Film Production BA (Hons)

Overview

If you’re a budding Spielberg or DuVernay, aspiring cinematographer or the next big thing in script writing, this BA (Hons) Film Production degree 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 and video industry.

When you complete the course, you’ll be equipped for a career in film, video 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

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

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed placement positions at well-known companies including:

  • Walt Disney
  • The Farm
  • NBC Universal

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

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.

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.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can follow in the footsteps of past graduates who have secured roles in the film and video industry 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

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 of our graduates have worked on popular and acclaimed productions, including the Guardians of the Galaxy motion picture. A team of our graduates won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in 2020 for Best Student Film, while another graduate team became RTS nominees for their 2018 film 'Here Be Dragons'.

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) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120-128 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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