Film Production Technology BSc (Hons)

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 6 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £4,620 per year of study
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  • Highly practical to equip you for employment in a creative or technical capacity in the, Cinematic, Film, Television or Entertainment industry.  
  • Many students have won industry awards at festivals like London Short Film Festival, Greater Manchester Film Festival and the Royal Television Society awards.
  • Industry standard software and equipment.

Course outline

If your ambition is to be a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, colourist, director of photography, gaffer, sound recordist or producer, then our Film Production Technology degree could be for you. This course - accredited by Creative Skillset - is recognised as one of the most innovative and successful film production courses in the UK. It's ideal if you're interested in short films, feature films, television, documentaries or music videos.  
You'll study topics from a huge variety of film and TV modules in production and post production. With regular input to the course from industry guest speakers and staff who are highly industry focussed.  You'll be challenged creatively, artistically and technically in all forms of visual image.

Our academics and alumni have won BAFTAs, Emmys, Oscars and Royal Television Society awards. We've exhibited and premiered films at festivals such as Raindance, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and Stoke Your Fires Film Festival.

You'll get to use our cutting-edge equipment and facilities, including a large purpose-built TV HD studio and green screen studios, post-production suites (Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Premiere), state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras, HD cameras and 4K Cameras (Sony F55, FS7, Canon C300), DSLR cameras and motion capture studio.
You'll experience colour grading (Da Vinci Resolve), sound recording, lighting and grip gear (Steadicam, tracking, jib and variety of camera rigs) and Wacom graphics tablets. And you'll use software from Avid, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, The Foundry, Pixel Logic and Adobe.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 300 credits, split equally between your second and sixth year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £4,620 for your first year of study. The fee for each subsequent year, up to and including your sixth 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) £25,000 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 £25,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3%

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.


* The fees listed are for the 2018/19 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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Course content


In Year 1, you'll cover film and TV production. You'll integrate shooting, location audio recording, lighting, video editing, scriptwriting, production management and producing. You'll also complete film projects, television projects and corporate projects.

In Year 2 and Year 3, you'll develop advanced editing and specialist cinematography skills, audio post and pre-production sound design and other key post-production skills like compositing. You can develop a more technical understanding of motion graphics, title design, video compression and streaming by taking relevant optional modules.

We have strong links with industry to help you secure your work placement, which will be critical to your early success as a film maker. Envy Post, Molinare, Title Role (Manchester), Flipbook (Manchester),  and Disney, London both offer work placement and work experience opportunities.

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC

Student success

Alistair Little, a 2010 graduate has become only 1 of 8 people in the UK in 2012 to gain a place on the Masters Award in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School.

Zero G, 2011 final year project for Sam Renton and James Wilkinson, is one won the Midlands Royal Television award and then in 2012 won the Greater Manchester Film Festival short film award.  Since they have started Tentacle Media animation studios based in Stafford.

Placement student Mike March has gained work experience for Endemol UK on various shows the Million Pound Drop, The Bodyguard and Big Brother and also Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's new film 'The World's End'.

Our staff and students are multi award winners, including BAFTA’s, Emmy’s, Oscars and Royal Television Society awards. We have exhibited and premiered staff and student films at festivals such as Raindance, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and Stoke Your Fires Film Festival.

Marytn Lomax, Tom Down, Chris Gandy and Anthony Thane setup Humanoid Productions, Media City in their placement year and have had continuing success recently working on an Olympic Games project whilst continuing to support filming projects for the university.


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

Read more about Creative Skillset  

Teaching and learning

During the course you will gain comprehensive practical production and post-production skills that will equip you with the creative, technical and business skills specified by industry whilst also maintaining a strong academic understanding.

In years 1 and 2 the course blends both individual learning and team work whilst in the final year you become more independent and can choose to specialise in either production or post production.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and group work, along with the use of The Digital Academy, an online forum and our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Students are taught for 12 hours per week across 4 modules with 25 hours of independent study per week.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is

Year 1: you'll spend 20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 80% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 80% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
Year 4: you'll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
Year 5: you'll spend 8% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 92% of time in independent study.
Year 6: you'll spend 8% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 92% of time in independent study.

