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 2020
Accredited
Yes

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)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

​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.

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll study fiction and non-fiction experimental films and critique production modes, structural strategies, and aesthetic approaches.

You'll develop skills in research, concept development, pre-production planning, production techniques and professional practices and work in groups to produce 2 short film.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify, collect and deploy ideas related to storytelling modes within fiction and non-fiction experimental films
  • Plan, produce and present a group short film in response to a brief
  • Manage a film production, working effectively as a team
  • Assess, reflect and discuss your own production process and artefacts
  • Recognise, apply and review skills to a professional industry standard
  • Analyse the construction of film
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend practical classes, tutorials and lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 349 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a 5-minute film (30% of final mark) – in response to brief
  • a 5-minute film (30% of final mark) – in response to brief
  • a 1,500-word film analysis (20% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Differentiate between the use and application of different editing software platforms
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of basic editing skills with Avid MC
  • Interpret and apply key concepts of digital media management storage and techniques
  • Recognise the application of industry practice on any given project
  • Define the use of particular editing techniques in film and television products
  • Interpret the historical and theoretical use of editing techniques
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and practical classes.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 142 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour examination (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour practical skills assessment (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to outline laws, professional codes of conduct and moral philosophical positions relating to creative media production practices, film and TV production, and broadcast/exhibition
  • Identify and demonstrate your skills, interests and motivations in the context of career decision making
  • Explore the options, both locally and globally, open to you and identify the specific skills and qualities you need to work in the creative industries
  • Identify and research different sources of vacancy information and recruitment methods used by employers and course providers
  • Evaluate how your skills, personal priorities and other constraints could affect career decisions
  • Recognise, identify and develop a professional online presence by using and applying appropriate technology to create an effective online portfolio, blog and CV
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials and fieldwork.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through coursework (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create work using digital filming technology, including professional cameras, location sound recorders, microphones and digital editing software
  • Recognise and utilise the film grammar of audio-visual communication
  • Demonstrate skills in single-camera production techniques and processes
  • Demonstrate the ability to project manage film productions and communicate ideas effectively
  • Recognise, define and explore the roles, responsibilities and procedures involved in effective single-camera production team-working
  • Identify and implement health and safety, welfare and compliance issues associated with film production practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend practical classes, lectures and project supervision.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 146 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (5% of final mark) – multiple choice exam to test camera and sound skills
  • info film (35% of final mark) – small group production of a 3-5 minute informative, accurate, creative and professional broadcast quality instructional film
  • opening sequence film (40% of final mark) – small group production of an opening title sequence (1-2mins), conforming to a specific brief
  • production pack (20% of final mark) – in conjunction with Opening Sequence Submission, each group is required to submit one Production Pack comprising of: a film folder, shot rationale, individual reflections and peer reviews

What you'll do

On this module, you'll explore the above key questions about cinema by examining a selection of historical and contemporary examples of cinematic approaches from mainstream Hollywood, independent, European and transnational cinema.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and describe key theoretical concepts around semiotics, representation and spectatorship
  • Describe major debates in film practice and theory around issues of representation, through the discussion of specific films and their academic critiques
  • Compare and contrast different cinematic approaches from a range of production contexts and identify the way they create meaning
  • Articulate a basic understanding of the links between film texts, audiences and production contexts
  • Demonstrate basic film analysis skills in relation to self-selected examples of film
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 700-word exercise
  • a 1,500-word essay

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll study story and script development, scheduling, budgeting, health and safety, funding and the international marketplace. You'll also learn how to conceive, develop, pitch, package and produce shows across genres.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise and implement editorial and financial strategies for international TV and film production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international marketplace
  • Present and pitch ideas appropriate for a range of existing and emerging broadcasters and platforms, through a globally aware company or outlet for international TV/film production
  • Formulate and demonstrate awareness of international production roles and the global production marketplace
  • Demonstrate and apply an awareness of health and safety procedures and an ability to prepare and process production documents
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a report (20% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour practical exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how legacies of colonialism and imperialism shaped cinematic production in different regions, and  study the impact of the move away from national filmmaking in favour of global funding, distribution and exhibition networks.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret, analyse and explain aesthetic, thematic, political and economic concerns of transnational films and filmmakers
  • Apply key theoretical reading to analysis of films
  • Critically assess how new technologies, production and exhibition contexts impact on national and transnational filmmaking
  • Evaluate the relationship of film to wider geo-political agendas and concerns
  • Critically understand and articulate distribution, marketing and reception of transnational work
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials and an online web design workshop.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a quiz (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word assignment (70% of final mark) – in this assignment you'll design a website

