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.

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Studying Film and Media - The Highlights

Studying Film and Media - The Highlights


Our Film and Media students discuss their favourite part of their degree.



Film and Media Production BA (Hons)

Optional pathways in Music Video, Advertising Film, Production Technologies, Experimental Film Production.

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year

Film, Television and Radio BA (Hons)

Study options
Foundation year

Page, Stage and Screen BA (Hons)

Study options


Taught courses


Work experience and careers

Work experience

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
Georgia Taylor - RTS Student Midlands Awards Win

Georgia Taylor - RTS Student Midlands Awards Win


Film and Media graduate Georgia discusses how it feels to win four RTS Student awards - and how her award success is helping her to develop her career in the film industry.


Our graduates have secured work in a wide range of creative, technical and administrative positions in film, television, radio and new media.

You'll find lots of career options open to you. Our graduates work as directors, camera operators, cinematographers, producers, presenters, scriptwriters, documentary makers, and studio floor managers on prestigious projects, including:

  • The New Avengers
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Harry Potter
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Lark Rise to Candleford
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Marmaduke
  • Hustle
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Avatar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Day of the Triffids
  • Big Brother
  • Match of the Day
  • Come Dine with Me
  • Britain's Got Talent

A number of our awards are accredited by the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) and the Sector Skills Council, Creative Skillset. Our students' work has also received recognition from the British Film Institute and the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI).

The quality of our students' and graduates' work is globally recognised, with an Oscar winner among our alumni. Others have awards from: UK's Royal Television Society, New Zealand's Uni Shorts, the Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinema, BAFTA, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, and the Budapest and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Employment opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in these roles, among others:

  • Visual effects compositor
  • Post-production house editor
  • Camera operator
  • Sound designer and recordist
  • Special effects producer
  • Television researcher
  • Television and film director
  • Marketing and PR professional
  • Radio presenter
  • Production assistant
  • Journalist

Our students

Thanks to Staffordshire University, I felt I could connect, converse and engage with professionals on a level where I understood the film industry.

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.

Lauren Hatchard

Film Production graduate

I’ve worked on everything from TV dramas like Call the Midwife, all the way up to larger feature films.

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.

Nick Thursby

Film, Television and Radio Studies graduate

I decided to go to Staffs because the course has not only a practical side but also the post-production side. I wanted to study both so this was the perfect fit for me.

What I really like about my course is that my teachers are from the industry and they know how things work and can give us valuable insights. They don’t just tell us the theory of how things work.

Victoria Wetzel

Film and Media student

The staff are literally amazing. They are the ones who make our course so great.

The course I’m doing is phenomenal. My lectures all have industry experience which gives us an insight into how it would be once we graduate. The staff are literally amazing. They are the ones who make our course so great. 

The facilities are outstanding - they are honestly industry standard to the point I took a step back once I had a tour of the Cadman Studios.

The most important thing is the University actually cares about their students which is very rare. If you are ever stuck or having any type of issue there will always be someone their give you the assistance needed. 

Alyisha Vaughan

BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

FTVRS was a fantastic course to be on for three years and really helped me grow.

FTVRS was a fantastic course to be on for three years and really helped me grow, develop and magnify as not just a person, but an industry professional. I had superb lecturers who were all very supportive of me and understanding of any work placements that coincided with lectures. FTVRS has some quality facilities to offer which gave me a great head start into industry standard equipment and software, something I found very useful when first starting out on real productions!

Jade McKenna

FIlm, Television and Radio Studies BA (Hons) Graduate

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.

James Sieradzki

Film Production

My lecturers have been incredibly supportive throughout my time at university.

The facilities are what originally drew me to the course. I have completed the large majority of my coursework in the Mac Labs. I have also used the TV studio to film various projects, including music videos for external clients. I’ve also been able to book out a wide variety of camera equipment such as different lenses and the Sony FS5.

My lecturers have been incredibly supportive throughout my time at university. I went through a hard time in my first year, and a number of members of staff including my lecturers and the wellbeing staff helped me through my studies and kept me at university.

Amelia Jones

Film and Media Student

The amount of editing suits is amazing!

The amount of equipment and facilities that were here were what attracted me to my course. A really impressive industry camera that I never thought I'd never get the chance to use, was one of the first cameras we were trained on.

The amount of editing suits is amazing! The camera and filming equipment is really impressive.

My current supervisor is someone I know I can go to with absolutely anything and she will help me and provide me with the services or advice that I need. She is wonderful.

Chloe Bray

Film & Media Student

Our staff

Stephen Griffiths

Course Director

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.

Stephen's profile

Paul Ottey

Senior Lecturer

Paul developed his passion for film and moving image during the video boom of the 1980's consuming a wide range of mainstream and more obscure and alternative films with a particular love of low budget B movie horror. His practical and technical…

Paul's profile

Dr Agata Lulkowska

Senior Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata's background is in film practice, installations and photography. She is also a prolific interdisciplinary researcher with the main interest …

Agata's profile

Colin Mottram

Senior Lecturer

Combining extensive filmmaking experience and passion for learning and teaching, Colin challenges, supports and motivates students to turn their passion into a career.

Colin's profile

Peter Rudge

Associate 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 …

Peter's profile

Dr Sharon Coleclough

Senior Lecturer

Sharon works across all areas of film and media production, focusing upon specialisms in sound design, editing, acting and performance in film. She is an active researcher with international publications on lighting, sound and representation in film.

Sharon's profile

Dr Andrew Stubbs

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Stubbs is Lecturer of Film, Media and Communication in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. He teaches a range of subjects across Film, Television and Media.

Andrew's profile

Gavin Samways


Gavin is a radio presenter and producer. His main areas of interest are podcasting and radio documentary production.

Gavin's profile

Dr Mark Mckenna

Associate Professor

Dr Mark McKenna is a lecturer in Film, Television & Radio. His teaching is focused on the theoretical and critical underpinnings of film production and draws upon his research which is focused on the film and media industries.

Mark's profile

Our graduates

Giorgia Perini

Digital Film and Post Production Technology, 2017

Award winning filmmaker Giorgia pursued her film making ambitions through her degree. She now works as a freelancer directing, filming, and editing in Italy.

Giorgia's story

Sam Robertson and Nicole Cronin

Film Production Technology, 2016

Sam and Nicole launched a production company since meeting on their degree course.

Sam's story

Fuwad Abrar

Film, Television and Radio Studies, 2015

With his first feature length film to be shown around the UK and abroad, graduate film maker and writer Fuwad has his creative sights firmly set on Hollywood.

Fuwad's story

Caitlin Donaldson

Media (Film) Production, 2014

After initially going freelance after graduation, Caitlin now works for entertainment company Envy on the quality of many household name television shows.

Caitlin's story

Helier Bissell-Thomas

Film studies MA, 2014

Filmed in London, graduate Helier’s first feature film production, Kaufman’s Game, is the first ever student film to be released in Savoy and Odeon cinemas.

Helier's story

Phil Shaw

Film Production Technology, 2014

Freelance videographer Phil has worked on projects ranging from corporate videos to music and wedding videos, which landed him an internship at PR agency, HROC.

Phil's story

Charlotte Elizabeth

Photography, 2013

As well as capturing precious moments for her photography clients, Charlotte uses her talents to help young people with their mental health through therapy.

Charlotte's story

Natalie Cooke

Media (Film) Production, 2013

Natalie has her dream job working for Hollywood visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic as a Production Coordinator on major motion pictures.

Natalie's story
University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20 for Job Prospects

Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

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