Media (Film) Production BA (Hons)

Film students at work in the studio
UCAS code W600
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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Course outline

This multi-award winning, practical film production course will provide you with the skills and expertise to succeed as a Film Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist or Editor.
If you dream of working for companies such as the BBC, ITV, Double Negative, Disney and Endemol - on productions like This is England, James Bond, X-Men, Downton Abby, X Factor and Hollyoaks - this course could be for you.
The course is accredited by Creative Skillset - the industry kitemark of quality - and it's approved by the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) as well as the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI). It's one of the UK's leading practical film production courses.

You'll learn how to research, develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote your own creative portfolio of short films. You'll also develop professional skills in areas such as camera operation, sound recording, art direction, editing, sound design and post-production.

Each year, you'll complete a period of professional work experience to develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice. Many of our students make contacts for future employment during their work experience placements.
You'll enrich your academic and practical studies by attending field trips to art galleries, film screenings and leading film festivals - in the UK and abroad. You'll also visit some of the UK's leading production facilities and attend residential trips to shoot films on location.

You'll have access to industry leading film production equipment and you'll spend the majority of your time working in our professional film production studio and post-production facilities.
We have long established relationships with the UK's leading production companies and offer internship opportunities with companies such as Double Negative, QVC and Fuzzy Duck Creative to name a few.
This intensive film production course is ideal for creative, driven and hardworking students that thrive in a practical environment, enjoy working with others and want to progress into the film and television industry.

Visit to watch some of our films and find out more.


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
  • BTEC: DMM 

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All applicants are invited to an interview to discuss your portfolio.


Our partners

Creative Skillset: Accredited by Creative Skillset, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. 

BKSTS (The British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society: For a course to be approved, the content, standard, philosophy and approach of the course must be compatible with and be seen as being relevant to the needs of the media industries and the aims of the BKSTS.

NAHEMI -The Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image: NAHEMI represents the centres of excellence for the teaching of film, television, video, animation and digital media practice in the UK and in Ireland. Find out more:

Teaching and learning

You will learn how to make films, by making films! This course has integrated theoretical/technical/practical and creative mode of study, whereby theoretical underpinning and knowledge is taught alongside the technical instruction, the film production craft skills and the creative practical based elements of filmmaking. 

You will have access to industry leading film production equipment and spend the majority of your time working in our professional film production studio and post-production facilities. 

All of our academic and technical staff are passionate about sharing their many years of industry experience, in fact many of them are current professionals, working in the fields of documentary, drama and commercial production.

The ethos of the Media (Film) Production course 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 community, group bonding and enabling atmosphere that the hard working and committed team are able to foster within the course.


100% Coursework – No exams!

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.

Employment opportunities

Companies such as the BBC, ITV, Double Negative, Disney and Endemol employ our graduates, working on productions such as Harry Potter, James Bond, X-Men, Downton Abby, X-Factor and Hollyoaks just to name a few.

Internships are offered through the University and a number of established internship programmes with regional and national production companies such as QVC and Double Negative.

Graduate destinations

Mickey Cartner with a BAFTA for his work on The Cl

Graduates from our Media (Film) Production degree work in the film and television production industry all over the world - from Hollywood to New Zealand. They work in a broad variety of production roles, including directors, producers, scriptwriters, cinematographers, production designers, camera operators, sound designers, editors and special effects artists.

Our graduates have gone on to win awards for their work, including Oscars, BAFTA’s, Emmy’s and the Royal Television Society.

Pictured: Mickey Cartner was part of the BAFTA award-winning team that worked on The Clangers TV show.

Student experience

Natalie Cooke

“It may sound a little cheesy, but the course was a bit of a life changer. To me, the most important and most valuable skill I gained and developed on my time on the course was my confidence. 

Before I joined, I was a shy 18-year-old from Stoke, who was too scared even to present in front of a small group. I thought I would never be brave or confident enough to be successful in the film industry. It seemed totally out of reach, and I thought it would always be one of those dream jobs (like my 5 year old "I want to be a rockstar" dream job!) But the course develops not only your practical and technical skills, but it also develops you as a person and gives you those valuable life skills. 

Without them, I don’t think I’d be where I am today – I graduated two years ago, and I’m currently working in the production team on a Hollywood blockbuster at one of the biggest visual effects houses in the UK.” 

Natalie Cooke, Production Co-ordinator, Double Negative VFX.

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