BA (Hons)

Film Industries

Explore international film culture from blockbusters to independent shorts

PP30UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

Film Industries takes a fresh and dynamic approach to the study of film, from Hollywood blockbusters to Vimeo shorts, from international film culture to Nickelodeon and Netflix. It gives you the critical tools to understand film’s historic influence, its pioneers and moguls, its auteurs and its audiences.

It also provides insights into working practices, business models and creative roles within the industry today. Film Industries offers opportunities to acquire skills in screenwriting, video production and film journalism, among other things. 

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Explore the present, past and possible future of films, including: Hollywood cinema, European film cultures and World cinema, promotion and censorship, film post-cinema, stardom and fandom, documentary and animation
  • Develop skills in scriptwriting, film journalism, marketing and applied research
  • Develop video production skills

What opportunities might it lead to?

On completion of the course, you will have well-honed communication and research skills, as well as subject-specific knowledge, industry insights and excellent transferable skills. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • film marketing
  • scriptwriter
  • advertising journalist
  • film reviewer
  • video producer
  • PR and communications officer

Throughout my degree, my writing and editing abilities have improved dramatically. I have also developed my skills in analysing and researching which proved very useful during my placement year.

Jasmine Richards , Film student 2016

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

104-112 points from A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Film, Media and Performing Arts

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The creative atmosphere that encourages students to explore their own interests and ideas
  • The excellent facilities which you will have access to
  • The lively mix of creative practice and critical understanding, ensuring that knowledge and learning is stimulating, cutting-edge and relevant to the wider world

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Year one

Your first year is an introduction to the study of film and the beginning of your training in the skills and techniques you’ll be using throughout your course.

Core units in this year include:

  • Film, Genre and Adaptation
  • Screen Research
  • Screening Europe
  • Spectacular Hollywood
  • Understanding Film Production (1)
  • Writing for the Film Industries

Year two

This year allows you to start to specialise in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific areas of film history or culture and begin to develop practical abilities relevant to the film industry.

Core units in this year include:

  • Adaptations
  • World and Transnational Cinema
  • Critical Hollywood

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Production Introduction - Script and Shooting
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Study Abroad
  • Marketing Movies
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • UK Film Industry Post, Present and Future
  • Researching Genre in Film and Television

Year three*

The final year offers you a broad range of options to choose from. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation or undertaking a practical video project that boosts your professional production skills.

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Comedy Culture and Form
  • Film Journalism
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema in the Hispanic World
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Researching Animation
  • Practical Video Project
  • Documentary Screens
  • Researching Animation
  • The Entertainment Industries 

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Placement year

Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:

  • Professional/industrial placements – work for a company or organisation on a professional placement year

We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree.  You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment.  The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.

  • Self-employed placement year – set up and run a business on your own or as a group

Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.

To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.

Teaching and Assessment

The greatest feature of our course is that it allows for your intellectual freedom and choice. By attending workshops, seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and practical performance sessions, you’ll develop a range of skills that will be tailored to your planned career path.

How are you assessed?

Assessment takes many forms on the course enabling you to demonstrate the variety of your skills and talents. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project
Dr Christine Etherington-Wright

Tutor's view

Dr Christine Etherington-Wright
Film Industries

We had three criteria in mind when designing this course; it had to be interesting, substantial and, above all, useful. Film culture has changed radically over the last twenty years and we have to move with the time. So our course deals with the modern realities of films, looking at the people who make them and the people who watch them. Film Industries also packs in many sough-after skills, including market analysis, scriptwriting, video production and applied writing.

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Screening room

Watch movies in our purpose-built 80 seater screening room, with high quality surround sound and cinema-style seating.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts is the British Universities Film & Video Council’s on demand TV and radio service for education. As a student of Film Industries you will have access to 2 million broadcasts dating back to the 1990s, you can record from over 65 free-to-air channels and create your own clip compilations, search programme transcripts and more.

Creative Careers Centre

As part of your degree, you will have the opportunity to take a placement year, either in industry or by setting up your own business. The Creative Careers Centre provides a comprehensive service to both students and employers, which includes coordinating the advertising and recruitment for placement and internship positions.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

There may be costs for items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes for use on practical units of approximately £20 - £30. Material costs for individual project work may cost between £50 - £100.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

On graduating you’ll possess sharp communication and research skills as well as subject-specific knowledge and the transferable skills employers want.

Some of our alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International, while others continue to study. Whatever your career plans this course will ensure you have the versatility and employability to take on a range of job opportunities.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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