BA (Hons) Film and Television Production

UCAS CODE: PW36
TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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You will spend the majority of your time studying at our High Wycombe Campus to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to seamlessly transition from university into employment.  However, you may also have the opportunity to study at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, putting you right in the heart of this world famous creative hub.

 

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I currently work as an assistant editor/VFX assistant editor in film, with recent projects including Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018). The Film and TV production course at BNU really helped me understand all the roles available in film and TV and solidified my liking of editing which made it easier to determine my career choice and path to it in the film industry. The teaching from the staff was always great. I had a great experience at BNU.
Beaumont Loewenthal

Some of our Film & TV Production students have recently worked with the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as part of their Placement Plus. The Department of Ophthalmology at Wycombe Hospital requested several short videos to be created to showcase the work they do with people with sight problems. BNU works with many businesses in the Bucks area and our students work hard to create external promotional or instructional videos for clients.

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Denise Voon from the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: "We have been really pleased with BNU's students – Benny, Ben, Jordan and Zuzanna. They were all very professional and a pleasure to work with. The film they sent through was amazing and just what we needed and they understood the brief really well."

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Why study this subject?

The film and television sector is continually expanding. Throughout your studies we’ll support you as you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Many of our graduates go on to work for some of the biggest industry-leading companies, such as; the BBC, BT Sport, Celador Productions, Nickelodeon, Pinewood Studios, Sky Sports, SKY TV and Talkback Thames.

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.

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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.

BNU is a great place to start your learning. When you’re surrounded by so many creative students and lecturers, you can’t help but be inspired to dream big. We create the industry on campus, giving you every opportunity to collaborate across courses, just like the real world. You will get the chance to collaborate with other BNU courses that make up the team that sit behind film and television production, such as audio specialists on the Audio and Music Production course and our selection of new stars in the Performing Arts course.

During your time with us you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting and sound, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.

You’ll engage with our dynamic programme of visiting lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry.

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.

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What facilities can I use?

 

Film and Television is taught in our 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
  • Adobe Creative Cloud suite

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.

Your modules offer plenty of options, so you can begin to specialise in the areas which interest you most or which might prove valuable for your chosen career. Depending which modules you choose, you will also spend time studying at our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, putting you right at the heart of the UK Film and TV industry.

Studying at BNU gave me the basics to succeed in the TV industry. The course taught me the practical knowledge of how to create video but also the importance of being able to work in a team. 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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How will I be taught and assessed?

On our course the teaching will feature a variety of approaches and technology, blended together to engage your learning in class and beyond, and to encourage your full participation. The teaching and learning strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to independent learning as you progress through the levels of the programme.

A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

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.

Placements Plus

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.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production Programme Specification

Additional Course Costs

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

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 provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Screen Language

Technical Skills: Camera and Editing

Documentary Production

Writing for Film and Television: Documentary

Screen Form and Platform

Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound

Fiction Production

Writing for Film & Television: Writing Fiction

Year 2 Modules

Advanced Camera & Lighting Techniques

Art Film Production (optional)

Advanced Screenwriting & Pitching (optional)

Commercial Short Form Production (optional)

Breaking Conventions: Fantasy Genres

Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: technical techniques and output (optional)

Film Drama Production (optional)

Advanced Editing and Compositing

Music Video Production (optional)

Writing and Producing Fiction: TV Series bible (optional)

Breaking Conventions: Crime and Realist Genres (optional)

Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: Production and event planning (optional)

Client Production with PlacementPlus

Directing for Film (optional)

Pre-Production and Fiction Production Management (optional)

Year 3 Modules

Industry Practice Research Project (optional)

Independent Script Project (optional)

Independent Production Project (optional)

PlacementPlus Work-Based Project in Film or Media (optional)

Professional Preparation 1

Professional Preparation 1A

New Media Spaces, Narratives and Identities

Applied Multi-camera Productions and Live Events - Crew competencies (optional)

Creative Group Production (optional)

Non-Fiction Storytelling - Documentary (optional)

New Media: Creativity, Society and Audience

Applied Multi-camera Productions and Live Events - Managing the production (optional)

Individual Micro Film Production (optional)

Factual Storytelling - Broadcast News & Current Affairs (optional)

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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:

  • BBC
  • Chyron-Hego
  • BT Sport
  • CTV
  • Celador Productions
  • Nickelodeon
  • Pinewood Studios
  • Sky Sports
  • SKY TV
  • Talkback Thames.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

 

During my time at BNU, I was able to build my confidence and learn a wide range of transferable skills which I could take into my subsequent career. BNU gives students an exciting environment to thrive in, offering lectures from industry professionals, all the equipment and resources you need, as well as a vast array of different opportunities to explore.
Chloe Copywriting and Marketing Executive for Foundry

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