Experimental Film Production BA (Hons)

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UCAS code W621
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £10,900 per year of study
Course start September
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Developed from the ongoing success of the Industry accredited Media Production course It is a practical, vocational, artistic and creative course that prepares you for a future in filmmaking Taught by professional practicing media artists and film makers

Course outline

Creative Skillset

Our Experimental Film Production degree lets you combine being a creative artist with becoming a filmmaker of the future. It's ideal if you're interested in doing things differently and establishing a career in film, television and the arts.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, and the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), and is a member of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI). It's a practical production course and it's ideal if you want to expand your artistic and creative horizons.

The emphasis is on producing innovative and creative films in the areas of experimental film via technical, conceptual and aesthetic exploration. You'll develop ideas and creativity to challenge audience perceptions of traditional filmmaking.

You'll be able to experiment with filmmaking styles, making up new genres and playing with technology in new ways. You'll get to use the facilities in our media production centre - including purpose-built sound studios and film studios - with industry standard audio and video post-production facilities.

You'll develop your practical filmmaking skills and explore the historical and contemporary development of experimental film and video art. You'll listen to guest speakers - from artists and successful former graduates, to leading figures we admire.

Residential trips are available on this course. You could join a three-day location shoot in the Lake District, a five-day trip to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, or one of many visits to UK film festivals and art galleries.

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Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 120 credits in your first year of study and the other 240 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £9,250 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.


Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £21,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3% = 4.6% as of 2016/17.

If you are living in the UK: Your employer will deduct repayments when your salary reaches the threshold (currently £21,000 per year). Different arrangements are made to collect repayments from those living outside the UK.

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.


*The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

**RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.

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Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.



Experimental Film Production is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

This award is also accredited by the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) and is a member of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI). The BKSTS serves the growing film industry. As well as meetings, presentations, seminars, international exhibitions and conferences, BKSTS also organizes an extensive programme of training courses, lectures, workshops and special events. BKSTS supports the screening of student films and the promotion of film festivals.
BKSTS provides its members with opportunities to remain current with the latest techniques through master classes. Close links are forged and maintained with other like-minded organizations throughout the world and is represented through agents in Asia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Ireland, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.

The BKSTS is passionate about quality and endeavours to ensure that the highest standards are maintained across content creation and delivery. Accredited courses are deemed to be practical, vocational and Industry standard, producing graduates ready for employment in the media/film Industry.

NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching of practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education and showcases a selection of students' productions at national festivals.

NAHEMI organises Eat Our Shorts, an exciting Expo festival of student shorts from the Nations and Regions as well as Ireland at NFT Southbank in London hosted by outstanding film makers and industry professionals. In recent years directors such as Mike Leigh, Paul Watson and Asif Kapadia, producers such as Stewart Till, Nik Powell and Paul Trijbits, writers such as Tony Grisoni and the film critic Derek Malcolm amongst other filmmakers have led these debates with participant student teams.

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Teaching and learning

The BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production; Experimental Film Production; Advertising and Commercial Film Production awards are vocational and practical film awards.

You will learn how to make films, by making films!

The production awards have an integrated theoretical/technical/practical and creative mode of study, whereby theoretical underpinning and knowledge is taught along side the technical instruction, the film production craft skills and the creative practical based elements of filmmaking. Each film module (nominal 1214 week period) has a 46 week preproduction phase of lectures/ technical instruction and craft skills / film screenings/ exercises/ group reviews/ seminars/ independent research/ ideas development/ planning/ scheduling. This is followed by a 24 week production shooting period during which time students receive group critiques and progress/edit reviews/ tutorials. The final period of 48 weeks is spent in postproduction with individual and group critiques, formative assessments and tutorials. The module culminates in a summative assessment and the screening of your film, a presentation and a submission of all related project work. This integrated form of pedagogy allows you to engage with the lecturers, your peers and technical support staff in a collaborative intellectual dialogue throughout the project and link the theoretical historical and contemporary comprehension with their professional practice. You will also gain work experience over the three years through the production companies associated with the awards and with the in-house Unique media production company.

Teaching staff are all qualified lecturers and media/film professionals currently working in the Industry. Team teaching and collaboration of ideas has become a standard practice of the delivery pattern of modules at all three levels. This process inevitably facilitates the exchange and consideration of best practice.

