Film Production BA (Hons)
BA Hons Film Production
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.
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:
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you can follow in the footsteps of past graduates who have secured roles in areas such as:
- media management
- 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:
- 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.
This course is accredited by the industry body, Creative Skillset. This accreditation lets film, TV and video professional in the industry know that you've graduated from a quality course. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.
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 – £14,700 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.
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.
We recommended you get the most recent version of Avid accreditation text, which costs around £50–£80.
If you take the Student Enterprise Unit, you’ll need to pay an additional cost of approximately £20.
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.
Core units in this year include:
- Editing for Film and Video
- Film Studies: Film, Form and Narrative
- Film Representation
- Film Storytelling
- Shooting Techniques
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Film Fiction
- Documentary Film
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Film Sound Production
- Script writing
- Underwater Filming
- Workflow and Post Production
- Creative Music and Effects for TV and Film
- External Live Brief
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
Core units in this year include:
- Graduate Film (up to 20 minute final project film)
- Dissertation Research Project
- Graduate Film Package (Marketing: Electronic Press Kit and Research of your film)
- Self-Promotion (Advanced Film Industry Skills)
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.
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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
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.
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.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 74% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 83% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 12% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 88% studying independently
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- essay and report writing
- video essays
- film production artefacts
- group projects and presentations
- production files
- practical assessments
- workshops and supervised work sessions
- 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:
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – PP31
- 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.
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.