BA (Hons) Film Production

UCAS CODE: FPR1 (Full-time) or FPR4 (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Do you want to bring stories to life on screen? BA (Hons) Film Production is your gateway to a career in the film industry. developing your skills and knowledge of how films go from concept to screen. Explore every aspect of film production, from scriptwriting and directing to post-production techniques.

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. 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
Why study Film production at BNU?

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.

Throughout your studies, you’ll actively engage in real-world projects. From short films to documentary segments, you’ll be hands-on with cameras, lighting equipment, and sound gear. This practical experience hones your technical skills and prepares you for the dynamic challenges of the industry.

Explore your artistic vision and experiment with different genres. Whether you’re passionate about documentaries, narrative films, or experimental cinema, BNU encourages creativity and allows you to express your unique voice.

You’ll be taught by both talented academics and experienced industry professionals Many of our lecturers have written and produced award-winning films and TV shows and can share their valuable industry insights. 

While studying BA Film Production you’ll be connected with industry professionals, guest speakers, and our alumni network. You can get involved in networking events, workshops, and collaborations which provide a platform for you to build valuable relationships and open doors for future projects.

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.

During your time at BNU, you’ll explore the ins and outs of the industry. You'll study virtual production, advanced technical skills, American cinema and directing skills, including the use of specialist cameras. You'll develop production and screenwriting research skills, as well as studying how to develop projects (through pre-production, production and post) in industry contexts. Covering everything from fiction and documentary production and news gathering to music videos and external client filming. You'll also have opportunities to create a showreel.

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.

This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with 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.

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Film and television production student holding a camera and filming
Film and television production student holding a camera and filming

Our specialisms

Buckinghamshire New University 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 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 speciality. You can choose between BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Film and Television Production.

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.

Every July we hold our end of year show at the John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios. Professionals from the industry are invited to see students' work from their final year on the BA (Hons) Animation course, providing exciting networking opportunities. These industry experts are always very impressed with the quality of students' work.

Facilities and Equipment

Our Green Screen studio, video studios and editing suites are all kitted out with the professional-standard equipment you need. 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

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.

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?

Our 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.

BA (Hons) Film Production Programme Specification

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)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

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 your first 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 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. beyond help you to develop crucial skills, we also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

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
  • 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.

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BA (Hons) Film Production
BA (Hons) Film Production with Foundation Year