, direct, shoot edit and promote short film for cinema, television and digital platforms. And you'll learn the professional skills you need to excel in the business side of the film industry.

When you complete the course, you’ll be equipped for a career in film and television and be able to tackle many other roles in the media industry.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Learn how to develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote short films for all platforms – around 80% of the course is practical
  • Use professional, industry-level equipment including Arri Alexa cinema camera systems, Avid Media Composer editing software, and a Pro Tools-equipped Foley and ADR sound studio
  • Attend masterclasses and workshops on scriptwriting, directing actors, cinematography, sound design, producing and post-production, hosted by experts in the field

You can also:

  • Put your skills to to test on a one-year work placement
  • Promote your work at our annual screening event at London’s British Film Institute (BFI), putting your abilities on show for guests from the industry
  • Showcase your work on our student TV channel and become part of the production team
  • Become a Certified User of Avid Media Composer editing software by completing the accredited MC101 and MC110 editing courses

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Creative Storytelling – 40 credits - This module is a practical introduction to film storytelling.

Editing for Film and Video – 20 credits - This module introduces you to computer video editing technology, techniques and theory with emphasis on gaining a comprehensive understanding of the post-production stage of film and video filmmaking using Avid Media Composer (Avid MC).

Eportfolio for Film and Broadcasting – 20 credits - On this module, you'll study professional practices related to the film and broadcast industry and create an online portfolio you can develop throughout your course.

Film Craft – 20 credits - On this module, you'll get an introduction to single-camera shooting techniques, and the production process, genres, technologies, operating skills, and roles and practices related to film production.

Film Language and Representation – 20 credits - What is film language? How do creative strategies create meaning? What are the relationships between films and their viewers? What are the relationships between film and the world it depicts?

Year 2

Core modules

Film Production Practices – 20 credits - On this module, you'll engage practically and creatively with the roles, responsibilities, techniques and disciplines associated with film production.

World and Transnational Cinema – 20 credits - This module introduces you to world cinema through 2 contextual perspectives – post-colonialism and transnationalism/globalisation.

Optional modules

CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year – 40 credits - This optional year-long module gives you experience in setting up and running a small business during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

CCI Work Placement – Full Year – 40 credits - This optional year-long placement module gives you relevant industrial or commercial experience during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

Cinematography – 20 credits - On this module, you'll develop the professional-level skills used in a modern camera department.

Creative Music and Effects for Film and TV – 20 credits - On this module, you'll build on your knowledge of TV and film processes by focusing on the creative use of music, sound and visual effects.

Directing – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn the techniques and processes involved in directing actors (and other contributors) for the screen.

Documentary and Factual – 20 credits - On this module, you'll work in a small group to produce a 10-minute, well-researched documentary film.

Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits - On this module, you'll develop your creative, intellectual and interpersonal attributes.

Fiction Film-Making – 20 credits - On this module, you'll explore the techniques and processes involved in fiction short film production.

Film Sound Production – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn about the disciplines and aesthetics involved with sound design, using Pro Tools software.

Professional Experience – 20 credits - This module gives you the opportunity to gain credit towards your degree from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning.

Student Enterprise – 20 credits - This module is a problem-based learning module, which will introduce you to the basics and reality of setting up and running a small business.

Underwater Filming and Media – 20 credits - This module provides an introduction to basic diving so you can attain a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water diving certificate. You'll also learn the theory and practice of underwater film production and photography.

Workflow and Grading – 20 credits - On this module, you'll build on the skills you developed in the 'Editing for Film and Video' module. You'll develop your understanding of film workflows, from camera to final delivery.

Year 3

Core modules

Graduate Film – 40 credits - This module builds upon the experience, knowledge and skills you acquired at Level 5. You'll produce a digital short film, either fiction/documentary or fiction/drama, up to 15-18 minutes in duration.

Graduate Film Package – 20 credits - In this module you'll create promotional material to support your Graduate film. You'll create trailers, behind the scenes (BTS) content and posters to promote your Graduate Film.

Independent Research Project – 20 credits - On this self-led module, you'll study a specific film-related topic of personal interest in depth.

Professional Industry Skills – 20 credits - On this module, you'll explore the practical and employability skills needed to get a graduate position in a specific industry role or discipline.

Self Promotion – 20 credits - On this module, you'll spend 40 hours working in industry.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops

You'll also learn by studying independently. You can borrow film production gear and use computer work stations in your own time to enhance your learning.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essay and report writing
  • video essays
  • film production artefacts
  • group projects and presentations
  • pitching
  • production files
  • practical assessments
  • workshops and supervised work sessions
  • masterclasses
  • tutorials
  • production meetings

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by written exams, 28% by practical exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by practical exams and 72% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Film Production degree?

After the course, you can follow in the footsteps of past graduates who have secured roles in areas such as:

  • broadcasting
  • producing
  • media management
  • scriptwriting
  • technical media
  • camera operation
  • sound recording
  • producing management and coordination
  • research and development
  • production design
  • post-production and effects

What jobs can you do with a Film Production degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • runner
  • camera assistant
  • junior/editing assistant
  • sound recordist
  • junior researcher
  • personal or production assistant
  • junior/production coordinator
  • 3rd 2nd assistant director

Some graduates have worked on popular and acclaimed productions, including the Guardians of the Galaxy motion picture.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120 points from A levels or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required. Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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