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Our BA (Hons) Film Production course will see you developing your skills and knowledge in 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.
Studying at both our High Wycombe campus and Pinewood studio base, you’ll be able to get a feel for life on set, and with the support of our expert-lecturers develop your skills and understanding of this fast-paced industry.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Did you know that in 2019 film production in the UK generated a total spend of £1.95 billion, a 17% increase on 2018? (British Film Industry)
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.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University our unique course has been designed by experts with industry needs in mind, so you’ll have the practical skills employers look for.
You will get to:
- spend time studying at our base at the iconic Pinewood Studios – centre of the British film industry
- learn from Bucks academics and professionals who have written and produced award-winning films and TV shows
- get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting, sound and editing software
- explore different departments and how they fit into the bigger picture of film production.
What facilities can I use?
You will be studying at both our High Wycombe Campus and at our base at Pinewood Studios throughout the course. At both locations you will find state-of-the-art film equipment.
Check out our impressive facilities that we have on campus. They include video studios, editing suites and an outside broadcasting unit.
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.
What will I study?
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.
In your second year, 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.
In your final year, you’ll 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.
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.
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: 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 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
Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
Writing for Film and Television: Documentary
Screen Form and Platform
Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
Writing for Film and Television: Writing Fiction
Year 2 Modules
Pre-Production and Fiction Production Management
Advanced Camera and Lighting Techniques
Directing for Film
Sound-for-Moving Image Production Project
Advanced Editing and Compositing
Client Production with Placement Plus
Commercial Short Form Production
Advanced Screenwriting and Pitching
Year 3 Modules
Film industry, Freelancing and Business with Professional Preparation
Production Design and Art Direction
Visual Storytelling & Storyboarding
Industry Practice Research Project (optional)
Nonfiction Storytelling (optional)
Fiction Film Production (optional)
Placement Plus Work-Based Project in Film or Media (optional)
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 Production course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities. Upon graduating you might work in audio-visual production for film or tv or create films for the web.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.