Optional modules

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work independently with less need for supervision and direction
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry-specific practices relevant to your chosen field
  • Demonstrate awareness of ideas, contexts and frameworks within self-employment, freelancing or business start-ups
  • Develop professional working relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop your own criteria and judgement relating to your business practice, future learning and future employability goals
Teaching activities

N/A

Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work independently with less need for supervision and direction
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry-specific practices relevant to your chosen field
  • Demonstrate awareness of ideas, contexts and frameworks within your chosen area of employment
  • Develop professional working relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop your own criteria and judgement relating to your business practice, future learning and future employability goals
Teaching activities

N/A

Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise and use the grammar of film language required in the practice of single-camera production and cinematic filming
  • Develop and apply advanced standard operating skills, technical competency and aesthetic judgement related to single-camera production practices and cinematographic techniques
  • Identify and assess key roles, responsibilities and procedures involved in effective TV and Film production team working
  • Identify and implement health and safety, welfare and compliance issues associated with television production practice
  • Identify and review how technical experimentation, application, creativity and aesthetics can enhance the story form, and challenge its conventions and techniques
  • Recognise and develop skills in single-camera production operating techniques and processes
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 142 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • coursework (35% of final mark)
  • an examination (5% of final mark)
  • practical assessment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at how you can use music and effects to strengthen and underpin narrative modes, affect story telling, and influence viewer engagement. You'll produce a music-based video artefact using the skills you learn.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to make informed creative choices relating to music and visual effects as applied to film and TV production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to , cut and manipulate music and audio FX, using AVID editing software
  • Show an understanding of the practices and principles of making a music-based video production
  • Apply and manipulate visual effects using AVID editing and AfterFX software
  • Interpret and demonstrate an understanding of the conventions, historical development and theoretical concepts of music and visual effects in relation to TV and film
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend practical classes, lectures and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (20% of final mark)
  • a practical skills assessment (20% of final mark) – Observed supervised work session (Individual)
  • project output (60% of final mark) – 10-15 minute verbal pitch and 3-5 minute music based film/video, Group submission

What you'll do

You'll learn about the casting process and how to get the best out of actors when on set, in rehearsal and production.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective casting processes and protocols for direction for the screen
  • Reflect on how the rehearsal process impacts directorial process
  • Direct actors/social actors in performances for the screen
  • Apply the appropriate communication, film language and methodology of directing actors
  • Create a short filmed sequence, using appropriate directing techniques for actors and crew
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and seminars.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 169 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a practical skills assessment (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore approaches to concept, production management, audience and delivery. You'll study how documentary film can challenge, address and explore social, cultural and political issues and questions of representation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a developed and informed understanding of documentary's place within wider cultural contexts, in relation to the social and political world
  • Examine, discuss and deploy personal and technical skills, and visual grammar, appropriate to the documentary genre
  • Examine and discuss the ethical responsibilities of all group members, in all areas of documentary production
  • Present and pitch ideas appropriate for a professional documentary film production
  • Formulate an appropriate marketing strategy, with reference to concepts of audience, outlets and consumption platforms
  • Implement advanced project management techniques to manage specific film productions and communicate ideas effectively
  • Draw on a range of research sources and critically engage with major debates within non-fiction/fiction media and to evaluate your own work and that of your peers, with reference to these issues
  • Understand and demonstrate health and safety, welfare and compliance issues associated with television documentary production practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend practical classes, seminars, lectures and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently, on your own or in your group. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • project output (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll do this by engaging in interdisciplinary work, developing an appreciation of other creative disciplines and understanding how professionals collaborate.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate independent, analytical and creative attributes
  • Demonstrate the ability to be an effective team player, able to provide leadership and to support the success of others
  • Communicate clearly and effectively using various methods and to different audiences
Teaching activities

