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.
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
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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.
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.
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
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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.
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: 32 - 56
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This provides a guide 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
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Introduction to Moving Image Production
Year 2 Modules
Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
Writing for Film and Television: Documentary
Screen Form and Platform
Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
Writing for Film & Television: Writing Fiction
Year 3 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 4 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, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 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.
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
In 2022 we held our first end of year show at the John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios. Professionals from the industry were invited to see students' work from their final year on the BA (Hons) Film & TV Production course, providing exciting networking opportunities. These industry experts were very impressed with the quality of students' work.