The ethos of the Film and Media Production awards is to foster an atmosphere of collegiate learning. One of the major strengths noted by students in feedback and from formal reports from external examiners is the friendly social, group bonding and enabling atmosphere that the hard working and committed team are able to foster in the cohort.

It's also great fun. You will play hard, but work harder!


Assessment and feedback is an ongoing process between yourself and the staff on each module and project that you work on. The identification of your strengths and successes as well as any issues or problems you may face are paramount to your improved performance and progression on the award. Therefore a mature dialogue and mutual respect between yourself and the staff is vital to the success of 'assessment' and 'feedback'.
Team work and group projects form the basis of level 4 and elements of level 5 and 6 production modules and it is the process of film making rather than simply the artefact that you will be assessed on along with your understanding, learning and knowledge. To this aim the staff team include:
' student peer observations/assessments,
' assessment of individual job roles,
' student self-refection and evaluation
' individual and group presentations,

Assessment is based exclusively on the submission of coursework, because this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you will engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a visual notebooks, short film productions, word processed reflective evaluations, preproduction material and production file, or take the form of an essay or report.

Your approach to the coursework for a given module will be individual and distinctive, and tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a 1:1 professional working relationship with you throughout each production.

Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises

Summative assessment is provided in the form of a grade point (on a scale of 0 15), at the end of a module, and this is accompanied by peer verbal feedback where applicable and written feedback from the module tutor to you, relating your achievement to the learning outcomes of the module and identifying your strengths and issues.

Employment opportunities

One of the main attributes you will take away after graduating from the film and media programme of awards is that of being immediately employable within a wide range of sectors and with an understanding of the benefits of life-long learning. Graduates currently work in areas of broadcast, corporate, feature films, in researcher, producer, camera operator roles, in production, post production, visual effects, sound design and a myriad of related careers and job roles.

You will work on Personal Development Planning and work experience at Level 4 and 5 and have membership to the StartinTV network. You will have the opportunity to gain paid work experience with the in-house production company Unique media productions and attend the annual industry week of guest speakers from around the UK. The modules Professional Practice and Design Futures engage in career planning, job applications, self-promotional material and obtaining employment.

You are encouraged to enter your films into National and International competitions such as The Royal Television Society Awards, Encounters and Exposures Film Festivals and have the opportunity to screen your work at the National Film Theatre, 

London through the awards accreditation and membership of BKSTS and NAHEMI .These events play an important part in promoting your skills, attributes work and employability.

The awards have cultivated and maintained relationships with the film/media industry and all teaching staff are currently working professionals and regularly take students on paid work experience. The continued communication with graduates working in the Industry via the award s on-line website www.media-production.co.uk and the alumni Facebook offers students the opportunity of networking with professionals. Internships are offered through the University and a number of established internship programmes with regional and national companies have been established.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to attend a European residential field trip to the Clermont International film festival which offers excellent world-wide networking opportunities, and to take part in the Erasmus European exchange programme, in Level 5, thus giving you a real insight and an understanding of global issues and their place in the global economy.

Whilst the course is aimed at a more experimental form of filmmaking, graduates from this course will be able to seek employment in a variety of sectors of the media industry; in television, advertising, radio, education and training, as well as a range of other film, video and audio production and post production companies – creative people are always in demand.

Graduate destinations

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Our graduates are successfully pursuing careers in the film, television and the visual arts all over the world, from Hollywood to New Zealand.

They are working in a broad variety of roles such as, Artist Filmmakers, Visual Artists, Directors, Producers, Scriptwriters, Cinematographers, Production Designers, Camera Operators, Sound Designers, Editors, Special Effects Artists and Musicians.

Student experience

"The course is very full on. You're required to work hard all week and sometimes at weekends and I think the pressure of getting work done in time, being organised and constantly keeping up to date with everything is an invaluable lesson to learn. It prepared me for the work I have to do now.

The Design Futures module in the third year is fantastic. The tutors help and guide you to find ways to stand out from other graduates by visiting production companies in person and requesting to meet industry professionals. I spent a day in London for that module and walked away with a job as a Runner on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and I've been in employment constantly ever since.

I currently have three jobs (it's very busy). I'm employed by the BBC on this series of Strictly Come Dancing, I'm also employed by comedy television company Avalon, doing the 4th series of Not Going Out with Lee Mack and I'm also helping on the auditions with Love Productions for the third series of The Great British Bake-Off."

Holly Morris, Graduated 2011.

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