On this module you'll work independently and in groups with regular tutorial support, and also attend some briefings and lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a group presentation (40% of final mark)
  • an individual portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word report (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll cover the creative process, from pitching techniques to proposal writing, and create a short film.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Organise a group film production from conception and the commissioning process, to delivery
  • Recognise and identify the codes, conventions and film language of moving images in different contexts and formats, and evaluate your own work in those terms
  • Formulate an appropriate marketing strategy, with reference to concepts of audience, outlets and consumption platforms
  • Evidence and reflect on the ability to project manage all stages of a short film production and communicate ideas effectively
  • Present and pitch ideas appropriate for a specific format, exhibition, festival or other outlet for a one-off short film production
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and project supervision meetings.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 168 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • project output (80% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also learn location recording techniques, using specialist sound recording equipment.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate and use the grammar of film language that's required in the practice and art of audio acquisition and sound design
  • Develop and apply advanced standard operating skills, technical competency and aesthetic judgements relating to sound design
  • Identify and assess key roles, responsibilities and procedures involved in effective TV and film production team working and processes
  • Identify and review how technical experimentation, application, creativity and aesthetics can enhance the story form and challenge its conventions and techniques
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend supervised workshops, practical classes and lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute practical skills assessment (70% of final mark)
  • a practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify future career goals and reflect on these to develop a personal development plan (programme of learning), which includes suitable work experience and skills/knowledge development opportunities
  • Arrange suitable work experience, engage with personal development opportunities and analyse relevant literature relating to enhancing your employment opportunities
  • Critically evaluate and articulate your learning (knowledge, skills and attributes) in relation to your future career goals
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning and attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 188 hours doing work-based learning or studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word report (20% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word report (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll form a small group (typically with 4 other students) and work through areas such as designing, manufacturing and pitching ideas. The knowledge and skill you will get through this module will help you to run your own business, but are also transferable skills you can use in many other careers.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your effectiveness at tasks that use employability skills such as project planning, communication, time management, leadership and teamwork
  • Evaluate the theory and complete the practice of establishing and running a business enterprise
  • Understand the systems commonly used to plan, record and monitor business decisions and company transactions
  • Critically reflect on the factors that contribute towards the success or failure of business start ups
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently (including group work). This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 2,000 word report (50% of your final mark)
  • an oral assessment and presentation (50% of your final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation and use of scuba diving equipment
  • Display proficiency in basic diving safety and rescue procedures
  • Understand and apply the physical and physiological principles of diving
  • Plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
  • Plan and undertake dives for producing underwater film or photography
  • Use and explain the techniques used in underwater film production and photography
  • Describe and explain the main features of HSE legislation, risk assessment, project reports and the conduct of a diving project, within the Media Approved Codes of Practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials and practical workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (pass/fail) - PADI Diving Certification
  • project output (100% of final mark) - either a 3-minute micro film or a production file

What you'll do

You'll use industry-standard software such as Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve and Filmlight Baselight to explore topics including: on-set ingest and logging, storage and media, colour monitoring, preparing for the edit, advanced editing techniques, LUTs, and creative grading and integration.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and apply industry workflows for TV and film production
  • Describe and analyse current trends in post production
  • Design an editing workflow and colour pipeline for a specific camera
  • Apply key theoretical and technical concepts through the use of relevant software
  • Evaluate aesthetic and technical decisions relating to a post-production workflow
  • Apply advanced colour correction and colour grading techniques using industry software
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 162 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 5-10 minute demonstration video (100% of final mark).

Your demonstration video will show the progression from camera master files to high-quality colour-graded final deliverables using DaVinci Resolve or Filmlight Baselight.

