- Study Mode: Full Time
- Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
- Duration: Three or Four Years
- Start Date: September 2023
Do you have a passion for film? Do you want bring stories to life? Our BA (Hons) Film Production course will see you developing your skills and knowledge of how films go from concept to screen. Work behind the camera and explore all aspects of production, from casting and scouting locations, to managing budgets and measuring the success of films.
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
Our Film Production programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big career decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the specialism which leads to your chosen career.
Make your application to BA (Hons) Film Production. You'll then choose one of the below specialisms after your first year and your final degree award will be the specialism you have chosen.
These specialisms are also offered as four-year programmes, 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 programme.
What will I study on this specialism?
You'll study live events and multi-camera, working to professional standards of live television production and collaborating with clients. You'll explore genre studies, develop production & screenwriting research skills, and study how to develop projects (through pre-production, production & post) in industry contexts from fiction & documentary production to news gathering, external client filming, music videos & live studio multicamera filming. You'll also have chances to create a showreel.
You will graduate with BA (Hons) Film and Television Production.
Why study this subject?
The film and television sector is continually expanding. Increased industry demand means employers need graduates with practical skills and hands-on experience. From audio-visual production for film or tv or creating films for the web, to location manager, editor or sound technician, you could turn your passion for film into a rewarding and successful career with the right teaching and hands on learning experiences.
‘Tax reliefs for film, high-end television and animation have made production in the UK more attractive than ever. As of August 2020, there were 300 British films completed in 2019-20 which claimed Film tax relief (FTR), with UK expenditure of £2.5 billion. These figures are likely to increase as more claims are received by HMRC. Since the relief was introduced in 2007, 3,470 films have made claims, accounting for £18.4 billion of UK expenditure.’ (source)
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 will help you to develop a wide range of technical and creative skills for a career in the film and media industries. You will be taught on cutting edge and industry standard equipment in our studios and edit suites at High Wycombe, and in our base at Pinewood Studios, by tutors who are experienced industry professionals and media practitioners. Many of our lecturers have written and produce award-winning films and TV shows and can share their valuable industry insights.
Buckinghamshire New University is a great place to start a creative career. When you’re surrounded by so many creative students and lecturers, you can’t help but be inspired to dream big. You will get the chance to collaborate with other BNU courses that make up the team that sit behind creating a film, such as Performing Arts, Dance, Hair and Makeup and Costume Design.
During your time with us you’ll have the opportunity to 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, sound and editing software, to help prepare you for professional roles after graduation. You can also benefit from live project briefs, master classes and plenty of networking opportunities.
Expect plenty of guest speakers, visiting lecturers and workshops. Our fantastic industry connections will contextualise your learning by presenting their first-hand appreciation of current industry problems, practices and priorities, and offering professional insights from different technical and creative perspectives.
And with London only 30 minutes away, you’re also close to some of the world’s top creative organisations and access to a huge range of networking opportunities.
This course is developed with both academics and industry professionals. And, by constantly focusing on your future, we’ll ensure you leave us as one of the most employable graduates around.
We’ll start the course by exploring the key theories and skills you need to analyse and deconstruct films. You’ll look at Hollywood cinema, documentaries, independent and art cinema, and more, as well as the impact of streaming.
During your time with us you’ll explore the ins and out of industry. We’ll cover different areas from directing, to visual effects and sound design. At the same time, you’ll hone your practical script writing skills. We’ll run workshops and you’ll pitch your script to a highly experienced panel. They’ll analyse it for creativity and production viability.
As well as this you will explore production design, art directing and more. We’ll help you understand the complexities of visual storytelling with specialist modules on film forma and storyboarding. 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 also benefit from filming weeks and filming live events, all of these have different demands and require flexible and organised thinking.
In your second year, you will build on the skills acquired at Level 4 gaining advanced technical and creative skills, including on cameras, lighting and industry-standard editing and post-production software. You may study virtual production technology. There are opportunities to create films to briefs for external clients, or a music video for a band or musician, as well as experimental films. You may learn the employable skills of live events production, including multi-camera operator and floor manager, whether for live music, or studio-based discussion programmes, or advanced script writing for fiction production.
For the third year dissertation, you’ll choose between a creative production, a project in screenwriting or a written industry study. Additionally the third year is the time to advance your virtual production skills, or create original short films, or investigative documentaries. You will also gain key skills in employability, and in social media content, to help you to build a professional career. You will also be invited to show your work to industry VIPs at our end of year show in the John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios giving you a chance to impress industry professionals with the quality of your work.
Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health and wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.
What facilities can I use?
At both our High Wycombe Campus and teaching base at Pinewood Studios, we have all the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment you need to kick-start your career.
Our Green Screen studio, video studios and editing suites are all kitted out with the professional-standard equipment you need. Our audio-visual editing suites include Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Final Cut Pro X, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer. The suites are acoustically treated and sympathetically lit.
Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
Our extensive range of HD cameras include:
- Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
- P2 series and AVCHD Panasonic cameras (AG-HPX301E, AG-HPX371E, AG-HPX171E and AG- HMC41E)
- Canon XF305
- Canon DSLRs, including the 90D, 5D Mark III and Canon 60D
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K DSLR
- Sony A7R Mark III DSLR
- Sony PXW-FS7
- Sony PXW-FS5
- ZCAM E2 6K
- GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360
- We also have a four-camera live broadcast set up with Grass Valley LDK6000 cameras.
In our individual video edit booths equipped with powerful iMac Pros and our communal editing suites and teaching rooms equipped with i9 Macs, 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
- Sennheiser ME64/K6 condenser
- LED panels with variable colour temperature settings
- Dedo lights
- Arri 1K Fresnel lights
- 2000W blonde lights
- Red head lights
- Kino Flo Diva fluorescent lights
How will I be taught and assessed?
A hand-picked team of experienced professionals are eager to pass on their expertise to the next generation of budding filmmakers and will share insider knowledge throughout the course. 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.
Throughout your time studying you will be assessed in a range of different ways, including:
- essays where you will be required to present research material in specific subjects and edit it to fit desired outcomes as well as write in depth about particular topics
- reports where you will be encouraged to document your entire learning progress throughout the degree
- portfolio which is an essential part of the course in order to present yourself visually to prospective employers. You will be taught on the different processes involved in producing industry-standard portfolio and assessed on the outcomes
- practical skills which is one of the most important elements of the degree and you will be assessed on the quality of your finished pieces throughout the course.
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
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
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. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
This course has Opportunity modules.
Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£15,000 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 and BA (Hons) Film Production specialisms 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
- Audio-visual production for film or TV
- Film crew
- Camera operator
- Music director
- Film producer
- Film editor
- Create films for the web
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.
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.