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Film and Media

Get connected

Take advantage of our huge network of professional links

Dedicated facilities

Use industry-standard production equipment in our £11.5m Cadman Studios

Workplace learning

Grab the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Be a filmmaker, documentary filmmaker or radio programmer from day one of our film and media undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

You'll cover the key skills required in the film, media and broadcast sectors on all of our courses, with the option to concentrate on your desired specialism.

You can pick a course focusing on theory, creative production or technical knowledge. Best of all, you can transfer to another degree if your first choice doesn't suit your career goals.

Whichever path you choose, you'll learn through practice in the best possible environment. Our £11.5 million Cadman Studios feature our production and post production facilities and include a fully kitted out TV centre with control rooms. You'll also learn from lecturers with film and broadcast industry experience, who can give you the insights you need to get an edge over the competition when you graduate.

Facilities

Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

From live radio and TV broadcasting to industry projects and commissions, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical knowhow. Imagine the thrill of pitching ideas to industry professionals, or seeing your work screened at London's National Film Theatre.

Thanks to enviable industry links, our students are often able to secure incredible work placements. Some join Unique, our in-house production company, while others work for leading names in film, TV and radio.

Work experience opportunities

Thanks to our graduates and industry professionals, we have links with companies such as:

  • BBC
  • Sky
  • Disney Channel
  • Double Negative
  • Aardman Animations
  • Envy Post
  • Warner Bros.
  • Channel 4
  • ITV
  • Granada TV
  • Framestore
  • Lime Pictures
  • Talkback
  • Creative England

Our students

Lauren Hatchard
Film Production graduate

Thanks to Staffordshire University, I felt I could connect, converse and engage with professionals on a level where I understood the film industry terminology, production process and to showcase my knowledge of the industry standard software and equipment.

Nick Thursby
Film, Television and Radio Studies graduate

I’ve worked on everything from TV dramas like Call the Midwife, all the way up to larger feature films, the most well-known probably being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I’m currently aerial camera assistant for Steven Spielberg on Ready Player One.

James Sieradzki
Film Production

They understand what the film industry wants, in terms of technique, quality and accuracy. It's these skills that clearly helped me when entering the Virgin Media awards. The equipment we get to use on the course is great and prepares you for the real world of film making.

Sophie Piggot
Media Film Production Award Winner

I just wanted to make a film that says it's ok to be different. My lecturers were completely supportive throughout the course and really helped me make the film I wanted to.

Manjit Singh Mattu
Film Production Technology

I didn't know I had this in me until I came to Staffordshire University. I started writing on the course and really enjoyed it. I've had fantastic support from my tutors, they've really encouraged me.

Our staff

Stephen Griffiths
Stephen GriffithsCourse Leader

Stephen’s teaching centres on broadcast programme histories and media performance, especially acting on television. His research interests include broadcast light entertainment and comedy, television drama, and children's programming.

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Thomas Chimiak
Thomas ChimiakFilm Strand Leader

Tom is a Lecturer & Film Strand Leader for BA (Hons) Film, TV and Radio, and Lecturer in Experimental Film Production. 

He is an award winning conceptual filmmaker specialising in short observational films, time-lapses and event documenting. His body of work has been shown all over the world in film festivals and art galleries, commissioned by Channel 4, featured in the Tate Modern and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts.

In addition, Tom's time-lapses have been shown as part of an Emmy Award Winning Series and earned himself the membership of Getty Images Contributor. He has experience creating content for clients such as GAME / Multiplay’s Insomnia Gaming Festival (Biggest Gaming Festival in the UK) reaching over 250,000 live viewers as well as companies across the country like Heritage Lottery Fund, NSPKU and Birmingham Hippodrome.  

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Dr Polina Zioga
Dr Polina ZiogaModule Tutor

Polina is a Lecturer in Media/Film Production. 

She is a hybrid artist, researcher and lecturer, and currently the Director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab at the School Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University. Throughout her career, she has worked in the creative industries, as freelance creative professional and in academia, teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate level on the areas of Film, Digital Arts and Design, while she joined the School of Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University in September 2017 as Lecturer in Media/Film Production. Additionally, she is an affiliate member of national and international organisations for the creative industries and the new media arts.

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Rachel Smith
Rachel SmithModule Tutor

Rachel is a Lecturer in Film Theory & Production, and as well as being a Lecturer, she is also an active Filmmaker and Writer.

Her expertise lies in Script Writing, Film Directing, Film Producing and Film Theory. She is also currently studying for a PhD [Representation of Women in Film].

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Daniel Hopkins
Daniel HopkinsCourse Leader

After graduating from the International Film School of Wales in 1998, Daniel studied for a Masters at Staffordshire University. He’s made a broad variety of films and music since, including commissions for the Arts Council of England and Channel 4.

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Colin Mottram
Colin MottramCourse Leader

Colin is an approachable Course Leader who’s dedicated to helping his students do their best work. An active film and video production practitioner with over 500 productions under his belt, Colin brings his ongoing practical knowledge and experience directly into his teaching.

Peter Rudge
Peter RudgeAssociate Professor

Peter has more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was co-founder of the spin out company Grand Independent – a film production and distribution company based in Staffordshire.

He began his career as a reader working for Hollywood studios including Universal and Columbia pictures and has sold original screenplays to the major studios as well as working as a writer on feature adaptations. 

He moved into producing with recent credits including Associate Producer on feature films The Perfect Burger (2009) and Soulboy (2010). He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The British Kinomatograph, Sound and Television Society.

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