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Media (Film) Production

BA (Hons)

95% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

Top 20 for Film and Media

Guardian League Tables 2020

Industry-standard facilities

Including 4K cameras, Shoot Studios, Post Production facilities.

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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This BA degree is for people who want to write, produce and direct their own creative short films and develop their practical production skills by crewing for other students.

Our multi-award-winning vocational media (film) production course will provide you with the skills and expertise to succeed in the film and media industry, pursuing careers such as film director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor.

Join us and 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.

If you are creative, driven and hardworking – and dream of working for companies such as Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, BBC, ITV, Double Negative, Disney and Endemol, on productions such as Baby Driver, Dunkirk, James Bond, This is England or Hollyoaks – this course could be for you.

Each year, you'll complete a period of work experience to develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice. Many of our students make contacts for future employment during these 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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Course content

To develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice, every year, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a period of professional work experience. This is also an excellent opportunity to make valuable contacts for future employment.

To enrich your academic and practical studies there will be 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.

Thanks to our relationships with leading production companies, we are also able to offer internship opportunities with organisations such as Double Negative, QVC and Fuzzy Duck Creative.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Cinema Studies 15 credits
Craft Skills For Film Production 30 credits
Film Production Processes 30 credits
Ideas Development And Pre-Production 15 credits
Non Fiction Film Production 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Craft Skills For Film Production 30 credits
Directing And Producing (Mfp Specialism) 30 credits
Fiction Film Production 30 credits
Film Industry Practice 15 credits
Screenwriting 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Ba Film Project 30 credits
Contextual Studies And Research Methods 15 credits
Film Dissertation 30 credits
Personal Presentation And Portfolio 15 credits
Show 2 optional modules

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

A Levels: BBC


Foundation Diploma Art and Design: Pass with Merit if taken

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.



You’ll find graduates from our Media (Film) Production degree working in the film and television production industry around 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.

Teaching and assessment


You’ll learn how to make films by making films! This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the theoretical underpinning is taught alongside the technical knowledge, the film production craft skills and the creative, practical elements of filmmaking.


There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll 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 notebook, short film productions, word-processed reflective evaluations, preproduction material and production file. It may take the form of an essay or report. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one 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.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.


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 in formal reports from external examiners is the friendly social community, group bonding and enabling atmosphere that the hardworking and committed team create within the course.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

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