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

This final project is designed to bring together what you've learned in about script, documentary practice or narrative fiction storytelling, cinematographic craft, sound design and post-production practices.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage the demands and requirements of independent short film production and distribution
  • Create and produce a professional/industry standard short film, within a small production team
  • Present ideas in a professional pitch environment for a short film production
  • Implement the ethical responsibilities of the producer related to short film production
  • Appraise research sources and critically engage with major debates within non-fiction/fiction media to evaluate your work and that of your peers with reference to these issues
  • Synthesise ideas and organise material, and present it in a professional manner, using appropriate technologies to communicate the ideas clearly
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures (project development, visualisation, character development, scripting, narrative, plot and theme, performance, treatments and proposals, pitching, screenings and industry guest speakers), seminars (student and staff led dialogue sessions to discuss development stages of the film project) and project supervision (each student production group is allocated a project supervising tutor (Executive Producer) for the duration of the project - these tutorials will be regular staff led production meetings).

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 358 hours studying independently (on your own or in your group). This is around 21 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • project output (70% of final mark) – an up to 18-minute group short film or a group production file
  • a 2,000-word report (30% of final mark) - a reflective, analytical account of your project

What you'll do

These materials will then be used as a press pack or electronic press kit (EPK), similar to those used in the industry to target film festivals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate professional practice and show the development of your group film
  • Develop, produce and promote a short film
  • Assess ethical debates and best practice within the film and TV industries
  • Produce promotional material for your own work
  • Summarise and apply self-directed learning and project/time management skills
Teaching activities
  • 6 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 182 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through project output (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage self-led learning and formulate a coherent argument about a chosen research topic
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of film texts and their interconnection with wider cultural, social and political contexts
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of economy of production, exhibition and distribution and how it affects film texts and audience reception
  • Employ research and textual analysis skills appropriate to the current stage of your degree programme
  • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively in writing or audio-visual format
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and project supervision.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 182 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through project output (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Competently understand and reflect on key skills required by industry for a specific career pathway or specialism
  • Analyse and critique specific discipline practices and procedures
  • Compare, contrast and discuss global differences and similarities relating to graduate roles film production
  • Identify and address your personal development needs
  • Deploy and integrate understanding of working with new emerging technologies and practices
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

You'll oversee and/or design and publish, a personal professional website, which features an industry-level CV, show reel and other examples of work.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate project management skills in the context of the work you do in the module
  • Demonstrate how to manage your workload and organise material effectively
  • Create an online platform showcasing your skills and examples of your work
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of your work, with reflective reviews and evaluation
  • Document your processes for each assignment in a professional and cohesive way
  • Gather and deploy the skills necessary for continuing personal development in different media contexts and effectively communicate this via a package for self promotion
  • Apply and critically reflect on your graduate and employability skills in a professional work environment
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning and attend seminars and lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 134 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (30% of final mark)

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​

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 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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

What skills and qualities do I need for this film production degree course?

As well as meeting the course entry requirements, you need to be creative, curious, have good communication skills and above all, a passion for storytelling.

How can I prepare for a film production degree?

To prepare yourself for this film production degree course, watch as many films, television shows and online productions as possible.

Developing the skill to critically analyse is very important for a film maker, so try to view them critically to figure out why they appeal to you or why they don’t.

Also, practice making your own films – on your phone if you don’t have a camera – and telling your own stories, both fact and fiction.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 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.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common film production questions

Film production is the art and craft of making movies, TV, video or any recorded media for cinema, broadcast or online distribution.

In the digital age, demand for creative people with visual and audio production skills is skyrocketing.

Cinema production in the UK is a multi-billion pound industry and the popularity of Netflix, Amazon and other online broadcasters means film making is a career with ever-increasing openings and opportunities.

If you have a burning desire for telling engaging, exciting stories, making films is a fascinating, demanding and hugely rewarding profession.

A degree in film production gives you an advantage over non-graduates who apply for jobs in the creative industries. It demonstrates you've mastered the key skills needed for film production and in many of these jobs, a degree is a minimum requirement.

Film production relies on talented groups of people working together. It encompasses many skills, including cinematography, sound recording, editing, directing, script writing, producing and many other creative areas.

A film production needs people with expertise in specialist areas with practical skillsets, as well as the ability to organise resources and people, work in teams under pressure, and communicate effectively.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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.

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