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Film Production BA (Hons)

What is Film Production BA (Hons)?

Do you want to prepare for a successful career in the film and TV industry? Be taught by industry professionals to make award-winning films and achieve your creative potential?

Film Production students at the University of Gloucestershire are doing this to make the films that take the top prizes at the most highly regarded competitions. Recent successes include Sundance, SXSW, Encounters, BFI New Talent and Aesthetica.

Filmmaking is about telling stories which is at the heart of this course. You’ll learn how tell yours using the latest industry-standard equipment and edit in state-of-the-art post-production facilities.

You’ll be introduced to the key skills in directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, production design, sound and editing by collaborating as professional film crews. You’ll experience each role to discover where your passions lie.

Study style

You’ll learn in a practical, hands-on style where you’ll be ‘in production’ on at least one film at all times. You’ll explore each aspect of filmmaking in detail and get the opportunity to specialise and follow more specific pathways as the course goes on.

Year 1
Join intensive weekly workshops to develop your skills in areas such as cinematography, sound mixing/recording, editing, directing, assistant directing, production design and sound post-production. Collaborate with your peers on six short film projects while developing your storytelling voices in the screenwriting module.

Year 2
You’ll apply skills learned in your first year to create two major films as part of a team – a documentary and a narrative short. Second year films have screened at Sundance International Film Festival, won the BFI New Talent Award and premiered at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival.

Year 3
You’ll work as if commissioned by an industry commissioning body such as the BFI or Creative England. You’ll collaborate on two more major films, selected for production by industry professionals. Learn the entrepreneurial aspects of the business in financing and marketing your films, and yourselves, ready to forge successful careers in the film and TV industries.

As well as feedback from our lecturers, there are plenty of opportunities to work with mentors who are currently active in the film and television industry. All of our lecturers continue to work professionally, giving you a unique and real-time view of what’s happening in the industry as it happens.

You’ll also attend regular field trips and gain employability skills and placement opportunities at companies such as Films at 59, Working Title, the BBC and Wounded Buffalo.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Park, Cheltenham P313 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham P313 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Our graduates have credits on multiple films, features, television productions and high-end dramas.

Productions include:

  • Black Widow
  • The Gentlemen
  • Mission: Impossible 7
  • The Dig
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Venom – Let there be Carnage
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Greta Thunberg – A Year to Change the World
  • Expendables.

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Post Producer
  • 1st Assistant Director
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Props Handler
  • Makeup Trainee
  • Location Scout
  • Location Manager
  • Script Writer
  • VFX Editor
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Gaffer
  • Camera Trainee
  • Sounds Recording / Desgin Engineer
  • Audio Assistant
  • Grip/trainee grip

Industry links

The course is accredited by Creative ScreenSkills, who work with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom.

A guest lecture series runs throughout the year and includes both world-class industry professionals and graduates from our active alumni network. Recent speakers include:

  • Director Rose Glass (Saint Maud)
  • BAFTA-winning Producer Afolabi Kuti (Home)
  • 2 x Oscar winning Production Sound Mixer Chris Munroe (Black Widow, Ready Player One, Captain Phillips, Gravity)
  • Director of Photography Laura Gallup (for Smokepurp, Temple)
  • Actor and Director Jake Graf (Colette)
  • VFX Supervisor Mark Wellband (Blinded by the Light, Yardie)
  • Director Weronika Tofilska (His Dark Materials, Hanna, The Irregulars)
  • Producer Faye Ward (Suffragette, Stan & Ollie)
  • Writer & Producer Trix Worrell (Desmond’s, Porkpie)
  • Art Director Sarah Hauldren (Gosford Park, Evita, Wuthering Heights)
  • Production Designer Sarah Beaman (Holby City, Eastenders, Estranged)
  • Colourist Jateen Patel (The Last Kingdom, Mission Impossible Fallout).
  • VFX Artist Simon Haslett (Harry Potter, Titanic)
  • Director and UoG Film Production alum Lewis Arnold (Sherwood, Time, Des, Clean Break, Broadchurch, Misfits).
  • Hosea Ntaborwa – Production Sound (Fast & Furious, Mission Impossible, Spiderman)

The course has established links with: BBC, Panavision, Pinewood Film Studios, Films@59, Ffilm Cymru, BFI Creative Hub South West, Calling the Shots, Envy Post Production, Molinaire, Plimsoll Productions, Michael Riley (Producer – Sterling Pictures), Royal Welsh College of Film & Drama.

Develop professional skills on industry placements

You’ll put the skills you gain in post-production, cinematography, sound design and directing into practice on work placements at companies like Films at 59, Working Title, BBC Bristol and Wounded Buffalo.

Be inspired by inspirational guest speakers

You’ll learn professional skills in all aspects of film production from active filmmakers and inspirational guest speakers. Previous speakers have worked on big name productions like Harry Potter, Evita, Band of Brothers, Broadchurch, Colette and Titanic.

Learn from professional filmmakers

Our teaching staff are all industry professionals and active film makers. Their work has been screened on television, Netflix, and at film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Clermont Ferrand, Raindance, Encounters Film Festival, SEIFF Korea and Syracuse International NY. The team includes BAFTA winners and nominees, Emmy winners and Sundance Film Festival award winners.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction and career prospects

Our Film Production & Photography courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction and career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Trips and experiences

There are regular trip opportunities to festivals in the UK and Europe. These include Encounters Bristol, IDFA Amsterdam and the Berlinale, Germany.

Placements

You’ll put your film production skills into practice in the real world. Recent opportunities include prestigious companies like ARRI, Channel 4, Cheltenham Festivals, De Lane Lea, Molinare Post, MCN Productions, Raindance and Warner Brothers.

"I am a Director, Creative Producer and Exec Producer, who specialises in intimate and surprising stories"

“I’ve produced and directed shorts and features that have won at Sundance and the Webbys, been shortlisted for Oscar nomination, and broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC and others.”

Lindsey Dryden, Lecturer in Film Production

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