Our teaching team consists of both full and part-time academic staff who together have undertaken roles such as cinematographer, producer, VFX supervisor, editor etc. The team draws on this wealth of knowledge and expertise, our professional contacts and our highly successful alumni to input into the development of the course and to provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Teaching staff also continue to work on external projects which provide ample opportunities for students to get involved in real commercial feature film production. The Film Production Technology awards, which are based at the Stafford Campus are linked to the University s own spin-out film production and distribution company, Grand Independent.

The awards are also fully supported by our technical staff delivering technical instruction sessions on the multitude of hardware and software you will become skilled with.


The assessments that take place on this course are highly practical with at least 50% of the assessment being practical, supported with written reports, reflective blogs, peer assessments and group work. There are no formal examinations on the core modules. Each assessment is designed specifically to maximise the learning experience on the modules and where possible assessment across modules are integrated. For example, scriptwriting and pre-production collaborates with cinematography, lighting and sound recording before going into the editing and grading stages.

The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. A typical composition of assessment for this course is: 

Year 1: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
Year 2: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
Year 3: your assessment will be 18% by practical exams and 83% by coursework.
Year 4: your assessment will be 18% by practical exams and 83% by coursework.
Year 5: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
Year 6: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.

Employment opportunities

Each module has an assessment designed to best suit the outcomes. There are no formal examinations on the core modules of this award. Assessments are practical, written (formal reports, reflective blogs, peer assessments), group work or oral.

Math's and science is embedded into a small number of the core modules at all levels of the degree but only when they are required and essential to understand the problem. Math's is not taught explicitly but delivered in small amounts in certain modules at all levels where appropriate to convey the subject, such as camera technology, colour technology, photogrammetry and digital workflows.

The unique mix of creative, technical and commercial skills of our graduates makes them highly employable. Combined with our fantastic work experience and placement opportunities, you will leave Staffordshire University with all the abilities needed to go straight into the industry, whether that be in television or film, production, management or post production.

Placements provide you with the opportunity to put your skills into practice, experience how the industry operates and enhance your personal development and future employability. 

Our staff have an extensive network of established contacts within the film and television industry and we will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. Previous work placements have included;

  • Envy Post, one of the leading Post Production Houses in the UK in Soho, London have received 3 full time placement students from Staffordshire University for the past 4 years and are expanding this to 6 in 2013. 

  • Technicolor, a world leader in the media and entertainment sector have partnered with Staffordshire University to open the door to our students to gain work experience and graduate jobs in colour grading.

  • Staffs TV is a student led society and complete many small and large scale professional paid projects throughout the year ranging from weekly live TV shows, corporate productions, viral films, short films, documentaries and events.

Other placements have included Big Foot Studios (Asia), Disney (London) and Endemol UK.  In 2013, student Mike March has worked on Simon Pegg’s film, At a World’s End.

Graduate destinations

Popular professions for graduates from our Digital Film and Post Production Technology degree include: director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and visual effects artist.

Many graduates work for major companies such as Granada, Technicolor, Envy Post, Double Negative, Framestore, Endemol, BBC, Manchester United, Manchester City, Title Role, ITV, BBC Sport.

Some work as independent filmmakers, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Student experience

"Studying Film Production Technology gave me a good grounding in the various aspects of film-making, and consequently helped expand my growing interest in visual effects. The course's setting as a BSc rather than a BA meant getting to grips with both concepts and equipment/software in the industry was much easier, and to that end the access to equipment, resources and ever-welcoming lecturers was excellent”. 
Rob Bryson, Compositor at The Moving Picture Company, just finished working on Skyfall, James Bond.

 “There are opportunities out there but you need a bit of tenacity to get them. A speculative phone call led me from filming in Nottingham at Rock City, to Shepherd's Bush and now Wembley Arena . The network of fellow graduates from Staffordshire University in the industry has been vital, whether the need is for a lens or a camera operator it’s been a fantastic help to call on people from my time at Stafford.”
Jack Lilley, Sealegs, graduated 2009.

“It has been a great experience for us as first year students to take this project under our wings and just run with it. The idea to link these videos with a barcode on packaging is a fantastic concept and an innovative way of highlighting the work of Staffordshire’s food producers and farmers at the London 2012 Games.”
Andrew Steggall, first year BSc(Hons) Film Technology student from Norfolk. Andrew worked on Farmers on Film, was a suite of films made by first year Film Production Technology students, and took a bronze medal at the Podium Awards. 


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