BA (Hons) Film Production with Business Communication - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Film Production with Business Communication

UCAS codeP3P9

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Informed by current industry practices and techniques

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This degree programme is for non-native speakers of English only. It is a three-year programme, but students can enter at the appropriate stage if they have appropriate prior learning.

This course supports students wishing to develop a career in two exciting sectors; the television and film industry. We are an exciting, rigorous and highly practical television and digital film production course. We believe in creativity and professionalism in the artistry, craft, and production of short film and television practice.

The course directly responds to new technologies, practices and techniques of filmmaking. The curriculum is highly creative with a focus on fiction and documentary forms of digital storytelling enabling students to develop skills in researching, producing, directing, scripting, cinematography, location sound recording and editing. The course will offer you a range of employability skills including showreel development and English language skills specifically focused on business communication within the creative and cultural industries.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop your English language skills as well as studying the production of Television and Film
  • Study the ways in which other cultures view the world
  • Equip yourself for the demands of the international workplace or for further study
  • Learn how to develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote a short film and/or programme content for television
  • Gain key practical techniques of filmmaking and television practice and operational skills using industry standard filming equipment, hardware and software
  • Take workshops and masterclasses to develop advanced skills in scriptwriting, directing actors, cinematography, sound design and postproduction

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our course specialises in a multi-skilled approach, much favoured by the TV and film industry. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of many key roles required for the digital production process. By the completion of your studies you will be a prepared, skilled and thoughtful practitioner with the expertise to fulfil a range of industry-related jobs.

Our students’ short films are regularly submitted and selected for International film festivals and have also been recognised by The Royal Television Society (RTS). We annually host a screening event of our graduation films in London (BFI) to an invited guest list of industry contacts.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • broadcasting
  • producing
  • media management
  • scriptwriting


Julian Zarzoso-Lowe, BA (Hons) Television and Film Production student 2013

I chose Portsmouth to study TV and film on account of its industry links, the experience of the lecturers and the facilities available to me.

Julian Zarzoso-Lowe, BA (Hons) Television and Film Production student 2013


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

Browse all courses in Film, Media and Performing Arts

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In the first year, you will work in teams on a broad range of non-fiction storytelling formats. There’s also focus on practical skills and craft units providing a firm introduction to the whole production process including camera work, lighting and sound.

Core units in this year include:

  • Film Production with Business Communication: Editing for Film and Video
  • E-Portfolio
  • General Language Grade 4 (English)
  • Multimedia Language
  • Non-fiction storytelling
  • Shooting Techniques

Year two

This year focuses more specifically on drama, documentary, scriptwriting and cinematography, as well as TV multi-camera studio work. You’ll also experience the many factors involved in the production process, from commissioning, pitching and proposal writing, through to the creation of a short film and applications for broadcasting.

Core units in this year include:

  • Short Film
  • Documentary Practice
  • Business Communication

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Cinematography and Sound
  • Creative Music and Effects for Film and TV
  • Directing Fiction
  • External Live Brief
  • General Language Grade 5 (English)
  • Multi-Camera: TV Studio Production
  • Producing
  • Script Writing
  • Underwater Filming and Media
  • Workflow and Post-Production

Year three*

As well as some core units, this year will give you the chance to showcase your practical skills. You will make two digital short films, each of up to 15 minutes in duration, and you can choose between non-fiction and fiction. Following this major project, you’ll then round off your studies by completing an independent written project allowing you to develop your own critical question around film/TV.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Communication
  • Creative Platforms
  • Gerneral Language (Grade 6)
  • Graduate Film Package 

*You may undertake a sandwich year after year two, spending a year working for a company and returning to complete the course the following year.

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:

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.

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.


You will experience a variety of teaching through lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops.

However, independent study and self-motivation is also an essential part of your studies. We aim to encourage you to read from our numerous resources, take out university kit or use computer workstations in your own time to enhance your learning.


Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes:

  • essay and report writing
  • film production artefacts
  • live TV production output
  • group projects and presentations
  • pitching
  • production files
  • practical assessments – live projects that emulate real-world practice
  • workshops and supervised work sessions

Tutor's view


Ben Thompson
Creative Technologies

We believe in creativity and professionalism in the artistry, craft, and production of short film and television practice. Our curriculum directly responds to new technologies, practices and techniques of filmmaking. We stress the importance of high production values in terms of cinematography, sound and editing. We nurture new talent to become skilled industry practitioners aware of current techniques with a critical understanding.

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Facilities & Features

Specialist Filming Equipment

You will have access to a wide range of technical resources including industry-standard professional filming equipment that includes:

  • Canon EOS C300 Cameras
  • Black Magic 4K Cameras
  • Canon 5D & 7D DSLR Cameras
  • Tascam multi-track location audio recorders
  • Avid Media Composer editing facilities
  • Foley and ADR Sound Studio
  • Multi-Camera TV Studios

We are accredited with Avid to offer certification in Avid Media Composer.

TV Studios and Learning Resources

The School of Creative Technologies has its own TV Studio and Film Studio that facilitate the production of all types of television and film work. The studios are fully equipped enabling you the practical experience required and ensure you are working to an industry standard. In addition, the School has a Virtual Reality Centre, Motion Capture Studio, extensive sound and video facilities, and multimedia laboratories with industry standard hardware and software.

The School of Languages and Area Studies has excellent facilities including the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) which provides a variety of open access resources and modern multimedia learning laboratories housing sophisticated hardware and software. The School has recently invested in the very latest Sony Virtuoso, language laboratory system. The laboratories deliver rich multimedia files in audio, video, text and the internet to students in the dedicated PC suites and across our PC network.

CCI Channel

Our student-run TV channel, CCI Student TV, will also enable you to regularly contribute content that is screened live over the internet and around the University. You can submit your work or even be part of the presentation team.

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


You may need to spend £50 - £100 each year on a variety of materials, such as CDs, and DVDs. We also recommend that you acquire the most recent version of Avid accreditation text. This costs around £50 - £80.

For the optional Student Enterprise unit, there is a cost of approximately £20.

For the optional diving skills units: The Underwater Filming and Media unit is available if you have not dived before. It consists of
a PADI Open Water course, combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course, and costs around £800 for tuition, transport and diving costs.

The Underwater Filming and Media B unit is available if you already hold a PADI Open Water certificate (or equivalent). It consists of a further diving course (e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water), combined with the Underwater Filming and Media Course, and costs around £700 for tuition, transport and diving costs.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

This course is designed for those who want a career in television or film. By the completion of your studies you will be a prepared, skilled and thoughtful practitioner aware of the practices, protocol, techniques and technology involved in filmmaking and television production, with the expertise to fulfill a range of industry-related jobs in the UK or elsewhere.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • runners
  • camera assistants
  • junior/editing assistants
  • sound recordists
  • junior researchers
  • personal or production assistants
  • junior/production coordinators
  • 3rd / 2nd assistant directors

When established, our graduates go one to have successful staff or freelance careers – as researchers, production managers, producers, directors, camera operators, gaffers, cinematographers, production designers, sound and editors.

Career planning

Career planning

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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Visiting opportunities

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International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

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