Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course can help you kick-start you career in this dynamic and fast-paced industry. Whether you see yourself writing the scripts, filming live events, editing, digital effects or directing and producing, you'll be sure to find many opportunities to explore these areas on this course.
Using our state-of-the-art film and tv studios, equipment and software, you’ll be able to bring your creative ideas to life with the support of our expert-lecturers, guest speakers and workshops.
If it wasn't for the camera knowledge I gained from my education at the university, I wouldn't be working in the TV industry as a director now.James Kayler
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Why study this subject?
The film and television sector is expanding at more than three times the rate of the wider economy (National Film & Television School) and employed 239,000 people (gov.uk DCMS 2018).
So you could be working for the BBC, BT Sport, Celador Productions, Nickelodeon, Pinewood Studios, Sky Sports, SKY TV or Talkback Thames like some of our previous graduates.
Whether it is writing the scripts, filming live events, editing, digital effects, or directing and producing the whole film – you will be equipped with the skills to turn your passion into a rewarding and successful career.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University we treat you like professional filmmakers. Films are analysed and deconstructed so you can apply those techniques to your work. You won’t just stop at learning about film and television, you will cover webcasting as well.
We create the industry on campus, giving you every opportunity to collaborate across courses, just like the real world. You will work with our audio specialists on the Audio and Music Production course and our selection of new stars in the Performing Arts course.
This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries and carries the ScreenSkills quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
What facilities can I use?
Film and Television is mostly taught in our newest building, the Gateway building. It’s equipped with modern suites and brand-new facilities.
We have two video studios, one with green screen and an extensive studio lighting rig, as well as a drama studio.
Our extensive range of HD broadcast camera include URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, over forty Panasonic cameras (AG-HPX301E, AG-HPX371E, AG-HPX171E and AG- Panasonic HMC41E), Canon XF305, Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 60D cameras, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K cameras, Sony A7R Mark III cameras and additional specialist cameras (GoPro Hero 7 cameras, a GoPro Fusion 360 camera, ZCAM E2 6K camera).
We also have a four camera live broadcast set up with Grass Valley LDK6000 cameras and industry-standard EVS action replay/asset management system with two XT3 servers.
In our individual video edit booths equipped with powerful iMac Pros and our communal editing suites and teaching rooms equipped with i9Macs, you’ll get the chance to become skilled with post-production software solutions including Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite among other post-production software.
We also have an extensive lighting kit, sound studios, and sound equipment including Sennheiser EW 100 radio mics, Sound Devices 302 sound field mixers, Sennheiser ME66 condenser microphone, XLR microphone beach box adaptors for DSLR sound recording and Sennheiser ME64/K6 condenser.
What will I study?
Through a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, we help you learn the skills you need in a modern media business. You’ll cover camera, lighting, sound, editing and all elements of planning and pre-production, bringing them together to produce a range of fiction and non-fiction films.
You'll regularly be given the opportunity to work with a variety of artists using our state-of-the-art facilities. During your studies you may even work in collaboration with the Audio and Music Production students. This will help develop your skills and experience working in a team like you may do in your role in the industry.
You'll also benefit from filming weeks and filming live events, all of these have different demands and require flexible and organised thinking.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The course team have a range of experience in the film and television industry. We teach in professional standard recording and filmmaking facilities. As well as lectures, we have professional masterclasses, guest speakers, and work experience opportunities designed to prepare you for a career in film and television.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of 2 A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Screen Form and Platform
Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
Writing for Film & Television: Writing Fiction
Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
Writing for Film and Television: Documentary
Year 2 Modules
Music Video Production (optional)
Writing and Producing Fiction: TV Series bible (optional)
Breaking Conventions: Crime and Realist Genres
Client Production with PlacementPlus
Advanced Technical Skills: Post Production and Lighting
Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: technical techniques and output (optional)
Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: Production and event planning (optional)
Film Drama Production
Advanced Technical Skills: Audio Collaboration and Multicamera
Art Film Production (optional)
Breaking Conventions; Fantasy Genres
Writing and Producing Fiction: Feature Film Treatment (optional)
Year 3 Modules
Non-Fiction Storytelling (optional)
Professional Preparation 1A
PlacementPlus Work-Based Project in Film or Media (optional)
Creative Portfolio Production (optional)
Independent Production Project (optional)
Independent Script Project (optional)
Industry Practice Research Project (optional)
New Media & Current Trends
Professional Preparation 1
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course will help prepare you to work for a range of companies where Film and Television Production skills are required. Examples of where our alumni have been employed include:
- BT Sport
- Celador Productions
- Pinewood Studios
- Sky Sports
- SKY TV
- Talkback Thames.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.