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Film Production BA (Hons)

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What is Film Production BA (Hons)?

You’ll learn how to make sophisticated industry and festival-relevant short films while gaining a wide range of filmmaking skills in cinematography, editing, producing, directing, screenwriting and production design. Making use of our dedicated film studio and wide-ranging post-production facilities, we’ll help you develop your individual creativity – while also preparing you for professional work in the industry after you graduate.

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.

Films by our students and graduates have enjoyed successes in the film industry worldwide – including a Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Official Selection at SXSW, Royal Television Society awards, London Short Film Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Aesthetica, Final Girls, Encounters and Underwire Festivals.

Our Film and Television Production students have also been part of the new BBC New Creatives Scheme and have had their films selected for screening.

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.

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 to festivals in the UK and Europe, and through the work experience module 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

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, BCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      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. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham P313 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 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.

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.

Our guest lecture series runs through 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)
  • 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 (The Irregulars)
  • Writer & Producer Trix Worrell (Desmond’s, Porkpie)
  • Art Director & Set Designer Sarah Hauldren (Early Man, Allied)
  • 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 (Broadchurch, Misfits, Banana).

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.

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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.

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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

We run regular trips 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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