Film Industries BA (Hons)

film industries and creative writing cinema
UCAS Code
PP30
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

If you want to take an interest in film and develop the professional skills for a career in the film industry, this BA (Hons) Film Industries degree course will put you on the right track.

You’ll look at everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Vimeo shorts and international film culture. You’ll develop the critical tools to understand film’s historic influence, its pioneers and moguls, its auteurs and its audiences. And you'll get insight into working practices, business models and creative roles within the industry.

The course gives you the skills and abilities to take on roles across the film industry, such as script writing, film reviewing, marketing and public relations.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Explore the present, past and possible future of films
  • Get insight from published writers and develop skills in applied research, video production, marketing and film journalism
  • Work on your own films, drafting scripts and learning how to use cameras and editing suites
  • Get access to Box of Broadcasts, the British Universities Film & Video Council's on demand TV and radio service
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the areas of film that interest you most, by choosing units that match your career ambitions
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions

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.

Placement year

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

Students have completed work placements at companies such as:

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

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

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

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

Organisations they've gone on to work for include:

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20– £30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

​What you'll study

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

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

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • UK Film Industry Post, Present and Future
  • World and Transnational Cinema
  • Critical Hollywood

Options to choose from in this year currently include: 

  • Production Introduction – Script and Shooting
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Study Abroad
  • Marketing Movies
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Researching Genre in Film and Television

Core units in this year include:

  • Film Journalism
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema in the Hispanic World

    Options to choose from in this year currently include:

    • Comedy Culture and Form
    • Media Fan Cultures
    • Researching Animation
    • Practical Video Project
    • Documentary Screens
    • Researching Animation
    • The Entertainment Industries
    • Film and Media Dissertation

    We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

    Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

    Learning support

    As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques

    If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

    You'll also have the option of working with our Creative Skills tutors, who can help you with practical assignments or help you acquire further production skills.

    Teaching​

    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • workshops
    • seminars
    • lectures
    • one-to-one tutorials
    • practical performance sessions

    How you'll spend your time

    Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

    • Autumn teaching block – September to December
    • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
    • Assessment period – Easter to June

    Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

    There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

    How you're assessed​

    You’ll be assessed through:

    • essays
    • presentations
    • video productions
    • film scripts
    • reports
    • a research portfolio
    • examinations
    • dissertation or video project

    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: 3% by practical exams and 97% by coursework
    • Year 2 students: 3% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
    • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

    Apply

    How to apply

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – W990
    • our institution code – P80

    You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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