Four students on film set, using telescopic microphone, sound equipment and camera
UCAS Code
PP31
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, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

Overview

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

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the industry body ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset). This professional 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.

94% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

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
What you can do on BA (Hons) Film Production
'Here Be Dragons': A short film by BA (Hons) Film Production 2018 graduates

Watch the trailer for 2018 short film 'Here Be Dragons' – produced by a team of BA (Hons) Film Production graduates, and nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Film Production degree?

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

What jobs can you do with a Film Production degree?

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 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.

My course has shown me how to make successful films with meaning, teaching us the essential skills we need and preparing us for the professional world.

Ceejay Foster-Walters, BA (Hons) Film Production

​What you'll study

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Storytelling
  • Editing for Film and Video
  • EPortfolio for Film and Broadcasting
  • Film Craft
  • Film Language and Representation

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Film Production Practices 
  • World & Transnational Cinema

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cinematography
  • Creative Music and Effects for Film and TV
  • Directing
  • Documentary and Factual
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • External Live Brief
  • Fiction Film-Making
  • Film Sound Production
  • Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange
  • Professional Experience
  • Script Writing
  • Student Enterprise
  • Underwater Filming and Media
  • Workflow and Grading

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Graduate Film (up to 15 minute final film)
  • Graduate Film Package (Marketing: Electronic Press Kit and Research of your film)
  • Independent Research Project
  • Self-Promotion (40hrs industry work placement)
  • Professional Industry Skills (employability masterclasses)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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:

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.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Film Production degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, workshops, fieldwork and project supervision for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled 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 usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BA (Hons) Film Production degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 120 points from 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

Selection process
  • A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.
  • Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

Qualifications or experience
  • 120 points from 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

Selection process
  • A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required. Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

​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 – £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.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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 spend £50 to £100 each year on a variety of materials, such as DVDs or camera cards, and a small hard drive to back up media.

We recommended you get the most recent version of Avid accreditation text, which costs around £50–£80.

If you take the Student Enterprise Module, you’ll need to pay an additional cost of approximately £20.

The Underwater Filming and Media module is available if you haven’t dived before. It includes a PADI Open Water course combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course. It costs around £850.

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

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – PP31
  • our institution code – P80

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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